after browsing this and other aircheck-related websites, I guess you are little
interested in collecting airchecks Yourself. But, where in the heck do you start?
First of all, you don't have to be a man to trade airchecks. Even though most,
if not all aircheck traders right now are men, women are welcome to trade airchecks
if they are interested. If you don't know, aircheck collecting and aircheck
trading can be very hectic if you don't know what you are doing.
You might question yourself "What do I have to have to record airchecks?"
Well, what you basically need is a boombox, or stereo system capable of recording
cassette tapes, and you need to be in an area that has lots of local radio stations
(preferrably in a different place than where any other aircheck trader lives)
that you can get in clear stereo. This is not a must, but if you want to trade
local TV newscasts, you will need a VCR that records in good quality in both
SP and EP modes, and access to your local cable system so you can record off
your local major network (CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, etc.) stations. If you don't have
cable, but you can get your local major network stations in clear color quality
without any static, then thats okay, but if you can't get them clearly then
you will not be able to trade TV newscast tapes, at least with me. I mean, who
would want an aircheck from a local TV station when its staticy? Having a minidisc
recorder or CD recorder isn't also a must, but it is a good plus for aircheck
How Do I Start Aircheck Trading?
First thing I would do is to go to the Airchecks
Board of Radio-Info.com and post the following information: Your name, city
you live in, what you can record on, your website URL (if applicable, you don't
have to have a website, but it is easier for other traders if you have one),
and your email address. If you want you can also list what you are interested
in, like mixshows, format switches, etc. Chances are, some people from around
the USA, and maybe even around the world will contact you via your email address
saying they are interested in trading airchecks very soon. Please take note
that if somebody emails you and they want to trade with you, but for some reason
you don't feel like it, then you don't have to. Kindly reply to the email and
tell them that you aren't interested in trading, and if applicable, the date
that you will be interested if you will ever be. Don't give out any of
your personal information to anyone, like your home address, or phone number,
even if the other person who email you did, for your own privacy. Ask the person
who wrote you the email if you haven't already where they live and what radio
and television stations they can record from. Those who have websites will simply
give you a link to their website, which will contain the information you are
looking for. After a few emails to eachother, then I feel its safe to give out
your home address if they have already given you theirs. Some traders (especially
those who have had problems with previous traders not sending them tapes like
me) will make you send them their tapes before they send you theirs. Don't take
this personally. This is to prevent the possibility of them getting ripped off
by you not sending their tapes after they already sent you yours. If you are
a little weary about the trader who you are about to trade with if he is going
to send you your tapes or not, check his website if he has one, and there you
will hopefully find links to other trader's email addresses. It would be wise
to send them emails asking if the trader who wants to trade with you is honest,
and chances are all will tell you he is.
After all of this is done, and you are ready to trade, exchance your aircheck requests, either from the other person's local radio stations, local tv stations, or both. Let them know exactly how and when you want your airchecks recorded so they won't mess up. Ask the other trader for their trading rules, and if you have any yourself, let them know. Chances are they will comply with them within reason. When you have the other trader's requests, as soon as possible record them off the requested stations. When they are done, put them in a bubble mailer package, and mail it to the person. Don't forget to tell the other trader 'thank you' when you get your tapes in the mail from them!
For yourself, I would also record a new aircheck (on whatever you want, may it be a :45 tape, a :90 tape, CD, mindisc, video tape, etc.) from every single FM and TV station that you can record from. Keep these airchecks yourself, because you never know, the next day your favorite radio station might change their formats, and if you didn't record it before the switch, you would never hear your favorite station again!
How Do I Store My Airchecks?
so now you are starting to have a collection of airchecks of your own. But,
you don't know how to store them. There is no definite way of storing airchecks,
but these are the basic ways most aircheck traders store their airchecks. Some
aircheck traders store their airchecks on shelfs on the wall. Others, like me
store them in drawers. Just make sure that you store your airchecks in their
cases! If you store tapes, minidiscs, CDs, etc. without cases they will get
dust in them, or scratches, all of which will lessen the life and quality of
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