Today surfing the net looking for ham radio live streaming, or remote controlled radios, I’ve jumped into dxtuners.com. Sadly, I’ve been redirected to new Kelly Lindman blog, where he annouce that his dxtuners.com has been shutted down by himself due lack of interest and time.
I’ve been an estimator of Kelly’s work since 1998 when DXTuners was named JavaRadio.com. (he had to change name some years after due to a SUN explicit request, cause of Java prefix name and itìs copy rights…if I don’t get wrong).
JavaRadio has been one of the first, or maybe the first attempt to link the internet with ham radio in a different way, allowing net surfers, to remotely tune a radio and listen the output via a live audio stream.
During years Lindman (SM0NHC), who is an IT expert, developed the client / server architecture using the emerging Java technology, and established a network of remote tuners all over the world. The network included stations from almost all continents, I remember the first remote tuners from Perth Australia, or Illinois USA, Lancaster in CA USA , Edinburgh Scotland, and a couple in Sweden… to support the project costs he was asking a yearly fee to get full access to the network, and with that requirement, I lost interest on that website, since it was exciting to tune remote stations, but not enought for me to pay a fee.
According to some news I’ve found, Lindman has not been able to delegate his functions to anyone else, and in May 07 decided to close the dxtuners.com.
I’m sorry to see a cool web resource, and a so valuable work (I refer to his Java System) be lost, but it can happen when things are driven only by passion, expecially if passion run out.
BTW TNX Kelly
Want to try some remote receivers online? In the mean time, someone else has arranged a remote tuner control via the web, for free… try a google query for Online Radio Receivers
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