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Pull my finger!

Changing the subject, have you seen this thing? It’s a world map of radio stations. And you can click on any one of them and listen.

Hours of fun.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 17, 2019, 9:27 pm

Thanks for the radio garden link. I was a ham operator for a few years. Inactive for several years but still licensed. Talking to, and listening to people from around the world was fun. There were several international shortwave broadcasters that were fun to hear.

Thanks for the memory jog. I think most, if not all of those stations I used to listen too are on the net now. Not quite the same as listening to a foreign shortwave station on a wire you pulled up into the trees by shooting an arrow (with the wire attached) over a tree top.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 17, 2019, 9:39 pm

Ah, the fickle finger of ‘Dad’.

Beautifully done!

Now if you can do one of a hand shaking a fork at people across the dinner table, my memories will be complete!

“Jack! Don’t shake your fork at people!”

Comment from Bob
Time: October 18, 2019, 12:58 am

You can listen to shortwave from the links at sdr.hu.

Comment from Drew458
Time: October 18, 2019, 1:34 pm

Good thing you aren’t in primary school any more. That drawing would get you arrested and expelled. It’s the dreaded “finger gun” in firing position with the hammer down!! OMG, mayhem!!!!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 18, 2019, 1:52 pm

OMG Drew458 is right!

Uncle B! Uncle B! can you hear us? are you okay?!!!!!!!

🚑 🚑 🚑 🚑 🚑 🚑

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 18, 2019, 3:21 pm

I wish I could show you the photo of my six-year-old granddaughter in her Texas Tech cheerleader’s uniform, posing with her “guns up.”

This is good/bad/funny/sad though: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2018/01/14/texas-tech-student-goes-viral-after-guns-up-salute-draws-tsa-attention/

Speaking of security: Stoaty—my Opera browser panics when I log on to your website, because your security certificate disappeared.

And thank you for the Radio Garden link; I love stuff like that.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 18, 2019, 8:01 pm

Ya know, the idea of a pointed finger gun being dangerous is just a skosh silly to a generation that grew up with

‘ duck and cover! ‘

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 18, 2019, 8:10 pm



I think we need to have videos about finger guns!

that second one is a real hoot.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 18, 2019, 8:19 pm

I know, Deborah HH. I keep meaning to looking into the security certificate, but I’m lazy and I don’t understand it. I mean, it ain’t like we’re doing e-commerce here.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 18, 2019, 8:30 pm

I don’t think I’m calling it the right thing, Stoaty. JavaMan said it was an SSL — secure socket layer. (I don’t understand any of this.)

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 18, 2019, 8:34 pm

When I was a kid, I inherited my dad’s Hallicrafter shortwave radio; he strung a “longwire” antenna for me, which was literally a long wire. I never transmitted; only received, but it was fascinating. It was my first exposure to the world outside America. Since the Vietnam War was was being fought at the time, my usual choices were Radio Moscow, Radio Hanoi, The Voice Of America, and of course, The BBC World Service.
Other stations came and went as I blindly stumbled across them, but these mainstays shaped my world view. At first I tended to put more faith that was warranted into Radio Moscow (Radio Hanoi was -clearly- lying about everything). Of them all, I like Mother Beeb the best as she seemed the most reasonable and least propagandistic. Voice of America really wasn’t that bad as far as telling the truth but who in the Nixon era could believe anything our government said?

The fascination eventually led me to jump on a chance to visit the USSR for a month in 1974. That was a revelation. I’ve had little time for Socialists or Communists ever since. Life under the Soviets clearly *sucked*.

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