How to capture & upload your SDR videos to YouTube

I’ve posted many DXing videos to YouTube over the years demonstrating the Perseus SDR.  A common question from other SDR users is: “how do you create your videos and retain good video quality after uploading to YouTube?”  Below are some notes I’ve made about the process, which was written for Windows 7.  I now use Windows 10 and this process remains largely unchanged. Windows 7: I use Camstudio Version 2.00 to capture video from the Window’s desktop.  Within Camstudio, I have the audio set to “Record from Microphone” under the Options pull down menu.  Under the same Options menu, I have the...

Jan-March 2017 Michigan BCB Logs

New stations heard in Western Michigan on the Perseus SDR from January through the end of March. All times/dates UTC, antenna used is noted in the log. 610 KCSR Chadron, NE. – 1159 UTC 3/3/2017 – With c/w song and OM “24 hours a day, we’re AM 610, K-C-S-R, Chadron” and into CBS News at TOH, on SW BOGs. 640 Radio Progresso, Cuba – 0110 UTC 2/1/2-17 – Clear and dominant during semi-au cx during WMFN absence, on South D-KAZ, // to 880. 640 WHLO – Akron, OH. – 2300 UTC 2/17/2017 – Very poor under dominant WOI with semi-local...

1760 kHz Balkans region pirate heard in Michigan

Scanning no man’s land between 1710-1800 kHz and I find a weak carrier on 1760. Noting a number of trans-atlantic carriers on the 9 kHz spaced frequenices, I surmise that propagation is decent towards Europe on medium wave. I stick with the 1760 carrier a bit longer and begin to notice some very weak muffled modulation. On signal peaks I can tell it’s dance music, with a fast thumping beat, but nothing else can be made out. Audio is threshold at best. Could this finally be my first Euro pirate log on medium wave? I immediately connected to a remote...

BCB #2,000 logged from Michigan!

I had hopes of hitting #2000 before the year ended, and that goal was accomplished yesterday afternoon when a faint 1490 KLGR was heard.  I don’t count call letter changes and all logs between 530-1710 kHz have been from my same suburban West Michigan location. I started my logbook in 2009 with a “barefoot” DX-440 that was good for a few hundred medium wave stations, but I wanted more!  Enter the DX Tools Quantum Loop, which worked wonderfully with the DX-440, and netted me a few hundred more stations including my first ever Trans-Atlantic station (1134 Croatia) and several more...

Yawneb

Hot summer static best describes radio conditions around here this time of year.  Summer also provides a time to catch up and purge my stale old SDR recordings to make room for the new upcoming DX season.  Some SDR recordings are tough to let go, and I find myself hoarding them much like recordings of stations I made on cassette tape decades ago.  Boxes of cassette tapes are now replaced by terabytes of Perseus SDR recordings with countless hours of radio programming that no one person could ever digest and process in one lifetime. Aside from hours upon hours of medium...

April-May 2016 Michigan BCB Logs

New stuff logged during the months of April & May from West Michigan with the Perseus SDR and D-KAZ antenna: 1070 WFRF Tallahassee, FL. – 0100 UTC 5/9/2016 – Very weak with religious programming and call letter ID at TOH while mentioning North Florida and South Georgia coverage areas, on the South D-KAZ during semi-auroral conditions. 1140 WRLV Salyersville, KY. – 1000 UTC 4/3/2016 – Poor with c/w music and slogan: “Pure country is classic country” and then call letter ID under dominant WRVA, on South D-KAZ. 1230 WHIR Danville, KY. – 1005 UTC 4/3/2016 – With local ads and...

March 2016 Michigan BCB logs

New stations heard from West Michigan during March, 2016 (with the exception of 1548 4QD). Antenna used is noted in the log. All dates and times UTC: TAs: 1431 Radio Sawa, Djibouti – 3/5/2016 0049-0053 UTC – Decent carrier noted several times here in past nights finally culminating with some audio on March 5th. Occasional strong peaks bursting into pop music lasting for several minutes. Parallel to a remote Perseus SDR located in the Mediterranean region that had a strong copy on Radio Sawa which provided a nice real-time comparison. 7,481 miles from my North D-KAZ antenna. DUs: 1548.01 4QD...

February 2016 Michigan D-KAZ logs

23 new stations added to the logbook in February! Here’s the rundown with a few reception videos thrown in. All heard from West Michigan using the Perseus SDR and reversible North/South D-KAZ antenna. Times/dates are UTC, all logs are new except where noted. Total MW stations now logged since Jan 2009: 1,845. DOMESTIC: 540 WDAK Columbus, GA. – 2/13/2016 1300 UTC – Briefly over a few seconds of WKFN dead-air with legal TOH ID and slogan “Newsradio 5-40, Columbus” and then lost again to WKFN, on South D-KAZ. 550 WDUN Gainesville, GA. – 2/13/2016 1300 UTC – With local ad...

January 2016 Michigan D-KAZ logs

New stuff heard in January from West Michigan using the North-South reversible D-KAZ & Perseus SDR. Not a bad start to the new year! Domestics: 560 WMIK Middlesboro, KY. – 1200 UTC 1/23/2016 – Southern accented OM ID and city with Southern gospel music under WIND. 600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL. – 0508 UTC 10/1/2016 – With scheduled DX test on day power/pattern, fast and slow morse code IDs, sweep tones, call sign IDs, etc. Very strong at times. 810 WWOS St. George, SC. – 1200 UTC 1/23/2016 – Strong signal with religious choral music and YL announcement: “For Christ honoring...

1530 Voice of America, Sao Tome Heard in Michigan Tonight

Decent TA conditions discovered tonight at the upper end of the band from the Middle East, and then I caught this! My first Trans-Atlantic reception on a domestic channel, this is the VOA from Sao Tome. They sign on at 0300 UTC with their signature Yankee Doodle Dandy interval signal which is clearly heard in this clip along with voice IDs.  Heard with the D-KAZ antenna pointed North to null WCKY as much as possible: