Recording a DX Dial Scan Video

digital-video-camera-1187148-mVideo recording and audio DXing may, on the surface, not seem to go hand-in-hand.  One may think: Why would anyone want to watch a recording of a radio screen?

However, one thing that seems to interest many DXers are watching videos of both radio and television dial scans.  A search of Youtube on the topic reveals several videos DXers have made of their local bands.  For me, it is always fascinating to see how another locale’s radio or TV dials appear when someone is simply tuning through the band.

A video recording of your FM dial benefits the hobby in many ways.  One could easily reminisce years later of how different the radio band was at the time of the recording, and it would also serve as a fun reminder of a DXIng trip to an exotic place, for example.

You don’t even need a DX website to do it.  Many DXers (including myself) have posted DX dial scans on Youtube without any website required to post.  All you need is a Youtube account.

Recording the video itself is simple.  A smartphone and its built-in camera is all that you need.  For radio scan videos, start at 88.1 FM and scan up until 107.9 FM, pausing on each listenable signal to allow RDS and/or HD Radio to decode.  And, if it sounds like a station is about to ID, wait a few more moments to ensure it is on the recording.  For TV videos, do the same but be careful that your reflection, or any other distortion, is seen on the TV screen.

Watch my dial scan videos below:

This video, from 2010, includes all of my local stations, plus regional signals enhanced via tropo from Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

In 2013, I recorded a television dial scan, with my local signals, as well as regional signals from Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA and Norfolk, VA also coming in.

In 2014, I updated my home-area FM dial scan video to show what deadband FM conditions (without any tropospheric enhancement) brings in.