After realizing that my dial scan video on my Local FM Stations page was almost nine years old, I decided it was time to update the video, using my recently-acquired Sangean HDR-14. This video shows an accurate representation of signals received at my home without tropospheric enhancement.
The new video above from 2019 has been added to my Local FM Stations page. You can still find the old 2010 dial scan video and other radio and TV DXing-related videos on my YouTube channel.
There have been a lot of recent buzz in the DXing community about software-defined radios, otherwise known as SDRs. These radios, typically housed in a small USB thumbdrive-like units or small external hard drive-like enclosures without screens, can connect to your computer and can be used to DX multiple radio bands.
I have added a new radio to my shack, a RTL-SDR radio, which looks much like a USB flash drive. This radio can record up to 15 FM frequencies at once, among many other neat features. I am awaiting delivery of some related accessories before I write a full review of the device. Look for the review in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, enjoy a YouTube video of me tuning in several local stations with the device:
I have made a new dial scan video showcasing the stations that can be tuned in the southern Washington, DC suburb of Woodbridge, VA via a Honda car radio equipped with RDS. The video more or less shows deadband conditions where no DX is present. I have an older dial scan video via the Sony XDR-F1HD radio here from 2010 that has DX reception up to 150 miles away and a DTV television dial scan here from 2013 with similar DX distances.
I posted a video on Youtube, embedded below, showing minor tropo enhancement into Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Salisbury, MD. Ironically, some local Washington, DC stations only had subdecodes since my antenna was aimed away from the city. These stations typically decode regardless of antenna orientation.