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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 --
Correspondent 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.
Voice Meeter Banana

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 --

The Newsworthy

Saturday January 22, 2022 5:31 AM CST -- Your Time --
Back 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.

This 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.
NO 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 --
Getting 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.

- Boomer


Thanks 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.

Only 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.

Speaking 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.

Your inspirational 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 Dog <petsmartdoggie1@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:34 PM
To: Tha Dood <rreh917@hotmail.com>
Found this newsletter on Radio World, retired broadcaster sets up a studio in his living room, with a carrier-current station. It's the top section.

https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/workbench/workbench-retirement-starts-in-your-living-room

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




STXtreme
Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:02 AM CST -- The Newest and Greatest Hardware Audio Processor for AM & FM --
Most 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
Thimeo Hardware Audio Processor STXtreme

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.
JITTER
This 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 interferences.

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!


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I REPEAT, THIS IS A FALSE ALARM!!

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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!!

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YOU ARE ADVISED TO CALM DOWN AND LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW THAT ALL IS WELL!!

IF 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 --
Our 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 --
At 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 week ahead.

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 --
A 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 something.
Criticism
Some 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 --
There 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 the springtime 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 --
FCC Launches FCP

Monday January 10, 2022 2:43 PM CST -- Let the S___ Fly --
We 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.
Radio Daze - The Bus from Hell 

Monday January 10, 2022 5:25 AM CST -- Radio Daze --

Another Good Program About Radio is Coming Soon 

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.
Let's Take Back Part 15 Broadcasting

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.

Our 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 --
Cold May Be Good for You

Tuesday January 4, 2022 5:48 AM CST -- Reconstruction --
Part 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.
1/03 - Leadership
Canada 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.

In 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 --
A 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.

KHZ 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 --
High Ranking Male
Alpha 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 --
Every 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 to notice.

Sunday January 2, 2022 9:54 AM CST -- Radio Gone to the Dogs --
A Radio Station for Dogs

Sunday January 2, 2022 8:37 AM CST -- Artisan Radio Blog is Back! --
V 4.0





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