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    Shortwave Radio

    I'm not talking about the handlebar mounted kind of radio.

    I bought some airtime on a 50,000 watt shortwave station, and I'm doing a show called The Alternative Transportation Radio Show.

    It's really meant for the novice and those people who know nothing about bikes.

    The first show aired last week, but you can catch the second installment on shortwave 7415 kHz (WBCQ) Saturday at 3:00 PM eastern time.

    Think of this as a "Special Presentation" , because I will only be doing it for a month, maybe six weeks.

    I will also talk about trains.

    How many of you have a shortwave radio?

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    I do, but sadly I think I'll be sleeping during your broadcast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I'm not talking about the handlebar mounted kind of radio.

    I bought some airtime on a 50,000 watt shortwave station, and I'm doing a show called The Alternative Transportation Radio Show.

    It's really meant for the novice and those people who know nothing about bikes.

    The first show aired last week, but you can catch the second installment on shortwave 7415 kHz (WBCQ) Saturday at 3:00 PM eastern time.

    Think of this as a "Special Presentation" , because I will only be doing it for a month, maybe six weeks.

    I will also talk about trains.

    How many of you have a shortwave radio?
    I've got several. I will be tuning in. I also have an antique Fairmont M-19 railcar that I sometimes use on NARCOA sponsored rides.

    http://www.narcoa.org/


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    Not yet. But now I want to. So what's a good one to buy? Not looking to break the bank or anything.


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    Oh cool. Thanks for the link. I like trains too.

    See some of my train pics at http://pod.ath.cx/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I'm not talking about the handlebar mounted kind of radio.

    I bought some airtime on a 50,000 watt shortwave station, and I'm doing a show called The Alternative Transportation Radio Show.

    It's really meant for the novice and those people who know nothing about bikes.

    The first show aired last week, but you can catch the second installment on shortwave 7415 kHz (WBCQ) Saturday at 3:00 PM eastern time.

    Think of this as a "Special Presentation" , because I will only be doing it for a month, maybe six weeks.

    I will also talk about trains.

    How many of you have a shortwave radio?
    Remember the show is 3:00 PM eastern daylight savings time, that's 2:00 PM Central , 1:00 PM Mountain, and 12:00 Noon on the west coast.

    I think that works out to 1900 hours GMT, and 10:00 PM in Latvia, or maybe 9:00 PM in Latvia, if Latvia is on Daylight Savings Time.

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    Shortwave Radio:
    I currently use a Grundig S-350. It sells for $99.95 at Radio Shack.

    I also have a Drake SW-8, which went out of production because the demand was too high, and the small factory in Ohio could not keep up with demand. The SW-8 is great because it has Single Sideband and AM Synchronous Detector circuitry.
    The SW-8 was like $800.00. But I can only use it on batteries, because the AC adapter went bad.

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    Many shortwave broadcasts that were available a few years ago no longer are. This is because of budget cutbacks in many governments that sponsored national stations. Also, podcasts and digital satellite broadcasts give superior sound not subject to all of the static that is common to shortwave reception. If you buy a shortwave receiver be aware that digitally tuned PLL radios give superior performance to needle and dial analog radios. Also, what can be received on a particular frequency at one time of the day in one part of the world probably cannot be received in another part of the world where the time of day is different.
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    If you don't own a shortwave radio, WBCQ streams live at www.wbcq.com

    Be great if you could save the shows in mp3 format so we can download.

    Great idea, I wish you luck.

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    Well,

    there was one problem, the engineer at the station put the WRONG TAPE on at 3:00 PM.
    I thought it was an advertisement, but after three minutes, I called the station.
    The engineer promptly admitted the mistake, and put my tape on.

    The "Bumper Music" did not get on at the beginning and end of the show. From now on I play the bumper music at the bottom of the hour (3:30). FYI, the bumper music is a 12 second clip from the song "Police Truck" by the Dead Kennedy's.

    Otherwise, it was good. The signal was strong, and I made a decent copy of the show by taping it off the air.

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    This is awesome! If you do the shows please make mp3's of them because many a people like to listen while riding on mp3 players (I advocate low volume and right ear only). I own a Grundig PE-300 (Eton I think) but it's a small radio for the AWOL bag so I don't know if it'll pick up your broadcast. I mainly use AM/FM but the shortwave is more for adventure scanning.

    I like people starting new shows about things. You should fire an email to newsreal@rantradio.com and check out NewsReal which is a weekly show about tech, alt. transport, DIY leads, etc to keep you intune with what's going on around. Download some archives and listen in. Thier website can be found on www.rantradio.com and look at the top of the page for the link. Email the guy and mention about your show and he'll mention it on air as the guy is also big on the alt. transportation as well.

    BTW for the gear people check out Patrolling as well. There are some reviews, cooking tips, packing tips, etc. If you're turned off by the camo approach then just watch for the info and filter to what you could use. The guy is rather resourceful and knowledgeable being ex-military. I've only started watching Patrolling after someone told me about it and thus how I learned of the PE-300 compact SW/AM/FM model and bought one. The Maxpedition bags are on review there as well. I got a Thermite Versipak which is good for shoulder/waist carry or leg drop and strapped in for traveling light.

    Tip: Found out there is a Sean Kennedy discount if you mention his name and the show at Daves Army Surplus. To my understanding the guy does not get any kick backs from people that have been listening to him for a long time and enjoyed his shows. It's jsut his favorite shop and managed to get a group discount. Ask for Martin when you call. He may ask which Sean Kennedy ( I called before a could times when I was ordering my Thermite Versipak bag) to confirm and you just say 'Patrolling (with Sean Kennedy)" and you'll get the discount. I forgot how much it was. I think it's ~5%.

    Just a disclaimer, I get no kick backs for mentioning the above stuff. I just found out while on the web and someone mentioned it to me and it seemed interesting and I like his humor when sorting kit out.
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    BCQ's owner was a pioneer in pirate radio years back and on occasion I do listen in. The station is not your regular bubble gum station and is entertaining at times. Thanks for the heads up.

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    I have no idea how to make an mp3.

    I had to use a cassette tape machine to record the show, then I mailed the tape to Monticello Maine, where the transmitter is. When it airs, I make another cassette copy of the broadcast.
    So the copys I have have a little static.

    I was surprised to find out that CD's are still not as capable as a cassette tape. I could not find a CD recorder that would record from a microphone. So I bought a new cassette recorder.
    A CD must be recorded on a computer first, and after the recording is made, the machine burns the CD.
    A CD recording can NOT be made in real-time.

    I don't mean to start an Analog versus Digital debate.

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    I have a Grundig Mini World 100. Had I seen this earlier I definitely would have tried to tune in. When will the next show be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmcrawford111 View Post
    I have a Grundig Mini World 100. Had I seen this earlier I definitely would have tried to tune in. When will the next show be?
    The next airing of the Alternative Transportation Radio Show will be on Saturday Sept 22nd at three PM Eastern, or 2:00 PM Central time.

    I believe it's 1900 hours UTC (Grenwich Mean Time), so check your local time zone.

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    I have a short wave radio and I will be tuning in!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I have no idea how to make an mp3.
    Download Audacity. It is free. While at the site, click on "Help" for the user's manual and quick use guide.

    Basically, you open Audacity and tell it you want to make an MP3. Then you plug your microphone into your computer and speak into it. Audacity can also be used to make LP records over into CDs or MP3 files.

    Our church choir agreed to sing one verse of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" in German for our Reformation service last October. I found a German site where I could download someone's Reformation service in MP3. The congregation sang one verse on the MP3. With Audacity I was able to isolate that singing and make tapes as well as MP3s to give to the choir members, according to the technology each has available. They could hear and emulate the pronunciation while viewing the handout with the words. They sounded great when they sang it in the church service.

    Anyway, get Audacity.
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