Another late night at work. I need to do some maintenance on our AoIP network infrastructure, but first our overnight person needs to record a couple of hours’ worth of talk breaks into the system. She’s a pro, so I’m happy to sit in another studio and watch TV while she knocks that out.

NEW VIDEO: The Emergency Alert System in the United States has come a long way from the threat of war in the 1950s to ... mostly waking you up in the middle of the night. Learn about its history and some of the mechanics behind the EAS here.

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IT’S HAPPENING

I finally made my next video and it will probably go up next week.

I made a thing, and it doesn't really have to do with radio. This is long, so bear with me:

In 2015 or so, I put together a one-page web application that would cross-reference your device's precise location and tell you if you were inside a warned area (the US delineates severe weather warnings with geographic polygons rather than political subdivisions). I was running it on my own server early on and it depended on a lot of backend code that took in data that wasn't very easy to work with.

Today, there are ubiquitous web APIs that make this data easy to come by if you know how to process it. I've spent some time removing all these backend dependencies and moved the page to a public cloud provider and I feel comfortable enough with its reliability to publicize it.

So now, if you're in the US and you know there's bad weather nearby but don't know if you should take cover, you can respect that polygon by visiting wx4.me from your mobile device's web browser.

So... the LP-2 for one of our stations is off air and Kentucky's EAS plan hasn't been updated in 13 years. How's your morning going?

Don’t know how, but I came across a few videos by random dudes just hopping on the FM broadcast band way above Part 15 limits. How about not putting evidence of your crimes right out there on the internet?

Okay... video dump over. I forgot I dual-host on PeerTube so now I'm all caught up!

Sometimes I feel like I don't know what I'm doing... but that's okay right?

NEW VIDEO: When you're a broadcast engineer, it's not all fun and games. You also have to keep some records! Learn about these logs and the FCC rules behind them here.

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I wrote a script for a video about the evolution and history of the Emergency Alert System and how it relates to the broadcast industry (aka more effort at teaching you about it rather than slapping together a compilation of tests from the 1970s and 80s). It’s six pages long. I’m sorry in advance.

Not that those compilation videos of old EBS tests aren’t interesting, they just don’t teach anyone much.

Would you believe that all these antennas on our roof at the radio station are for receiving only?

Update: it was the rona. Glad I’m vaxxed and boosted, and my doctor is such a rock star she helped me have Paxlovid in hand 90 minutes later.

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Forgetting to take your allergy meds for three days and then going out to do yard work is a recipe for disaster. Don't be like me, kids.

Started working on my next video project. I’m incredibly excited about it and you should be seeing it in a few weeks!

NEW VIDEO: I talked to a few people who, like me, are entering the world of broadcasting as a second career. If you’re a radio nerd or you have any interest at all, it’s never too late to become a broadcaster!

Watch here on my PeerTube instance: tv.kirkmanskorner.com/w/x6sryG

I've started putting my videos about broadcast engineering in radio on my PeerTube instance!

Catch the first one where I talk about audio processing and how we use it in radio here: tv.kirkmanskorner.com/w/p9kfv8

I'm uploading my newest now, where I interviewed some people who work in radio as a second or third career, you'll see it soon!

Then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t have dumped your life savings into internet play money. The only thing worse than some government having control over money is a small group of individuals having control over it.

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I spent about an hour outside near the deck today taking care of a carpenter bee problem. In a few days, I can plug those holes right up!

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