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July 03, 2008|By BILL HUSTED | BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

My daughter was married recently and we have pictures that relatives would like us to share. How can we send lots of pictures over the Internet and not sacrifice quality?

- Ted Pilch

Put all the photos on a Web page. Instead of sending out a flood of photos, you can send a link to the page. The beauty of using a Web page is that you can combine other features, such as a guest book where folks can comment.

I use a commercial Web site (one that I pay for) and a free personal Web space that comes with one of my too-many Internet accounts. There are plenty of providers of free Web space out there, including several that specialize in photo-sharing. But even if you had to pay for a Web site, it would be cheaper than other options and less inconvenient for your recipients.

How can I listen to distant AM broadcast stations? [This is a condensed version of a long query I received. - BH]

- Tom Brick

From what I understand, you really don't need a shortwave radio. While many shortwave receivers cover the broadcast bands, you will end up paying more for a radio like that.

One of the most famous radios for handling a task like this is the GE Super Radio, which is no longer in production. But I see these radios on eBay for $20 to $50. This is a regular radio that does a good job at pulling in AM stations from distant cities.

The closest thing that is in production is a radio from a company called Crane. It costs about $150, but I have not used it and cannot vouch for it. But I have corresponded with the owner, and he has a good reputation. Here is the Web site: www.ccrane.com/radios/am-fm-radios/ccradio-plus/index.aspx

Some good shortwave radios - but not all - also do a better-than-average job with AM. You can find used shortwaves or new ones at various stores and Web sites. Amazon.com has a number at good prices. Stick with brands such as Grundig, Sony, Sangean and Kaito. Check reviews before buying.

Finally, some general comments: You usually will not pick up distant stations at all during the daytime. At night, conditions will vary. Sometimes you will pick up a station, sometimes you won't. Where you live matters because some spots are better than others for reception. An outdoor antenna helps.

Most important: You may have to do a little trial and error. If I were in your shoes, I'd start by trying to pick up a used GE Super Radio II or III from eBay for $30 or so.

bhusted@ajc.com

Bill Husted writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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