SHORTWAVE LISTENING

I have been a ham operator for several years, but before that I started as a shortwave listener. I started listening back in my junior high school days. My father and I built a Heathkit receiver (see below) and since then I have had numerous radios.

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I have always enjoyed pulling in the distant signals of broadcast stations, military communications, ham operators, spies, ship to shore and years ago you could even pick up mobile and cordless phones.

Today, you need not spend money on a radio or antenna set up.

Just use the many radios that are connected to the internet around the world.

WebSDR is a good place to start. Check it out at: http://websdr.org/

You can see the signals in the waterfall display and tune them in.

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Have fun!

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Update 2-28-2016

Well, I am now back on morning drive at WIBN.

I was not happy how it happened as the guy doing mornings was let go.  That’s all I will say on that subject other than I hope the station can move forward finally.

I have been throwing some new jingles together for my show and for ST. Patricks day as well as some new rejoins and music beds, I hate for things to get stale.

I had to the do the Bargain Show this Saturday, which I don’t really mind but it needs to be improved as well.

I recorded the show for the sheer heck of it and it is here for you to check out if you’re really bored.

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End of the Line

Well, the time has finally come for me to shut down my internet radio station. I started the station over fifteen years ago as Retro Radio, then it morphed into a low power FM.web station and became K107.5 FM. After a local station took over the 107.5 frequency, we moved to 103.5 and became Rock 103.

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The station was a hobby from day one. I never intended on making any money, just providing a unique station. We had some great voices, shows, special events and had a lot of fun along the way.

This year the royalty increases for internet radio just made it impossible to justify the cost of this hobby going forward. I pleaded with our large listener base to step up and donate two or three dollars per month to help out, but in the end, we just could not get enough people on board.

The reality is that over the last couple of years I have not been too involved with it myself, as I have been busy with my job and my life. I still do not see how if the station makes no money, how does it owe royalties in the first place? How does YouTube get by with all the copyrighted material uploaded daily? How do video streaming sites allow “radio shows” to stream the music? Makes no sense at all.

So, anyhoo…

I am moving on to dablle in podcasting and video casting. I can say this honestly though, my station was one of the best.

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RadioBoss

I like to play around with automation systems for radio. I have been playing with RadioBoss today and for the price, its not bad at all. If you’re looking to get your online or LPFM station on air and don’t want to spend a lot on an automation system right away, this could be the way to go.

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Benefits:

Produce professional, sophisticated audio programming for a fraction of the cost of other radio programming applications. Robust support for Internet broadcasters. Built-in support for Internet streaming (Shoutcast v1, v2, Icecast, Windows Media Services), automatically sending metadata (upload to FTP, HTTP request, text or XML file) and using streamed Internet audio in playlists.

Work the way you want. RadioBOSS lets you grab, use and work with your preferred audio formats, Winamp and VST plugins, multichannel cards (4.0, 5.1, 7.1 etc), individualized RadioBOSS profiles.

Create sophisticated professional playlists with crossfade support, automatic volume leveling, timed announcements, block rotations, advertising volume enhancement and more.

RadioBOSS’s eleven years of continuous improvement and enhancement means you can trust RadioBOSS to play unattended for days, weeks and months.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

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Memories

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Looking around on the web I found a photo of a tape recorder that is the same one I got for Christmas years ago as a kid. This was my first tape recorder. It came with an external microphone. I spent countless hours playing with it, pretending to do radio shows and making comedy holiday tapes that I exchanged with a friend on the school bus. Most of these tapes still exist today.

 

Below is another model I later bought with de-tasseling money.

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Above are a couple of games I had, lots of fun.

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A Great Podcast

One of my favorite podcasts is Welcome to Night Vale.  I love laying in bed at night listening to it. It is brilliant.

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Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale. (Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin.)

Listen Here!

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The Year Draws to a Close

This year was a bit of a roller coaster for me. I started the year with WIBN in Indiana doing the morning show. The month of May comes along and i get an offer to be program director/morning man at a station in Illinois. This was a tough decision as i was fairly happy where I was. I ended up taking the plunge mainly because i didn’t want to wonder “what if?” the rest of my days.

I moved to Illinois and spent over six months sleeping on an air mattress feeling homesick, but i gave it my all. Due to the owner and his minion the station was leased to another company and as of late November, I found myself out of a job.

WIBN heard about it and immediately brought me back to do afternoons. So the year ends as it begun really. The whole Illinois thing seems like a nightmare. I am happy the year has ended this way though. I am back home in my own bed every night and the listener base I had at WIBN welcomed me back in full force.

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Now I sit here looking to the new year and wondering what it will bring. I am hoping that a few things here will change for the better and this station can become what it should be, a power house.

I am starting my design business up again after the first of the year as well. Custom Radio Designs will offer audio streaming, web design, audio players, automation, voiceovers and more to the LPFM community.

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Stay tuned!

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