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Tuesday November 30, 2021 4:05 PM CST -- Wi-Fi Radio Transmission --
KDX on Wi-Fi
You are seeing the KDX audio signal passing through the crowded Wi-Fi band

Tuesday November 30, 2021 1:31 PM CST -- Why Does the New York Times Lie --
Billboard Now Prominent Across the Street from the New York Times

Monday November 29, 2021 9:58 AM CST --
International Earth Day - PSA

Monday November 29, 2021 9:35 AM CST -- Alex Jones Survival Plan --
We never got around to airing a recent Alex Jones Show as we talked about but Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak reported on their own show that Alex Jones has taken a bold stand to guard against collapse of the food supply chain. Jones has exclaimed "IF NECESSARY I WILL EAT MY NEIGHBORS RATHER THAN LET MY CHILDREN STARVE!" Jones can take that position because his state of Texas is a non-union state. The rest of us would have an issue with the Meat Packers Union.

Monday November 29, 2021 8:28 AM CST -- Radio Public Service --
Federal Security Agency

Monday November 29, 2021 6:40 AM CST -- Post Decisional Plans --
Regular readers have been following our ongoing exploration into the new-tech world of Wi-Fi audio transmitter-receiver systems for use by low power radio stations for delivering program audio from control rooms out to AM FM transmitter locations for re-transmission to the nearby public. Through blind luck we seem to have already installed the best of what the market has to offer by way of the TP-WIRELESS system and to be properly backed-up we need only to obtain a second such unit to keep on standby. None the less we plan to continue learning about and evaluating every product in this field, the 'field' being the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band. We would say that 2.4 GHz is the new frontier for Part 15 low power radio, the AM and FM region now passing into legacy status with important differences: whereas the medium wave and FM bands reach the public straightaway, the Wi-Fi band is used by the public but in uniquely private ways.

Monday November 29, 2021 6:26 AM CST -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --
My barber has been teaching me how to cut my own hair from his remote location, and he's here now with another commentary on the day's news. I give you Buster Boatrocker!

BUSTER:  It makes you wonder. I mean, the COVID Variants seem to arrive one at a time at measured intervals.
That makes me wonder. I mean, if the virus was really 'from the wild' as we've been told,
it seems to me that variants from different parts of the world could emerge at anytime and overlap each other.
But no. They dish out one variant and milk it until panic subsides, then it's time for a new variant
without ever mentioning the benefits of Vitamin D3 or other treatments. It makes me wonder and you should too!

Buster Boatrocker is a barber in South St. Louis, Missouri, and regular contributor to The Blare Blog.

Sunday November 28, 2021 10:26 AM CST -- Restoration of Aging Eyes --
Red in the Morning
In an unrelated use of red light KDX uses so-called 'submarine lighting' during the overnight hours, as used in submissables because the red spectrum is least detectable to enemy searches and yet able to provide vision for the crew. We also have read that minimal red light during sleep provides the optimum environment for undisturbed slumber.

Sunday November 28, 2021 6:57 AM CST -- Towers Above --
For the most part movies are to culture what pornography is to real sex, but the human majority never know anything above a common level and will seldom know the difference. Then comes a motion picture masterpiece and the crowd is challenged to see above themselves with every liklihood they'll respond by walking out of the room.
Copying Beethoven
The film herein linked may only be available for a limited time

Saturday November 27, 2021 7:40 AM CST -- All Blogs Considered --
This Blog, and for that matter this website, is unnecessary. Or, we could mull what constitutes 'necessity', and maybe find a place for what we're all about. Part of what we're about is continually subject to introspection and two components provide a starting point: we are a voice for low power radio in the U.S. and world and we stem from the social instinct inherent to humanity. Blogging is a form of talking to our self on public display. We should sometimes be embarrassed. Another element of 'necessity' would be high audience demand, which we do not have. Advertisers would walk away and refuse to give us the time of day. Trolls mostly steer away except for that siege of anonymous messages awhile back ridiculing and threatening.

To our mind this Blog is somewhat of a radio talk show transposed to the 'new media' of internet publication, which explains why we often diverge into non-techy topics like race relations. We've seen an appeal to avoid calling the flash mob shoplifters in California 'looters' because of a racial implication. Not knowing the physical makeup of the actual looters we cannot agree that using the expression is at all racist as it applies to all persons stealing loot. There's no need to be polite to thieves, and it would be tempting to shoot them on the spot, no matter what color skin is involved. But KDX and The Blare Blog object to using crime to fight crime, shooting them being a potential crime of retaliation. We'll come back to this rabbit hole but for now let's talk COVID.

As may have been mentioned, curiosity is tweaked by YouTube commentaries from medical professionals about difficulties with vaccines and their side-effects. For the moment we'll simply declare that we sense a conspiracy of pharmacy and military but have yet no theory. Switching to Wi-Fi audio...

The whole of Thanksgiving week has taken us on a deep search for transmitter-receivers capable of sending audio wirelessly across two points, centering mostly on the 2.4 GHz band, but noting that some gear is either 500 MHz wireless microphone territory or 5 GHz Wi-Fi. There's more to learn and we'll be back at it.

Then there's politics where far-right extremist Republicans follow "The Art of the Lie" and Democrats stake out a small difference by doing some public service while both of them serve God and military by insistently bridging religion-state separation, lofting absurd oxymorons such as the 'Judeo-Christian Ethic' and the namby-pamby would have it that we are all 'the same and diverse'.

Saturday November 27, 2021 1:55 AM CST -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --

Once you've learned everything,
the only thing left to do is repeat yourself.

- O. go Juan Aloofus, Esquire, MD, PHd, Admiral, priest, architect

Friday November 26, 202 7:17 AM CST -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --

For the most part, stereotypes have nothing to do with two channel sound.

-Manfred Tweed, president Home School College

Thursday November 25, 2021 11:41 PM CST -- SPORTS GLUT --
For one day only the 'Blare OnAir' program presented a sports cavalcade and is the best show we've ever done.
Blare OnAir - ALL SPORTS

Thursday November 25, 2021 -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --

A message from Doctor Proctor Cavalier, medical consultant to KDX:
DR. CAVALIER:  Does this cigarette bother you? Here, let me put it out. With the COVID situation my clinic at Medicine Mall has not been seeing patients in person, but we are in the process of setting up our own version of TeleVizeMedicine, so that we can see you over a ZoomZam call on the computer. My nurse Disarray DeGlued can be reached for information about setting up a virtual appointment. You may already know Disarray's sister, Flotilla, impersonal assistant to Carl Blare at the radio station. We're setting up an online waiting room where your face will appear along with other patients on the ZoomZammy tick-tack squares where we'll connect with you in order. Our first test of the system has a small bug... when we ask patients to strip down everyone on the Zam screen can see everything and we're trying to figure out how to make it private. Your prescriptions are still directed exclusively to Bob Foboff's Pharmacy where we're aware of a small problem what with Bob being a Christian Scientist who doesn't believe in medicine and we know he refuses to actually fill prescriptions. Oh, and if you wear a mask on the ZoomZam call, how are we supposed to recognize you? Now Carl wants to get back to his Wi-Fi stuff.

Thursday November 25, 2021 -- Going Off in All Directions --
Being a holiday in the United States KDX will sign on 1/2 hour late this morning while we continue research toward obtaining a backup system for our 2.4 GHz studio-to-transmitter link. Option # 1 would be simply obtaining a 2nd TP-Wireless Transmitter given that we already have 3 receivers, but the disadvantage is that other uses of the spectrum in the surrounding neighborhood occasionally block our signal for seconds or minutes completely muting the AM FM audio feed. Another option we've discovered is use of wireless microphone systems in the 500 MHz region, available for example from Sennheiser, which provide a more expensive but more likely stable means of transporting audio, already common among sound re-enforcement providers to replace cables at wedding ceremonies, conferences and so on. Option 3 up until now has been kept off the table because the range of 5 GHz Wi-Fi is somewhat less than that of 2.4 GHz, however after watching the following video we've been swayed to seriously consider 5 GHz:
Argument for 5GHz Wi-Fi Over 2.4 GHz

Wednesday November 24, 2021 3:20 PM CST -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --

Reach for achievement and grab some hope.

- Wally Rodney, boss, Wishful Thinking Foundation

Wednesday November 24, 2021 10:54 AM CST -- How's Alex Jones These Days? --
About 10-years ago KDX carried Alex Jones from time to time which made no sense to some of our critics because we are a secular progressive station and Jones is more toward the Christian fundamentalist far-right conservative camp, but the fact is we found his flamboyant stretches greatly entertaining and are reminded of it now because we're airing a Blare OnAir show from 2012 with some of Jones' best tirades. But instead of trying to describe it, let's bring you that program now:
Blare OnAir titled: "Hey May"

Wednesday November 24, 2021 6:24 AM CST -- Annual Holiday Visit Series --

It may be Black Friday
But life always ends up in the red.

-Chauncey L. Fitzkilpatsky
- disgraced philosophy professor
now living in a car filled with bottles underneath the viaduct

Unknown SpecificationsB&H Photo Video
Tuesday November 23, 2021 1:50 PM CST -- Without Wires --
Following up on our series of reports about Wi-Fi audio transmitter/receivers for use in transporting audio programming from a radio workstation out to AM & FM transmitters for broadcast to the surrounding terrain, having spent enormous bulks of time searching and scrolling, we've accumulated some expertise on the state of the matter at this point in time. We have learned, for example one thing, that search terms used to locate Wi-Fi audio devices make a significant difference in the quantity of findings. We began with 'Wi-Fi audio' and compiled a small list of competing items, then turned to 'Wi-Fi streaming' and hit the real mother lode. Although our intended use of the equipment has the radio purpose as we've described, the greatly more popular use of such technology is 'cable replacement' in getting audio to active loudspeakers at outlying locations for home or sound re-enforcement venues. Two weaknesses abound in the descriptions we've perused, the first being failure by most vendors to fully disclose tech specifications leaving unknown the frequencies employed alongside unspecified power output information. And the systems generated from within a Wi-Fi router commonly rely on a Smartphone App to control management of small remote receivers, not mentioning whether the App can be run from a computer. We were unable to separate the more robust 'Wi-Fi audio' category from Bluetooth, the latter and less desirable form being vastly more plentiful and both kinds being cluttered together confused further by the ability by some of the gadgets to stream video. It seems generally true that the electronics industry has recognized a potential market for small wireless gear, but are having trouble publishing comprehendable application information.

Come On Folks
Tuesday November 23, 2021 10:11 AM CST -- Something Special This Way Comes --
KDX is to be Thanked for our plan Thursday to carry the 'NO AGENDA' program LIVE in the morning at 12 NOON EST/11 AM CST/10 AM MST/ 9 AM PST/1700 UTC in place of the Thom Hartmann Program which takes a holiday.

Sunday November 21, 2021 2:03 PM CST -- Radio History Narrowly Averted --
The day is passing too rapidly so allow us to step in to slow things to a near standstill as we link a select edition of Blare OnAir for your cultural leaning. This program explores methods used in radio to fill chunks of extra time and is easily the best program we have ever done. Too easily.
Blare OnAir Presents 'Dead Air'

Sunday November 21, 2021 11:05 AM CST -- Opposites of Live --
If you say that the opposite of 'live' is 'dead', you would be either right or wrong, depending on what we mean when we say 'live'. In most cases when we say 'live' we mean 'as opposed to recorded'. And the reason we think about it so much is not out of fear of the 'afterlife', because in such case that would be continued existence through previously recorded transcriptions. To get to the point, we wonder a lot about why it is that almost everyone who operates a legal, unlicensed, low power radio station under Part 15 of the FCC rules, or by regulations in other world countries, transmit exclusively recorded material from prepared playlists. Ironically most stations have microphones on prominent display to somewhat validate the equipment desk to resemble an authentic radio station, and possibly sometimes use the setup to record some messages in advance of airing, but almost never 'go live' as we say. Yet, in another irony, the nostalgic recollections of  'how radio was' during school days is what drives most stationers, those owning and running these small operations, to go to the effort in the first place. That 'old time radio' typically consisted of glib DJs playing hit records, yet the modern reincarnation stations consist only of past hit records minus the jocks.

At KDX we have tried to schedule as many 'live' programs as possible, a central example being 'The Thom Hartmann Show' daily for 3-hours. Mr. Hartmann is truly 'live', meaning that we are hearing him as he sits in his Portland, Oregon, home doing his phone-in talk show. But most of our programs are recent recordings either because they are not streamed live or because the live stream of that program conflicts with the scheduled time of another program heard on KDX.

When I discovered internet radio for the first time back in 2007 while planning to build KDX, the first station I found was KPAH from Pahrump, Nevada, run by a HAM radio licensee and retired TV engineer who featured live programs hosted by volunteers from town who enjoyed something of a social outing by arriving at the station and exchanging with listeners from anywhere by telephone. It was very entertaining and spontaneous.

I started right away doing a daily talk program of my own called 'Adventures in the 3rd Dementia' and because I wanted to keep an archive of my work they were recorded to harddrive, which required careful engineering, and to go live in real-time was an added layer of complexity and after trying doing both for awhile it soon became easier to simply record first and playback later.

Now again I'm considering a live Friday night edition of Blare OnAir with open phone lines and I know that some weeks there'd be no response and it would be just me talking to an effectively unpeopled internet, but it would be necessary to keep going so eventual callers would have a show to call.

It's like a wheel. Wheels have been around as long as we remember and we still use them today and even have our own little wheels as part of a hobby. But, getting further into it, it seems less and less that there's an analogy to be made.

Sunday November 21, 2021 8:05 AM CST -- Yet to Come --
Days are somewhat uniform here at KDX in the way they time out. About 3:30 AM deep in the middle of night we spring to action, able to concentrate in the absolutely undisturbed enclosedness offered by darkness outside the walls. We usually hear the horned owls holding brazen conversations perhaps complaining about the suddenly lighted windows. For us it's a time to search, research, think, plan, study, read, and prepare hot honey coffee. This morning, for example, we continued a long scroll through "wi-fi audio" results on YouTube, looking for alternative choices in preparation for a new backup system to protect our wireless studio-to-transmitter link that keeps KDX AM & FM on the air. It's a cluttered search because of so many variant applications that use cable-free signal hops to send audio from in here to out there. There are wireless microphone devices, musician oriented wireless to put guitars, violins, and other instruments onto loudspeakers, video senders coupled with audio, and vast Bluetooth offerings clumped together with the better Wi-Fi technology. As the hands of the clock reach closer toward firstlight we switch attention to startup prep for the day's program schedule on KDX, starting on Sunday mornings with Glenn Hauser's 'World of Radio' and continuing through early day with busy sounding voices describing the world's ongoing downfall as we stir cranberries into oatmeal. They talk until about 4 in the afternoon when I abruptly lose interest in what any of them have to say and decide again never to extend programming into the hours of apathy, when it becomes more appealing to eat and watch, for which free internet movies provide enough choices to stare for awhile at entirely irrelevant stories delivered by dead actors while                                                                           into the food supply. Once sated I usually declare "I don't care how this story turns out" and stop the movie half way through. Having done it all for so many hours everything gets canceled and a large nap takes over. There'd be more to say about it if the ensuing dreams could be recalled, but they escape documentation by avoiding conscious memory. About 3:30 AM deep in the middle of the night we spring to action, and so on and so forth.

Saturday November 20, 2021 5:06 AM CST -- Reaching the Plateau --
Correspondent Boomer suggested we pay some attention to Plato and Shakespeare, and we'll do it now. The philosopher Plato came from a time before last names, whereas Shakespeare is a last name for a man named William. Unless Plato is the last name of a man without a first. That's what I know, being a college drop-in.
 In the midst between fire and earth God set water and air,

and having bestowed upon them so far as possible a like ratio one towards another
--air being to water as fire to air, and water being to earth as air to water,
--he joined together and constructed a Heaven visible and tangible.
For these reasons and out of these materials, such in kind and four in number,
the body of the Cosmos was harmonized by proportion and brought into existence.
- Plato, 404 B.C. 
As we see Mr. Plato took on the larger issues, yet never guessed that radio would eventually be discovered to permeate the four elements of his speculation. Turning now to William Shakespeare, we had the choice of quoting something from his well known stage plays, but found an exceptional other work of pen by way of his Sonnets, numbering 154 in total.

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's Rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thy own bud buriest thy content,
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding:
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

Ouch. Whoa. Stunned. Punched. So much, yet only an opener. No wonder. I mean, wonderful. Sad, really. Too true.
Friday November 19, 2021 11:15 AM CST -- Where Has Part 15 Gone? --
Asking the question is based on the observed dropoff of public chatter and device availability surrounding the once robust hobby of low power broadcasting on the AM and FM bands. Actually the FCC Part 15 rules which make such activity legal continue to exist but have been substantially expanded to include radio frequencies employed by computer Wi-Fi networks most especially the 2.4 GHz band now overflowing with users and uses.
2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Radio Band
At KDX we operate Part 15 transmitters on several bands and have been exploring methods of transporting audio signals to the AM FM transmitter locations two rooms apart within the same building. The first tests utilized frequencies in the FM band but were eventually discontinued owing to difficulties in maintaining solid carriers in an environment where the movement of people causes noisy multipath interference and as well to an increasing scarcity of usable channels because of crowding. The new 2.4 GHz frontier at least solves the antenna situation with little 5" sticks, but, as outlined in the link above, crowding is a chronic outcome of jamming so many users into such a limited territory, however every location is different and often enough it's possible to claim a spot. And, although bodies in the rooms also cause disturbances to signal persistence the equipment handles the matter quietly. Such as it is, KDX has become greatly enchanted by experimenting in the Wi-Fi region and has undertaken a survey of all audio transmit/receive devices presently available. This is where Part 15 has gone.

Post Script -- We might have titled the foregoing "Where Has Part 15 Gone Wrong", but then we'd be re-telling the saga of Bob Fwordly's hostile takeover of the Association of Low Power Broadcasters, a smallish group of dedicated radio enthusiasts who came as close to forming an organized social unit as ever in the past century. After that everyone went their own way leaving Bob still justifying his Trump inspired uproar to anyone who'll hear him out.

Friday November 19, 2021 7:54 AM CST -- All Good Things --
A woman speaking on the radio used the cliche "All good things must come to an end."
To this Carl Blare wondered - "Must all good things have a beginning?

Friday November 19, 2021 7:48 AM CST -- NPYawn --
We know that NPR's a scam.
- John C. Dvorak on the No Agenda show as heard on KDX

Friday November 19, 2021 7:41 AM CST -- Deja Vuja --
We've been here before. In that life, as now again in this one, we searched 'Diogenes' as probably prompted by Boomer, now having been known in both lives.
Diogenes is a Guy Worth Knowing Before He's Asked to Leave the Area

Friday November 19, 2021 6:39 AM CST -- Trash Talk Comes Booming In --
As editor of The Blog I must mention... we are not calling Boomer's communique 'Trash Talk'. It is the 'Subject' written by he himself for the E-mail message that follows:

Glad you're reading the ancient philosophers, like Aristotle, check out Plato, and a personal favorite, Diogenes, then top off with Shakespeare for the foundations of modern English and tropes we still live by.

As to Shakespeare's point, I think theory is a good foundation, then experience comes along and compliments it. Experience allows Blare to see connections, similarities, differences and things that compliment, and thereby discover new things. I've seen those theorists on the groups, and some don't seem to want you to do anything but theorize it seems like. It's discouraging, but those with true courage can go on without the support from the theory trolls, take energy from their comments, tell Carl he can't do it, he will do it! I like to think of it that these naysayers are hundreds, maybe thousands of miles away from my screen, not in my life and I'll probably never meet them, so why get mad at their mean comments?

I'm glad WFMT cares about their high fidelity. It's always been one of my goals to have station sound that's close to that coming from the original record; that respects the recording and listeners' ears. I've long thought most radio stations could do a lot better when it comes to their sound, while their engineers got caught up in nearly pointless 'loudness wars'. When the CD came out, stations didn't take it as a cue to improve their sound to keep pace with the clean low noise digital audio.

Now with digital audio broadcasting on the radio and on line, audio quality has taken a step back, especially with HD radio, the quality is pretty poor in one way or another. On line, the quality of streams is all over the place.

We have the tools for excellent audio capture, mixing and playback, so every source should be as good as WFMT strives to be by now. A parallel example could be cell phones, I haven't heard any improvement in caller voice fidelity on talk shows. Some callers are barely understandable muffle and scratch and voices cut out. Cell phones have been around for decades and I'd expect much improved fidelity across the board by now.

Did you know that after Art Bell returned to Sirius radio, he quit his show there, and one reason was the audio quality of current phones.


All good thoughts from Boomer, much the thinker as I once was. We will take a delve into Plato and Shakespeare in blogs to come, and Diogenes will be a new one for me as I've never picked him up. Art Bell was a good philosopher-engineer with HAM experience and station ownership. There is nobody today (that I know of) with Art's all-round mastery of radio.

Thursday November 18, 2021 1:56 PM CST --Lightfest Event Adds Soundtrack by Radio --
Word from the home of Talking House & the Range Extender


You might find the news story below interesting. As you are aware, with the new pandemic paradigm in effect, special radio systems are being utilized to keep people safe while attending all manner of events.

Now the Wayne County Parks Department in Michigan has taken the concept a step farther by enhancing their drive-thru “Lightfest” display – which begins tonight – by adding a soundtrack delivered over the radio. Read more here.

Let me know your thoughts, when you have time; your feedback is always welcome. 


Bill Baker
Information Station Specialists
616.772.2300 x102

Thursday November 18, 2021 9:15 AM CST -- Bringing Aristotle Into It --
It's been some time since last quoting philosopher Aristotle in our blog, and now seems like a fine time because the day is sunny, cool, and quiet. Being on Standard Time is more comfortable than the 'spring forward' inaccuracy we were obligated to live under for so many months. It took some reading this morning to come upon the words about to be quoted, and they stand out because of previous forum arguments over the difference between theory and practice in the realm of low power radio technology.
"We see men of experience succeeding more than those who have theory without experience."
- Aristotle - The Metaphysics

Thursday November 18, 2021 7:31 AM CST -- Impeccable Audio on FM Radio --
This morning's transmission of 'This Week in Radio Tech' has our total attention as host Kirk Harnak talks with Gordon Carter, 40 year chief engineer at WFMT Chicago. Radio station WFMT has long held a reputation for extremely excellent audio quality.
This Week in Radio Tech No. 570
For 8-years KDX was an affiliate of WFMT's Classical Music Network bringing top flight syndicated concert programs by premier orchestras and chamber ensembles including the New York Philharmonic with host Alec Baldwin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas; we could go on. KDX atests to the always tremendous sound of programs from WFMT which came to us on CD discs.

Wednesday November 17, 2021 3:18 PM CST -- FCC Proposes Wi-Fi Tax --
Taxing Unlicensed Spectrum
In the linked news release the emphasis is on public use of the 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi space, but a deeper reading shows that a tax is being talked about for all unlicensed spectrum which includes Part 15 devices such as micro AM & FM transmitters. Not all internet subscribers use Wi-Fi and there'd be an impossible problem applying such a tax fairly. The number of people operating Part 15 'intentional radiators' is very small and no registry exists listing such users and it would be laughable to consider voluntary compliance.Under such a Kafkaesque plan tax avoidance would be tantamount to radio piracy.

Tuesday November 16, 2021 2:54 PM CST -- Pee Wee Herman DJ! --
Pee Wee Lands a Gig

Monday November 15, 2021 11:33 AM CST -- Soaking in Microwaves --
I've done enough writing and lecturing about the health risk posed by living in a sea of human-induced electromagnetic radiation, but in today's hunt for technical information about cordless phones we happened upon data that contradicts those who insist that the waves are harmless.
It's All Over the Place
At least the radio waves bring fascinating pastime to us as we're toasted, as do tasty snacks and bad diets too delicious to refuse. Probably poor air quality is the least pleasureful yet utterly unavoidable health threat, unless of course date night goes very well culminating in deep panting giving rise to peaking pleasure. Life is a temporary stopover between two bouts of very very long non-existence, and while we're here we're inclined to carry on as if there were a permanence at the same time risking our welfare with actions that turn out to be only momentary reward but by the time lessons are learned it's usually too late.

Monday November 15, 2021 10:33 AM CST -- Pairing and Mating --
We've used the expression 'pairing' in the discussions of our TP-Wireless Wi-Fi Audio Transmitter/Receiver, and we used it with the expectation that our readers are tech savvy enough to know that when wireless devices achieve 'sync' they are locked together and able to exchange information. Well, last night pairing was lost between the units and along with it the tell-tale whistle stopped. "Oh no", I thought, because I abruptly assumed the transmitter had blown its RF output amplifier and left us up a creek with a mute radio station. For the moment life became a hopeless tragedy because it's so much easier to become depressed than it is to save the day. Therefore I did nothing except for sitting in place feeling sorry for the inevitability of well planned systems to fail just when glory and triumph are almost within reach. With a blink the whistle popped to life and pairing resumed. It was either a miracle intended by the Lord to save me from dejection, or the devices were behaving in yet another undocumented way. In the hours that followed another incident lead to a suspicion that other activity on the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi microwave band was causing temporary interference to our signal, perhaps a neighbor or passing traffic. After all, the RF Explorer handheld spectrum analyzer shows constant activity across the entire spectrum, Wi-Fi channels 1 thru 13 and above. My first guess is that someone nearby has a 2.4 GHz cordless phone, which would explain the random moments of disturbance.

Sunday November 14, 2021 1:05 PM CST -- Technical Inspection --
There are YouTube videos about the TP-Wireless TP-WT02 Wi-Fi Transmitter Receiver like the one in service right now to provide an audio path to our AM and FM transmitters, and given that these devices have saved us from the breakdown of our other Wi-Fi audio system we've been analyzing very closely the performance, drafting two sheets of notes regarding details missing from the actual equipment manual. For example whereas the manual mentions two outputs on the receiver, only one output exists and there's no switch for choosing. As it stands the description says (18) Stereo Output Level 1 - 30mW RL=32 Ohms; (19) Stereo Output 2 - 50 mW RL=16 Ohms. That has us confused and we'll mention one other discrepancy... (10) Transmitter Power 0 - 20 dBM. Well, to me that describes a variable power output but there is no means of varying the power output of this Wi-Fi Transmitter. Despite a few such undocumented specifications the whole apparatus functions nicely.

Sunday November 14, 2021 8:56 AM CST -- Up and Running --
Several days had us undertaking a deep study of our freshly installed Wi-Fi studio-transmitter-link, connecting our program production room to the AM FM transmitter site in another wing of the building. Having already blogged about the piercing whistle produced by the Wi-Fi transmitter, several days of exposure to this high-pitched sound has proven annoying and we went to work trying to attenuate the noise. First we tried placing a CD (compact disc) underneath the device, learning that moving the make-shift 'ground plane' the whistle changed intensity. We added a second disc side-by-side with the first one and observed that positioning the transmitter's antenna right at the junction where the two discs touched, the noise was significantly reduced. But it was still annoying, so we removed the discs and found another trick quite by accident... we set our coffee cup on the surface near the Wi-Fi transmitter and the whistle all but stopped, yet the program audio being sent continued undisturbed. An upgrade followed as we assigned a water filled olive bottle to the task of permanent noise suppressor.

Sunday November 14, 2021 8:50 AM CST -- Science Radio Program --
While monitoring the 'No Agenda' 24-hour stream, comprised of a variety of independent productions, we came upon the science program "NATURE" which kept our interest for part of the early morning. Paying a visit to the NATURE website we saw no obvious mention of their audio program, but using their search tool put us on the podcast page where many episodes are available.

Saturday November 13, 2021 8:14 AM CST -- Composing Opera with William Shatner --
Back from space the RT America host William Shatner continues his weekly show - 'I Don't Understand'.
How to Compose an Opera

Thursday November 11, 2021 9:35 AM CST -- Text View --
Oh, that's right, Wikipedia is a text based source of general information and gives us the answer we were looking for. Our question was brought on by the whistle heard last night emanating from somewhere around the KDX computer work station where we've recently opened up a Wi-Fi microwave transmitter that we've been blogging about. The high pitched sound was reminiscent of the 15 kHz squeal remembered from cathode ray-tube TV sets of past years, produced by their flyback transformer. Once convinced that this new shrill sound was being produced by the Wi-Fi device we proved it by switching off the power which doused the noise. It reminded me of a woman who once told me she could hear radar and there are accounts of radar being perceived acoustically in Paul Brodeur's book 'The Zapping of America'. In our case today we found further light on the subject:
The Microwave Auditory Effect

Thursday November 11, 2021 9:08 AM CST -- Inputs to the Mind --
Sight and sound are the chief mechanisms for importing information to the mind and they operate in tandem, by which both senses are able to focus closely on a single event, or they are separable such as listening to the radio while reading the mail. Thinking about these distinctions arises because I prefer to continue listening to KDX while also researching a topic, leading to the question - does the web offer text based sites providing useful reference information? If the ears weren't otherwise occupied we'd probably look to YouTube for video tutorials on most topics, but now we specifically want data filtered for the eye so as to keep the ears on the radio. Let's find out.

Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:21 PM CST -- How To Stay On Top --
Encourage the purchase of other radio stations by religious organizations, contribute generously to the support of those stations so that your commercial station has the market mostly to itself. Has this been done? It would be imprudent to admit for fear of retribution by corporate hit squads. We'll just call it a wild-haired conspiracy theory. It's an example of the type of nonsense best left unpublished. Sheer hyperbole.

Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:23 AM CST -- Somewhere --
That's where we are. We've gotten somewhere with the studio-transmitter-link. But the problem wasn't RFI, no. What was the problem? Good question. Two things, really. The Wi-Fi transmitter and receiver were having trouble pairing because of poor wireless signal path and the little 3-fold sheet of paper called a 'manual' gave hasty instructions in broken English with some details missing altogether. By stretching devices around to odd locations there's now signal throughput most of the time, pending the raising of the equipment so as to achieve line-of-sight above the obstacles.

Wednesday November 10, 2021 8:16 AM CST -- What 'Technical Procedure' Was Taking Place? --
(Our Parking Page gave the reason for our offline status as 'Off for Technical Procedures')
As regular blog readers recall, the Wi-Fi audio link to the Procaster Transmitter went from woke to broke, putting AM 1680 off the air. Early this morning, while most of the city slept, KDX engineers were hard at work installing our OTHER Wi-Fi audio link, but when we tested it the result was very intermittent and at first resembled a loose connection or bad cable, so we shut her down. That's when experience kicked in and our brain remembered another potential cause of fluttery operation known within the industry as "RFI" (Radio Frequency Interference). After all, we'd placed the Wi-Fi receiver directly alongside the Procaster. To prove our hypothesis we're going to move the Wi-Fi device to a location several feet away from the AM powerhouse. Then we'll return to The Blog to accept adulation for being so right.

Wednesday November 9, 2021 8:11 AM CST -- Make Rolling Radio Great Again
89% of Car Buyers Want Broadcast Radio

Tuesday November 9, 2021 3:46 PM CST -- Someone Who Has Everthing Gets a Gift --
Senator Kyrsten Sinema has been sitting in on The Blare Blog and can be seen accepting a AMT5000 Part 15 Transmitter from Mitt Romney.
Sinema and Her Couch
Picture Courtesy of Duck Duck Go

Tuesday November 9, 2021 3:13 PM CDT -- Depends What You Mean by 'License' --
Our part 15 micro-radio stations are the least of what the NAB should worry about unless they absurdly believe two or three listeners might actually listen to NAB member stations were it not for our alternative programs reaching less than five listeners here and there and now and then. Our type stations are already subjected to fees, albeit indirectly, owing to the transmitter certification requirement placed on manufacturer distributors of the the miniature transmitting equipment which gets passed along to the user in the form of price. We are not actually 'unlicensed' should we consider the authority granted by the Part 15 Rules for the 'intentional radiators' which put us on the air for a few hundred feet; permission is our virtual license to use the public airwaves as members of public society. The NAB has got to find something to do in its self promotion and by declaring a movement against the unlicensed spectrum there is little else they'll be able to find as a next cause.

Tuesday November 9, 2021 11:28 AM CST -- Thought Report --
Thoughts are louder than environmental sound here in the depths of the pandemic, so many people stuck home riding the internet. Thoughts of past times come blowing as if only yesterday, and can be relived as if the same circumstances still exist at the other end of a drive to the city or a convenient phone call. I'll always sit in review of two job offers that arose in the midst of professional occupation that I turned down without ever regretting but it surprised both me and those offering the opportunity. After years of complaining, "I could manage a radio station better than the boss", both offers were management positions, one being a small newly purchased station in a small town and the other a once top rated station in a major market. The little station in the boonies scared me because the town was so small you could see it all end to end from a car seat. I never even went inside. The larger city station was AM at the point when FM was all but completely taking over as the dominant radio medium and I knew well that I did not have the formula for AM recovery, but was able to recommend exactly the man for the job and was proven right. That's then. What happens now, decades later, is that I believe it took this long to learn what I might have done to breath new life into the legacy station but by now it's been sold multiple times and become a Jesus station but I can be proud at making the right decision at that time.

We're talking about the magnitude of thoughts sparked by the stillness at the eye of a pandemic, and reading a neighbor's mind as he stepped out of his house for a walk gave me the notion he needed to get away from wife and children, and after the chilly walk he returned with renewed spirit happy to have loving people and warm hearth walled away from the heartless world. We can appreciate what we have when we don't have it.

As far as proposed fees for users of unlicensed radio spectrum one must first wonder why the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) would stoop to such minutia when the larger advantage would seem to belong to the thousands of watts hoarded by licensed broadcasters whereas unlicensed devices are almost imperceptibly weak by comparison. Most probably the NAB, always posturing as 'defender' and 'advocate' of licensed spectrum, has taken notice that overall tiny unlicensed devices are taking the audience away from the radio dial and facing them toward handheld micro-screens where the internet of everything brings the complete bundle of radio, TV, texting, phoning, seeking and learning. For reasons that have not been expressed the NAB ignores the nose on the elephant by failing to inform their member stations that very likely excellent quality programming would give listeners something to come back for, so there's a pitiful pretense that the NAB actually has something to protect but you cannot protect dullness. So, they attack spectrum use so small and insignificant as if by discouraging or preventing creative use of veritable toys people will be obediently stupid enough to listen to crap on the licensed services. If I had taken one of those managerial jobs my station wouldn't be an NAB member and I would walk the neighborhood with an unlicensed tablet scrolling YouTube.

Tuesday November 9, 2021 8:07 AM CST -- NAB Proposes Fees for Unlicensed Spectrum Users --

Reaction to National Association of Broadcasters Proposal by Consumer Technology Group
RADIO WORLD - Oct. 22, 2021

Monday November 8, 2021 2:28 PM CST -- Updated Part 15 Rules --
FCC Title 47, Part 15 Up to Date As of 11-04-2021

Sunday November 7, 2021 7:52 PM CST --
Anyone who promotes positive thinking should be flunked retroactively from grade school.
- Carl Blare

Sunday November 7, 2021 3:04 AM CST -- Time Check --
Starting at 2 AM CDT/1 AM CST we've been active in KDX Control Center co-ordinating everything related to the keeping of time as part of the shift from Daylight to Standard time. The Schedule page of the KDX Website displays the schedule in terms of local Central time relative to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Just as important, it is necessary to re-align the time-giving element of our audio time service broadcast served over KDX and KHZ for a very particular reason: although Universal Time remains constant the Zara Automation clock, taking it's time signal from the KDX computer-server, is driven by local 12-hour time which requires compensating every minute's announcement to the 24-hour Universal standard. It's as difficult to manage as it is to explain.
Provided by NIST
Interesting to note... the clock on the right-side of the linked page provides a measurement of your computer clock's accuracy at the instant of connection. Our clock is off by 3.234s.

Unable to monitor WWV by shortwave because of poor reception conditions, we were able to verify our calculations by calling 303-499-7111, the Institute of Standard's 'clock line'.

Saturday November 6, 2021 6:17 PM CDT -- About Icecast --
The present version of Icecast Streaming Software is 2.4.4 with nothing having changed for several years pertaining to the open source offerings of xiph.org, home base for Icecast and including the OGG-VORBIS and OPUS audio codecs. To all appearances no development activity has been taking place although Icecast is very widely used not only by thousands of private individual streamers but very commonly by licensed radio stations. Are we to suspect that the effort has been abandoned or that other troubling dramas are playing out? At this point of Internet time, streaming of all kinds has become a vigorous marketplace and it is reasonable to believe that corporate players who seek to dominate the field might be plotting to end the era of open source free software. This is not a rumor we've heard, it is only our fantasy imagination being negative about the possibilities. We'll continue probing in an attempt to assuage any concern.

Saturday November 6, 2021 3:56 PM CDT -- CDT Shifts to CST Overnight --
Guidelines - At 2 AM tonight, which will be Sunday morning, set the clock back 1-hour and leave it that way until sometime in the spring. Check the batteries in smoke detectors and other security devices.

Saturday November 6, 2021 1:25 PM CDT -- Radio Binge --
Right now KDX is streaming an episode of 'HAM Radio Workbench' talking about one of our favorite subjects - 'Stealth Antennas'. We stood out in the sun listening on the TECSUN PL-310 and now have the C.Crane Plus continuing indoors as we blog about it. It occurred to us that Saturday might be the right time to binge on radio programs about radio. There are many good amateur radio programs, the 'Radio Survivor
Program', 'This Week in Radio Tech' with Kirk Harnak and the FCC podcast. This is not definite as many other types of programs also go well on Saturday. We're also starting to carry more medical-scientific presentations about vaccines and health and want to make way to promote rail travel.

Friday November 5, 2021 3:06 PM CDT -- Open Minded Discussion On Vaccines --
The press toward vaccination and the politicization of the matter surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic attracts the attention of the KDX News Desk where some things don't seem to add up. While being impartial and neutral, having no agenda of our own to impress upon the audience, we want to employ the technique of journalism to inquire into such puzzling evidence as the resistance to vaccines by so many medical professionals and other professional, educated persons. The website linked here is part of our in depth investigation.
Medical Doctors and PhD Scientists Speak Out

Thursday November 4, 2021 3:45 PM CDT -- Colored Food --
Who knew there are so many foods of blue.

Thursday November 4, 2021 3:37 PM CDT -- Foods of Color --
We talked earlier of purple food.
16 Purple Foods

Thursday November 4, 2021 3:03 PM CDT --
Neigh is the sound made by a horse, also called a whinny. A neighbor is someone living near enough that you can hear their horses. I don't know. That's a guess. Etymology is a fancy word for the study of word history. That's another guess because I'm not altogether sure. Let's look it up. Join you in the next paragraph.

Hello again. We are just back from etymonline.com where "neigh" and "neighbor" are handled separate from one another with no inter-relationship mentioned, but I think my guess could probably have been true in past centuries when having a horse was like having an automobile that became a member of the family. Knowing so many things goes well for talk show hosts but often irritates neighbors who then talk about you as a "know it all", "smart ass", "wise guy", "stuck up old fart", and so on. One more. In the case of back-biting neighbors you could think of them as "bores that neigh".  

Thursday November 4, 2021 7:17 AM CDT -- Text to Speech --
Like hiring an announcing staff.
Amazon Poly

Thursday November 4, 2021 6:06 AM CDT -- Awake At the Wheel --
Today will be bright so far as weather is concerned and we have plans to go with it. Some of it has to do with research, by which we mean 'looking things up' to pin down meanings and definitions. We have a spontaneous interest in selecting all the purple or violet food visible across the grocery horizon based simply on seeing our four purple onions waiting in the pantry. We may have read somewhere that the color of food has no particular affect as to its benefits, but maybe that's wrong. I've always thought we should seek more blue food. And there's the lingering question over honey, considered widely to be a beneficial health food and used with our instant coffee to provide an incentive boost to starting the day. But a YouTube video showed graphs demonstrating that sugar, fructose and honey all have the same chemical response in the body. Also today we have a plan for restoring AM radio service by firing up the AMT5000 transmitter from SSTran possibly using a horizontally polarized antenna. As mentioned recently our usual AM FM signals went silent when the studio transmitter link Wi-Fi system blinked out. We have big plans for restoring the signal pathways by installing a balanced wire connection, a different Wi-Fi link, and we have some UHF wireless mic transmitter/receivers that can be repurposed as a wireless audio link. Backups of backups galore. There may be time to review the program schedule sent our daily over KDX-OGG SuperStream where we've renewed dedication to the talk format that delivers a strong mix of international news and intellectual content now rounded out by the Tower Top Time clock consisting of ticks (no tocks) every second and voice announcement each minute, now being carried overnights on KDX with Time Station KHZ closed pending installation of its own computer-server. Taken all together it's a solopsist's dream projecting electronically to the four corners with continuing exploration into a fifth corner.

Wednesday November 3, 2021 12:18 NOON CDT -- Slow Progress --
The failed Wi-Fi Studio Transmitter Link that is keeping KDX-AM 1680 off the air was put to a test this morning and confirmed non-functional. The device consists of 2 components, the receiver and a wallwart power supply, both sealed with no accessible screws for dis-assembling. Labeling on the underside of the receiver contains information not printed in the accompanying leaflet, most notably an FCC ID Number: SH6MB1000. The power supply includes a mini-USB plug, meaning that more common 5.0V 1.0A supplies can't easily be substituted. The first thing to suspect as defective are capacitors, so if we find a way to open the small casings we may be back in business. Being an MCM product, a company purchased by Mouser Electronics, the Model No. MB1000 has long since been dropped from inventory.

Wednesday November 3, 2021 12:12 NOON CDT --
The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves.
- Wilma Mankiller, activist, social worker, community developer,
first woman elected to serve as principle chief of the Cherokee Nation

Quote borrowed from Broadcasting+Cable Smart Brief

Tuesday November 2, 2021 2:57 PM CDT -- Don't Move In On Our Territory --
I meta first!
- Carl Blare, the office staff staring blankly before returning to what they were doing.

Tuesday November 2, 2021 1:53 PM CDT -- The Physics of Gravity May Not Be What Has Been Theorized --
One doesn't expect changes to the "Laws of Physics" but we may be wrong about gravity and dark matter.
Say What?

Tuesday November 2, 2021 12:58 NOON CDT -- Unsettled Politics and the FCC --
Waiting for Manchin and Sinema

Tuesday November 2, 2021 10:44 AM CDT -- Very Friendly Women --
The title has nothing to do with anything but it attracted your attention. What we are really talking about is Blare OnAir from Feb. 10, 2012 when almost everybody called or stopped by. Bruce phoned with true stories of supernatural events, Detective Rock Jocko came by to meet Haughty Shish the talk show diva, an episode of Idle American and the Last Minute Radio Theatre. By far this is the best show we've ever done.
Blare OnAir from the Lower Level Shelf Stacks

Tuesday November 2, 2021 10:12 AM CDT --
Part 15 radio is the cause with little effect
- Carl Blare Feb. 10, 2012

Tuesday November 2, 2021 9:47 AM CDT -- DJ Dave Letterman --
Aged 22 student DJ at Ball State University.
Carrier Current WAGO

Monday November 1, 2021 5:45 PM CDT --
Who cares who's going to win when everyone's going to lose.
- Isaac Asimov, author, philosopher

Monday November 1, 2021 5:44 PM CDT --
We are all scandals.
-James Hillman, American psychologist

Monday November 1, 2021 5:01 PM CDT -- Capturing the Moment --
At times very elaborate ideas come into the head regarding tentative blog topics, but unless taking immediate action the inspiration passes and even if I remember what would have been said the impulse wanes and at most gets left for future uptake. More likely the idea fades altogether. As far afield as it may be I was considering a detailed opinion piece about proposed changes to custom and law regarding the responsibilities faced by accidental parents. The motivation wasn't coming from any personal approach or avoidance of parenthood but rather from empathy for the unending situations facing people in general finding themselves swept up in romantic risk. It's a subject that will arise again and we'll give it page space. Soon after leaving those thoughts we proved again how vital KDX is for personal daily life given temporary breakdown of our transmission system and resorting to local radio which we so often disparage for dullness and lack of worthwhile content. Religion, sports, and juvenile extreme right wing bashing of 'lefties' and 'progressives' smears the dial. Very circular. Very ruminative. Well, now I've kind of written about those issues anyway but not in the detail originally planned. So, as the day grows dark, it's more about food and finding a good free movie. Oh ya, and we wanted to expand on an incomplete definition of 'solipsism' given by a radio host. It's an important psychological-philosophical concept not familiar to the crowd. The Blog may be taking a turn as we post notice of things we're presently not going to write about.

Monday November 1, 2021 1:03 PM CDT -- Unlicensed Longwave Experimental Radio --
KDX Worldround Radio has come near completion of a longwave radio transmitter for operation under FCC 15.217, and sees further opportunity in this story:
Longwave Activity

Monday November 1, 2021 12:54 NOON CDT -- Two Solar Flares
Space Weather Report

Monday November 1, 2021 12:48 NOON CDT -- Zulu Time --
Knowing how World Time works is a useful radio skill.
Universal Time

Monday November 1, 2021 10:06 AM CDT -- Trained Ears --
Because of technical difficulties described in a recent blog KDX is temporarilly transmitting from the 2nd Audio Output jack of the computer-server over a spare KDX-FM transmitter. The audio quality percieved on nearby radios is spectacular, making us realize that the quality delivered over the now broken Wi-Fi wireless link was not so good as we thought it was. Ears had become accostumed to the Wi-Fi wireless device over several years and considered it top quality, but we now realize it was only fair quality. Although for feeding an AM transmitter it's probably adequate but we're making these newer audio judgements based on FM sound. It's interesting to map out the times an audio signal converts from analog to digital, back to analog, then again digitized and again down-converted to analog. Naturally the frequency response varies in stages as sampling frequencies are increased/decreased, and some equipment is locked at a particular sampling range and not variable, but perhaps well applied EQ (equalization) could improve outcomes.

Monday November 1, 2021 7:52 AM CDT -- Almost Everything --
If you're looking for something try looking here
The Smithsonian Collection

Monday November 1, 2021 6:58 AM CDT -- Pirate Radio Day --
The Bruce Monitoring Station in Pennsylvania notified us that yesterday was annual Pirate Radio Day and he was out in the yard listening for nefarious transmissions. He described one fairly strong signal sending a Michael Jackson song at 6925 kHz upper sideband, sounding somewhat scrambly. Bruce advised taking a good shortwave radio outdoors to hunt for illicit signals, but we could hear screaming halloween demons everywhere and double-locked all the doors. From inside we checked 6925 and heard mostly noise with possibly a very weak signal pulsating in and out. What I actually wanted to hear was WWV at any of their several UTC time frequencies, but have had no luck in several weeks.

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