handicrafts and geocaching here
What language(s) do you learn? I wouldn't call it a hobby, I just do it because there's a need but it's actually quite good fun that way. Vi kan snakke litt norsk hvis du liker det!?
Norwegian if I'm not mistaken?
Ja! Det er en blandning av tysk og engelsk - perfekt for meg :)
One of my special interests is long distance TV (DX-TV) Back in the analogue days of the 80s and 90s I often used to pick up NRK TV when atmospheric conditions were unusual. As they broadcast a lot of English language programming and used sub-titles rather than dubbing I got to recognise the look of Norwegian quite easily.
Yup, I thought I'll watch a bit of Norwegian TV as that would be easier than radio. One channel had football on (which I can't stand), one had a BBC documentary about the underground of Rome and one had Top Gear...
But sounds like a cool hobby until everything got digitalised!
It was... digital DXing is possible but no fun really as signals are either there or not, you cant detect weak ones like with analogue. My best catch was Australian channel 0 during the sunspot peak around 1989/90. These days I concentrate on FM radio DX as its the last bastion of analogue.
I found that digital TV has even more channels than analogue.
When we set our satellite to the dual position of 19.2E and 13E with a monoblock. We had over 900 FTA channels from the Astra and Hotbird satellites. A few were English, others were just about every European language. About 50 German , 30 Italian, 20 French, etc. Euronews was enabled for 9 languages, I could switch between languages in a split second. Then we had the Arabic and north African channels, the useless advertising channels, religious ones and the very low quality porn ones, wanting our credit card details to subscribe to the hard stuff.
Yeah satellite is another world completely, if you actually want to watch the content of foreign programs then its the way to go. I did used to have a motorised dish back in the 90s and 00s mainly for the music channels but I was always more interested in terrestrial long distance reception via unusual atmospheric conditions and have not bothered with satellite since we moved house 4 years ago. Its the technical challenge of dragging in these ultra weak signals plus the random aspect of being at your receiver at the right time.
I moved house in 2012 and that was the end of these hundreds of channels.
Now in flats I am relying on freeview and this is also an uncertain/challenge. Now the problem is reception. Ariel is fixed on top of flats. So atmospheric conditions determine reception. In good conditions when I do a search I get many channels, when conditions deteriorate some of these channels are either unwatchable or have no sound.