Home Front Update

Some good news to report from the home front. First, I will be taking a new job with my existing employer which should result in a pay raise after the start of the New Year.

Second, research on relocation sites has proven beneficial in recent weeks yielding at least a dozen potential places that should be suitable for the development of the "real" Part 15 AM Radio station in the future. Right now there are small towns and suburban communities located in ten different states that are under consideration. Ultimately I plan to choose the one that offers the least amount of technical and environmental obstacles that exist at the current location making it near impossible to broadcast a listenable signal even close to what is expected for the kind of transmitter and station I have. Other important factors include cleaner air which will benefit my sinus condition and also a reasonable proximity to one or more people that I am at least acquainted with or are a part of my family or social circle.

Plans to start looking for a new property in these communities will begin after the start of the New Year. Hopefully before the end of next year, I will have one purchased and can then gradually relocate during the year 2021. Development of the radio stations will begin immediately after relocation is finished.

Lastly, my property tax bill has not increased for a second straight year!

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Fortune Cookie

Stopped by my favorite Chinese restaurant in my current home town to pick up some food yesterday. I received two fortune cookies with my lunch. One I found particularly amusing and have to mention here.

"Enjoy yourself while you can". Does this sound like it was written by an extreme narcissist? LOL

Another Radio Station Update

WIMP AM 1620 is on the air with a Smooth Jazz format. The good news out of the way first. The automation software is functioning well and the station sounds good at least as far as the mixing of the audio files is concerned. And the quality of the audio of the music is surprisingly good for AM with the transmitter when the audio problems are not prevalent. That leads me to the bad news and we will be working on these problems in the weeks and months ahead to eliminate the problems with the audio quality of the station. First a bad hum is in the background of the audio and it won't be possible to eliminate it due to the fact the indoor antenna is negatively impacted by the house electrical wiring. Two ways to resolve the issue. First, using an outdoor antenna which is the ultimate goal. Second, a solar system to power the transmitter and possibly the entire station.

The plan to quell the problems is as follows. First, we will install an outdoor antenna in the Fall with the hope the range of the station will improve, and it should. And then possibly installing at least one solar panel and battery to power the transmitter with the hope that will eliminate the hum problem. The other issue which is in the audio chain is due to the on board Automatic Gain Control of the transmitter which conflicts with the Audio Processor that is used to enhance the quality of the Audio as well as the loudness. I will be meeting our Station Engineer in early September and we will see if we can eliminate the distortion problem in the audio chain. Afterward working on a outdoor antenna will be the next step with improving the listening experience of the station.

Visit here for more info or you can see the WIMP AM radio website for more information about the station and future plans including improving the audio chain on the station.

General Update

***The new WIMP AM Radio website is now up and running. It has been brought to my attention that the new site does not display properly in small hand held devices like cell phones. I used new website design software for this site and I noted that I created a fixed size site and not one that is responsive. As a result, I will create a scaled down, mobile version of the site and piggyback it on the existing site for mobile users. I should be able to get to that this first weekend in August. It won't contain all of the content of the full site and will be scaled back for ease of display on a mobile device.

***Research on potential relocation sites will continue for a while longer. Currently I have a list of communities located in Maine, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas on the short list . Ultimately I plan to start looking for a more suitable property for the radio station and living after the New Year. I hope by the Spring of 2020 I can purchase a better property and then hope to relocate within a year afterward once the property is ready for the radio station and inhabiting. Immediate plans entail sticking with the current job and living in Covington for at least one more year and upwards of two years if necessary.

***I will be purchasing a new weather station to replace the old Davis Vantage Pro which finally stopped working last year. The new weather station will allow me to upload current conditions for Covington to the website and local residents can take advantage of seeing local weather conditions for their immediate area upon demand.

***Watched a great movie this past weekend. The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. Highly recommended especially if you are a home owner. One of the funniest movies to come out of the 1980's.