Repeater Radio

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pearls Of Wisdumb




Thursday, November 15, 2012

No Snow?? really??

I'll just say it...the ones who don't want snow can move to a climate that suits them or learn to drive in it. Seriously! People wonder why every year the weather is so screwed up? Because our planet and it's seasons are screwed up from pollution and other man made garbage. And until our planet balances out things are going to be a lot worse. In the Winter months we ARE supposed to have snow! Would you rather freezing rain? Freezing fog? Hot temperatures while the tree's are bare and the sap is not flowing through it's branches causes diseases in the tree's and where do you think we get air and fruit's from?? Tree's. What about other foods? Everything is important whether we like it or not.

More ranting to come...

http://www.videojug.com/film/why-does-the-earth-have-seasons

Friday, August 31, 2012

No longer hosting a website

As of yesterday evening Rock 105.3 is no longer paying for a hosting account which means the website found at www.rock957.net and www.wbas-fm.com will no longer be there. We are not hosting a stream either. The url www.wbas-fm.com will point to this blog until further notice. Use the player on the right hand side of the page to listen.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Reminder














Just in case you didn't know our new url is www.wbas-fm.com.
The new website is a slow work in progress but it looks good.

If you play Minecraft, we have a server to play on for free, you can also listen to Rock 105.3 while you play.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gas prices and new servers

Just wanted to drop in to mention our new streaming server back at Loudcaster.com and that stream will be added to the TuneIn.com station directories and mobile apps.
Here is the new streaming server url :
 Rock 105.3 

 http://broadcaster02.loudcaster.com:8000/1514_live
And since today is Independence Day I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.
The image on this post is the latest low gas price from Speedway hwy 192 London,Ky. Fill up while you can because after the 4th I am sure the prices will climb back up to $4 a gallon.

Stay Safe & Tune in to Rock 105.3



Update: As of 7/15/2013 gas prices in London Ky were $3.14

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rock 105.3 FM switches to Internet only station

Due to some rather weird circumstances concerning Rock 105.3 Fm over the air signal we will be taking our FM transmitter off the air permanently. Rock 105.3 will now be an internet only station avoiding any conflicts with local or federal laws. An explanation for this decision will added to this blog at a later date.

Until then feel free to tune in http://www.wbas-fm.com:8000/listen.pls  or visit our new website at www.wbas-fm.com

Tune in now to Danny Rantin' Mac on LG73 or Rock 105.3 online.
The Danny Mac Rant is proudly carried over several networks, via internet and terrestrial radio! Check them all out when you get the chance!

http://dishnuts.net/ - Radio Free Dishnuts! My home base! A small 24/7 internet streaming audio service in operation now for 13 years

http://lg73.ca/ - (Vancouver, BC) Vancouver's Best Music Mix!

http://rock95seven.blogspot.com/ - (London,KY) Rock 105.3 FM Covering Part 15 Radio, News, Weather and the general insanity in the world today.

http://radiotunes.tk/ - (NL) - Internet stream for radio jingles and tunes lovers!

The Danny Mac Rant Radio Show is carried live on AM 1580kHz CKNF in the Mount Allen Park area of the McKenzie Lake community in Southeast Calgary. AM 1580 broadcasts a high fidelity signal with a 20Hz to 20kHz ±1 dB audio response with low distortion in Stereo using the Motorola C-Quam multiplexing technology. CKNF only transmits its programming terrestrially and listeners with a wide band receiver (either mono or stereo) are in for a real treat when they hear the high quality audio of AM 1580. CKNF features a hybrid Progressive Talk and Soul/Urban music format.

http://www.am1670.org/ Dewberry Jam Community Radio - 1670 Khz in San Antonio, Texas!

Looking to carry the show on your Internet, Low Power AM/FM or Part 15 radio station? drop us a line at: dannymac at dannymacproductions dot com



Thanks

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

From Rock 105.3 fm and all of it's staff...the 2 of us lol Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lunar Grace

Nothing special to blog about today, well aside from some problems with Loudcaster and other weird things happening today it has been a boring weekend so far. Enjoy this simple photo of the Moon i took with a 5.0 MP Android Camera Phone.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Another great Cincy station leaves the airwaves

Another great High School station goes silent.
This is where i got my training and met some great friends along the way.
WJVS-FM will be missed.

 Scarlet Oaks’ WJVS-FM signing off TV and Media Blog cincinnati.com For the third consecutive year, a high school radio station is vanishing from the airwaves. Scarlet Oaks WJVS-FM (88.3) in Sharonville has petitioned the the Federal Communications Commission to relinquish its license and time-share for 88.3 with WAIF-FM dating back to 1979, shortly after the debut... Read The Blog Here
 
I feel like creating a tribute to WJVS-FM now, just to carry the torch.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Going off the air ...

UPDATE! We have returned to the airwaves and online. Visit the Listen link above to tune in online or in the London Area at 105.3 FM. Thanks




 Rock 105.3 FM and our stream will be off for a little bit. I need to move some things around and that involves unplugging some cords. Be back soon.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day & Being Prepared

I found this article on my Facebook posted by N.O.A.A. Funny thing about this is I have been posting weather alerts on my stations group page for a year now. Anyway it is worth a look. April 22 is not only Earth Day — it’s also the start of the *first-ever* National Severe Weather Preparedness Week: http://1.usa.gov/NSWPWeek. It’s clear from the wild weather we’ve seen lately that we’re entering the heart of severe weather season. Being prepared for severe weather is critical to saving lives and livelihoods and ultimately building a Weather-Ready Nation. As a member of the public, *you* play a vital role in the way the country prepares for and responds to disasters. The NSWP Week initiative – a joint effort between NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with a host of federal, state and local partners – is calling on you to “Be a Force of Nature” in your community to help people be prepared should a severe weather event strike. We’re asking you to take action: Know your risk, pledge to prepare, build an emergency kit, create an emergency plan for you and your family – and then tell your social network all about it using your favorite social media tools, like Facebook, Twitter ( use tag #ImAForce) and YouTube. I encourage you to visit http://www.ready.gov/severeweather and http://www.noaa.gov/WRN this week to learn more about how to be a force of nature. We’re counting on you! By: Jane Lubchenco
I like the idea of relaying messages about severe weather to friends and family but an article like this does make you sort of wonder one thing, is there not enough faith in the current warning systems that N.O.A.A. and NWS want's citizens to relay info via social networks,text messages and other means? Maybe so, but have you ever played Telephone with your friends as a kid? You have a group of friends lets say 10, one person thinks of something to say usually a phrase, then whispers that phrase to another and that get's passed down the line eventually making it to person number 10. Person number 10 tells the group what the phrase was, sometimes it comes out exactly the way person number 1 said it and other times well not so much. The main thing here to remember when passing on vital information is to remain calm, remember all the details, maybe even write them down on paper (you remember pen and paper don't you?) and then relay the information exactly the way N.O.A.A. or NWS presented it on their broadcast's or website. Severe weather or any other potential danger is not something to be taken lightly, relaying the details exactly as they were received is the difference between life or death. Double check the source and then share the information post haste. #ImAForce

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wisdom from a great president

Ronald Reagen was in my opinion one of the Best presidents of the United States of America.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Destroy Tecktonic

http://www.tektonic.net/ .... a sorry excuse of a VPS/Hosting company. Their customer "service" is piss poor at best! DO NOT buy any thing from these people! DO NOT register your domain name, DO NOT use them for VPS services, DO NOT use them to host your domain...DO NOT USE TEKTONIC.NET AT ALL! If enough people pull out and stop using this company, it will fold...shut down, go away, which means they will no longer be around to take your money and run! This company, when there is a customer service problem, they cop out and run, they say nothing can be done to resolve your issue. Well guess what TEKTONIC! The way to resolve the issue at this point is to drive you bums out of business!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone here, copy and paste this in every online forum, every facebook page, facebook group, email this to everyone you know. We are starting a campaign to BOYCOTT TEKTONIC and piss poor customer service providing companies! In the present state of the economy, the consumer should get what it pays for. If you do not get what you pay for, the company in question does NOT deserve to stay in business. Lets all ban together and say BYE BYE to TEKTONIC!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Amy doesn't live here Jared













A phone conversation i just had went like this: Me, hello? Bill Collector, this phone call is for Amy ______. if this is Amy ____ please press 1. If you need to put this call on hold to allow Amy ___ time to come to the phone press 2. If Amy ___ does not live at this residence but you know how to contact Amy ___ press 3. If you do not know Amy ___ and would like to have your number removed from our calling list please press 4. So i press 4 and Jared answers the phone and calls me Amy ___. I tell him "Now listen to me closely, i pressed 4 to be removed from your calling list, i don't know Amy , she has never lived here and this is a fairly new number to us, REMOVE ....MY .... NUMBER ....FROM ....YOUR ....CALLING LIST!! a pause and the middle eastern Jared stammers a bit and says, I am sorry i will remove your number from our list, thank you Ma'am!! ...............

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FCC forwards LPFM/translator proceeding

The Federal Communications Commission didn’t bother waiting around for its March Open Meeting to convene before releasing its latest notification on implementing the Local Community Radio Act. LPFM promoter Prometheus Radio Project called the FCC’s two new report and orders and one new further notice of proposed rulemaking a victory. Read the full report article here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day














Who knows where we’ll be tomorrow.

We only know today

And what the future will bring us

None of us can say

So drink up while you can, you may not get another chance

When you’re dead, you’ll wish you had danced.

 Blarney Rebel Band- You'll Wish You Had Danced Station Sampler - Rock 1053 FM by Barry A. Sallade

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Storm claims lives

Watch great coverage of the storms that ripped through Kentucky communities Friday evening on WKYT-TV 27 Newsfirst. http://www.wkyt.com/ WKYT - Home www.wkyt.com Central Kentucky's Online News Leader - Breaking News, Weather, and Sports from Central Kentucky Includes damage to communities in Laurel County , home of Rock 105.3 FM

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Latest Coverage Map


Rock 105.3 Fm Coverage Map Updated

Of course weather, location and radio type (antenna) will affect your reception of our low low power fm signal so try a few different things before giving up.

Use a car radio, they are more sensitive than most boom box or walkman type radio's.
If you want to listen in the house use a home stereo or radio with an outdoor antenna.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spam, the most annoying marketing scheme ever invented

You think maybe the person who plastered these post-it ads everywhere still has a job? Nope, not anymore. An over achieving employee of Liberty Tax here in London,Ky plastered these ad's all over cars in the mobile home park, apartments and cars parked at various stores up and down Hwy 192. I had one on my mail box and my van. I called the # on the ad and explained what happened. The lady informed me that person no longer works for them anymore. Talk about Spamming!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Who needs spell check??

Who needs spell check or the grammar police?Obviously the person who made this sign.


This has been for sale for 5 years now, wonder why?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Reflections of Floyd

Pink Floyd - Time



Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun

And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to nought
Or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desparation is the English way
The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say
Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells


Those words like the Iron Bell still ring true today.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sometimes it's good to be goofy

I really had nothing worth blogging about so here's a pic my webcam shot after if fell over in the window.
Visit the weathercam

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Procaster AM Transmitter

Broadcast to any AM Radio using the Procaster AM Transmitter

With the Procaster AM transmitter system you can broadcast any content such as music, talk, information, advertising etc. to any AM radio. Typical range is 1/2 to 2 mile radius depending on local conditions.
sufficient for many applications such as
  • Local Community Radio
  • Retirement Communities
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Hobby Broadcasting
  • Marinas
  • Business
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Boys Scouts
  • Emergency Broadcasting
and many more applications!
Broadcast to any AM radio using theProcaster AM transmitter • Sturdy Construction The Procaster uses a rigid welded aluminum enclosure with stainless steel hardware for a long corrosion-free life. The included side-mounted 104 in  aluminum antenna uses dual mounts for extra rigidity to resist bending and stays vertical even in the strongest of winds for optimum transmission. The lightweight design of the entire system makes for an easy install and light mast loading. •Great Performance Low distortion, hi-fi audio delivers excellent low bass response and BIG sound just like commercial broadcast stations. Performance exceeds most AM radio receivers. • Built-in 42 Channel Quartz SynthesizerChoose from 42 broadcast channel frequencies. This allows you to select the quietest channel in your listening area for best range without having to order different crystals.•Built-in Audio Processor No need to purchase additional complicated and expensive audio processors and signal conditioners. The Procaster includes built-in audio processing and limiting, saving you hundreds in additional equipment costs and reducing installation space. Sound dynamics can be easily tailored to suit your listening preference and best of all, it's simple to set up with no technical knowledge required. •Built-in Tuning MeterForget about complicated jumper selection and calculations. Tuning the antenna is a snap with the built-in tuning meter. Simply adjust the antenna trimmer using the included tuning tool and oberve a maximum reading on the meter. Intuitive and straight forward. •Automatic Power Control SystemNo need to get technical trying to calculate and adjust the power to meet FCC legal requirements.
For more details visit the link below.

Procaster AM Transmitter

This is on my wishlist lol

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Biased Forums?

According to most part 15 oriented forums my part 15 fm station is practically a pirate operation. Unless your running a 100 mW AM FCC certified transmitter and ground system strictly by the book (part 15 rules) then your obviously a pirate fm.


Well to that i say ARRRRR! Mateys!! RF has a mind of it's own and i am sure the fcc took this into account when they wrote the rules for part 15. Even my $10 Schosche FM Modulator with no real antenna can go 1000 feet just plugged into a computer or mp3 player and it carries certification from the fcc. If i transmit more than 200 feet it is NOT because my station is blasting the airwaves with 100 watts and a high gain antenna. It is merely doing what RF was meant to do, Radiate!


EarthSky 22: Solar storms and supernovas



What makes a star blow up? And what's up with the active sun? Song of the week by Boxing Lesson. Your 22 minutes of science and music.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Canadian teens send Legonaut 15 miles into atmosphere

Why build a Gingrichian lunar colony, which would cost billions, when you can send a man nearly into space for only $400?

That's what Canadians Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad did with an albeit plastic man from Lego and a modified weather balloon.

The 17-year-olds from Toronto bought an $85 weather balloon online and rigged it to a Styrofoam box equipped with three point-and-shoot cameras and a wide-angle video camera.

They threw in $160 worth of helium from a party supply store, a dash of superglue, and voila, a Legonaut was born.

The toy ascended 80,000 feet over Ontario, recording the awesome footage in the video below, before floating back to Earth some 97 minutes later on a homemade nylon parachute.

It landed near Rice Lake, some 75 miles away from the soccer field where it was launched. A GPS-enabled cell phone onboard told the boys where to go.

Read the whole article.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google Maps and Weather Alerts

I just found out Google offers weather alerts on Google Maps
What is Google Public Alerts?


Google Public Alerts is Google’s new platform for disseminating emergency messages such as evacuation notices for hurricanes, and everyday alerts such as storm warnings. We’re starting by showing relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey (USGS) when you search on Google Maps.


Google Public Alerts is a project of the Google Crisis Response team, supported by Google.org, which uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. We hope Google Public Alerts provides the public with information it needs to make better decisions in times of crisis.


This is a new product and we’re learning all the time about when and how we should show this important information. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see every alert when searching on Google Maps we’re doing our best to show what’s important when you need it, and hope that Google Public Alerts is a useful additional source of information. We’re working hard to improve what you see and appreciate your feedback which you can provide using the “Feedback” links on alert details pages and on www.google.org/publicalerts.










Info taken from Google Public Alerts:


Here is a link to my states current weather alerts http://www.google.org/publicalerts/?hl=en&gl=US#q&v=37.347544,-83.67103,36.789803,-84.555429&z=10

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Internet troubles affecting our regular programming

Internet problems today has affected some programming on Rock 105.3.
This appears to be on Time Warners end not our's.
Scheduled programming will resume as soon as Time Warner fixes things. Thanks

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Antenna in the works


Been busy building a folded dipole for Rock 105.3 Mhz. The antenna itself is finished. Thanks to my wife Stephanie for helping me with the first stage of this project.
Second part of the antenna project requires some PVC pipe, glue and solder. and hanging the antenna up outside.
Fm Transmitting Antenna

UPDATE ! :
The new TM-100 Clone antenna is finished. (pictured above)
First test of the new antenna, successful !! Loud & clear reception up to a mile in some directions a little less in others. Rock 105.3 fm is hitting it's target audience which is the mobile home park, apartments and the main highway behind us. Some more testing is planned but from what i have heard so far, i am impressed with TM 100 Clone Antenna.
TM - 100 Clone
Before TM - 100 Clone we were using a 5' flag pole


Just came back from buying milk and decided to cross I-75 going toward some subdivisions, nice signal there too at 1/2 mile.. past that i lost it due to a hill and several homes in between. The small truck stop close to the interstate always has drivers sitting in their trucks over night or just resting for an hour or so. Guess if they tune around on their radio's they might hit upon my signal and listen.

So it looks like this antenna is a keeper.
I was not expecting 1/2 mile range but this antenna delivered, Rock 105.3 FM be heard everywhere in the coverage map i placed above. The green circle on the outside should have been the fringe reception area but i underestimated this antenna. At just 14 feet high and only 25 mW of power the station does not sound like it is surrounded by hills and mobile homes, it actually covers the area i was targeting and then some.
Within our coverage area there are mini-malls, shopping centers, restaurants , doctors offices, a truck stop, motels and homes. Even if Rock 105.3 can't be heard inside the homes or businesses the fact that every one of those stores has a parking lot and are located on a busy Highway our little station has a huge potential for listeners.

All in all , i give the True Match 100 Clone FM Antenna a solid 9 on a scale from 1 to 10.
It would be a 10 or better if it were 30 feet higher in the open air.

  Miscellaneous parts:
pvc end caps, glue & cleaner for pvc, clamps, right angle pvc.
what is not listed is the 10 feet of 1 1/4 pvc pipe. Yeah i went with a lager sized pipe only because the area i live in is prone to strong winds and occasionally ice storms...yeah in Kentucky....unreal i know!
The inside parts of the antenna consisted of 1.vhf-fm dipole antenna from Radio Shack for $7 cut as close to 105 mhz .
1.vhf/uhf/fm  transformer,  it is a balun let's call it what it really is and why do they have to include uhf in there? The balun has one function and that is to convert 75 ohms to 300 ohms. At any rate that was about $3 i think it came with one that accepts spaded lugs and plugs into the back of a tv and another with two spaded lugs and a twist on F connector. I used the one with the twist on f connector and spaded lugs since i could drill a hole in the L shaped section of the antenna and slide the balun through the hole for connection to the coax.
And finally, 1. 20 foot section of cable-tv type RG-6 coax.

Assembly was easy but did involve some guess work, refer to Mike Yanceys web page for assembly details.
UPDATED COVERAGE MAPS