Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Updates on everything..
11:25 am est
I used to be really good about writing in my blog when I had my
first blog back in 2006. These days, I guess there's too much on my plate to write every day..or maybe I'm just less disciplined
than I used to be!
The eye exams were less than fun. I had a regular eye exam by my opthamologist.
He then referred me to a retina specialist. Now that test..whooee. They did an ultrasound on my right eye, which was accomplished
by putting a gel in it, and then taking the pics. My eye felt like it was five pounds.
have to have my eyes dilated, I basically can't do anything for the rest of that day. No reading, no work. Everything is too
The test results did show the cataracts that I have always had. My vision is 20/400 and
now there is a floater is my right eye, but they have declared it benign as dar as they can tell. They found no retinal detachment,
thank God. Friends, I was a nervous wreck for about two weeks while all this was going on.
that the application for the LPFM is filed, I am doing a lot of production, adding music to the library and bulking ip for
24 hour operation on FM. The inevitable question I ask myself is this:
What if I don't win the
In that case, I am going to build out the Part 15 AM station fully with the iAM transmitter
and outdoor ATU to try to at least cover the Lafaterre community. I will do radio at that level and no more. No more pursuing
a terrestrial station or trying to get back into a business that doesn't seem to need me any longer. In other words, it is
LPFM, or I am retired for good. The Part 15 would be my way of keeping busy. I like internet radio, but I don't know if I
can afford to keep doing it if there is not more financial support for doing so. I am underwhelmed by the financial support
part of the equation. It could come down to running either LPFM or Part 15 AM and dropping the stream unless some better sponsors
step up to the plate.
So now it's a waiting period to see where things go with LPFM.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I'm having some eye exams..
10:31 am edt
This fall I became awate of an eye floater in my right eye. Because
I already have congenital cataracts, and the floater is in my better eye, I became concerrned enough to schedule an appointment
with my opthamologist.
He examined me this past Friday. Matter of fact,two other ladies
also did some sight exams before the doctor came in.
I am legally blind with 20/400 vision. The
doctor examined me for signs of something else that might be happening, but eventually said he could not see anything. However,
he referred me to a retina specialist for an additional testing. That exam is this Thirsday, October 31. Frankly, I am feeling
apprehensive. I have never liked doctors or exams.
So please say a little prayer for me if you
Thursday, October 24, 2013
LPFM application filed!
3:47 pm edt
The application for a low power FM (LPFM) radio station was formally
filed on Thursday, October 17! After several months of preparation and getting the technical secyions completed, a frequency
I have no way of knowing how long the FCC selection process will take. But
the application has been successfully submitted.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Upgrades during the week of July 29
7:19 pm edt
Next week, we are having an Internet and phone service upgrade!!
We are upgrading to a faster, business-class Internet package, which is set to be installed on Friday, August 2.
In anticipation of this, I will likely be off the air during my regular slot next week as we move some lines around and prepare
to improve our own services.
This week is the anniversary of our format flip to country,
which took place on July 27, 2003.
We would like to thank those of you who
have contributed either through financial gifts, products, services, music, records, radio equipment, or the occasional sack
of groceries. Contrary to popular belief, the life of a radio geek is not glamerous. There are often long, lonely hours spent
trying to give you a product that we truly believe in, and believe it to be as good, or better, than what you are hearing
on your own local station. I was created for this, though! I love doing it.
payment has been made, and I am praying for a positive future in Big D Country's efforts to get on the air via LPFM.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
LPFM project update
8:45 pm edt
When I first started blogging (on another site that I no
longer keep active) I was pretty good about writing on it almost every day. It helped that the former site allowed me to post
photos and had features I can't do from this particular blog.
However, I do feel
like it is important to update this blog when there is something to say of interest to you. Today, I have an update regarding
the LPFM radio project.
About two weeks ago I sent a package of materials to my consulting
engineer for review. Tomorrow I send in the payment for that service - a pretty strong move that says, in essence, "I
am committed to the LPFM station and want to see this completed."
I was able to raise
about 3/4 of the funds, but paid the remainder out of pocket, because that FCC deadline is coming up in October.
Also, a big shout of thanks to the fine folks at CDX Nashville for making their entire library of country
music available. I guess it is available, in whole or part, to all the CDX stations. But the timing on this was incredible.
About the time I wrote about needing to fill in the gaps in our music library, the CDX folks began working on that project.
I now have everything in the CDX library that I was lacking before.
The station turns
12 years old on July 9. What a ride it's been so far.