Frequency tuning

To change your Baofeng radio to Chinese language settings (spoken voice):

  1. Turn on the radio, and press menu.
  2. Press up arrow until you get to Voice.
  3. Press menu, to modify. Press down/up arrow to CHI.
  4. Press menu to confirm.

Video example of the voice language menu section:

I’m not sure *why* you’d want to change your radio to Chinese voice settings, except that it’s kinda fun…

Makes you feel like you’re tuning into something more exotic.

With my practice chanter, I’ve pretty much got the fingerings down for the scale, but I can hear that I’m having trouble achieving the right notes, especially the more open high ones on the left hand.

In lieu of having an actual instructor, I’ve gone for the next best thing instead: opening a technical feedback channel to help me tune into the frequencies needed.

There’s a simple site called with an Online Tuner that accesses the microphone on your computer via permissions in the browser. So I’m just playing the chanter in front of the computer, climbing up the scale and noting where my pitch is off and trying to adjust with a combination of airflow and embouchure. It’s a little trial and error, but it’s also pretty precise. It gives you both the name of the musical note and the reading in Hz of your soundwave. It’s fun to set this thing to on while you and other people are talking and watch the notes fly by. To see in plain terms the musicality of speech, and how certain people’s voices tune towards certain frequencies…

I successfully learned Morse code (sending) in about 4 hours the other day using the G-System, which I can’t recommend enough. It’s literally a break-through and I’m shocked it’s not more widely known and used. It seems like “some random guy” just invented it about a month/month and a half ago, and it shortens training time from weeks or possibly months into hours. Now I’m learning to copy via AA9PW‘s excellent Morse generator. (I had some app I found on iPad I don’t know the name of which helped me to learn to send as well–there are a bunch of shitty ones out there, I’ll come back and add the name of this decent one later)

Once you go down the road of starting to learn and listen for CW, you start to hear these strange rhythmic patterns everywhere. I was awoken the next morning by a woodpecker outside my window tapping out almost telegraphic sounds.

It starts to get spooky. I was drawing a bath and there was some kind of frequency pattern that started to emerge out of the sound of the drips. Too rapid, too foreign for me to comprehend. But I wonder if one day…

Is this what is meant by the Language of the Birds?

Rediscovering the Spectral Arts

Every day after work lately, I go outside with my dog, a beer, my practice chanter, a Baofeng and a high-power green laser I got years ago on Amazon (deliver from China).

I don’t really know what I’m doing precisely, or why. Calling down frequencies. Calling out. Projecting, maybe.

Been working especially on my right-hand technique, and flipping to left as the notes climb higher in the practice chanter’s spectrum. It’s weird how the fingering isn’t like other woodwinds, and I still don’t really get how to consistently control tones on notes, but it’s seeming like something that develops. Letting the instrument teach me, for now. Very much focusing on making habitual microsteps, frequently handling, short bursts or runs of notes and stop.

I’ve been contemplating this arrangement of objects, and making intuitive leaps about how their functionality might be somehow, mysteriously, entangled. The audible frequencies. The visible. The radio. Might there be some type of device, or even entity, which was capable of interacting on all of these simultaneously. WI5HER‘s idea of a “wifi enabled species.” Is that our future?

What if I had a practice chanter I could use to dial-up the local repeater, and hit the offset frequency, spin off a command sequence. Morse code as notes in a song, an “air”, a spell. Pictograms sent as laser patterns across the dark. Macros triggering on hidden lawn computers in response.

Made myself a rat tail counterpoise for my Baofeng today. Threw out my call sign a couple of times. No response. Guess I will keep trying, keep re-arranging the configurations and connections between these calling devices. Re-discovering the spectral arts takes time and patience.

Sorry to end on a not-that-good video, but it was the only thing I could find for "laser bagpipes" on Youtube.

Here’s a short palette cleanser of people trying Spanish pipes in a shop:


Huntsmen call us goblins still.

If you can get yourself into a liminal state, I recommend trying this simple exercise. Along the spectrum of experience, it might fall somewhere between active imagination and day-dreaming — a bit like cloud-watching… or more hard-nosed people might call it pareidolia/apophenia. I think it’s probably better not to overly judge or conceptualize it ahead of time. Just see if you’re able to enter into the experience, and hold it for a moment. My thesis is that by repeatedly doing this, you might be able to tune into “natural transmissions” which were occluded/overlooked previously, or which your consciousness wasn’t able to demodulate before because it lacked the inner listening linkage.

Anyway, sit and stare at some trees “as a mass”. You could probably do this closer up with branches, but I’m testing at a distance. So sit there in a liminal state and “stare at the trees,” eyes slightly unfocused. It may be that as the wind moves, you will begin to see “shapes in the trees.”

Perceived shapes may include: faces, figures, etc.

A site with a lot of pop-ups has a quote by random doctor or other expert about the phenomenon of pareidolia:

‘But our findings suggest it’s common for people to see non-existent features because human brains are uniquely wired to recognise faces, so that even when there’s only a slight suggestion of facial features the brain automatically interprets it as a face.

Which, “if you think about it”, is exactly what Google Deep Dream does:

It searches out, and actively fills in figures, faces, bodies, etc as it tries to make sense of images.

So, whether this should be considered a “feature or a bug” of HumanOS, it definitely appears to be a thing.

The funky part, for me personally, was that yesterday I did this and saw for a moment the image of what I only knew from random visual references: the image of a ‘thai angel.’

Along the lines of this:

Which I knew nothing about, then looked up later online to find out is a kind of multi-cultural mythological creature across South Asia, the kinnara.

“In Jataka No.504, we have the autobiography of a Kinnara who describes the Kinnara class as ‘human-like the wild things deem us; huntsmen call us goblins still.’ The Kinnaras can sing, play the flue and dance with soft movements of the body.”

So they’re described here as something between human, animal and monster — depending on the position of the observer. In my case, the “soft movements of the body” seem to be the dancing of tree limbs as the wind passes through them…

Whether or not kinnara exist objectively, or the human mind ‘deep dreams’ them into existence via evolutionary invocation is kind of a moot point for me. It’s part of the Spectrum regardless, and a phenomenological manifestation of the same underlying Unified Field.

In one of the Castaneda books, there exists a curious encounter with what the perceiver takes to be a dying animal, but which on further reflection is just a dead branch. Don Juan, a probably made up shaman invented by the author, says:

So part of me wonders, if one can dwell with these images as they pass before your eyes in a waking liminal state, what other mysteries might you be able to see into?

Of ferrite cores & fairies

If we start with the intriguing proposition that there is potentially *some kind* of underlying waveform nature to reality (without getting too “quantum”), exploring RF can become a bit spooky. Which for me makes some of the more dry “sciencey” parts of it more compelling.

Take question on, which is part of the Canadian Basic Qualification:

“What devices would you install to reduce or eliminate interference to home entertainment systems?”
Answer: Coils on ferrite cores.

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Here’s what looks like a decent sciencey explanation of that by a ham.

Basically, they suppress high frequency noise / interference somehow or other. One day I’d like to know everything about radio, but for now I’ll settle for Wikipedia, since my goal here isn’t to hamsplain but to hamsplore. A lot of people know the answers, but fewer still maybe know the “right questions.” (Trust me that’s “really profound.”)

And for me, the right question, right now, is: is there some practical link which we could draw between the scientific action we know ferrite core has against HF interference and some of the folklore surrounding iron and “alternative entities” (AE) and it’s effects on them? I mean, maybe there’s not, but it seems like a hella weird coincidence…
Again, I’m not a fancy folklorist, but I know how to search on Wikipedia:
“Cold iron” is historically believed to repel, contain, or harm ghosts, fairies, witches, and other malevolent supernatural creatures.
There’s an argument there that “cold iron” has never felt the heat of a forge nor been shaped by human hands. Something something.
“Surrounding a cemetery with an iron fence was thought to contain the souls of the dead.”
But like, let’s posit for a minute that fairies, ghosts — uh, maybe to a certain extent “witches” (though, this is getting complex) — are operating on / tuned to “other frequencies” which maybe let’s say ‘normal humans’ perceptual systems can’t completely demodulate. In other words, there are societally ‘normal’ bands of perception which we more or less can agree are “actual reality” and then there are like sidebands or whatever of reality… If you could tweak the receiver / tune the antenna (eg. perceptual system) / dial in the frequency, perhaps you’d be able to extract different intelligence out of let’s say, uh, paranormal meta-signals (without going too “meta”).

So like, iron could suppress those outsider paranormal frequencies, to prevent them from interfering with human perception. Are ghosts EMI?


Anyone who’s stared at a static-y TV or listened to the hiss of AM radio will recognize that there is something spooky out there in the noise.

I guess one way to tentatively try to “test” this idea that AEs are impacted by iron would be to (1) find a ghost or fairy or whatever, (2) find some iron, and make observations based on the proximity of the two and the effects over time.

Easier said than done, I guess.

I’ll leave you with one parting shot: one elf shot, that is.

Elfshot or elf-shot is a medical condition described in Anglo-Saxon medical texts, notably Wið færstice, and believed to be caused by invisible elves shooting invisible arrows at a person or animal, causing sudden shooting pains localised to a particular area of the body.

Makes you wonder — if you think about it:

“(A). RF energy can heat body tissue and cause burns. It is important to use proper precautions against excessive exposure to high amounts of RF energy.” (

Just sayin’: “Invisible arrows” sound a little like RF radiation, no?