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State Road 80, driving through the FL heartland Tuning a low power station near Stuart

When I first got my driver's license I quickly made a tradition out of road trips, long and short. I lived on Long Island back then, and any crossing into New York City meant a long trip: not stopping until I got to Florida (I certainly wasn't stopping in the city, LOL). For these long interstate trips I adopted the title RRR&R: "Roads, Rest, Radio & Relaxation." Yes, Radio. I loved scanning the Radio and TV stations of other cities when my parents drove me through them. Now that I could go where I wanted and use my own radio the bandscans became a big feature of my road trips, if not the point.

Now that the DXing hobby is back so is this aspect of my road trips. I celebrated the 12th anniversary of my driver's license, "Asphalt Day," with a trip across the state to West Palm Beach. I echoed my 2009 achievement of driving US 17 from beginning to end (FL to VA) by driving FL 80 from beginning to end (Fort Myers to West Palm - okay, not as impressive). This is my second trip since becoming a DXer again, and my second trip with the new portable television. Unlike Atlanta , though, I stopped at several points to scan for stations. These are stations I'm targeting from a hundred miles away, so it's nice to see them ahead of time. (Especially those that don't show call letters, such as the one in the picture.)

As money gets less tight in the next few years I expect to be making regular trips across Florida. Then the longer trips will follow: RRR&R 2014 to Canada, perhaps? I'll be sure to bring a good antenna. :)

 

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