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Moonday October 31, 2022 6:22 PM CDT -- Listen to the Moon --
Convert Moonlight to Sound

Monday October 31, 2022 5:46 AM CDT -- Exploring the Tangents --
Ambient has given KDX a new genre on top of talk, news, and newstalk. Now we turn attention to a related category known as 'noise'. What will it be like?
The Source of Noise

Sunday October 30, 2022 1:34 PM CDT -- Scotty, Beam Me Back --
Richard Powers from his Space Station:

Hey Carl, this has nothing to do with our hobby, but I found this article interesting.. it's a very short article which I wish was longer..
Shatner Back from Space
"The "Star Trek" actor wrote in his new book, "Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder," which came out this month, that his spaceflight with Blue Origin in October 2021.. was a "cold, dark, black emptiness" and its contrast with the Earth filled him with "overwhelming sadness."

What the Hagles and Shatner experienced can be called the "overview effect" – a cognitive shift that astronauts can experience while viewing Earth from space..." - Rich

If we share these things with our listeners then it has something to do with our hobby. And perhaps even more hobby-related is the visible light spectrum which spans 400 - 800 nm (nanometers), part of the electromagnetic spectrum where our stations reside.

Sunday October 30, 2022 6:10 AM CDT -- Forever Arriving and Departing --
The largest idea that it is possible to have explains our lonely existence. Take the universe for example; at least as much of the universe as we're able to see in one look. None of that exists. The most we can know about it is that it did exist many light years ago and the light reflecting from it then is only reaching us now, but as to where it's all moved to or whether some or all of it has been extinquished will not be viewable until light years into the future, but by then we may not exist or at least may forget to look. If what we see around us no longer exists in the way we see it it is therefore not real. If reality is not as it appears that makes it an illusion. But surely objects close to us exist. Take you, for example. But wait, you are nanoseconds away and your speech is only reaching me at the speed of sound, which means I won't hear you until after you've started speaking. And where do you go at night when I can't see you? No wonder we use radio as a preferred way to communicate. Radio allows us to beat the speed of sound and transmit at the speed of light regardless of the fact that you can't see radio. But it turns out that most of us have nothing to say with hit records being our substitute. Everything considered, nothing is real and we don't know what to say about it even though we have the means to say it to anyone happening upon our dial position. The most we can hope for is that listeners stay tuned.

Saturday October 29, 2022 5:05 PM CDT -- We've Dabbled in Ambient Music Before --
In about 2006 we scheduled a 2-hour show called 'Dank 'n Dirty Dubz' from, under our own banner of 'Bamboo Thoughts'. We happen to have a small bamboo forest on our campus and by chance met a neighbor who believes in the New Age concept that bamboo has healing properties and brings peace or some such. I've poked fun at the mythical (imaginary) beliefs people tend to have, but in another sense I understand it completely. As inhabitants of a rotating orbiting planet we are unable to make sense of our role among the stars and so invent inner worlds with complete and reassuring meaning and purpose so we can rest easy and feel necessary. Ambient music more or less carries that kind of vibe.

Saturday October 29, 2022 5 PM CDT -- After Reading Richard Powers Part 15 Lab Blog Link --
For the past 45-minutes it's been a true pleasure reading Rich's link about Michael Betancourt's 'RECEPTION/TRANSMISSION' exhibition utilizing Part 15 FM as an integral part of the show. A very excellent piece of writing about discovering and exploring the happening in light of part 15 culture.

Saturday October 29, 2022 4:16 PM CDT -- Part 15 from Earth --
Richard Powers thoughts on space, earth, and radio programs:

Carl, when you linked to the exact show you played; "Bing Satellites Mostly Ambient Radio Show 33", for a moment it all made sense, what I was listening to was the sounds from a satellite traveling thru space much like the part 15 FM broadcast as was featured in the book "Structuring Time" by Michael Betancourt (who also happens to be behind the establishment of the "Creative Commons" project that provides royalty free material).

I wrote about this years ago in my blog:
Part 15 Lab Blog
For this event (in 2006) it broadcasted locally the actual telemetry of the Cassini space probe, as it sent back data from its journey to Saturn.

So I at first presumed what you were playing was something similar.. and in a way it was, but no, your broadcast wasn't sound from outer space, but from on earth.. Ambient Music so it's called.

Still interesting. At least now I know what I was listening too.. which was better than your atomic clock broadcast you air sometimes (or whatever it is).

- Rich

Some of the ambient music is better than a ticking clock, I agree. Now that it's a regular feature after the talk programming everyday I'm naming the whole package 'Night Noir'.

Saturday October 29,2022 5:32 AM CDT --
When you've got success on your hands
It's likely to spread to the rest of your body.
- C. Blare - earlier on his 'Get the Move On' morning program

Friday October 28, 2022 4:06 PM CDT -- What Were You Playing at 4:20 ? --
Richard Powers wants to know.

It's 4:20 in the afternoon.. I just tuned in to your station and am wondering what the hell I'm listening to... is it music? Not sure. Whatever it is - is probably an appropriate broadcast for 4:20

In this time zone it's not 4:20 yet, but I see that your e-mail was sent at 3:22 PM my time, I guess 4:22 PM EDT your time in Georgia. Stand by. I'll link you to the program that was playing at the time of interest.

Moments Later:  Whew! I can't find it again, but it's somewhere at under the category 'ambient'. Here's a general link to that section:   ambient at archive

Try Try Again:  In a second look I narrowed down to a radio series called 'Bing Satellites Mostly Ambient Radio Show'
Mostly Ambient Show

A 3rd Look:  This might be the exact show you heard:
Possibly the Exact Show

Friday October 28, 2022 9:36 PM CDT --
Is Listening to Audiobooks Really Reading?

Friday October 28, 2022 2:59 AM CDT -- Sounds Right --
Judging Sound

Thursday October 27, 2022 4:47 PM CDT -- Words Represent the World --
Art doesn't represent the world so much as it reflects it. Words are the devices that best represent the world but reflect our own incapacity as linguists when emotions sense a world more expansive than the reach of vocabulary.
- C. Blare - trying to say something but not sure what

Thursday October 27, 2022 3:50 PM CDT -- The Top 10 T.I.S. Updates --
The Latest from Bill Baker:


A few stories in the news you might want to be aware of:

Top Ten Improvements
From tape players and crystals to LANs, USBs and Streams, Information Radio Stations have grown up with technology.  Learn the top upgrades that station operators are making today. 

“Get Out Now!”
California community utilizes the latest Information Radio and StreamCAST technology to keep residents informed during recent Mosquito Fire evacuation.

Bridge Authority celebrates 35 years of operating dual Info Radio Stations on the Straits of Mackinac.

We always like your feedback!

Bill Baker
Information Station Specialists
616.772.2300 x102

Thursday October 27, 2022 3:31 PM CDT -- The Looming Rail Strike --
A likely strike of railroad workers is set to happen in mid-November which will have a negative impact on the supply chain in the U.S., but most media is ignoring the situation. The matter is discussed in vivid detail in this podcast hosted by political cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis with freight-train conducter Toby Kemp.
DMZ America Podcast
Advisory: contains some F-bombs

Thursday October 27, 2022 2:10 PM -- Birds Falling to Earth --
Delhi's Toxic Skies

Thursday October 27, 2022 6:12 AM CDT -- Morning Treat --
For this morning's wakeup listening we paid a visit to Phil Hendrie's website to hear 'The World of Phil Hendrie' Episode 2508. Phil Hendrie is an amazing master of voices with a cast of distinct characters all played by he himself with the main theme being misunderstanding, disagreement, dysfunction and misinterpretation.
The World of Phil Hendrie

Wednesday October 26, 2022 8:03PM CDT -- Huge Markup --
At local grocery prices 5-lbs of potatoes cost $4.99 and 5-lbs of potato chips cost $14.32.

Wednesday October 26, 2022 5:43 PM CDT -- Avoiding the Stereo Penalty --
By Mark:

For FM which we in Canada enjoy better coverage than the USA, I have the Decade MS-100 mono version not stereo model and it's mono all the time. Most regular radios aren't stereo and have one speaker.
Half of my stuff (music) wasn't stereo anyway.
Most don't have a hi fi system to sit in just the right location between the speakers without moving to get the full effect. And in the car you don't hear it either. It's a lost gimmik.
And yes a moving car isn't where you can listen to part 15. You have to be in one location even with AM.

- Mark

Wednesday October 26, 2022 7:02 AM CDT -- The Stereo Penalty and Part 15 --
The expression 'Part 15' is a euphemism for 'low power broadcasting', based on the FCC rules governing legal broadcasting at low power in the U.S. It is necessary to point this out from time to time for the benefit of new readers. The particular rule pertaining to low power FM (15.239) limits field strength to such a small area that the expression 'stereo penalty' is not an academic argument, it's a certainty: the subcarriers involved with stereo generation absolutely cause fringing noise within several feet of the transmitter which can be avoided by monaural operation, heard clearly at greater distance. Any argument about automobile radio reception is pointless unless the car is parked because a moving vehicle passes through the signal footprint in less than a half-a-minute. Listening in a moving car is only useful as a tool for the station engineer to sample his one or two block range.

Wednesday October 26, 2022 6:32 AM CDT -- The Stereo Penalty --
FM Stereo vs. FM Mono

Wednesday October 26, 2022 6:19 AM CDT -- Sound of Solar Storm Hitting Earth Magnetic Field --
Eerie On the Ear

Tuesday October 25, 2022 11:26 AM CDT -- 100% Chance of Rain All Day --
Very wet rain started coming down at about 11 last night and has been falling steadily ever since. To wile the time away we've been watching a YouTube film which has the appearance of being made in a high school gymnasium using a VHS camera.
Journey to the Center of Time
This is my favorite movie and I'd like to share it with you: "The radio may not work but it's our only chance!" It's a true Part 15 movie.

Tuesday October 25, 2022 5:25 AM CDT --
Just because something is lucid doesn't mean it's true
- C. Blare - realization during a quiet morning rain

Sunday October 23, 2022 3:37 PM CDT -- Dead Carrier Day --
The wind is blowing fallen leaves toward the west, causing them to scurry along roadways and lawns like little brown zomby creatures on the way to heaven. Not a bad moment to DX the AM dial where I found numerous ball games, grown men still scrambling after that one ball whereas they each make enough money to afford balls of their own. An equal number of religious programs occupy the airways as congregations seek a better place in afterlife mythology than they have in this life's reality. And at the last, two silent carriers at 690 and 1380 kHz respectively, suggesting that some bored operators are either asleep or out in the parking lot getting to know a listener.

Sunday October 23, 2022 2:49 PM CDT -- Artificial Thinking and Speaking --
I've made the rounds. Radio World Magazine had an in depth article about the increased interest in artificial voices by money pinching corporate radio conglomerates with an eye-winking proviso that they will tread very gently when it comes to using somebody's real voice as a pattern. Sure. I'll bet. It reminds me of the days when I was on the staff of an announcer pool at a television station leading into the days when we were all eliminated by one announcer and a tape recorder. Now that artificial voice generators have been refined to a point of sounding like real people it is only natural to start licking lips over money saving prospects and personnel reduction. Then, as mentioned by Artisan Radio in a recent blog on the subject, we also note that the last currently operating part 15 forum mistakenly equates artificial voicing with artificial intelligence (AI). A small bit of human intelligence is all it takes to realize that computer voices do not think for themselves and so are not examples of AI. Human input is necessary to tell the fake voices what to say. Although I foresee the day when AI might be used to show some of us how to think. 

Sunday October 23, 2022 11:08 AM CDT -- Radio Books In the Blur --
While stopped at a rail crossing with a speeding freight passing by the lettering on the side of the railcars sometimes moves to fast to be readable. I experienced somewhat the same effect listening to the Philosophy of Immanual Kant being read on KDX yesterday afternoon. I was intentionally tuned in because I want to increase my knowledge and understanding of this particular philosopher, the Librivox reader was doing a fine job speaking clearly but the detail of ideas was too dense for me to comprehend and the resulting experience was an audio blur. Either the pace of reading needs to be much slower or I'll need to read the books themselves if I want to get anywhere.

Saturday October 22, 2022 3:54 PM CDT -- Grand Announcement --
Another Season of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts Opens One-Week from Today on KDX Worldround Radio.

Saturday October 22, 2022 6:53 AM CDT --
Muzak for Airplanes

Saturday October 22, 2022 6:04 AM CDT -- Dream Studio --
Imagine putting a radio station together with this recording studio.
World's Largest Residential Recording Studio

Friday October 21, 2022 3:09 PM CDT -- The Incredible Shrinking Hobby --
Richard Powers Reports...

Carl, you made some interesting points (Part 15 Hobby Shrinking), some of which I don't entirely agree. The perception of the hobby dying is really based on the part 15 forum(s) demise, but that may not be a reliable barometer.

I think something you said a couple years ago (in your blog somewhere) is more accurate; I'm paraphrasing, but you said the "bible (rule) thumping" of the part 15 rules which were taking place in the forums was destroying the "fantasy" behind the hobby..

What's more, I don't think it has anything to do with a shortage of kits (there's no such shortage), nor the minaturation of its components which had actually increased part 15 AM use, as well as its capable range. Remember; the FCC nearly banned part 15 AM (15.219) because the introduction of solidstate components resulted in defeating the limitations the FCC rules imposed with the 100mw 3 meter antenna rule.

You also made this point:

"..The last hold-outs keeping the hobby available are the brave and dedicated individuals who manufacture and sell part 15 certified transmitters.."

I couldn't agree more, but then again that has been the case for the last 50 years.
It was the manufactures (ATI, DTI, and TSI) in the late 1960s who brought part 15 AM to the forefront with the first whip and mast transmitters.
It was an obscure manufactured part 15 AM transmitter by Metacomm in the mid 1970s which literally kept the FCC from eliminating manufactured 15.219 devices completely. As well as the Audio-Sine corporation which made it possible for part 15 AM use to continue to grow in National Parks around the nation (before and after TIS was created).
In the 1980s came New Pilot Communications, the small shop which began manufacturing a transmitter (Radio Realty) that inspired the Talking House which began the largest influx of part 15 AM in history.

The manufacturers have always been the primary catalyst behind what part 15 AM is today (and the same goes for ALL other types of part 15 devices which constitutes a multi-billion industry today). It has always been the manufactures that kept part 15 AM alive. Now its the Hamilton Rangemasters, Procasters and Talking Houses.

The kit builders kept it alive for the first 40 years, and the manufacturers have kept it alive for the last 40 years.

Well, I can see I'm beginning to ramble, so I'll close with saying I don't agree the forums lack of participation in recent years is an indication that the hobby is dying, the thing is, due to "Bible (rule) thumping" a poster has to hold his breath when he makes a post about his install or range or interpretation on the rules, because he may be attacked... fantasies get squashed unnecessarily, because it's no fantasy that a part 15 AM station with a compliant install is capable of achieving about a 3 mile radius (as ironically confirmed by R Fry), mounting it on the ground to comply is an annoying situation, but...

Ok, so,... I'm still rambling ain't I?

- Rich

I'm glad you remember that, Richard. A very enjoyable part of being on air at small power is the 'fantasy' that in at least a several block radius somebody could be listening. This 'fantasy' keeps me from accidentally airing material that would make a random listener get the idea that something wrong was going on. As long as our stations sound like 'real' radio, we blend into the normal world. I remember an unguarded moment in the 1970s when I was tinkering with an FM transmitter built from the pages of Popular Mechanics and accidentally left the microphone turned on while I took a phone call and happened to mention some gossip about a nearby neighbor who sometimes listened to my station. As far as I know I was lucky and not overheard, but we don't want to bug ourselves inadvertently. By the way, rambling is good.

Friday October 21, 2022 6:30 AM CDT -- About Recreational Broadcasting --
Broadcaster Mark says...

That's a good name for it! Yeah you have good points. But me I will do it forever. I like being my own station on the radio and getting listeners too. True all those hobby magazines are long gone.

- Mark

Me too!

Friday October 21, 2022 6:27 AM CDT -- Wet Batteries --
Richard Powers on the battery subject:

Hey Carl, I checked out your "water batteries" link which put an interesting spin by calling it that - I guess to capture attention, but of course it isn't a battery at all, nor something new. Still it is an interesting process for supplying power to solar homes after the sun goes down.

The subject brings to mind a solar powered novelty to keep your phone battery or whatever charged.. your clothes!
Battery Wear
But don't bother trying to charge a Telsa with it.

- Rich

Well, Rich, I always thought a battery was a place where you'd keep pet bats.

Thursday October 20, 2022 3:57 PM CDT -- My Opinion As to Why the Part 15 Radio Hobby is Shrinking --
Thinking back, the reason so many people initially entered hobby radio, 'Recreational Broadcasting' as Low Power Radio Guy called it, was because of the availability and challenge of kit building. In those days kits were made up of parts that could easily be handled by human hands and a taste for electronics was stirred up by technology courses in schools, electronics magazines, and the abundance of supply stores and mailorder catalogs. As time went by electronic components became smaller until present day circuit cards require magnification to inspect and few individuals possess the skills or training to build on so miniature a scale. Devices today are mostly throw-away palm sized packages and have moved into space-age spectrum very much over-the-heads of would-be hobbyists. The last hold-outs keeping the hobby available are the brave and dedicated individuals who manufacture and sell part 15 certified transmitters, and beyond them I don't see any future for the radio pastime. Extinction lies ahead.

Thursday October 20, 2022 12:55 NOON CDT -- Part On Life Support --
Part is sort of back online, but in very scrambled condition. Who do you know who might be hacking and damaging the site? I think so too.

Thursday October 20, 2022 12:21 NOON CDT -- Radio History - Audio --
A Richard Powers Presentation -
Radio Historian

Wednesday October 19, 2023 11:07 AM CDT -- Power Science --
Water Batteries

Wednesday October 19, 2022 10:56 AM CDT -- Response to Richard Powers Report --
From Mark:

Strange that the public does realize the downfall of AM as no one listens to it, and mellenials...I guess anyone born in the eighties or nineties...a good many of them don't know what it is.
Show them a car from the 60s and they will see the radio and not know how to work it.

- Mark

Tuesday October 18, 2022 12:35 NOON CDT -- When a Vision of Perfection is Good Enough --
It's been several years since my commercial corporation was dissolved and I switched to life as the group owner of several hobby radio stations. Slightly more recently my corporate attorney who continued on as a friend died from an unexpected cause and I recall one of our last visits when he expressed a wish that his house was in better order, in as much as he'd recently moved in with unpacked boxes stacked everywhere. I made a suggestion that I hope he adopted and certainly could apply to most of us living amidst the undone clutter of home/office upkeep. I suggested first having a wonderful idealized vision of perfect order with the exact number of shelves and rooms to accommodate everything all neatly polished and put away. Step two, take a look at the fact that you already have stuff and rooms well on their way to excellent placement. Third, given that you are so well along, relax and realize there's no rush; no deadline. Take the day off, and tomorrow too.

Tuesday October 18, 2022 12:03 NOON CDT -- Being Forgotten --
Recent articles have raised the question of 'being forgotten' on the internet. At the core of the story was the difficulty posed when bad information gets posted about someone and threatens future job and relationship prospects. Evidentally the mechanisms to have unwanted information taken down is not a dunked donut. However, I think there's another side to the matter and works as the opposite of being too exposed, and that is being lost somewhere in the expanding universe of digits as the internet is constantly being added to like right now as I type more words for posting online. Several times I've wondered if women from the past were around and might want to take lunch, but a search found hundreds of people with the same names and living in places that raised the question of whether they'd moved. If they'd married their names would be changed entirely with no cross-reference, so far as I know. Death is a possible factor. The whole business of tracing and tracking is in fact a business and clearly the internet opens avenues that are unavailable doing things the old way going through records at physical locations. Given the internet, circumstances might conspire in such a way as to bury a person's existence as if they'd never lived. To be remembered after your website goes down you might want to pay your service providers a hundred years in advance. 

Tuesday October 18, 2022 11:49 AM CDT -- Low Power Radio Guy Podcasts --
During my brief contact with Low Power Radio Guy, whose Blogspot Website has vanished, we talked about the four radio show 'podcasts' he posted as part of his effort to promote the low power radio hobby. He said he was thinking about doing a few more shows. At that time I invited him to appear on a possible edition of my own Low Power Hour and he indicated acceptance of the idea. I followed up by airing his podcasts on KDX, but of course no longer recall a thing he'd said on the programs so will re-air them soon in light of our current curiosity about his disappearance. Here they are for you to hear:
Low Power Radio Program 1
Low Power Radio Program 2
Low Power Radio Program 3
Low Power Radio Program 4
Low Power Radio Guy

Sunday October 16, 2022 5:02 PM CDT -- Ongoing Investigations Into the Radio Scene --
The Richard Powers Report -

Hi Carl, Several years ago it suddenly occurred to me that I could not recall even one time when the subject of AM Radio Revitalization got mentioned on the evening news, or in newspapers, entertainment magazines or on the radio. Have you ever seen it reported by the mainstream media? If I hadn't of participated in forums or read Radio World (or other broadcast specific publications) then I would have been oblivious to that fact that the AM broadcast band was dying.
My point is that it appears to me that mainstream media never touched the subject of AM Radio Revitalization, thus the general public doesn't have a clue.
Would they care? Hard to say, but they don't even know.

As for the Low Power Guy, I've not heard back from him but I noticed something else; his Twitter account also no longer exists. I'm really curious about this... why would he pull everything down? It seems so strange. Do you know who he even is? I don't.

Puzzled, - Rich

Good point about the public being unaware of AM radio's decline. The degree to which they might care probably varies by market. In my area it's all about the Baseball Cardinal Station, 50 kW KMOX, so people need AM radios at least for that. Large markets like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others have prominent AM stations, but I'm not sure what to say about smaller population areas.

I can think of two things about Low Power Radio Guy that might figure into the search... I seem to recall that he gave a brief profile on his website about who he was and I believe he was a HAM amateur radio operator with call letters. If we find his call sign maybe we can trace his actual identity. And something else... he recorded in his own voice four podcasts about the low power radio hobby and I am fairly certain I have those in the hard-drive. This week I will search them out and post them here on our Blog.

Sunday October 16, 2022 12:19 AM CDT -- Vinyl Records --
Day was I only dreamed about someday owning a phonograph. Before it ever happened I already had the start of a record collection. The first disc that became every bit as beautiful to my eyes as any Playboy foldout was a 78 RPM featuring Doris Day singing something which I picked up at Goodwill for 10-cents. The music didn't matter; it was the roundness and grooviness of the platter that mattered. Then, when a nearby radio station moved out of their studios I was in the right place at the right time to be invited to scavenge odds and ends left behind which included my first 16" electrical transcriptions which contained classical works from Radio Nederland in Hilversum, Holland, and the only two 8" discs I ever saw also containing short classics. Fast forward to the present day and I still obsess over every one of the 10,000+ discs now in storage. All this came flooding back to memory this last week when Jimbo welcomed Mighty John Marshall to discuss the sky-high values of many records and I all at once had reason to wonder whether I was a millionaire.
Mighty John's Money Music Website
As a postscript we note that Jim Bohannon, AKA Jimbo, wrapped up his broadcast career with a last show on Friday.

Sunday October 16, 2022 9:47 AM CDT -- AM Radio Revitalization a Fading Subject --
In regular scrolling through YouTube I have noticed several videos about abandoned AM radio transmitter sites, have been hearing more stories about AM stations losing their antenna sites as valuable land is sold off, and reading stories in the trades about AM licenses being turned in to the FCC. With this in mind I searched 'AM Radio Revitalization' and see that discussions and actions toward that objective took place mostly from 2015 until fading out in 2020. I don't expect much attention to the matter from the FCC which is preoccupied with billion dollar sell-off of spectrum and not inclined to think about salvaging remnants of earlier times. If logic and common sense were followed, the obvious future of the medium wave band in America should be consignment to low power hobby radio. Nothing else makes any sense. The revitalization of the AM band is one and the same with the revitalization of low power hobby radio.

Saturday October 15, 2022 12:33 NOON CDT -- Eulogy for --
I just came back from a visit to the Artisan Radio Blog and feel like it's raining with black umbrellas at the graveside of the seemingly deceased, during its tenure the forum of record for the low power radio hobby. Artisan posted a detailed statement about the likely causes of the forum's apparent downfall. Over the past week I noticed that the forum was unreachable but expected it to come back as it has several times before.
Look for "Forums" dated Oct. 12
Artisan Radio Blog

Saturday October 15, 2022 11:28 AM CDT --
The mind, once expanded, can never return to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., physician, poet, writer

Saturday October 15, 2022 8:13 AM CDT -- FCC Ruling On Alleged Blasphemy --
Submitted by Rich Powers

Hey Carl, on another religious note, here's something I just came across, although unrelated to part 15 history research, it made me laugh. I'm still chuckling about it now..

May 20, 1938 page 10:


The Federal Communications Commission recently decided a strange case of alleged blasphemy in favor of the broadcaster.

An engineer at a Yankton, S.D., station put on a record by Jehovah's Brethern and then went out for a sandwich. When he returned the telephone was sizzlins with complaints. He then discovered that the record had struck a nick and was repeating over and over, "Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ:"


Tried to find a FCC hearing corresponding to the issue (thought it would be a fun read) but found nothing, although did find several (breif) newspaper clippings about it, here's one that says it went on for 13 minutes! (attached)
news clipping
Pittsburgh Press

There's also another 1938 newspaper report of a disembodied voice emenating from the sky in Yankton S.D. which kept repeating the word "What? What? What?" over and over for 13 minutes..

Ok, not really.  - Rich

Friday October 14, 2022 7:24 AM CDT -- Judge Walks Around Courthouse In His Underwear --
But Is it News?

Friday October 14, 2022 6:46 AM CDT -- The Question of Radio Brandy --
Our resident case investigator Richard Powers did some checking around:

Since their site (which I hadn't visited in years) is down, I checked the Radio Brandy Facebook page..
In July 2020 they posted they would be shutting down in August due to Yahoos rising hosting cost.
In Sept 2020 they posted their inventory of broadcast equipment has been almost depleted.
The very last post was in Nov 2020 which said the founder of Radio Brandy, Steve Webb, has died.
Radio Brandy Facebook Page
A bit more "Important Information" found on their site via the internet archive:
Internet Archive Radio Brandy
"Important Information!"
The Radio Brandy website is will going to a single page on Sept 2 which will forward to our new home at, our host Yahoo has gone from $12 to $25 a month of which we have 5 websites with plus the service has gone south since Verizon took over, our power bill has increased 5 fold while using half the power.
Our other host is $10 a month where XRQK is located and will remain active. Radio Outlaw, Outlaw Radio, KNJO, and XRQK Bullhead City will be moving from Yahoo too. We have been with Yahoo since 2005, so Yahoo will lose a lot of
our loyal business."
Bottom line: Radio Brandy is no more.

Thursday October 13, 2022 1:32 PM CDT -- Vigilantism --
Vigilantism is the act of preventing, investigating and punishing perceived offenses and crimes without legal authority. This sort of behavior is carried out by vigilantes, defined as persons who practice or partake in vigilantism, or undertake public safety and retributive justice without commission. Vigilantic behavior is not always illegal but can itself become criminal in certain instances. An example would be those who picket and protest legal abortion clinics. They are protected by their Constitutional right to assemble in protest of perceived grievances. Criminality begins when these same vigilantes interfere with the legal activities of the object of their disapproval. Within the part 15 low power radio hobby, a small pastime by any measure, there has been rabid vigilantism by a few dogmatic guardians of electromagnetic minutia who remain poised to point out and accuse suspected violators and generally rumored to take hidden actions against presumed violators. At the least these vigilantes, a few known to us by name, are pests, and at worst they are threats to the security and safety of hobbyists. The vigilantes we know about have consistently damaged the low power radio hobby by rendering it uncomfortable to the point of being risky to publicly enjoy what otherwise would be a benign activity. Previously labeled 'trolls', it is more accurate to use the correct label: vigilante. The coincidence that they all happen to be incels might help explain their perverse behavior.

Thursday October 13, 2022 12:16 NOON CDT -- January 6th Hearings Resume --
At this moment KDX is carrying live the resumed January 6th Hearings regarding the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Thom Hartmann Program has relinquished its regular airtime to allow this coverage of the Insurrection. As the Hearing plays out we are reminded of the similar attack on the ALPB (the Association of Low Power Broadcasters) by a disgruntled x-chairman who followed the example set by then President Donald Trump who will be remembered mostly for attempting to overthrow a legitimate election but previous to that by his profile as a reality TV star iconified for cupping his hand and publicly firing his 'apprentices'. Until the hostile takeover the ALPB was designed to be a democratic organization belonging to its members. The reason no trial or hearings followed the ouster of prominent members by the over-zealous x-chairman is that remaining members scattered in disgust and those who remained loyal to the zealot either being ignorant of the workings of a democracy or preferring life under a tyrant to defending their rights and interests. Perhaps seeing the Orange President in an orange jump suit will stir the loyalists into realizing how they've been duped.

Thursday October 13, 2022 10:51 AM CDT --

People pay to see others believe in themselves.
Kim Gordon, musician, songwriter

Thursday October 13, 2022 9:47 AM CDT -- See This While It Lasts --
The strongest and most informative part 15 low power radio hobby site ever found on the internet, authored by Richard Powers who is locked out in a misunderstanding with the site provider.
Part 15 Lab

Thursday October 13, 2022 9:23 AM CDT -- It Gets to Be Too Much --
The human condition, political scene, and planetary depletion cannot be entirely ignored and many hours per day on KDX are devoted to serious discussions of these circumstances, but there comes a time when one must ignore it for awhile and turn to irrelevant pastimes like gaming, movie viewing, hobby broadcasting, or the bottle. In tempo with this need for relief KDX now loads the after hours with monotonous and drab artificial music known by various names fitting no single genre: ambient, drones, industrial, electronic, avant garde, musique concrete, difficult music, dubstop, deep and soundart. This type of time and space filling music-like acoustic wallpaper lacks emotion and consists of uncomposed musical fragments and the occasional voice saying phrases from unthinking pre-teens with no knowledge or awareness of anything useful or necessary. Novocain for the non-dentist.

Thursday October 13, 2022 9:06 AM CDT -- More Part 15 Sites Bite the Dust? --
For some reason it hasn't been mentioned for the most part during years of forums and blog sites pertaining to low power radio operation but Radio Brandy has had(?) a very robust site with bright graphics and mention of all the available transmitters.
Searching for Radio Brandy
And while we were at it we detected another absence of a site that gave heavy mention to the radio hobby...
Where is Outlaw Radio?

Thursday October 13, 2022 8:04 AM CDT -- Stations Hit by Ian --
Hurricane Ian put many Florida TV and radio stations off the air and we're hearing details from engineers who worked inside the disaster in efforts to restore operation on 'This Week in Radio Tech' over KDX. In some cases the main trouble was power loss and inability to get fuel to transmitter sites to keep generators running. Another reality was that the public lost power and so was unable to watch TV even if it was on air. Those radio stations able to function served listeners with battery powered radios.

Thursday October 13, 2022 7:12 AM CDT -- FM3 Air Notes --
The KDX Mobile Unit has very low mileage because we seldom have cause to drive anywhere, and what few trips we make are very local, therefore the dashboard AM FM radio seldom gets used. Yesterday we brushed some tree droppings off the car, started the engine, and tuned to the C.Crane FM3 Transmitter which was on the air for modulation tests. What we heard is inconclusive and we need to repeat the test before we have anything to say about it. Bringing it up now is premature. It'll be a week before we're in the car again.

For the most part we don't take range testing of low power transmitters to be as important as most other broadcasters do because our target area consists of the building and campus and we intentionally work to reduce coverage outside of our own boundaries. But we do take field strength readings within our target area and will be doing new measurements to compare the C.Crane FM3 Transmitter to our other FM transmitters and we'll publish the results here. As with everything under our control there's no rush and no deadline.

Thursday October 13, 2022 7:06 AM CDT -- Get Ready to Fall Back --
You know the trope: spring ahead fall back. Daylight Time ends November 6.

Monday October 10, 2022 9:21 AM CDT -- I'll Tell You This Much --
We are large chemical stowages clomping around like we owned the place but know nothing about chemistry.

Monday October 10, 2022 7:41 AM CDT -- Un-uniform U.S. "Holiday" --
Still known in some States as 'Christopher Columbus Day', other States in the United States now refer to today as 'Indigenous Peoples Day', with spotty recognition in that not everyone recognizes the holiday at all. There is no mail delivery, some banks and schools are closed, and many businesses ignore it. As a radio station KDX operates as usual with this statement: Christopher Columbus did not 'discover' America as was taught in school, for the reason that it was here in the first place already inhabited by indigeonous people variously called 'Indians' or 'native people'. Columbus was an ocean-going 'pirate for hire' who sought resources on behalf of foreign clients and happened upon this continent believing he had reached India, therefore mistakenly dubbing the original habitants as 'indian'. To plunder the abundant natural resources on behalf of foreign kingdoms and queendoms Columbus and his ilk pursued policies of genocide and slavery. It is hypocritical and grossly insensitive of us in the modern day to name an 'indigenous peoples day' while still relogating the original people as outsiders confined to reservations. We like you people but we're keeping the land. Other than that today is shiveringly cool and the coffee is good.

Saturday October 8, 2022 12:13 NOON CDT -- Modulation In and Out of Control --
We are enjoying the new C.Crane FM3 Transmitter and become fixated on the modulation differences between the three versions. At some time in the future we will set up lab experiments and do scientific measurements but for now I have speculation as to what we are able to observe. FM1 has a very open level range and can be turned up until over-modulation takes place and if knowingly and precisely set and driven with well-processed audio is able to match the level of licensed stations. But the ordinary operator had only a red LED as a level indicator, and counter-intuitively the red flashing had to be carefully avoided by setting the volume just below the point where it flashed. A delicate operation. FM2 greatly improved the job of setting modulation by providing a green LED indicating the presence of audio with a red LED as a warning of too much. Reviews inform us that an limiter circuit kicks in to prevent actual over-modulation, a feature continued in FM3. Having now watched and listened to our FM3 for more than a day I would say that the the limiter is set overly-tightly such that there's no way to reach full permissable modulation while definitely avoiding any chance of going over, therefore no matter how much audio is pumped into it it will distort but never over modulate.  

Saturday October 8, 2022 11:58 AM CDT -- Richard Powers On Patrol --
Report from the field...

Oh by the way, I've not heard back from Low Power Guy yet. As for well, I became rather turned off by it when it became overun with advertisements, they even are inserted midway in member posts, it's ridiculous.. or at least to me, it bugs the crap out of me like fingernails on a chalkboard! Now days I occasionally post at, part 15 section or, but not nearly as frequently as I use to.
I haven't posted on my part15lab for a few years now because I can't seem to prove Google (who owns blogger) That I am who I say I am! I guess I'll have to start a new blog.

I have two responses, Richard... I see your contributions at mbcf.boards, the stolen intellectual property of the vandalized ALPB from which I was rudely expelled in violation of the organization's own By-Laws by the Mad Ex-Chairman. The other thing is that your part15lab is the most wonderfully detailed introduction and guide to the part 15 world ever done! I hope you can regain access to it.

Saturday October 8, 2022 8:34 AM CDT -- FM3 Chip --
Mark does homework...

You will see it has dynamic range control.
SWi4720/21-B20 Chip

Friday October 7, 2022 3:57 PM CDT -- 24-Hours with the C.Crane FM3 --
Yesterday a very large UPS truck delivered our very small C.Crane FM3 Transmitter and we held a private unboxing ritual not shown on YouTube. Having previous experience with the two earlier models we knew what to do and put it on the air right away, finding only one thing to wonder about. In Radio Jay Allen's FM3 Review linked earlier in the week we read: "The FM Transmitter 3 (and the #2 model before it) employ built-in audio limiting both to prevent over-modulation and to help you achieve a somewhat more consistent or louder signal by increasing the average audio modulation level without over-modulating." This was puzzling in that neither the manual nor anything on the C.Crane website talks about a built-in limiter, and I'm trying hard to detect it or learn more about it. We note a prime difference between FM2 and FM3 is a difference in Silicon Labs IC (chips), Si4710-11-830 and Si4720/21-B20, respectively.

Friday October 7, 2022 1:43 PM CDT -- Two Updates are Out There --
B.U.T.T. (Broadcast Using This Tool) Stream Encoder Updated to v 0.1.36
Audacity Audio Recorder Editor Updated to v 3.2.1

Friday October 7, 2022 8:04 AM CDT -- Digital Audio Workstation News --
Audacity has been the open source audio recording and editing tool for over a decade, and now has been made even better.
Audacity 3.2

Thursday October 6, 2022 5:09 PM CDT -- Unexplained Mysteries --
Richard Powers launches an inquiry into the disappearance of the Low Power Radio Blogspot and its author, the Low Power Radio Guy. Here's Rich's inquiry:

Carl,  I also noticed that now mysteriously states:

"Blog has been removed
Sorry, the blog at has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs. Did you expect to see your blog here? See: 'I can't find my blog on the Web, where is it?'"

 That's  what I want to know. Where is it? What happened? I never did know who the Low Power Guy is but checked his blog frequently... You evidently do know who he is, so tell us, what's the inside story? I presume he took the blog down himself, but why?


I'll tell you all I know. One day I noticed that he had given the KDX Website a very generous mention and linked to us, so I sent him a thank you email. We had a brief back-and-forth in which he thought I was the same Carl that made loading coils for the SSTran AMT-3000, and I explained that I'm a different Carl. After that we never talked again, and I noticed that a front-page piece about AM Greek made transmitters from Ebay stayed up unusually long during which he did no updates. Then his blog was offline.

Another mystery lacking an explanation is the abrupt closing of the SSTran Website and absence of its proprietor PhilB who had posted frequently at

We need a detective to solve these cases.

Thursday October 6, 2022 1:26 AM CDT -- Patch Cables --
I guess all computer and audio cables are 'patch cables', because they each patch something to something else. But these days there are so many types of specialty cables no one knows what they have or don't have.
Cable Confusion

Thursday October 6, 2022 9:41 AM CDT -- Qualification --
There's an FCC rule that allows 'educational institutions' to build and operate an AM radio station of any strength and with any type of antenna no license required so long as the resulting signal is confined to the 'campus' of the institution. We surmise that the intended purpose of such a station is to train students in the fine points of learning on air performance or technical duties for application in the radio industry. What, then, does it take to be recognized as an 'educational institution'? Imagine a professional who offers professional teaching out of a home. Suppose the home is surrounded by a large parcel of land. Would such a person qualify for educational status in the FCC's judgement? 

Thursday October 6, 2022 8:57 AM CDT -- Part 15 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania --
WNAR Recreation Radio

Thursday October 6, 2022 8:41 AM CDT -- Dismal Prospects for AM & FM Radio --
Opinion of Edgewater Gold Radio of Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Thursday October 6, 2022 5:57 AM CDT -- Trouble in Podcastingland? --
2,489,905 Podcasts and Counting
Jacobs Media Strategies
Taking a tangent from Fred Jacobs well considered view and considering the matter of podcasting from the low power radio perspective, we agree that the podcast field is uncentralized and grassrootish, much like part 15 style radio stations, except that podcasters literally are doing 'radio programs' minus transmitters and antennas. They are using the internet as their distribution medium, the reverse of licensed radio stations using internet streaming as a secondary outlet. All in all the entire cosmos has come close-in but with human need to earn a living, have a social life and get a good nights sleep, there isn't enough time in the world for all pod and radio programs to be heard, especially with a large number of the population busy starring in the talent role which further erodes any available audience. If podcasts end up pulling listeners away from radio it must be acknowledged that MOST of radio offers nothing whatsoever of appeal to listeners. Bringing things down to size, the podcaster is a small-time operator lacking a part 15 transmitter and most part 15 station operators do no on-air talking but fill the air with their favorite music remembered from the grade school years. The consumer, that is the listener, has more choice than ever before, but may not be actually looking amid the plethora of channels beaming in from every satellite, telephone pole, radio tower, and audio device at his disposal. Ending up on the word disposal seems appropriate.

Thursday October 6, 2022 5:48 AM CDT -- Streamed Audio to Continue from the Supreme Court --
But Video Not Yet

Thursday October 6, 2022 5:25 AM CDT -- The Back Way --
How do you get into a closed door meeting without opening the door?

Thursday October 6, 2022 4:51 AM CDT -- Beyond the Dial --
The best radio station in town is the one you can't get.
It's your local Part 15 station.
Here's how to play the game.
Pick a nice blank spot on the top of the dial. Say, 1610 the first time.
Then drive up and down every street in town until you hear a station.
Go back and forth a few times to find the strongest reception point.
Find a parking spot and listen in comfort.
"...Next, Dirk Residue and the Residuals with their romantic hit 'Let Me Share a Facemask with You'"

Thursday October 6, 2022 4:30 AM CDT -- A Supply Chain Problem --
There is no such thing as an empty warehouse.
To qualify as a warehouse a house must have wares.
A wareless house would be a barehouse.
People today have a ware shortage.
They don't know where to ware.
And they never did know what to wear.

Wednesday October 5, 2022 1:06 PM CDT -- Video Viewing --
Inspired by Artisan Radio's video development blogs, I had some questions:
> Hello Artisan:
> Am enjoying and learning from your blogs on video experimentation, and
> have questions.
> I am guessing that your quality measurements are based on video
> quality seen on a common computer and monitor, which of course would
> reach the largest share of the potential audience. But I have recently
> learned in my own exploits into the computer gaming world with my
> railroad simulation trials that gamers install graphics cards which
> vastly increase the picture quality and increase the FPS (frames per
> second) for a most vivid experience.
> I also watch YouTube videos and free movie streaming channels using a
> standard computer and am awed by some of the video quality.
> When you arrive at a preferred system, how will it fare when displayed
> via a graphics card vs. a plain ordinary computer?
> Carl Blare

Hi Carl.  If I understand your question correctly, I think I need to
clear up some misconceptions about computer video.

If you're looking at video on a computer, you're doing it through some
sort of Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU.  In lower end computers, this
may consist of a single chip, located on your computer motherboard, with
limited functionality.  It, for example, may not be able to decode
compressed formats such as H264 or 265.  Memory is likely shared with
the CPU, and so is limited. They're also relatively slow, with no
dedicated cooling solution. If you view a video through these chips,
you're likely getting it decoded in software on the CPU, which then
passes the video information to the GPU.

Some integrated graphics solutions in later computers, and the more
expensive ones, are quite powerful.  For example, Intel GPU's from the
4th generation on can support H264 hardware decoding AND encoding (for
live streaming).  Their architecture is called Quick Sync.  Intel GPU's
from the 6th generation on can support H264 encoding (not sure when H264
decoding came into the picture).

Then we get to the dedicated graphics cards.  In concept, they're not
much different than embedded GPU's, except that they're far more
powerful (requiring dedicated cooling solutions such as fans, or water
cooling).  They have their own memory separate from the CPU (the one I'm
using for tests has 6 GB, required for very high resolutions).  And
their hardware video encoders are more powerful, producing better
quality encodes.

You can find dedicated graphics cards in both laptops with mini cards
(they tend to be less powerful due to overheating concerns) or desktop

Generally speaking, the quality of a video should be the same, whether
it is viewed on embedded or dedicated GPU's (as long as the hardware
supports the required resolution, and the CPU/GPU is capable of keeping
up with the playback without stuttering). Gaming usually requires
dedicated graphics cards, due to the required speed (at least 30fps,
usually 60+fps), particularly with higher resolutions, thus freeing up
the CPU for other parts of the gaming experience.

Hope that helps.

Extremely helpful, Artisan. If I understood correctly you have said that a graphics card plays a role in creating video streaming and not only as a playback card for game viewing. I did not know that. And the other information I knew slight bits about, but you have put it all together. Everyday is a step closer to smartness!

Wednesday October 5, 2022 8:19 AM CDT -- Shortwave Station WRMI Damaged by Ian --
Down in the Swamp

Wednesday October 5, 2022 4:27 AM CDT -- That Did It --
KDX-AM is off the air until we repair a ground lead break. Meanwhile, we rely on KDX-FM to carry around on the TECSUN radio. But because of the weakness of part 15 FM low power it's very difficult to get useful reception when working outdoors. Our FM transmitter is located indoors. I thought maybe raising the transmitter higher in the air might help but that would mean building something to hold it up there. The KDX-FM transmitter is at the rear wall of the Internet Building and the yard work is over 100-feet toward the front. Then, being a big thinker, I looked at the indoor tower built from bamboo located in the center of the building next to the web server.Yeah. Move the transmitter closer! So, early today, 3:30 AM, we moved it and things are a lot better.

Tuesday October 4, 2022 -- Radio J. Allen FM3 Review --
C. Crane FM3 Transmitter

Monday October 3, 2022 -- A Radio Poltergeist --
Submitted by Richard Powers
Everything that talks to each other is also listening to each other.

Monday October 3, 2022 -- We Have Our Rights --
Right and left
Right and Wrong
Not everyone on the right is right
Many on the right are wrong
Being too righteous is wrongeous

Monday October 3, 2022 6:52 AM CDT -- Reading and Words --
Have you read a good book lately?
No, but I've read a few transmitters.
Remember those days? We took transmitter readings.

And completely unrelated to that is the forgotten other meaning of the word porn.
Could you pour me some coffee water?
It's already been porn.

Monday October 3, 2022 5:40 AM CDT -- Artisan Takes the Lead in Video --
To our awareness consultant Artisan Radio is the first of the low power radio broadcasters to open a significant inquiry into the adjunct field of video generation. This is particularly informative to us at KDX because of our previous life as a commercial video program producer. During the years we operated as an audio-video production company we took a steep learning curve when we stepped away from being an exclusively audio service and entered the video field owing to the capabilities introduced by the Amiga line of computers which made professional television affordable to the small operator. It happened to be the tail-end of the NTSC TV era, the original analog TV system employed by over-the-air television stations prior to the advent of digital video. We used Hi8 cameras for capture, S-VHS for master taping, and VHS for distribution. Plugin cards for the Amiga gave us a vectorscope, waveform monitor and timebase correctors alongside a Video Toaster switcher and special effects card. As our company reached end of life digital video cameras were first introduced but we never had one. We were done with video, but think about it again now that media is branching into multimedia. Everything Artisan Radio is discovering is new to us and absolutely fascinating. 
Visit Artisan Radio Blog

Sunday October 2, 3022 1:45 PM CDT -- Decade FM Transmitters --
Certified for use in the U.S. and Canada, the Decade line of transmitters are the highest quality low power FM transmitters available.
Decade FM Transmitters

Sunday October 2, 2022 10:31 AM CDT -- Tower Down Stations Off in Puerto Rico --
Hurricane Fiona Damage

Sunday October 2, 2022 10:17 AM CDT -- Radio, TV, Cable, Internet & Cell Service Knocked Out by Ian --
Communications Blackout

Sunday October 2, 2022 9:53 AM CDT -- Awaiting the C.Crane FM3 Transmitter --
In a conversation held 'off-the-blog' I asked consultant Mark why the FM3 is so relatively inexpensive compared to other FCC certified transmitters. His answer is quite interesting:

You said
"Other certified transmitters, both AM & FM, cost close to $1,000 but the C. Crane units are only $79.
The only transmitters certified for Canada are the Procaster and the Decade. Am I right?"

You are almost right. The two you mentioned plus the Wholehouse 3.

I once asked CCrane why they don't get it certified here as ISED will accept the FCC tests for RSS-210 as it is the same and they would just have to pay the fee for registering it with ISED (Industry Canada). Ccrane told me that they don't have enough sales here (in Canada) to do it. But I said it's like the chicken and the egg, which came first.
There's less sales as it's not certified here.

CCrane didn't necessarily have it certified in the USA. There are certification labs in China also that are approved by the FCC so a product can be certified there to be sold here. Ccrane doesn't make these here(USA), they are made for them by a company in China with their name on it. Same as the Wholehouse 3
The info still gets on the FCC certified products page. That's why they are cheap. The Broadcastvision and another I can't remember the name are part 15 certified also (FCC only) but they are not made in China and were certified in a USA location so more expensive. Plus the Ccrane transmitter is just one of many items they carry. Other makes have the transmitter as their only item.

The Rangemaster, Procaster, Decade, are home businesses and this alone doesn't provide a living and I know that the Decade owner and the Procaster owner have "day jobs" also. The Decade is expensive as it is hand made at his house and all hand assembled by his wife with through hole parts. The metal cabinets are made for him here not in China. The Procaster is all made here except he has the circuit boards, that he designed, made in China.
Plus the quality is better. If you buy a Decade or Procaster it will last indefinitely and with no built in obsolescence there isn't the same turnover in sales. Same with the Rangemaster. Are they overpriced? Yeah I think so, even though they are not mass produced and it's a very small market.

I am curious now, I would check myself but I don't know the number. Look at your Ccrane FM 3 and see if it's the exact same number as the FM 2. If it is, and it shouldn't be as the FM 3 is a new product with different specs, namely the frequency range. I am willing to bet that the certification # on the FM 3 is the same as the 2.
I could be wrong but I think that Ccrane didn't lay out money for a new certification and the same label is on the new one.

- Mark

Sure. We have ours on order and I'll check the certification number.

Sunday October 2, 2022 9:40 AM CDT --
Your Radio Station on YouTube

Sunday October 2, 2022 7:38 AM CDT -- A Mouse and a Mouse = a Mice --
The ordinary mouse is no good because it wrecks wrists. For awhile I thought trackballs were the intelligent solution, but they have their issues. A few moments on YouTube upped our curving education and now we know about the vertical mouse and the gaming mouse. Turns out some of those are better than each other, but that's something we've been working on. Are you sure you're all right?

Sunday October 2, 2022 6:39 AM CDT -- One Reason to Use Winamp --
We recently blogged about the newly released modern update of Winamp and mentioned that it can be used together with Zara for radio station automation. One valuable use arises out of Zara's inability to relay AAC streams, something that is done by Winamp. A simple link between the two applications makes it happen.

Sunday October 2, 2022 6:33 AM CDT -- Second Favorite Radio Station --
WTOP Washington, D.C.

Sunday October 2, 2022 5:55 AM CDT -- The National Radio Quiet Zone --
Almost Unimaginable
While trying to solve radio related problems I came across this fascinating report made from a section of the United States where radio signals of all kinds are prohibited. Part 15 low power hobby radio is not a choice for people living there.

Most of us are being zapped by ever-increasing wireless radiation and there isn't much choice about it. Here at KDX we're rolling back our use of Wi-Fi related signals up around 2 GHz/5GHz, but the surrounding city is zimmering (a new word I coined) with microwaves being piled on by even more microwaves from space. All this comes to mind because of questions about cell phones.

I don't have and never will have a cell phone. But situations arise where cell phones are almost mandatory. For example, a road emergency or injury sustained out on the streets. I recently did a survey and learned that public phones no longer exist. When my internet cable, which carries my digital landline home phone, was physically out-of-service, it took several stops driving the car to find a business place that allowed me to use their phone to call the cable company for a repair appointment. At that time I started gathering information about cheap cell phones in case of such emergencies, but that's up in the air because I'd rather not have one.

Another situation has come up twice... in considering devices for our hobby radio operation some of them require using a Smartphone to access the 'app' that controls the device. This is especially annoying because a user-interface for the desktop computer would be more desirable for us, but is seemingly unavailable in some cases. Which is why I'm trying to figure out whether a 'tablet' would bridge that gap, but neither do I want the inconvenience of yet another little thing that could be avoided if only there were software for the desktop computer.

In the Radio Quiet Zone these problems wouldn't exist.

Saturday October 1, 2022 9:45 AM CDT -- Part 15 Site MIA --
In past months we have made contact and enjoyed some correspondance with the Low Power Radio Guy at his Low Power Radio Blogspot which has been linked from our website, but this morning we find his blogspot is down.
Low Power Radio Blogspot

Saturday October 1, 2022 8:14 AM CDT -- Part 15 on Long Wave and Shortwave --
Report from REC Networks
No reason is known at this time.

Saturday October 1, 2022 6:33 AM CDT -- International Coffee Day --
October 1 is
Carl Blare is enjoying a cup as he blogs.

Saturday October 1, 2022 4:55 AM CDT -- Stream of the Day --
Many mornings begin with streaming radio listening from a different choice everyday as part of our exploration of 'what's out there'. When we recently read that WINS New York City presents news and weather 24-hours a day 7-days a week we instantly adopted WINS as one of our top ten radio stations. (The other nine have yet to be named). Our big complaint about most radio stations is that they fudge their schedules overnight and on weekends. We believe radio stations should always present their best effort.
WINS 50,000 Watts 1010 kHz

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