Pirate radio station in Iowa given a NURO

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Power 103.3, an illegal FM radio station in Bettendorf, Iowa, was given a Notice of Unlicensed Radio Operation by the FCC on Tuesday, according to Quad-Cities Online.

Since the FCC representative had no warrant, the DJs of Power 103.3 told the guy he couldn't come in. He hung around for 45 minutes and gave DJs Jason Duncan and Matthew Britcher the notice with the following points checked:

  • Refusal to allow inspection of radio equipment.
  • A lack of evidence of a proper FCC radio station license.
  • Field measurements of transmitter exceed the allowable limits for operating without a license.

Here is something that I find awesome. "They presented the FCC representative with a copy of the FCC's Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Section 3542: Application for emergency authorization. Mr. Duncan and Mr.Britcher believe the regulation, which grants an emergency broadcast on a temporary basis under extraordinary circumstances, such as the continuance of war, gives them the right to operate their station without a license."

These guys are hoping for a "no seizure order" that could buy them up to 5 or 10 more years on the air. That's right — 5 or 10 years! I really hope they get it and run unlicensed as long or longer than the guys at Radio Free Brattleboro, who have been broadcasting illegally since July 13th, 1998.

It really is a shame that organizations like the National Association of Broadcasters and even NPR are working to keep LPFM from getting off the ground. Jason Duncan of Power 103.3 said it about as good as anyone can: "We have the freedom of speech, but you have to pay $1 million dollars to speak it (on the radio)? It's a shame."

I can't wait to get back in "the game."

Uncle Sam paid up the money he owed me

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I received my federal income tax return check in the mail today. A whopping $286. So what did I do? I decided to make some purchases for my home studio. I bought three Mogami 2534 cables with Neutrik XX gold XLR connectors through eBay Stores. A 15-footer and two 5-footers for $70. I needed to upgrade to some nice cables so my V/O recordings will sound better. After all, your equipment is only as good as your cables.

SKB Roto-Molded XRACK3 Shallow RackAnd since I've been needing a rack for my Aphex 204 Aural Exciter and Symetrix 528E Voice Processor, I went with an SKB Roto-Molded XRACK3 Shallow Rack and a Furman M-8 Power Conditioner to put in the rack along with the other two. Both pieces of equipment came from Musician's Friend. That site has received quite a bit of business from me over the past two years, and I'm not even a musician.

Google Calendar

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For all my friends with Gmail accounts, Google launched Google Calendar sometime last night.  I figured those who already have Gmail accounts would find this most useful because they don't have to set up a new account, as all you need to do is log into calendar.google.com and use your Gmail username and password.  30 Boxes still has more functionality, but it is mainly stuff that most people will probably not use.  I'm sure Google will roll out more features in the months to come.  You can set up events, public and private, and invite people to those events.  And it is easy to do.  I may talk more about Google Calendar later when I've had more time to play with it, but right now I've got things to do.

The power of Digg

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The Digg effect is amazing. I submitted my last post to Digg.com, not to promote this blog (let's face it, The Gospel of Tallin isn't really something that most people would care about), but to inform people of what happened. I figured it was important information that should at least be put out there and then dissected in public discussion. I thought I had a pretty good shot at getting enough diggs to make it to Digg's homepage. I had a better shot than I thought. The post made the homepage in under 30 minutes, and 3 hours later it had 602 diggs and 143 comments. In the same period of time, my own blog had been viewed 10,006 times. Right now, my blog has been viewed over 37,000 times.

Not to play them down, WordPress also made it possible to draw even more hits to my blog. I hit number one on the Top Posts Today section in the dashboard, and number 1 on the Hot Blogs Today list on the WordPress homepage (ahead of Scobleizer, amazingly).

I think what amazes me most is the anger of some of the people who have commented. They just seem to be like the type of people who are always on the attack, and anyone who may doesn't have their "technical expertise" is below them. Granted, most people are extremely helpful, recommending alternative ways to download, providing their own stories, etc. It's just those few pricks that piss me off a bit. They attack me because I act as if I'm surprised it's illegal to download/upload copyrighted content. To answer that one, I knew it was illegal. Read the original blog. Not once do I actually complain about what happened. I'm simply informing. I felt I should let people know what is going on, which is why I submitted this to Digg.

I have been referred to as a "newb" or "noob" more times than I can count because I wasn't using PeerGuardian.  Well, I was.  Apparently it didn't work.  Others tore me apart for using torrents in the first place.  No attempt to use constructive criticism from these people.  They almost seem ashamed that I, or anybody else who doesn't use private FTPs, private trackers, etc., share the same Internet they do.  I had been going along using torrents for years without any problems.  I probably should have adapted my downloading habits at some point, but I didn't.  Live and learn. 

One guy attacked me for submitting my own blog to Digg.  Considering this particular story was to be found nowhere else on the Internet, I had to submit my own blog, as it contained the story and the scans.  This guy obviously wasn't the top of his class.

It seems some people are just sad individuals who are angry at the world. I'm glad my own outlook isn't like that. Maybe they'll change one day. Doubtful, but it could happen.

Another thing that amazes me is the amount of people who think this is a story planted by HBO in order to scare off others who may attempt to download/upload their copyrighted content. One guy even thinks the scanned letters are just scanned folded paper with text that was overlayed using a program like Photoshop. All I can say is… wow.

One site that linked to my blog said it was a site that tries to determine what is popular on the Internet. In a joking manner I told my friend Kenny that "I'm popular on the Internet." Kenny shot right back with, "That's kind of like saying 'my mom thinks I'm cool.'" He is so right.