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Sunday January 23, 2022 6:51 AM CST -- Magical Incantation --
The most powerful incantation I remember announcing was a religious radio station's main hook slogan "On the Air through the Prayers and Gifts of our many Friends".
There are so many power points in this one liner. The expression "On
the Air" carries all the wattage of a full strength carrier bringing
deep authoritative voices into your home. "Prayers" is of course the
emblematic trademark of the mystical psuedo-science of religious
spirituality connoting a well attended switchboard in the sky ready at
all times to process incoming messages and requests. "Gifts" obviously
is the euphimism for money, the bottom line of the entire appeal, and
"Friends" opens to listeners the vision of a synthetic social life
outside the confines of being a lonely forgotten shut-in. Makes a
person feel generous.
Sunday January 23, 2022 6:47 AM CST -- If This Won't Do It Nothing Will --
Artisan Radio made us aware of this virtual audio device that seemingly
will do everything and anything involving complex audio routing between
two PCs over ethernet.
Sunday January 23, 2022 6:26 AM CST -- On Being a Winner --
Life is not a sporting event that only needs to be won once.
Life needs to be won everyday constantly in order to be a winner.
- C. Blare, upon first coffee
Saturday January 22, 2022 3:29 PM CST -- A Newsworthy Newscast for Radio --
Saturday January 22, 2022 5:31 AM CST -- Your Time --
then on a newly started radio station we called the morning show "The
Morning Show" and this went on for awhile until we decided to get fancy
and started discussing ideas for a better name, a more slick program
description. Other stations had their daybreak morning zoo drive-time
monikers and we wanted to do one better, but "The Morning Show" expired
under the old original name. Now it's about a hundred years later and I
just thought of it: "Early Radio". It's perfect. Simple. Sharp. To the
point. But no good now because the internet has made radio global and
earliness is counter-global; It's only early here but not everywhere.
all reminds us of a riff by radio artist Ken Nordine who talked of a guy
who wondered what time it was, not just here, but everywhere in the
universe. This guy would lie awake nights wondering what time it was in
far away galaxies. Although, you know, maybe that's the beauty of
"Early Radio" because radio is only 100 or so years old and that's only
a drop in time's bucket, so it is early for radio. We're probably a
genius for thinking of a name so simple yet universal, but it's too
early to tell. We'll have to wait for our legacy.
Friday January 21, 2022 10:32 AM CST -- PUBLIC NOTICE --
A DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF THE RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE
IS BEING PLANNED FOR THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
AT ALL PUBLIC SPACES LARGE AND SMALL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
PART 15 LOW POWER RADIO STATIONS ARE BEING CALLED UPON TO PROVIDE
CONTINUOUS COVERAGE FROM MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT
AND THE BLARE BLOG WILL PRINT PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMISSIONS AS WELL AS VIDEO FOOTAGE
SUBMITTED IN CARE OF FLOTILLA DeGLUED, IMPERSONAL ASSISTANT TO CARL BLARE.
THIS WILL BE A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION AND NO ROWDINESS WILL BE TOLERATED.
BE NEAT BY KEEPING ALL AREAS CLEAN WITH NO DAMAGE TO LANDSCAPES.
LOUDSPEAKER PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS PLEASE ALTHOUGH WELL CONTAINED LIVE
MUSIC IS ENCOURAGED AND SPEECHES IN SUPPORT OF DEMONSTRATING SHOULD BE
RESPECTED AND WELL ATTENDED. FINALLY, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO OR EVER
DID. DO YOU HAVE A SISTER?
Friday January 21, 2022 9:33 AM CST -- Messing in the 2.4 GHz Patch --
back to our ongoing exploration of Part 15 action in the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
band, we have discovered something that might be generally useful for
everyone who uses wireless Wi-Fi routers for their connection to the
internet, which is of course almost everyone. While we have read that
locating the router higher in the room will better reach all the
computers throughout the house, it seems that keeping the USB Wi-Fi
Adapter plugged into a port at the computer is the norm, typically at
30" desk-level above the floor. While using the free software Wi-Fi
Analytics Tools to view the Wi-Fi channel activity in our area as
received by our USB adapter, and by adding a 10-foot USB extention
cable and hanging the adapter up near the ceiling, the number of
hotspots received increased to over double, showing a flood of active
internet users surrounding our location. No doubt this move would
improve in-house reception between router and adapter. In our case we
don't use Wi-Fi and prefer direct ethernet cable connection for it's
better privacy and optimimized performance, but we are experimenting
with Wi-Fi for audio transmission within our facility.
Friday January 21, 2022 7:35 AM CST -- Lonely Engineer Pin-Up Processors --
Word from Boomer this cold morning (6oF at the Internet Building Campus):
It is nice to find more active stations using Part-15, and carrier
current, it seems so rare today. KROCKS Radio One pushed it hard on
part15 US, talking about his coverage and trying to get other
stations 'on the wire' and try it.
As of now, Carrier is my favorite form of Part-15 broadcasting,
something I wanted to do since I heard it at the drive-in theater,
used for the movie sound. Later I found out what they were doing
and thought it was a most unique way to broadcast, and wanted to be
a drive-in DJ before the movies. The signal spilled out of the
drive-in for a few blocks around, so I thought of people listening
in homes also. It was many years until I finally got my own
carrier-current station on the air, and it's been on for nearly 8
years at very low cost and high educational value.
The Thimeo audio processor from Stereo Tool's author looks nice in
the rack. I'm sure engineers have pictures of it pinned up in their
lockers. It would be nice to try out, but I couldn't see using it
on a station. I think we're at a point now where audio processing
is at a high level, it's a mature art and has been for years.
To me this high end gear appeals to engineering elites in high-end
playgrounds, and I can't see how it's justified when the audio
quality of most radio stations is subjectively low, when they add
Neilsen ratings encoding and the ringing it causes, and the heavily
clipped low quality feeds to transmitters. The Thimeo is vastly
overqualified for Brother Stair, do you think it could improve his
feed quality at all? Stair's feed is dog food already.
You might say, ah, but fine arts stations. Wouldn't it be that for
those, less is more, for cleaner, more dynamic voices and classical
music? For that you wouldn't need that much processing and
something relatively simple would do, if your goal is fidelity, if
we agree that fidelity means flat, wide audio response, low noise
and distortion, sound that is faithful to the source. In that case,
everything else is probably more important than what processor is
used, like good microphones, good audio amps and preamps, lossless
feeds, the best quality recordings in the station's library, a
short audio chain, and hey, corrected for jitter!
Thanks for all of your blog.
for writing, Boomer, this is Carl with my reply... you are right in
depicting the several kinds of persnickety audio engineers with
attitudes about more or less processing to raise or flatten the sound
coming out of the transmitter. I ridicule the absolute purists who seek
to preserve the absolute dynamic range of human hearing which, and this
is the ridicule, works best if the listener rents a concert hall and
plays their radio from the stage. The reality is that out in the world
their are ambient noises, i.e., traffic, snow blowers, video games,
dogs barking, and even air conditioning which competes for dB space. My
rule is to compress and limit to raise the station audio up above all
the clammor. The computer software version of Hans Van Zutphen's Stereo
Tool is not expensive and creates a virtual rack-worthy result.
yesterday I tuned local 770 AM to see if the Stair man was keeping the
spinning plate in the air with his pinky finger, and there he was, I
guess. Somebody was preaching noticably off-mic in cassette quality
from a 6th generation dub with dirty tape heads.
of good microphones, I heard a podcast the other day that had the very
best microphone quality I have ever heard from a digital audiofile over
a computer. I will link it here later today as an example, keep
watching this space for that link. Maybe if I contact the producer we
can find out what brand or model was used.
praise of carrier current radio prompts me to repair and return to
service our 970 kHz LPB system, awaiting a recap. And thanks to you for visiting the Blog.
Thursday January 20, 2022 12:06 NOON CST -- Boomer Wrote a Note --
Blare Blog correspondent Boomer wrote a note to Tha Dood about a Radio World article:
Guy Builds Part 15 Carrier Current Station in the Living Room:
From: Boomer The
Found this newsletter on Radio World, retired broadcaster sets up a
studio in his living room, with a carrier-current station. It's the
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:34 PM
To: Tha Dood <email@example.com>
I don't hear about others who have carrier current stations any
more. - Boomer
Tha Dood replied:
Hey... My stations take-up space in the bedroom closet, under a
basement bench, and that transmitter rack in the garage. So, if
this guy can set-up a station in just one room, why not?
Thanks, for sharing that. I'm glad to see Radio World give a Part
#15 station some attention. Needs more.
- Tha Dood
Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:02 AM CST -- The Newest and Greatest Hardware Audio Processor for AM & FM --
low power radio station builders are aware of Hans Van Zutphen's
excellent Stereo Tools Software Audio Processor. Fewer are aware
that Mr. Zutphen's excellent software is incorporated in some of
the leading physical hardware audio processors available on the market.
Now Van Zutphen has taken the final step.. introducing his own
Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:18 AM CST -- Jitter Bug --
A problem highly unwelcome when audio 10 Hz and above shimmers, shakes, vibrates, flutters, warbles or wobbles.
problem occurs in digital audio equipment and often in Windows computer
audio because of shortcuts taken in the manufacture of PCs. Power
supply imperfections can be a cause in addition to clock circuit
When frequencies below 10 Hz go wobbly it's called wander.
Jitter can happen in the human brain due to emotional disturbances. Consider Sniper Bob's hostile slaughter of the ALPB.
Tuesday January 18, 2022 7:38 PM CST -- ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!
PLEASE DO NOT PANIC!! TRY NOT TO GAG OR CHOKE ON FOOD!!
THIS IS A FALSE ALARM!!
I REPEAT, THIS IS A FALSE ALARM!!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU AND OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE TELLING YOU!!
THIS IS NOT A REAL ALARM!!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE SHELTER IN A SAFE PLACE!!
YOU CAN STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND CONTINUE WITH WHAT YOU WERE DOING!!
THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT GIVE WARNINGS OR HAZARD ALERTS!!
IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTIFIED OF CALAMATIES OR DISASTERS PLEASE GO TO A WEBSITE THAT PROVIDES THAT KIND OF INFORMATION!!
YOU ARE ADVISED TO CALM DOWN AND LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW THAT ALL IS WELL!!
YOU DID NOT HEAR THIS MESSAGE STAY ON LINE AND READ IT FROM THE TOP
SEVERAL TIMES IF NECESSARY FOR IT TO SINK IN THAT NOTHING IS WRONG!!
Tuesday January 18, 2022 6:15 AM CST -- Grammar Are Fun --
gaze happened to land upon the bright white-on-blue lettering printed on the
empty box from our Ramsey FM30B Transmitter Kit which says:
"Electronics is FUN!" This didn't seem like the right grammar so we
first considered that maybe "electronics are fun" might be an
improvement, but we weren't finished thinking about it and decided to
try a few comparative examples, starting with "technologies is fun",
but given the vast range of technological possibilities we weren't sure
they'd all be fun and too, going back to the matter of electronics we
reason that we are not talking about a plurality so much as we are
naming a class. Another class might be "birds" except maybe not, as I
think perhaps they're a genus or general class whereas a particular
bird, say a golden finch, is a species. This is going well, don't you
think? I'm really into it, anyway, and we'll move to "human" as a
possible class, although perhaps humans are a genus belonging to the
class "mammal" or would it be "primate"(?) Um, come to think of it the
latest thinking is that human is a species under which various races
can be found of which it could be said "races is fun." No. I wonder if
my first grade teacher is listed in the phone book. First grade was a
class and she was classy. I recall finding her very pretty, prettiness is
fun, and this overall topic would be a great conversation starter, but that was
several decades ago and decades become less fun after a while
especially when they become a singular plurality.
Monday January 17, 2022 11:29 AM CST --
Many of the hazards encountered on the road ahead
are a consequence of mistakes made on the road previously traveled.
- Carl Blare, this winter morning
Saturday January 15, 2021 8:33 PM CST -- KDX is Streaming --
the moment FREE TALK LIVE is streaming live from Keene, New Hampshire,
hosted by Ian Freeman and Captain Kickass. There were some interesting
phone calls from military veterans living off the grid out in the wilderness,
able to listen on portable radios. The show is carried on just under
200 radio stations and many online streamcasters.
A few white
patches dot the campus landscape as we've been just outside a band of
heavy winter activity and no jeopardous conditions are forecast in the
The daily visit to part15.org brings a report from
Moderator Mark about adding a simple artificial ground to a Procaster
Transmitter to achieve improved signal strength. The whole subject of
virtual grounds is very informative and hasn't been written about
recently. We plan to try a few experiments in that area and will share
what we discover. It's a practice familiar to HAM operators who find
themselves unable to plant actual grounding into the earth because of
home association restrictions.
You'll have to excuse me now while I check snack options in the Upper Management Lounge.
Tuesday January 11, 2021 4:18 PM CST -- Critical Part 15 Theory --
chronic mistake of moderators at the Part 15 low power radio forums has
been to lump criticism in the same class as an attack, thus repelling and
canceling criticism and narrowing the range of discussion to allow only
those points of view held by the moderators. The field of criticism,
however, is a time-honored practice of judging the merits and faults of
of the most prestigeous publications in journalism provide critical
reviews of other news papers and magazines and every profession has its
critics including music, literature, software, consumer products, and
anything else. The denial of criticism as a legitimate platform for
expression is not only authoritarian but is also a symptom of ignorance
and educational lacking.
Monday January 10, 2022 2:53 PM CST -- The First Grackle of Spring --
was a big fat bold healthy purple grackle on the birdbath this morning
grumbling at the frozen pool of water. As a lifelong birder I realize
that grackles only stop here long enough to raise a brood of young in
and then are off to pastureland where they sit on the rear hips of cows
enjoying swarms of snack flys. The days are getting longer and we're in
for an early spring.
Monday January 10, 2022 2:46 PM CST -- Federal Connectivity Program --
Monday January 10, 2022 2:43 PM CST -- Let the S___ Fly --
have sampled the first edition of the new 'Radio Daze' podcast and
absolutely enjoyed it. But watch out. It's loaded with S___ words. The
program ran 7-minutes and is worth hearing but perhaps not putting on
the public airways.
Monday January 10, 2022 5:25 AM CST -- Radio Daze --
Thursday January 6, 2022 12:56 NOON CST -- Spring Comes Early --
A thoughtful and constructive string of comments has sprung from the long quiet forum site at part15.org.
Wednesday January 5, 2022 4:56 PM CST -- Back In Service --
The internet went dead today around 3 PM CST here at the Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio. This put the website kdxradio.com offline along with streaming station KDX.
Rather than panic, which I thought we could do later, we went about office tasks and came up to date on paper work.
quiet patience has been rewarded, as the internet came back to life,
enabling this blog entry and return to normal operation.
Wednesday January 5, 2022 6:51 AM CST -- Baby It's Cold Inside --
Tuesday January 4, 2022 5:48 AM CST -- Reconstruction --
15 low power radio in the U.S. and its equivalent in Canada are not
extinct but are severely demolished for reasons discussed at some
length throughout this Blog as well as this opinion just published
in the Artisan Radio Blog.
depends on the U.S. low power radio forums because, so far as we know,
the U.S. forums are the only such social media in all of North America.
the brief essay on leadership Artisan Radio is to be commended for
declaring his intention to restore the forum site part15.org to its
former glory, and The Blare Blog will contribute to this noble endeaver
by linking and blogging about the unfolding events.
Monday January 3, 2022 11:25 AM CST -- The Future Kicked Off Only Minutes Ago --
very vigorous dialogue is taking place as we speak over at part15.org,
where Artisan Radio has contributed some depthful remarks about
programming and program rights issues, joined by Moderator Mark with
his own position on the subjects, plus there's a very nice mention of
our all time radio station here at kdxradio.com, so I'll give an update on that.
is the name of our Time Station, which concluded tests a few weeks ago
running as a second instance of the Zara software from a single
computer, which we found too complicated and trouble prone to continue,
so KHZ is shut down until we launch a second computer by which KHZ will
return. Meanwhile, our Time Station now operates by sharing time
on KDX Worldround Radio, whose primary purpose is to provide select
programming for my own listening from 6 AM CST to somewhere around 3 PM
each day when Time Announcements take over until the following morning,
except that on some evenings no streaming goes out from here.
Monday January 3, 2022 9:12 AM CST -- Looking Into Light --
In our natural world we tend to see by reflected light. We
don't (normally) look directly at the sun nor stare into light bulbs.
We look at the world by the light reflected from its objects and
surfaces. That is, until it comes to computers, in which case we are
looking straight into lit screens. This can cause eye irritation, but
there are some workarounds.
I read the other day that looking at red light at the start
of the day is very comforting to the eyes and put the idea to the test
on our KDX Work Station Control Screen, where the default 'Home' screen
is a page of many links to many radio program sources and utility
websites, at first a white page which for a long while has been a cause
of annoyance to the morning eyes. So, we made the page's background
color red and lowered its intensity such that black fonts show clearly.
The result was immediate: percieved eye comfort as we prepare sign on
for KDX each predawn morning.
The article about 'red in the morning' didn't talk about
other colors for other day parts, but we're thinking about blue for
midday based on reports claiming blue light keeps people awake in the
evening hours and can interfere with sleep. Some such articles can be
found on our Link page. Although we know of no recommended 'best uses'
for blue light, we wonder if it might keep workers awake during prime
daytime hours, and when we test it we'll explore the idea.
What colored screen would do well after natural darkness? I'm
guessing black. White fonts might appear similar to stars in the night
sky or fireflies mating in the outdoor nightscape.
Monday January 3, 2022 7:17 AM CST -- Too Many Alpha Males in the Same Territory --
males attempt to 'lead the pack' as virtual dictators and the handful
of part 15 low power radio forum sites have been all but decimated
under the influence of the alpha males who dominate over them. While
presenting a facade of enthusiastic boosters of the world's most
sophisticated hobby, these control freaks conceal fractured
personalities seeking to be glorified as the deciders and policy
makers admirable for their importance. There's a hidden
underlayment of anti-intellectualism, nationalism, racism,
anti-semitism and Christian fanaticism. Through discrediting, snubbing
and cancel culture they drive away any participants they cannot
control. What remains are a few innocently unthinking,
unsuspecting, uncomprehending, trusting adherents lacking in self
confidence and dependent upon their 'leader'.
Monday January 3, 2021 6:52 AM CST -- Residues of Christmas --
year without fail almost everyone remembers to celebrate the birth of
Jesus, yet all the other birthdays of his life go without notice. Of
course all of Christ's birthdays would be on the same date, but again,
the people only 'rejoice' at the birth itself. The Blare Blog happened
Sunday January 2, 2022 9:54 AM CST -- Radio Gone to the Dogs --
Sunday January 2, 2022 8:37 AM CST -- Artisan Radio Blog is Back! --