The new radio

Rose has been avidly listening to the cricket. Well, à chacun son gout, that’s what I say. However, during much of the day, it’s only broadcast on BBC Radio 4 LW (Long Wave), not on FM.

Now, the last time I used Long Wave, we specified things by wavelength and hence everything was in metres, whereas now everything is in kHz, so it took me a while to realise that we no longer have a radio in the house, at least not a portable one, capable of receiving LW.

Ironically, the only way we could allow Rose to listen to the cricket while working in the garden was to put a laptop out there and connect to the BBC web site using our own wireless network. (Which can be found on your dial at about the 12cm mark, by the way.)

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I finished rigging up a radio for long and medium wave listening at the weekend – it’s the guts of an old tranny in a new, hastily carved “fakelite” case (made by me) with a nice 4 inch speaker for mellow tones. You can see some pics here if you’re interested – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesdavies/28000380/. The switch on the front is for easy on/off operation as it’s almost always tuned to Virgin Radio on MW.

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