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Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

Some of the most stunningly beautiful audio I ever heard was Chicago's WFMT
picked up in mono around 1965 from my college dorm room in Olivet Michigan.
(Top notch mono hi fi gear was available really cheap at that time.) I had
no idea what FM was capable of before I heard that station. 

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
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-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 9:09 AM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

I grew up in lower Westchester and we never had this problem with a roof-top
antenna, except on 
Channel 2 during the annual solar activity in the late summer and early
fall. Reception was great, 
especially after the World Trade Center was built. We were on a height of
land point on the border 
of Harrison and White Plains. I didn't know from cable TV until I lived
upstate after college. FM 
reception was also excellent, with just a plain dipole tacked to the wall.
FM content was another 
matter, I grew up in the late 70's and 80's so it was already headed down
the toilet but was much 
better than the unlistenable FM dial of today. I now live in an area that is
a true fringe zone (far 
enough north of NYC to not get any stations from the Empire State building
and far enough east of 
the Hudson to miss the Hudson Valley stations and on the back-slope of a big
hill so no line of 
sight to much unless I wanted to build a tall tower out back, which is not
in the cards) so I do 
very little radio listening anymore. If the content were more compelling and
there were no internet 
streams, I might reconsider the tower idea, but such is not the case.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Weiner" <djwein@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

>I like the accuracy of the current TV show MAD MEN, which takes place in
> 1962. The main family lives in Westchester and whenever we see the parents
> or kids watching TV, the reception is a bit off - slight double images,
> occasional snow - just as it would have been then using a rooftop TV
> from such a distance from New York City.
> Dave W.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Lennick
> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 12:59 AM
> To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when
> Anyone remember similar experiences to this? I'm just listening to a tape
> made
> in 1960 (I recorded it, in fact) off the CBC's FM station in Toronto, and
> while
> the quality is excellent and free from interference, every so often
> a
> brief series of clicks..because someone elsewhere in the house changed the
> television channel.
> We were a family of tape fiends. Schedules were noted..taping off AM was
> even
> worse, since light switches, television, running the dishwasher, opening
> fridge, just about anything involving electricity would cause clicks,
> buzzing,
> static, whistle etc. As my mother frequently replied, "I can't pee in the
> dark."
> dl

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