Lo-Fi Longwave

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Saxton Hale on knowledge-testing headwear

The Lo-Fi Longwave is a cosmetic item, wearable by all classes. It is an off-white hard hat with a miniature radio tower mounted on top and the KritzKast logo printed on the front.

Distribution

  • The hat was first awarded in Vintage quality to a limited but unspecified number of players for being a member of the KritzKast Steam Group prior to 7pm (GMT+1) June 12th 2011, 1 hour before the live recording of podcast episode #121. Before a hat was awarded, the members had to obtain a passing score on the KritzKast quiz. Players who did not win on the quiz were allowed to retake it as often as they wished so long as they left four hours between attempts. Those who were not part of the KritzKast steam group before the deadline received a message from Saxton Hale stating they were "manly enough not to receive" the "girly" hat.
  • The 30 winners of the Lo-Fi Longwave Owners Group "Meet the Robin" event were also awarded Vintage hats. Those who were already in possession of Vintage were awarded a Unique version of the hat instead.
  • Players were able to submit questions before August 31, 2011 for a KritzKast interview with the creator of NerfNow. The questions used in the interview had the player quoted and granted a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave.[1]
  • Since episode #129 a Vintage hat has been given to each "Player of the Week", assuming they did not already have one. This policy has been retroactively enforced.
  • As part of the celebrations for episode #200, a total of 600 Unique Lo-Fi Longwaves were given out via the KritzKast Facebook page, Twitter, and Steam group.[2]
  • Players were able to submit questions before January 14, 2013 for a KritzKast interview with the creator of Backpack.tf, Brad Pitt. The 23 players whose questions were picked from the more than 6,000 submissions all received a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave, a special badge on their backpack.tf profile, and had their question used in the interview with Brad Pitt.[3][4]
  • Players were able to submit questions for a KritzKast interview with co-creator of Scrap.tf, Geel9, until May 12, 2013. Users whose questions were picked for interview received a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave. In addition to this, 100 random participants in voting on questions received a unique version of the hat.[5][6]
  • Each month, a Monthly Screenshot Competition is run in the KritzKast Steam Group. Players that win one of these competitions will receive a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave.
  • In celebration of 1000 Facebook likes, KritzKast held a competition for a signed poster from i49 2013. Additionally, everyone who entered the competition received a Unique Lo-Fi Longwave.[7][8]
  • During the AbleGamers 24H Fundraiser for AbleGamers, KritzKast had announced at the $10000 donation milestone that those that had donated $30 or more would get a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave as an added bonus to the other perks for donating to the charity. The Lo-Fi Longwave was also given out randomly to players that were on the Ablegamers server during each donation milestone in vintage quality.
  • Kritzkast's favourite participant entries to the TF2Haiku were rewarded with a Unique Lo-Fi Longwave.
  • During Valentine's Day (14/02/2014) a single random winner would be drawn from within the people who commented on this post found in the KritzKast Steam Group with the person who they think should win and their nominee would receive a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave painted Pink As Hell. The players who nominated someone for the Lo-Fi also got one in Unique quality.[9]
  • On March 13th 2014, as Steam servers went down a single player could obtain a Vintage Lo-Fi Longwave by coming up with the most original comment on a KritzKast Facebook post.[10]
  • On November 16th 2014, KritzKast announced on their Steam Group page, in celebration of PodKast Episode #300, 300 Lo-Fi Longwaves would be awarded to everyone who completed the mini-comp. Although, toward the end of the podcast, they announced that all 700+ people who enter the mini-comp would get a Unique Lo-Fi Longwave.

Painted variants

Main article: Paint Can
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Single colors
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave E6E6E6.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave D8BED8.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave C5AF91.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 7E7E7E.png
An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge Color No. 216-190-216 Peculiarly Drab Tincture Aged Moustache Grey
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 141414.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 2D2D24.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 694D3A.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 7C6C57.png
A Distinctive Lack of Hue After Eight Radigan Conagher Brown Ye Olde Rustic Colour
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave A57545.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave CF7336.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave E7B53B.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave F0E68C.png
Muskelmannbraun Mann Co. Orange Australium Gold The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave E9967A.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave FF69B4.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 7D4071.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 51384A.png
Dark Salmon Injustice Pink as Hell A Deep Commitment to Purple Noble Hatter's Violet
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 2F4F4F.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 424F3B.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 808000.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 729E42.png
A Color Similar to Slate Zepheniah's Greed Drably Olive Indubitably Green
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 32CD32.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave BCDDB3.png
The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime A Mann's Mint
Team colors
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave A89A8C.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 839FA3.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 3B1F23.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 18233D.png
Waterlogged Lab Coat (RED) Waterlogged Lab Coat (BLU) Balaclavas Are Forever (RED) Balaclavas Are Forever (BLU)
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave B8383B.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 5885A2.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 483838.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 384248.png
Team Spirit (RED) Team Spirit (BLU) Operator's Overalls (RED) Operator's Overalls (BLU)
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 803020.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 256D8D.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 654740.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave 28394D.png
The Value of Teamwork (RED) The Value of Teamwork (BLU) An Air of Debonair (RED) An Air of Debonair (BLU)
Painted Lo-Fi Longwave C36C2D.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave B88035.png Painted Lo-Fi Longwave UNPAINTED.png
Cream Spirit (RED) Cream Spirit (BLU) Unpainted

Update history

June 10, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Lo-Fi Longwave was added to the game.

July 1, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the Lo-Fi Longwave to be paintable.

October 18, 2011 Patch

Trivia

  • Lo-Fi, or low fidelity, is a term which describes an audio recording with technical flaws, such as distortion, hum, or background noise.
  • In radio terminology, longwave refers to parts of radio spectrum with relatively long wavelengths.
  • The hat's description is a tagline for pirate radio.
    • This was originally from the movie Serenity.
  • According to KritzKast episode 121, the radio tower was mounted directly to the classes' heads during the hat's development. It was modified by Valve to use the same hardhat as the Aperture Labs Hard Hat.
    • KritzKast episode 122 elaborated to say that the radio tower was mounted into the classes' heads with concrete blocks.

Gallery

References

  1. NerfNow Interview announcement and submission form
  2. KritzKast Episode #200
  3. Backpack.tf creator Interview announcement and submission form
  4. Brad Pitt Interview
  5. http://www.kritzkast.com/questions-for-geel9
  6. http://scrap.tf/voting
  7. http://www.kritzkast.com/facebook-i49-poster
  8. http://www.facebook.com/KritzKast/posts/541541329247852
  9. he/she loves me, he/she loves me hat
  10. [1]

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