Radio and Television + Archive

2 of my bigger interests and hobbies.

Radio Television

Radio, especially shortwave is one of the better interests I have. Radio is a form factor that I have a keen interest in, with me going in the late-afternoon/early evening to listen and hear what I can pick up.

During the day, I tend to get quite interested in what I can pick up. One time, I got a radio station from across the Atlantic Ocean in Spain, Radio Exterior RNE, with 4,308 miles of air this signal traveled, all the way from Spain.

The furthest I've gotten however, was a Radio Romania International station clocking in at 5,405 miles from my location.

I'm currently making maps like that of EGrabow (who I am inspired by to get into radio DX'ing) and is a WIP. You can download the latest SWL map by clicking the button below.

Map download.

Television is also a big interest of mine, from the broadcast end to the live stream kind. Television comes in many factors, but what makes it interesting isn't just the news or the shows, it's the technology.

From the automatic scheduling and commercial insertion systems to mounted units dedicated to local insertion on cable providers (read: STARs), television technology is vastly becoming a quick point of interest for some people, me being one of them.

The behind the scenes of television, from robots [yes, literal robots] that insert tapes to seeing specialized engineer test patterns basically live [with few watching apart from those who are interested in it], television technology [and television in general] is an interest init of itself. :)

What is archival and why is it important? Where I am in the archive community

Archival, according to Wikipedia, is an accumulation of historical records – in any media – or the physical facility in which they are located.

Basically, historical records that provide future generations insight as to what the people of the past had. Archival of media is especially important as it's not just important to a culture, but to prevent media from potentially becoming lost like Pinwheel has [reminder, Pinwheel episodes are still being looked for.]

We also do this simply because it's also fun to see what archival has brought us; it's not just education materials, but also important documents that helped build a fundemental solution to a nation.

Future generations can also learn what people of their previous generation got to experience since it's basically preserving history.

So, where do I fit in in all this? I fit in in a really niche archival area: logo capturing/uploading. I have an interest in these logos almost to the point where it's almost a "hyperinterest" and is a member on the CLG Wiki Discord server.

I also upload logos to AVTB when I have something for it, which at the moment, is being updated constantly.

Why do I do this?

Because of the joy of it.

Do you have "X" on VHS?

Please see my videolist, which'll guide you through what tapes I have, which ones I wish to have, and which ones I will be making available or not available.

My Capture Setup

C. Card: Hauppauge USB Live 2
PC: Compaq SR1817CL running Windows XP MCE 2005
TBC (Time Base Corrector): Panasonic DMR-ES15
Software: Amarec for capturing, AVISynth+/AVSPMod to enhance the video [on my main laptop]
FFMpeg to export as a MKV
VCR: Sony SLV-N55, bought from a flea market.

Radio DX Equipment TV DX Equipment

My Radio DX setup consists of the following pieces of equipment:

  • Eton Field BT: Grundig Edition
  • Sangean ATS-909X
  • RTL-SDR [out of commission]
  • HackRF [out of commission]
The top 2 are my primary radio DXing machines and I actually got lucky with the internal antenna built in these machines, tho I really want to get a proper FM/AM/SW antenna.

At the moment, I do not have any TV DX'ing equipment, let alone portable ones or cool conjunctions like Grabow's portable DX setup.

However, sometime in the near future, I want to have the following DX equipment under my possession for the purposes of DXing, but even then ATSC 3.0 would probably be popular, soooooo yea.