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SOWNY » and i would walk 500... » Today 2:19 am

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I'm comfortable with Celsius temps an kilometres and kilowatts. With grams and kilograms I usually have to do the mental conversion. And Kilopascals leaves me flummoxed. 

I think we'd all be outraged if gas was priced per gallon.

SOWNY » Creepy Christmas » Yesterday 9:11 pm

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Hansa wrote:

As It Happens still plays "Fireside Al" - Christmas stories read by the late Al Maitland, every Christmas and hey, people watch It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street even though every single actor in both film is dead by now - and we also listen to that duet featuring dead singers Bing Crosby and David Bowie. 

And once in a while they replay one of Barbara Frum's interviews. I always enjoy those.

SOWNY » More shoddy work at CTV News Toronto » November 29, 2021 2:35 pm

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CTV London, last night, was showing the wrong video to accompany the story they were reading.

It was some trivial local story, like a broken parking meter, along with a video of the BC flooding.

SOWNY » Canadian Radio Awards 2021 » November 28, 2021 8:05 pm

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Thanks for posting that. I didn't even realize there were such awards.

SOWNY » TVO To Air Documentary On Magic Shadows Host Elwy Yost » November 28, 2021 1:55 am

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I remember on one of the Magic Shadows programs when Elwy introduced the show while sitting in a hot tub. Then he embarrassed himself when the water started to bubble.

Must have been something he ate. 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 27, 2021 5:24 pm

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

So, I've been reading the Star a few times lately. It's kind of a pleasant read. A lifelong Socialist, I've always read the Conservative, Globe and Mail because it just seemed to have greater journalistic integrity than the other papers. Not so much lately. They've been letting it slide over the past few years.

Haven't cancelled the subscription yet, but I'm considering it. Old habits are hard to break.

If you're looking for journalistic integrity, I wouldn't recommend The Star.
 

No offense but I don't really care what political ideology you want other people taking in along with their news.  I'll read and decide for myself, thank you very much.

Exactly. I've been reading the Globe for decades even though I disagree with their politics. I just always felt they were the better paper.

Sure, they're like cheer leaders for capitalism. But I need to follow what the enemy is up to. 
 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 26, 2021 9:27 pm

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So, I've been reading the Star a few times lately. It's kind of a pleasant read. A lifelong Socialist, I've always read the Conservative, Globe and Mail because it just seemed to have greater journalistic integrity than the other papers. Not so much lately. They've been letting it slide over the past few years.

Haven't cancelled the subscription yet, but I'm considering it. Old habits are hard to break.

SOWNY » Can We Get Sirius!? free XM until December 6 » November 25, 2021 5:01 pm

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I use SXM. Here in London, there isn't a lot of variety with OTA radio around here.

It also comes in handy when we're driving to Florida. KY, TN and GA have nothing but cowboy music, religion, NASCAR and right wing political rants.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 19, 2021 4:55 pm

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The only time I ever read USA Today, is the complimentary copy they give out when staying at a hotel. It makes better reading in the room at night than does the Gideon Bible.

SOWNY » CBC-TV To Air Anne Murray Documentary In December » November 19, 2021 12:58 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:



 

My Union, United Steelworkers has sot of adopted that song as our unofficial anthem.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 19, 2021 12:47 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

Looks like USA Today.

Here's what you just said:

https://www.obxnewspaperdelivery.com/extensions/com.umbrella.ecommerce/files/items/usa-today-obx-newspaper-delivery.jpg


Looks just like:    

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FEUfKK0XEA0GDW1?format=jpg&name=900x900




 

I never intended to suggest the two papers look exactly alike. But my first impression upon seeing the on-screen images of the Star was that it is similar in appearance to USA Today, and it is.

However, in a subsequent post, I reported that I had gone out and bought a copy of the Star and I reported my updated opinion.

turkeytop wrote:

To be fair to the Star, I bought today's edition. I have to admit, it still looks respectable, at least by today's standards
To their credit, they are still printed on real newsprint paper. The Globe uses some kind of smooth, shiny paper
 

 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 18, 2021 10:15 pm

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My late uncle, Frank Tesky, was a photographer with the Star for a number of years during the 50s, 60s and 70s. When I was a kid, his camera seemed about the size of a toaster.

Uncle Frank died about forty years ago but, even today, his old photos appear in the Star once in a while. They always give him credit for the photo.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 18, 2021 5:14 pm

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It's my favourite Sunday morning pastime. It takes about two hours. 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 18, 2021 1:47 am

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But a newspaper is more than news. There's analysis, opinion and features. Even the ads. You wrap the newspaper around yourself and enjoy the experience for whatever time it takes to get through it. 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 17, 2021 9:37 pm

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AMFM wrote:

Don't think it will save the newspaper industry.

I'm afraid you might be right. The industry was struggling before covid. The dry up of revenue during the lockdowns was a fatal blow for some papers.

In normal times we spend our winters in Florida.. We haven't been back there since March 2020. When we are there, our paper is the Tampa Bay Times, Their competitor, the Tampa Tribune, went belly up about five years ago.

The Times was always a seven day a week paper. Last year they went from seven days per week down to two days per week. The days they don't publish it's available online. My wife reads it online but I don't. I only read a real paper.
To be fair to the Star, I bought today's edition. I have to admit, it still looks respectable, at least by today's standards
To their credit, they are still printed real newsprint paper. The Globe uses some kind of smooth, shiny paper
 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 17, 2021 6:01 pm

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Media Observer wrote:

I meant it as a joke...no offence (or judgement) intended.
 

Hey. I knew you were joking. And even if you weren't I don't know how your comment could have offended anyone.

We're cool. 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 17, 2021 5:09 pm

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Media Observer wrote:

Damn "Talkies"...they will never replace Silent movies!https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png

 

I don't go to the movies.

My late grandmother was a strict Baptist. She was absolutely against smoking, drinking, dancing, playing cards, movies and TV.

I always say that if it wasn't for my fondness for beer, I'd have made a good Baptist, because I don't do any of those other things anyway.
 

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 17, 2021 9:26 am

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

What an odd opinion.  Why would intentionally using out of date technology make a newspaper seem more serious?  That makes no sense to me.

As I said, I'm old fashioned. I listen to real radio, not online streaming. I prefer classical music to hip-hop My phone is on the kitchen wall. I don't use self checkout. I eat real food, not something squeezed from a tube.

Maybe I'm a luddite.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Launches Major Design Changes » November 16, 2021 11:38 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

Looks like USA Today.

Huh? It looks nothing like USA Today..

I haven't seen the real paper. Just the pictures.

Call me old fashioned, but in my opinion, newspapers lost their gravitas when they started using coloured photos. A real newspaper should be black and white.

When the Globe & Mail first went to colour, there was such an outcry from their readers, they backed off and went back to black and white. A few years later they came out with a whole new makeover, including coloured photos. The Globe just doesn't seem as serious anymore.
 

SOWNY » Want To Hear What AM Stereo Sounded Like? Here's Where You Still Can » November 16, 2021 12:00 pm

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I only experienced AM stereo once. Back in the early 90s I drove a rental Chrysler for a couple of days. That was when AM radio still played music. It really enhanced the sound.

SOWNY » Mini DXpedition » November 12, 2021 8:46 pm

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I also post on a Michigan board. One of the users there takes his G8 all over to remote locales to DX and always reports some pretty amazing results.

http://www.chriskadlec.com/media/radio/images/Bandscans_Superior_Grand_Sable_Photo_6.JPG


https://mibuzzboard.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=47799&p=577806&hilit=Thunder+Bay#p577806
 
 

SOWNY » CRTC Ponders New Newmarket Radio Station, But Where Would They Put It? » November 12, 2021 4:51 pm

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I would expect most Nonmarket residents already have a favourite radio station from Toronto. They won't be interested in some new, small town station.

SOWNY » Mini DXpedition » November 11, 2021 10:10 pm

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Nice photo. Looks like you're a more serious photographer than I am.

I used to travel up in that area to a place called Chaffey's Locks. Is it near there?

SOWNY » Mini DXpedition » November 11, 2021 12:52 am

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Yes, it's a Palstar R 30 A. I bought it in 2010 as a retirement gift to myself. And it's a good thing I did. It went out of production shortly thereafter. I talked to a lady at Palstar this week. She said they're working on the development of a new, more up to date model but it's still pretty far back the pipeline.

It's a great radio. Built like a tank. It doesn't have all the fancy bells and whistles that some others have. But, what it does, it does very well.

I didn't spend much time tuning the MW band. I used to do a lot of MW Dxing but now, most stations don't even ID and they all sound the same.
On the way home that night in the car, I scanned the AM band and it wasn't a good night for reception. It was more like daytime conditions. Station I normally get only during the day were coming in that night. The clear channel blowtorches that are usually pounding in at night, weren't there at all.

I always look for the long wave navigational beacons. Long wave conditions that night were similar to those on MW, so there was no DX. The thing I like about the beacons is, they always ID. That's all they do. They continuously broadcast their call letters in Morse Code.

Only three to report this year.

278 KHZ ADG Adrian MI

332 KHZ PH  Port Huron MI

353 KHZ  QG  Windsor 

SOWNY » TVO To Air Documentary On Magic Shadows Host Elwy Yost » November 10, 2021 2:47 pm

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Years before his time with. TVO, Elwy was part of  game show on CBC. I don't recall the name of it or even what it was about.

SOWNY » Mini DXpedition » November 10, 2021 1:41 am

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Every fall I pick a day and head out into the country for a few hours to do some DXing on the short wave bands. I call it my Mini DXpedition. I take along a radio or two and some wire for erecting an antenna I go to the same location every year. It's a conservation area, about 35 miles from the city, about ten miles inland from Lake Huron. The area is perfect. There are no power lines or any other source of man made noise around. There are trees around so I can get an antenna up off the ground.
 
It's becoming a little more of a challenge every year, because, one by one, the big international broadcasters are shutting down. The challenge is even greater this year because we're still deep in the trough between solar cycles
 
I always pick a day in early November, after we have reverted to standard time. This allows me to take advantage of the earlier darkness. I arrive there around 4:00 PM. This gives me enough time to get set up before it gets dark. I stay there for 4 or 5 hours
 
The day I picked for this year was Monday, Nov 8. The weather can be unreliable at this time of year, but in the twelve years I've been doing it, I've never had bad weather. Indeed, on one or two occasions, it's been balmy, Indian summer weather. This was one of those years
 
It wasn’t a very productive day, but a few hours of solitude in the country is priceless.
 
Before heading home I always stop at the Timès up there to warm up with a bowl of chili.
 
The day’s loggings
 
3330 KHZ - CHU
6070 KHZ - CFRX
5800 KHZ - Radio Taiwan
6501 KHZ -USB – US Coast Guard Command, Norfolk VA
2598 KHZ – Canadian Coast Guard Newfoundland
5505 KHZ – Shannon Volmet, Shannon Ireland
9690 KHZ – Spanish National Radio, Madrid.
5960 KHZ – Voice of Turkey
13750 KHX – Radio Thailand
5990 KHX – Radio Romania International
7350 KHZ – China Radio International
6165 KHZ – Radio Havana
 
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SOWNY » Website Traces History Of Unique Sudbury Radio Station » November 9, 2021 9:44 pm

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Back in the early 1970s CKSO operated both an AM and an FM station under those call letters. I used to listen to both of them. Back then, I was living up on the Bruce Peninsula. We had no local FM at all. FM listening meant DXing. CKSO was one of the stations I could sometimes hear.

SOWNY » Poll: Radios Still One Of The Most Impt. Features For New Car Buyers » November 9, 2021 5:24 pm

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Years ago, if the car I bought had no radio, I would install an aftermarket radio. But today, no radio in the car would be a deal breaker for me. 

SOWNY » Did Your Atomic Clocks Make the Change to Standard Time? » November 7, 2021 10:53 pm

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The home atomic clocks are calibrated by a long wave signal emitted from Boulder CO synched with a real atomic clock

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