Friday, March 31, 2006

Ham Radio: Radio Daze!

So I spent a little of my tax return on me. For the past few years I have had to use all of it on bills or for my divorce, but this year, I spent some of it on me, and Terry and put the rest in a CD for safe keeping! Things are looking up! But this post is about what I bought for myself. A wicked cool radio! A Yaesu FT-847. This sucker does everything I could want, and then a little more! It does HF, 6 meters, 2 meters, 70 cm and even has satellite capabilities! I could work any of the ham sats or even the International Space Station! Plus using a program called Ham Radio Deluxe.

With this I can control my radio using my computer. I can input a frequency and it will go right to it. I can control all the modes and setup the radio as well as have it automatically input info to my logbook! This is so cool! I can customize the look, and the interface! The pic shown is just a stock interface with a pre setup scheme/theme. But I can tweak it out and make it look really cool! It'll take me a week to figure this out! And all the while I will be listening to stations.

I also built a 6 meter dipole today. Nothing fancy. Just an SO-239 with a couple wires soldered on to it and placed on a piece of plastic from an old tub lid I had lying around. I just cut off a big piece, put a hole in the center big enough for the SO-239 to fit through and a couple more on either side to thread the wires through and give it a little more strength to keep from snapping from the weight of the coax under it. I haven't tested it yet, but will hopefully be able to tonight when Andy, KC2EUS gets home.

After that, the next step is to get the 2 meter antenna up. Since mine is a 2 meter/70 cm antenna, I'll need a coax switch to have the radio hooked in to the one antenna. Lots or wires running, but we'll see how she all works out. The station is coming along nicely, but it's kind of cobbed right now. I want to setup a nice desk with my radio and my computer for a nice simple and elegant shack. All my previous setups have been a mess of wires and coax. I want something simple and clean.

I also want to set it up to do remote control of my radio. I'll keep it closed access to just me, but I want to be able to play with it from work or something. This will keep me busy for weeks. I'll post more as I hack this setup. Later....

73 de KB2MOB

Monday, March 27, 2006

RANT: Islam.. I CALL SHENANIGANS!

You know.. for a religion that claims to be peaceful and the most tolerant, I'd hate to see what they when they're pissed off. Seems because an Afghan man converted from Islam to Christianity, he broke islamic law and was to be tried and convicted and sentenced to death. Nice to know that Islamic law is very speedy! Must keep the prisons nice and tidy since people aren't there long enough to muss it up.

How is this better than the Taliban? Just because they don't execute women on a football (soccor) pitch in public anymore makes them better? BULLSHIT! The crusades are over folks! Have been for about a thousand years now! It's cool if a christian switches to islam, but you lose one and you behead them? Yeah. Real enlightened guys! I wanna be Islamic too... NOT!!!

Let's see, you discrimate against women, you behead converts, and everyone not islamic is an infidel. And you still bitch about the Inquisition?!? Talk about hypocrites! So let's all sit back and see how they dig themselves out of this one.

I hate to say it, but sooner or later, a christian fundalmentalist group is gonna come along and you are gonna get that 2nd crusdae you seem to be pushing for. When that happens, I'm gonna be the first to point and yell shenanigans and punch someone in the groin!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Q103 Where Rock Lives, @ 103.5 & 103.9

Right! So I heard that Q103 in Albany needs some part-timers, and I've been wanting to get into the Albany market for a while, but the radio gods didn't see me worthy to be in the market. So I did what I could where I could and now, the gods of the microphone have sen fit to give me my day in the sun. I got hired at Q103, WQBK! ALL HAIL THE RADIO GODS!

I went to the station last night to train for the automation system that's used there and learn the format. Levack was my sensei and showed me how it was all done. Looks pretty easy. After about 20 mins, I was following along on the log and the system seems intuitive. So tonight, I'll be doing some mic time and getting used to being on the air down there. I got to meet some of the folks and the atmosphere down there was really kicked back. Usually at new places, I'm kinda like defensive and very aware till I get to know a place. After like 5 minutes I felt like I was home. It was that nice. Plus I think I found people who's desks are messier then mine. Flounder, Mrozek, you guys are beautiful people.

I can't really find anything on the con side to say about the place. I could knit pick, but that would serve no purpose. I can safely say, I found a dream job. I have arrived.

Well, I can say one bad thing about the place. Jeff Mrozek is a Bo Sox fan, and must be punished. Naaa, just kiddin'.

Rock on...

Monday, March 20, 2006

WTF: "Come F*@k me eyes?"

Ok.. so here I am single and not really out looking right now, but in the past few months I have been hearing something from the women I am friends with about me. Now most guys would hear this and be like "Oh yeah! I got the power!". Now me.. well, I'm more like, "Where the hell did this come from?!".

They've all been saying that in my pics, I have these "Come fuck me eyes". WHat does that mean? I have this powerful stare that makes women weak at the knees? I have even been told I have a sexy voice! Well, that I may believe, since I am in radio and know how to make my voice convey certain emotions and ideas in order to sell stuff in commercials. So that one isn't hard to accept.

But the eyes thing? They say the eyes are the window to the soul. So what are women seeing in my soul? And why are they looking in my window? Would be interesting to know. So ladies, head on over to my MySpace profile, http://www.myspace.com/mobbyg , check the pics and let me know what is up?

This is not a lame attempt to get women to look at my pics, or feed my ego. Everyone knows it's more then well fed! So help me to understand it. Please be honest and help me to understand. And yes I am a little self concious about myself.. so be gentle ok?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

RANT: The Mighty WKRP, BOOOOOGER!!!!!

Well, I've been a busy little DJ lately. Working between Lite 98.7 and WENT has been trying but fulfilling. Seems the radio career is starting to get to where I want it to be. I've been filling in now again the weekday day-parts and seems like that is adding up to more fill in work, as I'll be covering Annie Croakly's mid-day shift on BigFrog 104. Just call me Captain Kermit. LOL

But anyways... On to what I wanted to talk about here.

The MIGHTY WKRP! Yeah. I loved that show. Still do. But thanks to the legal bullshit that the RIAA likes to pull on people, it's scared 20th Century Fox from wanting to release the show on DVD, because of all the music that was incorporated into the show. And they are reluctant to release edited version because research shows fans would rather have the unedited versions of the show then one without the music. So I guess you could say this is a bash against the RIAA. They bitch and moan and whine they are losing money because of file sharing, so they fire off thousands of lawsuits, clog up the court system and intimidate people into settling these suits or hit them with multi million dollar copyright violations. Nothing like biting the hand that feeds you.

Now being in radio, I think I have kind of a interesting perspective on this, and I would love to know what my fellow jocks think on this too...

Why isn't the RIAA getting the idea that digital distribution is the way to go. They kept saying that it wouldn't work. And when Apple came to them with iTunes, they figured it would flop and they would prove their point. Well we all know what happened there. Now they want charge you more based on if a song is new or popular or not. Um.. guys...

IF THE WHEEL AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT!!!

But it seems greed is the only religion the folks at the RIAA know. So what is my point you ask? Simple. Beat the RIAA at their own game. Buy music from independent labels, or from iTunes. If they up the price, drop your subscription and let them know why. Don't bother with those "licensing" music sites, that let you only listen to the music till your subscription runs out. THAT IS RIDICULOUS! You bought it, you listen to it the where you want, how you want. Don't let the establishment dictate what you can and can't do. Last I checked, this is the United States of America, and we have this little thing called freedom and free enterprise. And both can be used to fight back.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

9 True Things You May Not Know About Radio People....

Found this on MySpace....

1. 50% of our wardrobes really do consist of free t-shirts:

***t-shirts from Radio stations weve worked for, t-shirts given to us for participating in charity events and t-shirts from movie and record promtions. If you are ever at a garage sale and you see more than 2 t-shirts with Radio station logos on them, chances are very good a Radio person lives there. (Make sure you fumigate anything you buy.)

2. Evening DJs get propositioned more than any other air-shift, usually from under-age females. Being seduced by any of these little pixies is also known as walking the jail-bait tightrope.

3. Rule of the Phones: if she sounds sexy, more times than not, she isnt.

***Generally, the ladies who call into Radio stations, in the hopes of luring the DJ into some kind of rendevouz, fall into one of these categories:
1) someone Richard Simmons should be praying next to 2) Stalkers
3) 14 year-old Lolitas who are fully prepared to testify in court. (Please see: Evening DJs.)

4. You can get on almost any Radio station to promote something if you bring the morning show food.

***Morning DJs lose all sense of propriety, right, and wrong when you offer them a cinnamon bun with enough icing to put a diabetic into a coma. Other sure-fire ways into the studio: pizza, subs, ribs (big in the South), donuts, and Starbucks.

5. Youre not crazy: Radio people really ARE weird. Seriously. Some of them are close to psychotic.

***Is it any wonder more and more health care plans in Radio now offer psychological benefits? Mmmm?

6. Yes, we really DO get fired as much as youve heard.

***Radio people get fired because formats change, because ratings go down, because Radio stations get sold, because of budget cuts, because of vendettas, because some drink too much and dont show up for work, because some drink too much and DO show up for work, and because moral clauses in contracts are sometimes broken (Please see: Evening DJs).

7. You dont want to see us in person. Really.

***We usually look: fatter, thinner, older, and younger than you thought. We never equal your imagination. We should be required to wear ski masks on all external outings - for the good of all humanity.

8. Were pathetic whiners. Really.

***We bitch and moan about how hard it is to drag our butts out of bed at 3 A.M. just so we can sit on our ass for four hours and talk. Please.

9. We have a high divorce rate. Why?

***For starters we move around a lot. You should only marry someone in Radio if you either
1) have a personal U-Haul
2) have a relative in the moving business
3) you have tiny little wheels surgically attached to the bottoms of your feet. Besides the moving problem, marriages and relationships of Radio people are constantly tested by fans who come on to them. (Please see: Evening DJs.)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Random Access IV

Fly By Night - RUSH
Words and music by Geddy Lee and Neil Peart

Why try? I know why
The feeling inside me says it’s time I was gone
Clear head, new life ahead
I want to be king now not just one more pawn

Fly by night, away from here
Change my life again
Fly by night goodbye my dear
My ship isn’t coming and I just can’t pretend

Moon rise, thoughtful eyes
Staring back at me from the window beside
No fright or hindsight
Leaving behind that empty feeling inside

Start a new chapter
Find what I’m after
It’s changing every day
The change of a season
Is enough of a reason
To want to get away

Quiet and pensive
My thoughts apprehensive
The hours drift away
Leaving my homeland
Playing a lone hand
My life begins today