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AUGUST 2022





Friday August 12, 2022 11:20 AM CDT -- Build Your Own ISP --
This Guy Did
arsTECHNICA

Friday August 12, 2022 7:02 AM CDT -- Post Postal --
The once splendid U.S. Postal Service has fallen into shambles since that very former President put his stooge in charge of dismantling it, and deconstruction continues as un-uniformed and apparently untrained carriers manage to deliver at least some of our mail. At KDX we've established a careful mail monitoring procedure to keep track of business mail that never arrives so we're sure to stay current on payments and obligations. We have a growing list of articles never delivered. And most recently a mail lady has been applying her own style as she sets mail on the porch steps and railings rather than putting it in the mailbox. Diversity should have its limits.

Wednesday August 10, 2022 7:00 AM CDT --
Promoting TV Antenna Technology

Tuesday August 9, 2022 11:19 AM CDT --
Prayer gives inarticulate people something to say.
- C. Blare, 2022

Monday August 8, 2022 1:35 PM CDT -- Judging Covers by Their Books --
At first blush one might think HobbyCaster to be a little goofy by devoting so much ink to 'informed' posts which are neutered by banned access except for approved members. This might be reasonable if one could qualify for acceptance, but in large part membership is denied by a grand master who distrusts anyone who might attempt to join. This is not unlike the reasoning employed by the FCC when they issue a Notice of Unauthorized Operation based on not having a license, when in fact applications for license are summarilly denied.

Monday August 8, 2022 1:23 PM CDT -- Listening Directories and Listing Ships --
In another heat alert I've searched for 'internet streaming radio directories' and stopped when I reached 31. Each one of them boasts 50,000 or more radio stations, so does it help to be listed on any of them? It all depends on what we mean by 'help'. A lot of stations think it matters if unknown strangers 'connect' and remain listening, a possible indication that they like what you present. We all want to be liked for something. For me it's only a case of idle curiosity since I doubt that most of the thousands of stations are worth a moment of time. As for my station, KDX exists for my own listening pleasure so there'd be no reason to go elsewhere unless my equipment broke down. For no anticipated advantage KDX is listed on two directories, each of which also have thousands of other stations. I'm sorry, I can't talk to you right now because I'm listening to the radio.

Monday August 8, 2022 8:05 AM CDT -- Doesn't There Have to Be an Interferee? --
No. Not in the eyes of the FCC. There's no point coming up with logical arguments against a federal bureaucracy.

Monday August 8, 2022 7:41 AM CDT -- The Philosophy of Interference --
All of us in low power radio know what Moderator Mark meant when he said "it's all interference" in our recent discussion about radio signal carriers, modulated and unmodulated. What a lay person needs to understand is that the FCC has written the Part 15 Rules as an overall categorization of permissable levels of 'interference' from non-licensed sources, be it arc-welding, flourescent lamps, DSL telephone circuits, broken street lights, and many forms of radiation both intentional and unintentional. Narrowing it down to what our radio stations do, our 'transmitters' are officially described as 'intentional radiators', and in a flagrant short-circuiting of language we are 'allowed' to produce a specified level of 'interference'. No capiche? Let me use an analogy, starting from the fact that the Federal Communications Commission is in essence a board of trustees acting on behalf of the general public to regulate the electro-magnetic spectrum as a limited resource, much like the Department of Conservation regulates public parks. We'll say that a picnic table is in high demand, and the Department controls access by issuing permits. A casual visitor may not use the table even if no one has a permit on a given day. And that's why our intentional radiators are classed as interference.   

Monday August 8, 2022 7:20 AM CDT -- Signs of Thaw at Icecast --
Much time has gone by since we expressed concern about the seeming lack of activity involving the Icecast Stream Server which has held at version 2.4.4 for a very long time. Using paranoia as our tool for inquiry we feared that perhaps the world's number one open source stream server was dead, possibly tied up legally by challenges from the billion dollar stream industry, had perhaps been abandoned by its developers and left orphaned, was maybe on the brink of being declared criminal as small time independent online radio is hunted down and subjected to long prison sentences in maximum security razor wire and cinder-block confinement. But all that aside, today's visit to the Icecast site brings hopeful news as V 2.5 Beta3 is announced!
Pay Icecast a Visit

Friday August 5, 2022 6:17 AM CDT -- Carworthy Roading --
Dymaxion Car # 1 and Only
SLATE

Friday August 5, 2022 4:34 AM CDT -- Herbie Popnecker the Fat Fury --
There was a time when I had a large collection of Herbie comic books. It always seemed to me that Herbie would go well on radio, but nothing was ever done about it. I think a family member made off with the collection and we haven't spoken since.
The Little Fat Nothing
Wikipedia
Herbie in the .Com Realm
Fan Site

Thursday August 4, 2022 9:46 AM CDT -- Newly Updated Winamp 5.9 --
Winamp Updated
This morning's broadcast of 'Security Now' from TWiT.tv brought word from security expert Steve Gibson that after several years of development a freshly updated version of Winamp is available. Steve says that many of his listeners believe that Winamp is the finest audio player of them all, and at KDX we have fond memories of using V 5.666 as our program playlist for daily stream operations using the convenient DSP Plugin feature along with StereoTool, still available as a plugin. In fact, if I recall correctly, we'd figured out some way of combining Zara with Winamp to enjoy the best of both. We may try some new experiments to revive the pairing of these great apps.

Wednesday August 3, 2022 10:34 AM CDT -- Sunny Eruptions --
Watch for Solar Flares
INTERESTING
ENGINEERING

Wednesday August 3, 2022 6:45 AM CDT -- Interference Stories --
Tales of Nagging Interference
The LEWISTON TRIBUNE

Wednesday August 3, 2022 5:39 AM CDT -- Thoughts Dawning --
I'm just back from an excursion down to the public street with the weekly trash, an expedition of 100-feet through treacherous wilderness. At any moment a bear, cougar, or homeless gang might rush out of the bamboo and the blog would never know.

Yesterday I was out and about during daylight hours and noticed that no one else was wearing a face mask. That doesn't jive with what I hear on KDX about the A5 Variant being hyper contagious.

Dreams sometimes end at very auspicious moments, as this morning I was with a lady friend at the university where she was carrying on a friendly conversation with the Senator who happened to drop a handful of loose change which rolled all over the tile floor. As he bent over to pick up the dimes and pennies I noticed he was wearing the finest navy blue suit I'd ever seen and I became concerned he might scuff himself so I voluntarilly helped gather some coins. It was soon obvious that coins were sprinkled all through the area, more coins than he'd actually dropped, and there were still more coins on desk surfaces, until I came upon a thick bundle of bills held together by rubber bands, and I thought 'finder's fee', but also became concerned about the moral question of grabbing money found in someone's work space. Perfect time to awaken and be spared the uncertainty.

Tuesday August 2, 2022 1:41 PM CDT -- About Unmodulated Carriers --
Mark speaks from part15.org:

Doesn't matter if audio or not. It's still interference. But here's an interesting thing I bet you haven't thought of....with AM it says and I quote...

" 100mW DC unmodulated into the final RF amplifier".....not including the power for the filiment if you have a tube amp of course.

Does that mean if the input to the final has audio applied or is modulated, does the rule now not apply?

Again I ask, do I need a lawyer?

By the way Carl, you didn't turn the A/C on yet in the morning? Don't you have to have it on at night to sleep?

Good points as usual. And here's how the cooling usually works. The day's heat starts really building up after the noon hour, when I start the AC. It runs continuously until about 1:30 AM when the indoor air starts feeling chilly, so I turn it off.

By the way, I just put a large fan pushing cooled air into my work station area, which works so well I'll be able to keep things turned on longer.

Tuesday August 2, 2022 10:42 AM CDT -- The Philosophical Life --
I have had the honor and privilege of living among PhD philosophers who have imparted wisdoms not printed in books.

One of them said, "The thing wrong with people is that they don't do what you want them to." That has proven true over the years. There are those women who didn't do what I wanted them to, those radio station managers who didn't hire me outright, and those millionaires who failed to bestow me with adequate sums.

That same philosopher said, "Everyday we should go beyond ourselves." What I take from that is that we should do more than we do to maintain things and complete projects. It almost makes me feel guilty to be reminded of all the undone work waiting to be faced.

Still, feeling guilty is the easy way out. That's my own philosophic attitude. Hold my beer.

Tuesday August 2, 2022 10:17 AM CDT -- Invisible Radiation Coming Through the Walls --
At this time of the morning our air conditioner has not yet been turned on. Looking back to 7 AM it was 82o outside and 83o inside, and now at 10:17 AM the outside has risen to 88o while indoors is holding at 83o, yet it feels hotter. I believe that rays from outer space are passing through the roof and walls and creating a microwave oven effect. Although some of it might attribute to the sun, I believe that hundreds of microwave satellites are drowning us in radiation far in excess of natural solar rays.

Tuesday August 2, 2022 6:49 AM CDT -- Unmodulated Carriers --
Of course we cannot read the FCC's mind, but they have given thought to why their rules are what they are. For example, the dinky field strength allowance given in 15.239 for legal (unlicensed) broadcasting on the FM band. When you think about it, part 15 is kind of lax when it comes to requirements imposed upon untrained lay people who switch on their C.Crane FM2s or even their Decades, they might easily go into the red on modulation thinking that louder audio equates to more power and better range. And even smart highly trained operators such as ourselves tend to leave their devices turned on all the time even when no audio is present. I'm fairly certain that dead carriers count as interference; it would be far fetched to call absolute silence a produced program.

Monday August
1, 2022 3:10 PM CDT -- Local Primary Elections Tomorrow --
Smerd for Office
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Monday August 1, 2022 11:59 AM CDT -- Formal Opening of August --
How do you do. For that matter how does anyone do. I do the best I can. This August being opened right now is a new one. It is not an old August being recycled, but an entirely new one. No one knows much about it yet, but we at least have an idea what to expect in the next few days, but of course I am speaking locally and your location might be quite different. We are entering another three day heat alert with temperatures approaching 100 Fahrenheit. As per policy the KDX Website, The Blare Blog, and Streaming KDX Radio will close during the peak of the heat. At this exact moment the outdoor temperature is 88 while inside we have 81. This morning's stream programs were not heard because I was too busy to run them, but we're catching up by airing part of the Thom Hartmann Program. We're watching the situation very closely while enjoying coffee with genuine maple syrup.




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