about JohnH

Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

Revox A77 playing my old tapes

Rig 1 - Revox to laptop via Creative SBX converter. An electrical island with a single earth so least hum and buzz etc.

I’ve got going on one of my long-standing tasks at home: dubbing my analogue tape archive to digital. The earliest tapes go back to 1960 but the ones I’m most interested to hear are from my uni days at Nottingham and shortly afterwards. This was a period of fantastic development in music and these tapes track my emerging, and diverging, interests. This Revox tape recorder was my first big purchase from wages, before even a motorbike.

Revox A77 playing my old tapes

Rig 2: - Revox to Soundcraft Delta mixer, record to file server. Best for tapes that need minor restoration.

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We’re all wannabes during the lockdown

We’re all wannabes during the lockdown

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Christmas Cake 2019, by Terry

Our Christmas Cake for year’s festivities in Preston Park, Brighton, made from scratch by Terry, including the carol-singing penguins, which he’s somehow sculpted to look vaguely menacing. They’re very sweet really, as they are made from icing sugar.


Christmas 2019

Christmas Card 2019 -  click on the pictures for the full story and a larger version of the photo

I've been lucky enough to enjoy a lot of travel again in 2019: Madeira, Marseille, Menton and many trips to Provence and the Alps. Not forgetting celebrating my Umpteenth Birthday with a bottle of Prosecco on the Coast Path near St. Ives, Cornwall.

Corsica was a new place with, for me, a new way of exploring. I hired an adventure bike that I took on to gravel tracks; this worked pretty well inland on the craggy granite as well as touring the spectacular west coast road.

My motorbike crash at a junction on the A7 autoroute just outside Marseille ruined Terry's and my hiking holiday in September, so unfortunately we only got to enjoy the Tuscan mountains and Italian cuisine the once in 2019.

I've recovered quickly this time; I even hiked to the summit of Helvellyn (950 m.)  at the end of November, a good day’s hike at any time.

I've been checking out various cars for the time when motorcycling is no longer an option. I hired a blue Mustang for a day out in the Cotswolds, and a little Aygo in Cornwall and also the cute Fiat 500 but the Clios we have been hiring from Marseille seem for me the best compromise between comfort and making good progress.

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Heathy 2020 to all my Friends and Followers.

100GB M-disc media and writer

I’ve taken delivery of a M-disc Blu-ray writer and some 100GB BD-XL discs, fresh from Japan. The interest is that the latest Blu-ray discs have 100GB or 125 GB capacity, which is quite useful for photo storage, especially so if you wish to archive digital negative files, which are much larger than .jpg or .png files commonly used for finished photographs.
M-discs are supposed to be the best for archival, much better archival stability than ordinary writeable DVD or Blu-ray discs. Storage estimates are based on accelerated ageing tests in extreme conditions, these suggest that, once finalised, M-discs have an estimated archival life of up to a thousand years.

Read more: M-disc photo negative files archive