That’s What It Is
BillyBurg drives it home. That’s the kind of experience I described in the opening post. It’s called “lucid awareness”, that is to say, a moment in which you see life in its entirety and your place in the universe. Kind of like DX reception in the head.
Conventional broadcasting always involves interupting one thing for another…
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It’s Not Us It’s Them
BillyBurg recalls: “Anyone can use loose language, be it on the streets, on podcasts or on OTA radio.”
And the problem is that many of them do use loose language… I mean the podcasters, hosts, guests, incoming programs over which we have no control.
As for me myself, I’ve never used loose language, not even in the army…[Read more]
Maybe It Will Come to You in an Aha! Moment
Let’s see if someone comes along who has a way of explaining what I posted.
When I wrote it I wasn’t trying to be hard to translate, I thought the situation would come across.
If, after several days, no one makes it clear, I personally will return with a full explanation because it’s a life experience…[Read more]
What We Take from This
We have learned from your comments that AM stations have several ways of switching powers & patterns.
A local 5 kW station shuts carrier for about 1-second of dead air at sundown then the nighttime pattern comes on with a poof.
The station, KTRS 550 kHz, keeps the same power at night but changes patterns.
Sticky Ball of Wax
I agree with Mark: “They (FCC) can, for any reason say quit even though it’s not in the rules that you can’t swear.”
True, and it no doubt would result from a complaint since the FCC doesn’t drive around randomly looking for micro-signals. In most cases the FCC would pick a technical reason for the shutdown, even when the com…[Read more]
Part 15 broadcasters often mention that “the rules don’t restrict content” for stations in this category, yet we contradict this freedom by avoiding language that would be banned on licensed radio.
A year ago or so there was mention in the trade journals that the FCC was considering removing enforcement over “adult” language, but has not taken…[Read more]
KDX Worldround Radio carries “Freetalk Live” everynight, and just noticed a new addition to their line-up, an independent newscast called “The Liberty Beat”. It was well done and seemed to present stories from a balanced point of view.
Your review of this newscast will help us know if it is suitable for our stations.
Take Me To Your Ground Leader
Rich Powers gets the ball rolling: ” Though the ground lead gets old, it never can go away because it is intricately part of part 15.”
The morphing has begun.
BillyBurg’s excellent idea: “for Part 15 operators: conceivably, we can place a parasitic reflector (an antenna connected to nothing) a certain distance behind our whip, which will act as a reflector and “steer” our signal in the direction of the most coverage. Whether or not this is legal will determine if it is proper for us to…[Read more]
It stirs me at a very deep level to contemplate how, while I am far removed from the world into the way off dreams of night, the computer in my perfectly silent room is generating radio programs for listeners several states away fully occupied in lives of their own completely outside of my purview.
Questioning the Answer
How did you get from 1 kW to 500 W at night? Were there two transmitters for that?
And adding the extra tower at 15 Watts, was there a 15 Watt transmitter, or was the power derived through the phasor by taking it from the larger transmitter and using resistance to lower it?
Is my question confusing or do you think I am confused?
View from Tolerance
As the FCC tolerates us, we in turn must tolerate the licensed stations we are subjected to whether we like it or not.
But another factor is how our listeners tolerate us.
My Icecast streaming station, KDX-OGG, has a listener that tolerates us for very lengthy periods of time, but amazingly, whenever my program, Blare…[Read more]
Getting It Straight About Licensing
We shoot ourselves in the foot by saying we are “unlicensed”.
What is a license?
A license if a piece of paper stating particular permissions.
What is Part 15.219?
Part 15.219 is a piece of paper stating particular permissions.
Know what I’m saying?
Many AM stations are required to switch powers and patterns for daytime/nighttime operation. How is that done?
Do they need to have more than one transmitter? Several sets of towers?
There’s a station near here with three powers and patterns, daytime, critical-hours and nighttime!
Is the change done manually or can it be…[Read more]
Legal Unlicensed Security Department
These small radio stations are the pride of low power owner-operators, but as we’ve heard in TheLegacy’s story, attract the attention of critics who wonder “what can they get out of it” and “does it meet their approval”.
Mark wonders: “You shouldn’t have to be so secretive about having a legal unlicensed s…[Read more]
Labor of Love Trouble Shooters
Good suggestion, Rich Powers, about “copying” a submission before seeing it vanish.
Tim, welcome for your weekly Oompah Hour drop-off, and thanks for all the site slowness reports.
Picking up some radio business, Tim asks: “Carl — what do you want to know about pattern changing?”
Good. I will RE-POST my q…[Read more]
After carefully composing a post under “Transmitter Talk” I hit submit and after a delay the screen refreshed and the post was gone.
I don’t think I’ll try again for awhile, and it was a never-before-asked question about power/pattern switching at sundown.
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