January 20, 2014 4:38 AM Subscribe
As a child, I used to love what I later found out to be called MW DXing - tuning a medium-wave radio carefully to find unusual and far away broadcasts. Has digital radio, and the ability to hear broadcasts from anywhere - both 'official' stations and amateur-run - killed this off? Is there such a thing as digital DXing?
posted by mippy to Technology (5 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a digital radio since 2003, and we have an internet radio as well, so all the stations of the world are available to us. However, I used to find seeking out stations on the dial really fascinating (I could pick up Irish radio, Radio Sweden, pirate reggae stations, morse code stations and on one occasion the cordless phone conversations of my next-door neighbour from my basic MW receiver in NW England), and didn't even know there was a name for what I was doing until a couple of years ago. I used to write down the names of stations I found, or send off for leaflets, but I couldn't always identify everything as they were not always in English.
I acquired a second-hand ICF-SW7600GR a couple of years ago (though I need to find a mains adaptor that won't affect the signal) and I kind of miss the crackle of analogue static. However, with some analogue signals now being turned off, is it still possible to find something interesting out there? I've had a look online, but many of the sites I've come across seem aimed at ham radio people, which isn't what I'm interested in. I'm intrigued that this wee pastime I used to enjoy has a name, and I'm interested to know whether people are still doing it - rather like digging in crates is less exciting now you can buy a record in minutes online should you have the cash spare, I'm wondering whether, with technology making the world feel smaller and more accessible, it's still being done. I had a book listing all the frequencies for worldwide stations, which sadly got lost when I moved house - are things like this still being published somewhere?