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June 30, 2014

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Angelo

Bill is right on. I also believe there's an "adventure" component to the DX hobby----that is, tuning in different weather conditions, different times of year, different times of day---using different locations in or around your house, trying new antennas, etc.----to push the performance of your radios and enjoy the technical aspect of the hobby as well as the programming itself. I have internet radios and love them----but there's something very sterile about punching in call letters and getting the signal over wifi---as opposed to finding mystery stations and waiting for station IDs to see how far away your conventional radio is reaching. In some ways, it's apples and oranges----not quite as dramatic as a concert vs. a compact disk----but something like that. And it can't be overstated that a good battery powered radio is an emergency essential----as with power failures, the internet becomes useless.

StarHalo

It's fishing versus eating fish; I do enjoy fishing, but I eventually want to eat the fish (and a lot of it.) Given a finite amount of free time, the choice between listening to some mindful and inspiring content as opposed to trying to dig out a legible signal from noise is not so fair a comparison.

Angelo

Fishing vs. eating fish is a good analogy. Two different activities.

Dave P.

I feel the need to bring baseball into the conversation. While I understand it's not for everyone, it is the main reason I listen to AM. And while it's all there for the listening on the internet, it doesn't come free. On the flip-side, listening to a west-coast game (here in the northeast) late at night is truly a gift from the radio gods. Especially when I'm sitting next to the fire with a few cold ones.

StarHalo

Agreed, getting an out-of-state game on terrestrial radio is the life, I have AM night-only presets on my car radio for when I'm in a game mood and want to dial around. But know that the MLB.tv audio-only package is $20 for the entire year with no blackouts - every broadcast of every game plus full stats and video highlights for a buck and change a month. Sometimes when I'm out and about I'll play a live game on my cell and then put it in my pocket and get some shopping done; lots of surprised looks from folks wondering how I get perfect reception in a store from what appears to be a pocket radio..

Dave P.

Hmmmmm, to be honest, I wasn't aware the MLB audio package was that inexpensive. Was is always that way? I guess I just haven't looked into it in a few years....oops. I do take advantage of the daily 'free game' every once in a while. I don't have a smart phone, so I may have to shop for a cheap tablet and give the MLB package a try. There's nothing worse that being out back for a late one and having no games to listen to. Although there's always the Old Time Radio Shows from CHML.......(they can be fun once in a while).

StarHalo

MLB audio was a whopping $2/mo when I subscribed, so the price has actually gone down. And you can listen in with whatever you're reading this on; it works in a web browser as well as apps.

I'll sometimes listen to the old time shows during the winter on KBRW, broadcasting from beautiful downtown Barrow, Alaska. Nothing like getting a weather update during the break to find out it'll be -35 degrees overnight..

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