July 8, 2013
It is with great pleasure to announce that IT professional Daniel has commenced blogging.
Dan is an FM radio enthusiast blogging from Katoomba.
Dan’s radio blog can be found here.
His website can be found here.
Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself – Victor Frankl
June 18, 2013 2 Comments
It is with great pleasure to announce that British TV/FM enthusiast & audiophile Pe1er has commenced blogging. Pe1er has been involved in the hobby since the 1970s.
The UK Sporadic E season is currently in full swing so this is an opportune time to catch up on the fun.
Be sure to check out G1VVP’s blog for some more radio activity, including behind-the-scenes discussions. Both are UK enthusiasts from SkywavesDX.
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January 29, 2013
And remember, the foam police are out in force everywhere…
ET: ‘foam home’…
May 19, 2012
To record clips when mobile, this blogger uses a Creative Zen V Plus or Samsung Yepp recorder. The devices encode recordings in 160 kbps WMA and 160 kbps MP3 format respectively. When using the Zen to record line level audio from the Sony XDR-S10HDip or Blaupunkt Daytona, the WMA resultant audio clips exhibit a distinctive ‘chugging’ noise in the background which can be heard whilst listening to the recordings via headphones. These clips were recorded at moderately low volume (ie. in the green region on the VU recording meter). The noise does not affect recordings made on a component tuner or the Dabbler’s Dream portable receiver. The noise is present on recordings of both quieting signals and weak signals although in the latter case it is more noticeable.
The symptom could be due to:
The chugging does not seem to be caused by interference from the Zen, otherwise it would also appear on recordings made on the Tecsun radio, surely? The above possibilities will be eliminated (eventually, if time permits!) and indeed the Yepp might be completely immune, but someone out there might have some ideas.
If none of the above makes sense, these links might make the peculiarity a little easier to understand! 🙂
The answer would appear to be the first explanation (only the Zen does it… and at low recording levels only). Here is a reward for suffering through this entry, being an example. If others can’t hear the chugging it must be the (excellent) imagination of this blogger. Please don’t deliberately taunt me! 😉
May 17, 2012 1 Comment
This was a question a subscriber asked recently. To download unencrypted video or audio clips from on any website, please use the Mozilla Firefox plugin Download Helper.
If using a browser unsupported by Helper, such as the wonderful Opera there are alternative methods. Simply add “savefrom.net/” or “sfrom.net/” before the URL (internet address). Some examples:
Type the URL into the Address Bar in your browser and press Enter. File size, format and quality (e.g. video resolution, audio sampling rate) can be displayed and indeed chosen for sites such as Youtube. These are two alternatives of dozens available. Both appear to be robust solutions that do not potentially invade network privacy or increase susceptibility to viruses.
Google Chrome (requires Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.5 or Linux) is a browser that appears to capture Flash streams straight ‘out of the box’. Please note that only Helper & Real Player will capture videos created by Dbrmuz as far as this blogger can tell!
Once the FLV or MP4 video is downloaded, the final step required is to extract video and audio without any transcoding using open source extraction software.
It’s awesome to be able to download an informational video such as this and just extract the audio for playback on the MP3 player in the car.
Thank you to Dbrmuz (aka I Used to be a Nobody) for assistance in compiling this entry.
April 29, 2012 1 Comment
The following surplus items of radio equipment are available for private sale from this blogger.
BLAUPUNKT CASABLANCA CD51 $150
Radio Data System. Digiceiver tuner featuring Sharx adaptive IF bandwidth control. Manual bandwidth control. CD naming. 4 x 25 watts power output. 4 x 45 watts maximum.
Auxiliary input cable included. Harness included.
Pre-amp out cable is required for optional connection to amplifier. Available on-line.
Purchased in 2011 from Soundmaster Scotland.
Excellent condition. Made in Portugal. No longer in production.
BHI NEIM1031 MKII $150
Amplified Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Noise Eliminating In-line Module (NEIM) suitable for removing interference from audio recordings & radio reception. Suitable for voice, unsuitable for music.
Includes operating instructions. Auxiliary input cable included.
12 volt power supply is required. Available at any electronics retailer.
Purchased in 2009 from the official BHI Ebay store in Great Britain.
Excellent condition. Made in Great Britain. In production. Retails for $250 at Andrews Communications.
The selling prices include registered postage to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Canberra. Items can be returned within seven days of receipt at the buyer’s expense if the item is not in proper working order. Payment via Paypal or Bank Deposit. Photos are indicative of actual item. Actual photos will be uploaded on request. If you are interested simply comment.