Links

Radio Station Directories
  • TopazDesigns AM database - Best directory for searching by format.
  • Radio Locator - Directory of FM and AM radio stations, including website links and audio feeds.
  • FCC AM Database
  • FCC FM Database


    Radio in General
  • Wikipedia's Radio Page


    TV/FM DXing - Hearing TV/FM Stations from Far Away
  • Antenna Web - Find out what antenna you need to hear the tv stations in your area. Excellent resource.
  • TV/FM Skip Log - Useful for E-Skip openings.
  • Tropospheric Ducting Forecast - FM and TV DX
  • FM Tuner Information Center - Best resource for information on quality FM tuners
  • VHF Real-Time Propogation Maps
  • W9WI.com - TV technical information for DXers
  • Mike's TV and FM DX Page
  • DX FM - featuring a live TV DX camera and tips on FM DXing.
  • DX Zone DX directory.
  • Bruce Carter's DX Page
  • Sony XDR-F1HD Tuner Review - The best FM tuner! Great sensitivity and selectivity. Only $90 and beats tuners that cost $500-$1000. It does HD radio, but is even better as a non-HD radio. I own one. (Update: now selling for around $300 and only available used. Still a great receiver, but they need to do another production run.) K6sti has great information on other tuners, modifications, and FM antenna modeling.


    AM/MW DXing - Hearing Radio Stations from Far Away
  • Real Time MW/AM log - post your logs and see what others are hearing.
  • MwList - best international database of AM/MW stations, including frequency offsets.
  • International Radio Club of America - Also has an email list: irca@hard-core-dx.com


    Shortwave Radio
  • Listen to Shortwave Radio Online - control powerful software defined shortwave radios located around the world.
  • Web based SDR - a shared web based software defined radio. That can support hundreds of simultaenous users. Located in the Netherlands.
  • General Receiver Reviews
  • Elad Software Defined Radios - they make a great and relatively affordable receiver - the FDM-S2
  • QS1R - software defined radio for shortwave (and of course AM). Looks like one of the better software defined radios. Has an active Yahoo Groups discussion and development community.


    Antennas
    If you live in a city and are serious about radio then for AM or shortwave you probably want to get a loop antenna from either Wellbrook or Pixel Pro. Both of their antennas are less sensitive to local electronic noise sources and you can experience up to db noise reduction. Noise is a huge problem in cities. Plasma tvs and switching power supplies are the worst noise source (for AM and shortwave).
    Wellbrook 1530S+ (for shortwave)
    Wellbrook 1530 (extra sensitivity for AM and longwave)
    Pixel Pro 1B

    For AM, a good cheap antenna is to make your own loop. A basic design is to make a square (or circular frame) of 4 feet. Then make 5-10 loops of wire around it. This website has extensive information on making an AM loop, but you can also see much shorter instructions on Youtube and other places. For a more serious antenna, you can use a longwire (100+ feet), a beverage antenna (1000+ feet), a large loop, or a pennant antenna (like a KAZ or Double KAZ).

    For FM, the best antenna is either a dipole or directional Yagi (ideally on a rotor). Height is very important.


    My other sites
  • Find Radio stations
  • Find TV stations
  • High resolution map of race and income - not related, but I spent a lot more time on this and it is very colorful!