I’m a huge fan of WBCQ, which can be heard on 5110/7415/9330/15420MHz, depending on time and location.  They bill themselves as the only true Free Speech Radio and I’d have to agree.  WBCQ exists as a transmitter and people purchase airtime to broadcast their shows.  Content is not censored and as a result, you are likely to hear shows with which you strongly disagree.  By the same token, there are a lot of shows you are likely to find appealing, as I do.  [Just don’t listen to what you don’t like.]

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

I urge you to visit the website (above) and check out their offerings.  You’ll find everything from lots of religious broadcasting to 2600 (hacking), very old music and radio, pirate radio, and general ranting.  Some of the content is streamed so you can get a taste of what they have available if you don’t have a shortwave receiver.  Check it out – I almost guarantee you’ll find something you really like that’s not available on commercial radio.  While you’re at it, check out other shortwave stations for news you won’t hear from Mainstream Media.  It’s always interesting to hear what the rest of the world thinks, minus the American spin.  Check out this Google search for some starting points.

If you don’t have a shortwave radio laying about, you can go to places like Radio Shack and purchase a tiny, inexpensive radio like the Grundig Mini300 for $29.95 or the discontinued Mini100 for less.  You can also go up to the better Grundigs, some of which you can power via battery, adapter or windup for emergencies.  Any of these radios will get you started in the very interesting world of shortwave radio. [Note: if you want to listen to radio amateurs – hams – you will want to look for a radio that has SSB capabilities – these start at around $89 for various Kaitos and Grundigs.]

WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY, LEFTYSTRAT?

At 1pm Eastern, there was a show on WBCQ 9330MHz called Project Disclosure [www.projectdisclosure.com – online shortly].  They were talking about a lump of Stuff sent to a lab for analysis.  The results come back that this Stuff is an odd combination of samarium and cobalt.  This combination went on to become part of the speakers in boom boxes.  For you guitar players, it’s also in certain Fender (and Bill Lawrence?) pickups.

The program’s guest today was Stanton Friedman, the grandfather of Roswell research.  The Stuff, if I heard correctly, came from Roswell.  It was tested at Wright Dynamics, conveniently located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  For people who study this sort of thing, WPAFB is where the Roswell debris was flown (including certain `organic’ debris).  There are records of flights from Roswell Army Air Force Base (the Air Force wasn’t a separate branch then) to Wright Patterson, as well as corroboration from personnel who flew/flew with the debris.

If The Day After Roswell and others are correct, this crash eventually brought us night vision, fiber optics, integrated circuits, and samarium cobalt magnets.  These were run through the Foreign Technology Desk (nice name, eh?) at the Pentagon and to Industry, where they were examined for function and possible production.

SAY SOMETHING ODD TO CLOSE THIS OUT, please.

We (as in the Earth) already used vacuum tubes at this time.  We did not have transistors or integrated circuits at the time of Roswell (although AT&T claims the transistor was invented in 1947, the same year).  The artifacts taken for examination did not include vacuum tubes (ThermionicEmissions refers to the method by which tubes operate).

This leads me to feel really sorry for the aliens because they didn’t have vacuum tube audio.  We can infer some of the following from this:

  • the aliens’ hearing sucks
  • they left their tubes at home
  • tube audio wasn’t that important to them (how sad)
  • good audio is difficult to appreciate when you’re doing anal probes
  • music is not recommended while doing medical procedures (like your dentist)