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  • Trespassing with "the word"

    Going back to a previous thread on trespassers...

    So while waiting for the farrier yesterday at the local convenience store - to lead him to our new barn, it was lovely out, so rolled down the windows of the car. Was immediately approached by a professionally dressed woman, arms laden with "hand outs". Before she could get her 3rd word out of her mouth, I glared at her and told her I wouldn't accept any of the materials she wanted to hand to me. TG she said "OK" and backed off.

    Saturday I'm outside with my new noise reduction/radio headphones. I was lucky to find a Yankees game on while mowing, but the local HR radio stations are so close, and coverage so plentiful (the same station had at least 5 spots on the dial!), I kept hearing the sermon in and among the pitches!

    Same the next day while trying to listen to a rerun of A Prairie Home Companion on a different station.

    To my knowledge, my geographic area isn't a particularly embedded enclave of being "born again", but isn't there some limit to what they can control on the dial locally?!?

    I would just like to do my outside work with what I choose to listen to. I lived for 6 years in Saudi Arabia, threw out my abaaya when I landed back here, but the feeling isn't much different!

    Yea, probably I should get an ipod/MP3, but I've resisted up until now - especially as I enjoy NPR, and classical music, which is still broadcast locally - to "just the right spot" on my hill. But when I sink into a lower spot on my lawn, or in my fields to do work, I'm being lectured from above.
    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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    Can't help with the radio station issue.

    I rarely ever answer the door. And every time I do, it's someone selling a religion. It gets old.

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      I just tell them "I'm Jewish and very happy being Jewish and do not intend to change. Thanks for coming." Works every time. One time though I did make them walk through my wet muddy yard in their sensible shoes and then walk back. It was fun.
      Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

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        I think the reason you are getting blasted by some of the smaller stations is that some of them really up the wattage on the antennas, so they overpower anything close by on the dial.
        You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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          I disagree. Radio interference is MUCH less irritating than daily calls to prayer or having the TV stations shut down for 20 minutes at a time for "prayer intermission"... particularly when the tape is continuing to roll behind the prayer screen, so it's not even the same show when the screen finally clears.

          But anyhow...

          You need Pandora. If you have a smartphone and can still get a network signal in your yard, you're good to go. Tune-In Radio or iHeart Radio will also allow you to listen to you radio station without interference, but you still need a smartphone to do.
          "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh

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            Around here, the religious stations are down around the same frequency as the public radio stations and the spanish speaking stations. So when the weather conditions are right or for some reason the public station's broadcasts are weak I either get a sermon or something in spanish.
            I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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              Originally posted by wireweiners View Post
              So when the weather conditions are right or for some reason the public station's broadcasts are weak I either get a sermon or something in spanish.
              I'm convinced that the local AMs around here either weaken their broadcasts or the Spanish stations crank theirs up from about 6pm-6am. If I'm driving around during the day, the stations come in crystal clear. Early in the morning or later in the evening, however, I can't hear my stations over the Tejano music cutting in.
              "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh

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                Atmospherics play a BIG part in radio wave propagation. So do terrain features.

                Most folks think of FM as "line of sight." Most of the time it is. But "atmospheric ducting" is not unusual and I've held stations more than 100 miles away while a local station was almost unuseable. It's not a common phenomina, but it's not so uncommon either.

                AM, by the way, bounces nicely off the atmosphere and even low wattage stations can reach out a long way after dark.

                As to content, that's up to the station owner. If you don't like what you hear change the station. Or place the ON/OFF switch in the OFF position.

                When personal contact is about to occur I just say, "I'm Catholic; no thank you." I think we're worse in their eyes than Jews!!!!!

                G.

                P.S. If you really want to use "audio fundamentalist repellant" get yourself some CDs of Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys. That WILL do the job. If you don't believe me, Google it.
                Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                  Originally posted by Aggie4Bar View Post
                  I disagree. Radio interference is MUCH less irritating than daily calls to prayer or having the TV stations shut down for 20 minutes at a time for "prayer intermission"... particularly when the tape is continuing to roll behind the prayer screen, so it's not even the same show when the screen finally clears.

                  But anyhow...

                  You need Pandora. If you have a smartphone and can still get a network signal in your yard, you're good to go. Tune-In Radio or iHeart Radio will also allow you to listen to you radio station without interference, but you still need a smartphone to do.
                  Only thing is, call to prayer only lasts a few minutes, but after the first couple of innings of damnation during the Yankee game, I had to shut if off. And during our last stretch in the Eastern Province, we got satellite on the compound.

                  Pandora sounds like a possible fix. But no high speed here - have Hughesnet with wifi inside the house which will reach some of the yard. But no smartphone either. Erf.
                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                    Originally posted by JanM View Post
                    I think the reason you are getting blasted by some of the smaller stations is that some of them really up the wattage on the antennas, so they overpower anything close by on the dial.
                    Believe this is what is happening. There is one station close by, but for some reason, they seem to be omnipresent on the dial. Have filed an inquiry with the FCC. I know some rock stations in the Big City that are on two locations on the FM, but this preacher was in four or five on the FM at once!
                    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                    • #11
                      Closing this because despite the feed-store location of the OP, it's not remotely horse-related.

                      Thanks, Mod 3

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