A Glimmer of Hope

I may have found a Part 15 AM transmitter that will work in my present location. Since it does not have to mount up in the air and then be tuned to work correctly but instead, has a separate antenna leading to the transmitter via a coax cable to the box on the ground inside the property, I may have a chance at getting a usable signal out here. Will buy a unit in the Summer and test it to see if there is any chance I can overcome all the obstacles and technical issues that exist here at the property or nearby. It won't be a perfect solution since the area I need to cover is too big for a single transmitter to reach, especially with the problems at this spot. But we'll see what happens during testing later in the year.

Latest Part 15 AM Radio News

I had a chance to update the Low Power AM Radio Network website.

Happy Ground Hog Day

Another six weeks of winter according to Phil. Good news for those of us that enjoy winter and the upcoming Olympic games!

Quick January Update

Cold and Flu season is upon us. Hopefully most of the people reading this are at least avoiding the Flu. I get colds all the time. I have one right now. Between that and being busy with things around the home and of course work finally picking up, I don't have time to update the Blog that much right now. Spending what little spare time I have doing things around the house and then trying to get some sleep. Hopefully by Spring I will have more time to write.

I would like to mention the passing of "Mr. College Football" or Keith Jackson on January 12. While he handled a number of different sports during his career from 1952 to 2006, he is best known for his work in the booth for the NCAA and college football. Saturday was not Saturday in the Fall unless you saw Keith Jackson behind the mic on ABC doing a college football broadcast with Dave Diles doing the Prudential Scoreboard at the half. And his trademark phrase "Whoa Nellie" will always be remembered by those that watched his broadcasts. Another broadcasting legend has gone to the great Hall of Fame in the sky!

Randumb Thoughts for December

***Merry Christmas to all this year!

***I recently purchased a used Yamaha A500 Integrated Amplifier built in 1984. Does anyone have any idea as to what kind of speaker connectors it uses? Banana Plugs won't work with it and I'm not sure Pins will either. I am wondering if I have to use bare speaker wire or Spade Lugs only? If anyone has any idea please email me at double u (w)ilw@double u (w) ilw@mac.com with any details. Thanks.

***I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of a sports broadcasting legend. Dick Enberg. Probably the greatest multi sport sportscaster ever to grace the airwaves. For 60 years he called a variety of sporting including NFL football, Basketball, Tennis (notably Wimbledon) and pro golf among others. When paired with Merlin Olsen for NFL broadcasts during the 70's and 80's they were every bit the peer team of Pat Summerall and John Madden. If God has a wing in heaven for Sportscasters then surely Dick Enberg is in the Heavenly Sportscasting Hall of Fame.

***Now that the corporate tax rate has been cut to a respectable 21 percent, don't be surprised if the USA sees some very strong job growth in the years ahead. Now we'll be able to compete with the rest of the civilized world on a more even keel now that our tax rate is closer to that if most industrialized nations. The job market is already very strong and can be considered a "labor" market in many parts of the country. Want a job? Chances are you will find one quickly if it is an entry level position in fields such as industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, food service and other service occupations and health care.

***And also a hearty "Congratulations" to the Moody Blues upon being nominated for the first time and now elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A real travesty that they've been overlooked this long given their considerable accomplishments and pioneering music in the world of Rock and Roll. They are a true original and clearly were the Blue Print for an entire Genre known as Art Rock or Progressive Rock along with Pink Floyd. And also nice to see Dire Straights get there as well. Now if we could only seem Jethro Tull and the J. Geils Band get their due?