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Fun Stuff, Part 1

The things you can find on the Internet

Last week, our subject was “After-School Radio.” We visited some links featuring the Three Stooges, Bob “Gilligan” Denver’s LPFM station, and a full-powered noncom station which stands out on the dial. This week here are a few web sites to share that may be more of a general interest.

William Hepburn’s Radio & TV DX Information Centre
Here’s a very neat web site with a cool collection of links and maps. Though this is targeted towards DXers, anyone with a serious interest in radio communications will like this. The very interesting (and colorful) updated tropospheric ducting map is worth the look. It might explain some weird transmitter anomalies you’re hearing.

“Engineering Radio”
Any site leading with “When I was 10, I caught the radio bug, it appears to be terminal,” is worth looking at. It includes some great on-line examples of tech tests like C-QUAM AM Stereo on an HD Radio (interesting!) and some funny buried material (look for “The Engineering department bitch-o-gram”).

From Paleofuture comes “When Radio In Every Room Was the Dream of the Future”
From 1939, this layout of a futuristic home where radio was available in EVERY room is a hoot. Going back and looking at what our future was thought to hold is always interesting.

If you like to dig the Internet for audio, SoundCloud is your equivalent to YouTube. So many pieces of broadcast history are buried in the site just waiting to be found. Here are two radio links related to Dallas radio stations. The first link is the first broadcast day of 94.5 KDGE, “The Edge,” from June 30, 1989, directly on SoundCloud while the second link is the incredible KVIL, June 27, 1967, from Pop Culture Blog (Dallas News). Something unusual (and nice) about these airchecks is that neither are telescoped. You can hear them like the listeners did. Interestingly, the occasional “FM fade” affects the recording quality at times.

And finally …

We live in a semiwireless society, but 100 years ago things were different. Here’s a fascinating look of images of the past when “wires filled the sky”!

If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is [email protected].