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Monday February 27, 2023
11:40 AM -- We've Got Wind --
The gusts have picked up. We will go offline until tranquility resumes.
10:40 AM -- Office Visit --
for dropping by, grab a chair. One of those chairs is missing since it
was hauled away by that Bob guy when he declared occupation of the ALPB
(Association for Low Power Broadcasters). I don't think he's holding
meetings since he kicked out the members, unless he counts the two
people that visit his dormant website. But we're magnanimous here at
Blare Blog and understand that feelings of guilt and a late life desire
to be somebody can drive a man to do goofy things.
we're still under a wind advisory, but from what I see out the
executive window is slight mild movement of trees and not a
gust of any consequence, the day is rolling along calmly as we tend to
Um... there was something else, but... oh well. Memory loss.
7:13 AM -- Weather Watch --
overnight under weather advisory for lightning and strong winds,
KDXradio.com is online this morning with an ongoing alert through the
day. Conditions at our precise location are remaining stable with only
mild breezes and no storms but gusts up to 48 mph are possible along
Saturday February 25, 2023
8:46 AM -- It Was Bound to Happen --
KDX talk schedule is now on railroad time. I was busy delivering five
flat-cars to the Logging Camp and couldn't start our radio schedule
until the train was delivered and properly parked, and that's the way
it is now. That's all I can tell you right at the moment because it's
time for oatmeal in the Upper Management Lounge. Oh, and by 'upper
management' we mean 'top executives', not an upstairs lounge. We're in
a rush because the Saw Mill needs more logs.
5:23 AM -- Here It Is --
a conversation with DXing specialist Brooce who says hi and mentioned
that ongoing solar activity has opened up high frequency reception on
earth radios, noting among other things that CB Band activity over vast
distances can easily be heard as well as things up around 40 to 50 MHz
which calls to mind our own bloggings about using FCC allowed space at
49 MHz for our own relay purposes but which begs the question: what
might be used for reception at such 'off-band' location? To which the
idea of an SDR came to mind; a Software Defined Radio. However with
that you'd need an accompanying computer and so went the exchange and a
few afterthoughts. Meanwhile I've become engulfed in the Railroads
Online simulation game and need to move lumber in a mountainous region
with only a small steam engine but it's the only way of generating
enough 'income' to afford a stronger more suitable engine so I've got
to dash off.
Thursday February 23, 2023
11:34 AM -- Interrupted --
Our internet server/website locked up at 10:43, but we didn't notice
whether it was PM (last night) or AM (less than an hour ago), nor do we
know the cause of the outage. Whether related or not we also find that
the Thom Hartmann Program, which is ordinarilly heard weekdays at this
time is having an ongoing string of technical difficulties, but it's
unknown whether the two situations are related. There is as of yet no
understanding as to whether the difficulties are system-wide across the
internet or merely local within our own operation. If you know anything
Wednesday February 22, 2023
4:30 PM -- All Done --
hazardous weather and tornado watch are a thing of the past with temp
dropped from 72F to 58F, sunlight, and nothing much to come. What that
means is we will not need to close the website and radio streams and
are able to continue peacefully toward tomorrow. Thanks for keeping the
vigil with us, let's regroup in the Upper Management Lounge for treats.
2 PM -- Now Happening --
showers have arrived with slight rise in east blowing wind, but so far
the nearest lightning cluster is northeast of here at the
Illinois/Indiana border near Chicago.
1:15 PM -- The Morphing Weather Picture --
of the moment skies are a bit brighter than earlier, hasn't yet rained,
and the temperature is up to 72F! But all is not certain for the
immediate future. A tornado warning is in effect for a county wide area
about three counties north of us and we are under a tornado watch. The
next hours call for a 100% chance of rain and possible thunderstorms.
11:55 AM -- KYNO Lost Its Tree & Now Needs a Tower --
11:49 AM -- Noon Report --
100% chance of precipitation was predicted to kick-off at 9, but the
day is in a darkly overcast motionless holding pattern as we reach our
second lunchtime, consisting of whole-wheat toast topped with white
mushroom slices and sardines.
8:03 AM -- Looming Skies --
Dark morning quiet and still with 68oF
in the last week of this winter month of Ferbruary. As pleasant as it
may seem the atmosphere is passing through a stealthy transfiguration
which may culminate in thunderstorms, strong damaging winds, and slight
chance of tornadoes. But it's too soon to cower.
7:01 AM -- List Number One --
Blog believes that human beings naturally keep a list of Big Questions
that get some amount of attention through thoughts and peer discussion.
Said list typically includes such fundamental curiosities as 'what' and
'why' along with 'if not now, when'. As an artificial person', The Blog
shares these heretofore unanswered questions, except 'what', as it has
been established 'what' a blog is, but the matter of 'why' gets asked
again on occasion, and as this blog's chief author, the inquiry falls
to me and off-hand I would say that The Blog is a multi-media extension
of our radio station, identified as KDX Worldround Radio, a low power
broadcaster on various frequencies across AM, FM and other
together with KDX-VORBIS, the online streaming channel simulcasting our
programming. More than shifting the 'why' question over to 'why we
broadcast', I would say that a broader question becomes 'why does
anyone do this stuff', including in the aggregated probe a universal
overview as to why humans and their artificial outlets write, speak,
publish, or engage in any kind of signal sending. Right now, on the
cusp of a coffee break, I would say that KDX does everything for one
reason: we are friendly.
6:52 AM -- Determined Determination or Termination --
at The Blare Blog agrees that today is a Wednesday. Following a
breakfast break we will ascertain other factors pertaining to our
present place in earth orbit.
Tuesday February 21, 2023
6:42 AM -- Where Has This Microphone Been All Our Career?
Monday February 20, 2023
7:05 PM -- Transmission From the Pit --
to you under cover of darkness from the Worldround Radio Control
Cockpit we calculate that as of midnight, less than 5-hours from now,
we will leave Monday behind and enter Tuesday, a new day entirely not
having previously been traversed by our planet earth. Best predictions
indicate we will enjoy peaceful passage while also knowing
elsewhere on terra, wars, earthquakes, & train disastors, are
disturbances being endured by fellow inhabitants. Throughout the day
updates and informational dispatches will be posted at intervals. Have
fresh batteries & canned food & remember where you
11:12 AM -- Lucky Chicago --
At 820 right in the middle of Chicago's AM dial resides progressive
radio station WCPT, 5800 W d, 1500 W n.
10:34 AM -- RE: Quietest Room in the World --
Mark from Canada wants to make travel arrangements:
I want to go there!
When they open the door to let you in it must sound like a train is
9:04 AM -- Time & Season Shiftings in March --
Daylight Time returns Sunday March 12 when clocks go forward 1-hour at
Spring arrives Monday March 20 on the Vernal Equinox at 5:24 PM EDT.
KDX Radio brings its annual playing of 'The Drunkard in Spring' by
Gustav Mahler from his 'Song of the Earth'.
8:57 AM -- Trillion Dollar Military Budget Pays Off --
6:49 AM -- Start of the Week --
carefully considering our present place in the vast universe we have
determined that the orbital and seasonal trajectory of planet earth has
entered a Monday and that always means that KDX Worldround Radio will
send 'No Agenda' hosted by Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak, an always
informative and entertaining jaunt through current politics, health
news, and other observation on happenings in our
emerging civilization. It might also be a good day to review
status of our various radio transmitters, most of which are off the air
pending repairs. I have the ability to repair transmitters but being
self-employed, which is to say - hobbyist of record, am very lax about
bothering with it.
big highlight from last week is a loud crash heard right on the other
side of the office wall, which might have been debris from a
surveillance balloon dropped to earth under Presidential orders. I
slapped on my security hat and stepped out to find that a bird
shelf had come loose and landed on a galvanized can. Quickly applied
forensics determined that a squirrel had chewed on the
its attempt to expand a planned nesting area. In fact the culprit was
on a nearby branch still expressing shock after no doubt having been
inside the structure as it came down. "Now see what you've done," I
Speaking of presidents, I am informed that today is
Presidents Day in the United States, held in tandem with Washington's
Birthday, remembering George Washington the first president at the
founding of the Nation. It would be appropriate this year to have
special regard for Past-President Jimmy Carter, in the news for
entering hospice care at age 95. As a federal holiday there will be no
postal mail although e-mails are unaffected, banks may be physically
closed but not cyberspacialy, and acknowledgment by local governments
Sunday February 19, 2023
12:05 NOON -- Quietest Room in the World --
7:31 AM -- Fran Blanche On the State of AM Radio --
Saturday February 18, 2023
8:52 AM -- Interesting Video --
Mark links us with NewsNation for this report on
8:32 AM -- Petition --
Mark writes regarding Jeffrey Gill's Petition:
Why is this
guy not head of the FCC?
The most important of it
all is this....."
Impose a "get tough" policy on the manufacturers of any device that
causes significant interference to AM radio. Any device causing
interference to one or more AM broadcast frequencies at a distance of
three feet or greater must not be allowed to enter the American market
place. We must demand proof that every electrical and electronic device
entering in or produced in the United States has passed a series of
rigorous tests at an FCC approved compliance testing facility.
Crack down on automobile manufacturers who not only install factory
radios with terrible, narrow band AM sound, but also poorly shield the
AM section from the various computer processes running almost
constantly in any car produced over the past 12 years. I have
experienced car radios where the usable range of AM stations on certain
frequencies is as little as 20 percent of what it normally is, thanks
to this lack of shielding. This is unacceptable! If the average desktop
computer can limit the interference it causes on most AM channels to
less than three feet, then why can't an automotive manufacturer stop
all computer based AM radio interference, even with all that natural
shielding and an antenna placed on the rear of the roof?
about the cars like my 2020 Kia Forte that because of the car's
electronics renders AM useless and no night skywave exists and cars
radios should be the best. The electric cars should spend the extra
time to shield the electronics and put AM in the cars. The A/C grid
should be cleaned up also. Big problem, no one gives a shit about AM
and that is the reason for all this being allowed.
Also nothing was said
about FM which in the USA could be raised to BETS-1 levels (Canada).
I second that no unlicensed station using a certified transmitter and
not causing interference to anything else and following all program
content guidelines be told to stop just because a station complains
because you are there....no other reason.
I in Canada show an agent a certified BETS-1 transmitter for
"Broadcasting" and I am not causing interference to any licensed
station in it's protected area, or in any other place in the spectrum
as per secondary harmonic rules, and following all programing
guidelines, just because a commercial station doesn't like me there
isn't a reason to be told to stop when the country gives me the
privilege of being there.
not only that, this stupid rule on broadcasting and nonbroadcasting
should be done away with. All unlicensed broadcasting in Canada should
be BETS and the AM rules of 100mW and antenna ground 3 meters should be
moved to BETS-1 and RSS-210 for AM and FM commercial bands should be
scrapped. All transmitters should be certified BETS-1. It's a stupid
technicality .... If you have a definite area boundary you are not
broadcasting but if no definite line in the sand you are now
would be my petition to ISED....get rid of the broadcasting non
broadcasting! Someone here with a Procaster got told to stop just
because of this stupid definition of broadcasting.
Friday February 17, 2023
12:13 NOON -- What Ever Became of Bob Foboff? --
was thinking about my old pal Bob Foboff and learned that he lost his
pharmacy and went to work for a fish cannery. His pharmacy failed
because Bob, as a Christian Scientist, refused to fill prescriptions
because of disbelief in medicine. Now he's being let go by the cannery
because he doesn't think fish should end up in cans.
12:04 NOON -- A Petition to Expand Certain Part 15 Allowances
11:39 AM -- Hello and Snagging a Graphic --
Radio PHVERN has moved out of the city and writes from his farm:
Been a while. Hope you
making refinements to my transmitter with a better location on my farm.
Antenna upgrade for the Talking House coming by summer 2023 (but I'll
have to sink a mast). I'll likely use the same mast for a scanner
Would it be ok if I
snagged that flea-powered graphic from your KDX website and used it?
signal propagation is really something out here. I've been at a ¼ mile
loud and clear, and confirmed loud and clear by tonight's test from two
your station running pretty well? Anything new in the hobby
broadcasting world I've been asleep about? I haven't logged into the
part15 forum since I moved.
back to you, PHVERN, you may snag the flea-powered image which, by the
way, was donated by Rich Powers who also keeps in touch with The Blog.
10:54 AM -- Memorial to an Imaginary Radio Station --
Thursday February 16, 2023
2:20 PM -- Can Radio Survive An Electromagnetic Pulse
Message from Bill Baker at ISS:
Here are safety-related
articles that might interest you:
radio stations in protective environments just may present a tool that
could be used to maintain communication with the public after an
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) disruption. How would that work?
event organizers and emergency managers are utilizing temporary radio
stations to mitigate the mayhem that occurs when other communication
systems fail, while keeping attendees informed. See how event venues
are doing it.
Rock Radio Resurfaces
heavy topic: license-free radio stations now operate at
of cement plants and gravel pits to make sure truck drivers are “in
tune” with changing safety regulations. Find out more.
Don’t hesitate to
comment by return email. Your input is always welcome.
7:04 AM -- Radio Jay Allen Transmitter Review --
2:09 AM -- Storms Ahead --
Blare here, called in for Special Duty upon detecting distant thunder
out somewhere in the night. It becomes my responsibility to decide
shut down the website & radio servers for technological
in the event of further storm buildup or to ride it out and
for the best. That's enough dramatics, I want to get back to sleep and
avoid being called a second time, so off she goes. See you in
Wednesday February 15, 2023
PM -- OK Then, All Clear --
weather. Ya, those winds never materialized and what little
occurred was unnoticeable. That's why this website remained online and
there was no duck and cover. It's definitely spring here because the
doves are back at the window air conditioner cooing which I hear to my
left next to this workstation. Robins are perched around looking
indignant because young squirrels have moved into their secret nesting
positions which has been tolerated so far in that I'm not one to evict
anyone during the cold, but the squirrels are going to be surprised
I call the sheriff and have them tossed into the street. Meanwhile I've
been spooked seeing squirrels walking on the side of the brick wall
which creeps me out The damn things are mutating. I don't
About the blog I mean. In one sense I think it's a waste of time to
publish myself on a global medium yet because it's possible there is an
inclination to do it. That combined with the fact that low power hobby
radio is fading into antiquity and needs boosters who support a
movement toward restoring it to rightful glory. Artisan Radio has the
right idea with his plans to rejuvenate his radio station in Canada,
very inspirational. You can go back to what you were doing, I guess
I'll do dinner.
Tuesday February 14, 2023
6:10 PM -- Not Quite All Clear --
100% chance of rain lasted less than an hour and wind gusts forecast to
mph did not arrive under clearing skies, however the wind alert remains
in effect until 3 AM. We remain online and on duty. 6:20 PM UPDATE:
Wind advisory for overnight, gusts could reach 40 mph with no stated
1:54 PM -- UFO Task Force --
Haven't you heard?
The gov has formed a UFO Task Force to look into the UFO mystery
objects they've been shooting down. Have they forgotten the Space
Force? Those bloons or whatever have been up there near the edge of
space. What does the Space Force do all day? This seems made to order
to give them a mission.
1:41 PM -- Picky About Transportation --
Artisan Radio prefers against the Zoox:
After spending my
working life in computer technology, focusing on
and also working in the AI field, there's no way
you'd get me in one of
- Artisan Radio
10:27 AM -- Momentary Mulling -
know, when unscheduled solicitations arrive at the door has anyone ever
thought of diverting their sales push by selling them on a product you
have ready and waiting? Take the Jehova couple from the other day. They
were concentrated on telling me un-asked claims about 'God's Plan', but
I so easily could have whipped out a part 15 radio transmitter and
given a proper demonstration on how the Word of God could be sent to
the whole block from a single microphone in a van parked on the street.
As a transmitter salesman I could generate spare income by selling to
the sellers! That's smart.
10:08 AM -- Not An Actual Appeal for Assistance --
only kidding, but I'm locked inside of a Zoox driverless robotaxi that
won't let me out as it continues southward on the interstate.
I think I do have a point. Not only are we expected to depend on
driverless vehicles to proceed safely on public ways but also must
trust they will let us out at the desired destination.
9:53 AM -- Wind Advisory --
Weather Service has us under a wind advisory with possible gusts up to
45 mph. Winds of such gust could trigger a power outage. As of this
moment the air is calm but if wind starts to blow KDX will go offline
for equipment security. The advisory extends until 3 AM CST Wednesday.
9:41 PM -- Sound Art --
The contraction 'soundart' refers to a musical genre whereas
'sound art' (with a space) is a branch of art.
Soundart Radio is under consideration for
addition to the KDX Demand Radio page.
Monday February 13, 2023
5:07 PM -- Major Transformation at Artisan Radio --
Artisan Radio is remaking itself with all new plans for programming and
program production, including a revised all-new blog.
1:31 PM -- Rihanna Briefing --
She has a strong voice. Now what we don't know is
where Barbados is.
have a pleasant island whereon Rihanna is a reknowned resident with
such world prominence that it's about time we learned about her.
11:55 AM -- Half Time --
cut myself off too soon, I wasn't finished talking about the big TV
Fish Bowl Game, in particular what I hear second hand about the two
highlights of Half-Time, a stage performance by a pop star and the most
expensive TV spots in the world. This year's Star is one of the many
singers with one name: Rheona. I'll check the spelling and fix it later
if needed (It is needed: CORRECTION: Rihanna), and I'll even visit her
on YouTube to hear what she does. She must be good because that's a
coveted gig in the entertainment world. I must say I'm put off by the
spotlighting of her pregnancy, simply because I consider that to be her
private business and we don't need to hear about it. As to the
commercials, that was once of interest to me having been associated
with advertising agencies and production of many commercials during my
waned career, but commercials now-days seen on the internet seem
loud, childish and trashy, so we'll stay out of it. What have you
11:43 AM -- Sticking Our Head Above the Ground and Seeing More Winter --
think today is National Radio Day or some-such but to most people that
is about as interesting as the Super Bowl is to me. Football is a
pointless game named for an inflated pig-skin that is not ball-shaped
and an unnecessary objective in no way worth the physical injury risked
by players to the howling indifference of a drunken mob-crowd. Although
I can say that a Full Bowl is always worthwhile be it popcorn, salad,
11:24 AM -- Now We Know What Happened --
written, the other day KDX went into a freeze-up as the Zara Automation
System got stuck in a feedback loop during the playing of Arthur
Honegger's First Symphony, requiring an entire system reboot. Yesterday
we happened upon the cause by noticing that a flash drive had lost
contact, although the reason this suddenly happened remains
unexplained. It's back in service now.
10:52 AM -- AI Producing Music of the Future --
So-called 'Artificial Intelligence' has already been hard at work
producing music of various genres mostly in the pop, commercial, movie
sound-track and gaming markets. Up until recently the MIDI (Musical
Instrument Digital Interface) able to produce synthesized orchestral
and electronic music has been directed by real-life musicians.
However, synthetic composition has been undergoing remarkable advances
and is able to generate original scores using note and rhythm patterns
borrowed from human music. Probably the only form of music difficult to
match using automatic means is the classical idiom where the depths of
intellectual intelligence cover a range of experience not so far
mimicked by digital processes. In our own experience, we composed
original music for videos as far back as the 1990s using the Amiga
Computer's 'Bars and Pipes' Sequencer. And the companion program 'Super
Jam' was able to be 'told' to come up with jazz or rock or hip hop or a
whole gamut of forms and did usably well. As Amiga went by the wayside
Bill Gates purchased 'Blue Ribbon Soundworks' and its programmers, the
producers of the aforementioned softwares, paid them off, had them sign
a non-compete agreement, and they've been obediently out of the way
ever since. The reason we're talking about it now stems from this
Sunday February 12, 2023
7:51 AM -- Sense Census --
Human beings are always trying to make sense of everything, but we have
our five senses and that's as far as it goes.
7:36 AM -- Outside of Schedule --
programming on KDX doesn't officially begin until 9 AM, but this
morning at 6 seemed like a good time to sample an hour of John
Cage from Radio4All. His diminutive opera sounded like opera held in
the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, and a song of his resembled a
lucid moment in the musical life of a dog. It was good enough to do
6:27 AM -- Our Fourfathers --
tried the AM dial at just the time when a local station sent
'Our Father Who Art in Heaven' song, setting me to wondering which
father they were singing about and the probability that 'Heaven' is a
euphimism for 'dead dad residence'.
6:02 AM -- Why Now with All the Bloons --
news cycle has been taken over with balloon sightings as if stray
balloons were a new phenomenon perhaps foresignaling the end of times
provoked by China, but I saw a balloon-oriented object flying high over
our radio campus back in 1995 when we were sitting on the porch steps
testing our new binoculars. Way up there, moving on a straight-line
southwesterly trajectory was a coffin-shaped configuration wrapped in
numerous pink and blue balloons with a single balloon noticeably
yanking toward an easterly angle as though propelled by forced-air,
likely a crude steering apparatus. The thing remained observable for
several minutes before leaving the arc of view, although my wife was
unable to find it amid the vast sea of blue-grey sky.While our
attention is directed balloonward what vital issues are we distracted
from knowing about?
5:32 AM -- Both Sides and the Other Sides --
many pundits refer to 'both sides' of issues in the news, often
mispronouncing the word 'pundits' as 'pundints', when there is no such
word as 'pundint' and often more than two sides. That's my side of the
matter. What's yours?
Saturday February 11, 2023
3:07 PM -- Regarding TheLegacy --
Mark knows a little about it:
think he is just doing Ham radio now. Last I heard he was trying to get
another transmitter as his was damaged by a wind storm or something and
some kids were playing with an antenna lead outside his place and
Sometimes he comments
here and there on Facebook.
radio seems like an appropriate place for Mister TheLegacy, whom I
kiddingly referred to as 'TheLeg', since he liked to express himself
openly and strongly. Probably Citizens Band Radio would have been good
enough and no doubt less costly, but on the other hand a good HAM setup
is apt to have further reach because of the greater wattage allowance;
1.5 kW as compared to 4-Watts. Be that as it may, we recall the
determined effort made by him to get Part 15 rules upgraded to provide
greater coverage for unlicensed operators so that Album Oriented Rock
would reach as many potential listeners as possible. His unique way of
petitioning the FCC was to ask why the rest of us weren't petitioning
them, ultimately placing guilt for lack of action on our shoulders, a
shame which will follow us no matter where we move.
2 PM -- Between Stops --
many days I have built an elaborate rail network in the
Online simulation game, and this morning learned how to operate the
little steam engine that comes with the game, running it up to the
Logging Camp to load the flat car with logs to take to the Lumber Mill.
On the way to the Mill the train crashed into a tree that got left too
close to the track and derailed. Right at that moment people came to
the door and knocked, which I hate when not expecting anyone. I opened
and faced a black man wearing a face-mask who asked me, "Do you think
God cares about you?" I looked at him for a moment and then asked him,
"Why are you asking me that?" He replied, "We are here to bring Good
News to the neighborhood." The other one was a massive rotund black
woman also masked who stood aside observing. The next thing I said was,
"I'm in here working and wasn't expecting anyone." He said, "We didn't
know that," and I said "That's right. You didn't." He turned the topic
to the bamboo we have growing and a graceful exit was had with a few
more remarks about bamboo. I re-railed my synthetic train and got the
delivered, but was hit by a Zara failure when Honegger's 1st Symphony
went into some kind of feedback loop and wouldn't stop replaying the
same passage forcing me to reboot the entire website and everything.
There was no doubt in my mind that it was time for another breakfast,
this time consisting of oatmeal, banana and orange. Earlier I'd had a
spinach salad with yellow squash slices and shredded cheese. The
website/radio station is rebooted and we're sending a 333-Hz test tone.
As to whether God cares about me I have no way of knowing because he
hasn't spoken to me about anything and I'm not sure why it would
matter. As long as the Cardinals win baseball games that's the main
Friday February 10, 2023
2:09 PM -- Mark Has This To Say About That --
I have never used the
EDM so I can't say anything about it.
for the certified ones that have fixed power and connected antenna at a
certain length or like Decade adjustable length as certified the Decade
is the cream of the crop although Decade has adjustable power to a
point and isn't power regulated so output varies with frequency choice.
But power adjustment is not in the instructions.
#1 is Decade for audio
and build quality.
is Broadcastvision ASX-FMTD with close to Decade sound quality but
lacking a bit in low end and for the same audio as Decade you have to
boost low end a bit at source. Build is mass produced with surface
mount miniature components but is "still up there" in quality.
rest don't get to the level of these and they are the two not made in
China There is another from Progressive Concepts but have not used that
and not certified Canada.
had the Wholehouse 3 but not near the top 2 and I found had a problem
with not being accurate on frequency. Sold it long ago to TheLegacy.
with AXS_FMTD is a grey area with Canadian certification as it has the
number on the label but is not in the REL look up with ISED. A few
years ago the company went through the tests but didn't follow through
with the ISED (formerly Industry Canada) registration but are still
sold with the IC (Canada) number.
as Tim's tests showed the Broadcastvison operates well above Part 15
and RSS-210 levels and more like BETS-1 (or more if it had a longer 1/4
wave antenna) and if I ever got a visit I would be told not to use it.
I recently got one but
am A little nervous using it.
two cons with the Decade is a not so readily available power supply and
a proprietory telescoping antenna and connector so if it breaks you can
only get a replacement from Decade. I have extras that I got from
Decade. And the 16volt AC power supplies can be had at Mouser
online. It needs an AC 16 volts not DC. Not easy to get, so extras of
these are a good idea too.
As for AM (Procaster)
you have heard the story.....for Canada you can't "broadcast" with
and you mentioned TheLegacy, one of the active members of the ALPB
days. Since the destruction of that membership organization he has not
been heard from. Is he still on the air?
7:10 AM -- Everything But Not Everywhere All At Once --
A message from Artisan Radio:
Don't know if this is
intentional, but your 'Server is down until early
Thursday' splash page is
On another note, I've
owned and used an early EDM transmitter. I wasn't
all that impressed.
Maybe they've improved since then.
First of all, it's way
overpowered for both Canada and the U.S. use.
Supposedly you can tune
it down, but it's not obvious how to do so.
Even their specs say
minimum output power is 1mw.
I found it had a lot of
hum unless you used a really clean power
supply. No on
board filtering, obviously.
The sound was good, but
the Decade MS-100 sounds better.
This transmitter is
obviously catered towards the pirate crowd, and
while it was tempting to
continue to use it (who doesn't want greater
range?), I shelved mine
and sold it , replacing it with a Decade.
What the Part 15
broadcasting needs is a good, reasonably priced, and
certified transmitter to
give Decade a run for their money. IMO, the EDM
- Artisan Radio
you, Artisan, for the tip about our website being unavailable
yesterday. At about the same time as you sent the email I noticed we
were late signing on which I posted about yesterday afternoon. My
rate of operator error has gone up in proportion to the
time I spend playing the 'Railroads Online' simulation game, in which
I've become a very skilled track layout designer. Turning
next to talking about the EDM transmitter, my experience with the brand
is more recent than yours and I am impressed by the model we have.
There are several versions, and ours has hum-free performance with
audio comparable to the best stations and we found it easy to adjust
for part 15 RF output. There is an internal switch between 'high' and
'low' power, and each range has a variable adjustment for increasing or
lowering the output. We are using a quarter-wavelength dipole antenna
marketed by the Decade transmitter maker. It should be kept in mind
that these transmitters are designed for marketing everywhere which
makes the US Part 15 market only a small part of targeted users. At the
moment our unit is broken because a nearby lightning flash caused the
final RF transistor to blow-out, and when we send it to EDM for repair
we intend to purchase a second unit.
FCC certification rule (my opinion) is a reasonable attempt to remove
variables from transmitters available within the US so they cannot be
operated outside of the rules. By comparison, the uncertified
transmitters whether kits or ready-built, have enough changibility that
an operator is in a position to exceed the rules and tune upwards for
better range. While most operators are honest and reliable in living up
to the responsibility of legal operation, the strongest way of removing
'temptation' is the certification process. Although, at the end of the
day and speaking realistically, even certified transmitters can be
'modified', making the certification a weak 'best effort' to curb
Thursday February 9, 2023
2:35 PM -- Give Me Another Day --
Mark, I'll get back to talking about kit marketing and home building of
2:32 PM -- Riding Freight Trains --
The hidden world of jumping freight trains now has a podcast.
2:16 PM -- What and Why --
happened is that our website server was offline half-the-day. Why it
was offline is because I skipped a step in turning the servers on this
morning following a night of predicted lightning and high winds.
7:25 AM -- EDM FM Kits --
Mark responds to ongoing discussion of FCC 'Kit' rule:
But it is marketed. Not
brewed from an unmarketed source (a hobby magazine) or your own
design. Why can't anyone just market transmitters and not go
through the expensive hoops of getting certification if all they
have to do is sell it as EDM does with one thing to solder?
I would like that idea
by the way.
by, Mark. Later today I will continue our discussion of how I
interpret the Part 15 rules with regard to home-built transmitters,
certified transmitters, transmitter kits, and the jumble of different
writing styles confusing the part 15 rules.
Wednesday February 8, 2023
5:46 PM -- EDM FM Transmitters --
Lest you may wonder.
4:24 PM -- FCC Rules Part 15 Building of Transmitters - Part 1 --
§ 15.3 Definitions.
(p) Kit. Any number of electronic parts, usually provided with a
schematic diagram or printed circuit board, which,
when assembled in
accordance with instructions, results in a device
subject to the
regulations in this part, even if additional parts
of any type are
required to complete assembly.
early entry near the beginning of the Part 15 Rules settles the
question of whether transmitter kits are legal. This is a well written
definition of what a kit is, clearly makes itself subject to other
parts of the Part 15 Rules, and because it says "any number of
electronic parts" it makes legal a transmitter such as the EDM series
about which it has been asked, "is this really a kit?", owing to the
fact that only one solder task is required to make the units operable,
the "any number of parts" totaling two. In legalese (legal language)
what is not said counts toward overall meaning: this rule does not say
that certification is required and it infers that kits are marketed
"for sale" by a "provider".
Be here tomorrow for Part 2.
7:19 AM -- Double Security --
Gibson - TWiT.tv
Tuesday February 7, 2023
8:42 PM -- Kits --
Mark, the moderator from the original low power radio forum, responds
to my blogging about 'home-built' transmitters:
You said "So long as it
is built by the home-body at home and not 'bought' as one does in the
case of a kit."
would make the SStran, and the Sean Cuthbert transmitters not legal as
they are "marketed" and not home built as per your design or from a
hobby book etc.
Canada used to have this
as I understand but it was removed.
Not so fast, Mark. That's not the whole story. Kits ARE
legal, and tomorrow I will come back to the subject and explain what I
think is the full truth, confusing as it may be. Right now the U.S.
President is delivering the Annual State of the Union Message and
carried live on KDX Worldround Radio. I am listening so I will know
what he said.
2:58 PM --- Update Notification --
Audacity V 3.2.4 has dropped; which is to say... been released.
11:14 AM -- The Grid Power is Out Let's Start the Car --
8:24 AM -- Addendum to Home-Built --
yesterday's blog about FCC Part 15.23 we made an assumption that could
easily be made by anyone... we took the words 'home-built' to
imply a home-dweller at home, in other words a 'who and
However, think again... 'home-built' only specifies the 'where' of the
build, it does not specify 'who' does the building. Therefore
ask, 'what is the definition of home?' Many business corporations have
their 'home office'; can home built transmitters be made there? I would
say yes, so long as the resulting device is not for sale. Even moreso
since the High Court has ruled that corporations are people. That said,
I'll pile on one more variable that would fit the rule for anyone
wanting to construct more than 5 of them. The solution is to do your
building in more than one home. I'll make 5 at my house, you do 5 at
yours, and so on. If you want to be bad, make six of them and
say nothing about it until the statute of limitations runs
8:21 AM -- This Might Be Something --
Monday February 6, 2023
8:13 PM -- Home Built --
This section of the FCC rules is interesting:
§ 15.23 Home-built devices.
(a) Equipment authorization is not required for
devices that are not
marketed, are not constructed from a kit, and are
built in quantities
of five or less for personal use.
(b) It is recognized that the individual builder
equipment may not possess the means to perform the
determining compliance with the regulations. In
this case, the builder
is expected to employ good engineering practices
to meet the specified
technical standards to the greatest extent
practicable. The provisions
of § 15.5 apply to this equipment.
rule doesn't specify where the plans for home built devices might come
from. We assume that the home-owner or dweller of a home is allowed to
design their own 'device', which we take to mean 'transmitter', but one
might also obtain a schematic from a friend, from a magazine article,
or copycat a certified or uncertified transmitter so
it is built by the home-body at home and not 'bought' as one does in
the case of a kit. But the rule doesn't really specify whether
the home-built device might be 'commissioned', where-in a
or other able person would draft a diagram for monetary consideration
for 'professional services', which is different than purchasing a
device. An open question lingers as to how a person would know 'good
engineering practices' if he does not possess means for measurement.
The allowance of five (5) units for self use seems arbitrary and it is
not explained why anyone would need more than one such device. Nor does
the rule refer to the frequency band for home-built units, opening the
way for AM or FM builds or any other band as specified in the section
of permissable frequencies and special requirements applying thereto.
5:57 PM -- A Highly Recommended Movie --
Everyone should watch this.
Sunday February 5, 2023
12:56 NOON -- That's Funny, You Don't Look Jukeish --
Another winner from the research of Rich Powers:
I go check out Rags Juke Boxes, wanted to drop off this article about
the new part 15 juke boxes hitting the market in 1945...
Witchita Falls Record News
6:46 AM --
Internet Streaming Reference --
Friday February 3, 2023
2:20 PM -- Hitchhiking Among the Stars --
Radio Blog in an entry titled 'New Old Time Radio' speaks of high
quality radio plays being produced in the current day by CBC in Canada
and BBC in Great Britain. Some of the shows named by Artisan
been aired here on KDX and we also house a collection of BBC vinyl
recordings containing such acclaimed shows as 'Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy', 'The Goon Show', and a batch of production music and sound
effects. The national radio services of Canada and England are as
devoted to radio today as networks were in the United States up until
the 1950s when attention shifted to television. Times have changed
again and over-the-air TV in the U.S. is being eclipsed by online
streaming where original video shows have become a large industry but
less effort is being invested in radio-style audio productions on the
web. Only plain talk shows seem to have become plentiful in the form of
podcasts along with a variety of DJ type music shows in many genres but
nothing in the way of dramatic programs.
10:12 AM -- Juke Box Museum --
under in New Zealand Johny Cole collects juke boxes while
1-Large Watt of FM radio on his RagFM station. We got to know Johny
while both of us were charter members of the now defunct Association of
Broadcasters and he joined me then as guest on the Low Power Hour.
Thursday February 2, 2023
11:36 AM -- Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in Ukrainian Skies --
10:48 AM -- Gravity, Senolytics, and Jook Organs --
main theme in January was probably the 'scientific' proposition that a
certain ultra-sonic sine-wave tone might reverse aging and our
laboratory experiment attempting to super-impose such a tone during our
radio stream, to which Richard Powers submits his thoughts, findings
you're really stuck on that youth rejuvenation frequencies quest aren't
you? Ever since you began talking about it, it seems all of the sudden
I keep stumbling onto semi-related content on the web. A LiveScience
article https://www.livescience.com/does-gravity-make-you-age-slower addresses the question (quote):
if time is linked to gravity, does that mean that people on top of
mountains age faster than people at sea level do? Does increased
gravity actually make people age more slowly?.."
It tells us the answer
is yes, it is minor, but measurable. Another article from https://www.wired.com/story/drugs-aging-medicine-biotech/
Drug to Treat Aging May Not Be a Pipe Dream' tells us about something
called "..“senolytics,” a class of treatments that targets aged
cells.." And states that by the end of the year will be proof it works
in humans and not just in the rats they've been testing it on.
maybe if you combine your youth tone with some senoltytics while at the
top of Mnt. Everest, you'll climb back down as a young man. It wouldn't
hurt to bring along a 49mz transmitter with 100mw input and a
permanently attached 1 meter antenna (there's no mention of ground lead
if used), and broadcast a 100kHz tone through that.
It's just a thought.
I go, let me tell you a story. About 15 or so years ago, my boss was
telling me a story that began something like this: "..One night we went
into this juke joint we aint never been to and...."
I interrupted him to
ask: "Whats a juke joint?"
looked at me like I was stupid and exclaimed "A bar!! You aint never
heard it called a juke-joint before??"..., and then he went on with his
story which was about a bar fight or something (as he was a rowdy
sort). I really had never heard anyone refer to a bar as a juke-joint
before or since that day.
told you that story to tell you this; Today I also read an old but
enjoyable article in the Febuary 24, 1940 issue of Billboard magazine,
on page 71: https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/40s/1940/Billboard-1940-02-24.pdf
Why Are Phonos Called
Jook Organs? Florida Offers Clue
used by writers describing automatic phonographs has descended in many
cases to the use of the words "juke boxes" or "jook organs." It is
suggested that the form may have come from the States on the
Southeastern seaboard, where these terms are much in use.... .. ..
article continues on from there into a delightful romp through a night,
defined as "goin' jukin' at a string of several "juke joints" in
Tallahassee Florida during 1940, while at the same time offering a
likely explanation how the term "juke box" originated. It's a really
fun read which I think you may enjoy too.
Have a drink, do the
jitterbug, and quit fretting over not being young. It'll just make you
wrap up, Richard! This almost reminds me of a very wonderful girlfriend
from my bachelor days who was puzzled why I called a juke box a
jukebox. "It's jute box!", she insisted. As it turns out 'jute' is
defined as 'The coarse, strong fiber of the East Indian plants,
Corchorus olitorius and Corchorus capsularis, used to make mats, paper,
gunny cloth etc.' Therefore if a box were constructed from jute it
would be a jute box, but of course it couldn't play phonograph