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Sunday, October 10th, 2004
9:38 pm
Denver's new pirate radio!
Cactus (KCTS Radio on AOL IM) is on the air at 95.3FM!

Sounds pretty damned good so far.

Monday, September 27th, 2004
1:56 pm
Heard that Mike Roberts (writer from Westword) called the Captial Underground Radio group to find if it was THEM broadcasting for a few days last week on 93.9FM.

heh.... methinks Denver Free Radio's got a front page Westword Story anytime they want it.  ;-)


Current Mood: devious
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
9:54 pm
Denver Free Radio Bust
That didn't take long. Denver Free Radio, at 93.9 FM broadcasting from somewhere in Five Points was busted today after only 3 days on the air.

The FCC's approach is to hit hard the first time, mostly to scare the pirates from coming back anytime soon. I've talked to the folks doing it and I don't think they're overly scared. Hopefully we'll see them back on the air, from a new location, in the next week or so.

rock on DFR!!


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 9th, 2004
12:45 pm
Banks: EVIL to the core
Just had the most disturbing experience with a bank. Tried to take out a reasonably large sum of cash (about $30K) and they told me THEY DIDN'T HAVE THAT MUCH MONEY on hand.

They even called around to 3 other branches and, between then, they couldn't come up with it. This is NOT a small bank. It's BankOne. One of the largest in the US.

This makes me wonder: do they really HAVE our money? What if you went down, today, and asked for your savings? Would you get it? What if 1000 of us in a medium sized town did it?

Where the hell's the money at?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
4:18 pm
Mid afternoon in Boulder
Hot day. Hanging out on rooftops installing STL's (studio transmitter links) and antennas is HOT work on a roof in August.

Got our second STL setup though. Just for grins, here's what an STL looks like and what it costs (us at least) to put it together:

Transmitter ($3000 for a Broadcast Warehouse TX150, but as little as $1000 for prebuilt)
Laptop ($700, don't need anything powerful, just small)
Mixer (el cheapo Behringer at $59)
Container box (nice one's at Lowes for $40. Plastic, but they can be locked up)
Cables (1/8" to 2-1/4" computer to mixer $12, two 1/4" to XLR mixer to transmitter $30)
Ethernet cable from HS internet to computer for streaming from your studio location ($20)
Linksys router $50
UPS ($60 from officemax or wherever)
Powercord ($8 at Lowes).
Comet 5/8th antenna (ours is cut down to 1/4 wave) $130
Tripod (if on roof) $29 at radio shack
Misc mounting crap: $10

So, for only $4,150 bucks, you to, can set up a nice safe studio for your DJ's (with a streaming box) and send your stream off into internet land for pickup and rebroadcasting at an STL location, pretty much, anywhere. This is pretty accurate because I spent most of yesterday putting it all together for that second STL location we just set up.

Make it high though. Higher=more reach. Tune the antenna right. Go to www.diymedia.net (ton's of great pirate info there).

And THAT is a full blown Studio Transmitter Link site setup. Small, able to be put almost anywhere and easy to tear down and move if the need arises.


Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
2:34 am
2:30am and can't sleep. How many books can you read in a week to put you sleep?

What the hell am i reading, let's see... China Meiville.. the scar. this guys is warped, and very very good at it. Kind of a cross between scifi and fantasy (science fantasy?). He writes like he's thinking about a movie scene with all the rich detail and visual descirptions you'd need to actually create that scene for a movie (which makes it really effective if you have a half way decent imagination).

KBFR is rockin on, but our remote transmitter location was compromised today. The neighbors figued out it was KBFR and not some ham radio rebroadcaster. Pissed em off. They threatened to call the FCC. We'll pull it down in the morning.. got.. in 4 hours I've got to get up and get ZT to go do it. Gonna be a long day.

Gave the folks in Denver gear to set up denver free radio, but haven't heard much. Wonder how that's going. Would be great to have some fellow pirates on the air in the immediate area. Something tells me it'll be a misogynistic mass of testosterone bellowing noise that will be quite wonderful. Looking forward to hearing it soon.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
12:45 pm
OK then.... Got me a Livejournal account, finally. Been blogging awhile on media freedom, underground and pirate radio at: http://freemedia.blogspot.com/ (which I'll keep using) but this will be a more general blog. Some pirate stuff, some life stuff, some general stuff. We'll see how this works out.

Current Mood: calm
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