Why DX? I don't get it. It's pointless to dx distant am and fm stations when most of them sounds the same anyways because a handful of conglomerates who own them. People need to give up that boring hobby of theirs. Like or not, IBOC is here to stay. Give it a few years, the listener's interest for HD radio will exceed satellite and internet radio. Analog will disappear quicker than HD.
Why surf the internet? Most of the news comes from a few sources (AP, Reuters, BBC, Fox News) and the last two are huge conglomerates. Just read a newspaper - it comes to you each day, instead of you having to find it!
Sound silly? That's how you sound to us DXers.
Actually, I'm not much of an AM DXer anymore, I prefer FM. And I gave up on shortwave when every other station starting preaching religion to third-worlders. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.
) The shutting down of so many short wave outlets (in English, anyway) due to the internet contributed to that hobby's downfall with me.
Anyway, a lot of us who like to band-scan do so for the technical aspect of it, not necessarily the programming. It's just fascinating that the atmosphere above us which we cannot really see changes around sunset and starts reflecting these signals. It's fascinating when temperature inversions, e-skip and ducting cause FM and TV signals to go all kerfluffle in the morning.
Sometimes it's a so-so experience (today I heard a few Little Rock FM's, 180+ miles to my northwest) and sometimes it's very engaging, like the time I was in Birmingham, going to work, and our locals were getting adjacent channel interference from stations in the Browsville-McAllen-Monterrey area. It was fun going to work and getting my Hispanic immigrant friends to turn their boomboxes to crystal-clear programming from their old homeland. Then, as quickly as the magic materialized, it went away an hour later.
Just because you don't "get it", don't disparage others. I'm sure you have a hobby or pasttime that others would find asinine, but that's life. ***AND***
if you think HD radio will eclipse satellite and internet radio in a few years, you're as hopeless as the HD spinmasters. Internet radio is a long
way off but holds a heck of a lot more promise for urban listeners than any HD scheme could ever hope to accomplish. And satellite radio--merger or no--is doing okay for the forseeable future, and both companies are aggressively persuing the OEM market for new cars, which will ensure their product is in a lot more cars tomorrow than the idiotic add-on and aftermarket HD radios. You know how many HD-equipped car stereos I found for my car tonight on Crutchfield.com? Two. One was $200 and one was $1500. Way to cover the market, guys. Sure, there are 25 other "HD-ready" systems, but after spending $100 on a cheap stereo, who is going to spring for a $200 add-on? Who's going to spring for a $900 DVD player with flip out screen and then spend another $200 on HD? That's $200 that can go towards a decent set of speakers, amps or whatever.
The HD salesmen have got to get into the new cars through OEM partnerships, make affordable portables that won't burn through a set of AA batteries in 30 minutes and get their stuff to be standard in aftermarket stereos and home/table stereos.
Oh, and then the stations can work on their freakin' awful programming.