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29 October 2005 @ 12:18 am
Holy shit, _that_ was unexpected.

I've got one of those things that takes audio signal and broadcasts it on a low-powered FM radio band so you can listen to whatever it is in your car, which i use to listen to audio books. It has four channels it can broadcast to and i've gotten used to having to switch channels as i drive and the radio reception changes. It's odd because you'd expect there to be interference mainly when the radiobroadcast you're trying to play over is strong, but just as often it happens when the radio broadcast is weak and there's lots of static.

In any case i went over to thegreatgonz's place to watch Kill Bill and Kill Bill 2 with him and was listening to Storm of Swords on the way home. When i got to the 57/60 interchange the signal started getting fuzzy so i paused the mp3 player so i could switch stations on the box.

And then stopped in amazement because the radio station i'd been overriding was getting a good signal and was playing something from _Super_Mario_Brothers_!!!!! It then progressed through about four or five themes from various Mario games. Then the DJ came on and said they'd just played some Mario songs (duh) and prior to that had been some Parasite Eve songs. He said they were doing halloween type songs and now they were going to do a couple songs from Shin Megami Tensei.

I got home halfway through those and actually turned my stereo on to see what they did next. Unfortunatly at midnight they switched over to some electronica stuff without any closing statement from the DJ, so i have no idea if they always to VG stuff friday nights or if that was special for halloween or what.
Current Mood: amazed
Pavajmpava on October 29th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not familer with this sort of device. So, instead of having to use a tape of mic adapter, your mp3 player broadcasts as radio inside your car which you can then pick up directly off of the car radio?
cwendy41cwendy41 on October 29th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what type he has, but from what I understand that's what it does. You buy a transmitter gadget thingy and plug the MP3 player into it. Then you tune your radio station. Some devices use odd numbered radio channels--88.3 and 88.5 for example (I think those transmitters are cheaper), some use more channels. I've heard it sucks in LA because of the static and dirt in the air, so that's why I chose not to get one and opted for an ipod adapter instead. It supposedly works fairly well in rural areas.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on October 29th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
I have an iRiver one, with a real tuner in so you can use any station, and an actual display that tells you what station you're set to so you can find a good spot with the radio and then sync the tuner to it. It actually worked fine all the way from Claremont to UC Irvine, I didn't even have to retune. The only time I had problems with it is, oddly enough, up Mount Baldy. I hypothesize that this is because Baldy, being high up, gets weak signals from many different areas, so there is weird interference that you wouldn't get in the valley.
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 30th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think i looked at the iRiver as well, but there was some reason i decided not to go with it. I didn't remember it having a complete band range though. Do you remember which frequency it was you ended up on. Either 88.5 or 88.7 works for me all over the greater LA area but i have to keep switching between the two.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on October 30th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
I use the two blank bands in between which is the uppity classical station. I'll check next time I'm in the car.
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 30th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Right, i have a smallish teardrop shaped thing that plugs into the audio out of my mp3 player. (That pair of things i'm always having to move out of the way when i'm driving at lunch.)

The particular one i have hs four settings, 88.1, 88.3, 88.5 and 88.7. It rebroadcasts whatever it recieves from the audio jack on that frequency so if i tune my car to that channel and there isn't either a very strong channel already occupying the band or lots of static i'll hear whatever it is i'm playing.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on October 29th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
If you were in claremont I'd say that was the college radio station. They claim to play VG music anyway. They are located on Pomona and no one knows about them.

At the 57/60 interchange, I have no idea. Maybe it is another college's station.
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 30th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they said they were from claremont so i put that into google and came up with KSPC that said it was a college station but made no mention of _which_ college.

Cool, i'll have to try to remember to check it out every friday night :)