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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How To Submit Your Video.

    This week’s viewer video arrived with this email:

    I noticed chad and dick talking about minidv tapes on last weeks show so im sending a video for the "my gadget warehouse segment". 

    thanks, daniel 


    i  forgot to mention in the video that the new camcorder i bought in 2010 only cost $50 more than the miniDv in 2006. 

    See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1508 (Goes live late 3/5/15) 


    Get an autographed copy of  MAD Magazine and a 35 year old Alfred E. Neuman picture, plus a piece of crap from the TwiT Brickhouse if we show your video. Don’t you think you should make a video for us too? Details below. 


    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos! We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so let’s go going!  

    Here’s what we’re looking for: Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:  

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.   

    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.  

    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.   

    My Favorite Gadget of All Time: Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.   

    Post them on YouTube and send our producer, Jeff Needles, the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you will now be awarded with some sort of prize. Like an autographed MAD magazine and some piece of crap. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!   

    All show submissions go to gizwiz@twit.tv   


    Letter of the week: 

    Hello Dick & OMG Chad from Southwest Oregon... 

    Last week (February 19) the Gadget Warehouse video featured The Grundig shortwave radio. I too have a Grundig radio; although I don't Use it much anymore. I now use internet radios you (Dick) and Leo featured. In December 2008 (show 712) you talked about the C-Crane WiFi radio; which now sits on my desk.  

    In January 2014, Leo talked about the Grace Audio Internet radio on the Tech Guy Show (show 1050). I have that radio in my bedroom. 

    I hope to use my Grundig radio when I visit my wife's relatives in The Philippines, however the house there is about two blocks from an FM transmitter that bleeds across the shortwave bands. 

    Many people in developing countries who may not have access to internet radio, still rely on shortwave radio to keep informed. While a number of stations have taken their shortwave feeds off the air in favor of online broadcasts, information on AM, FM and shortwave stations are available on the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH); which I have relied on for many years. Information on the WRTH is available at http://www.wrth.com/. 

    Thank you for an enjoyable hour each week and as long as you're there, I'LL BE HERE!

    Dennis Pyott, Sr.

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