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AM Radio

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 12:24:46

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Location: No. California
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Just curious why anyone listens to AM anymore.

Even if you lived in no-man's territory, why wouldn't you just get Satellite Radio?


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depends where you live., posted on November 1, 2016 at 14:46:12
Timbo in Oz

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Location: Canberra - in the ACT - SE Australia
Joined: January 30, 2002
June 25, 2014
here in Australia our public broadcaster still uses AM for its range.

On one national program Radio National, the transmitted bandwidth is out past 10Khz, and they do use the NRSCA curve as well. And I can mimic its inverse with the 'soft' button on the old beast. Apart from program promotions, no commercials!

I used to have a coil and varicap to tune a long random-length wire outside to the neighbour's chimney, via two masts. I will soon buy a CCrane remotely tunable loop. Less maintenance / no climbing up masts and chimneys.

The CC Crane can, I believe feed ALL our AM stages.


Tim Bailey

Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger


RE: AM Radio, posted on November 7, 2016 at 19:36:27

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Location: Virginia, the colonies
Joined: September 24, 2006
Formats, cost, and viability. Locally (mid-size city) Fox Sports and
ESPN are on AM. Rock 'n' roll is even coming back (slowly). AM is free,
satellite costs. Stations still apparently make money.


RE: AM Radio, posted on November 9, 2016 at 10:48:00

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Location: 100 miles west of DC
Joined: January 10, 2004
October 31, 2005
Its nice to get hundreds of stations over a thousand miles away. Its also nice to be over one hundred miles away and get a steady quiet signal which FM cannot do especially in stereo.

I can be in Ocean City MD and get New York City perfect t as well. 200 miles plus


"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed" - Curly Howard 1936


RE: AM Radio, posted on November 10, 2016 at 08:01:41

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Location: Arizona
Joined: February 4, 2003
It's free if you use a streaming network player. Or why not just try using your iphone and go to the internet and pull up page.

When I lived in New Jersey AM and FM were dead!!! It was either commercials interupted by a bit of music, unliscensed stations doing what they do best or the three military bases causing problems. Besides the stations themselves compressing the signal until it was basically crap. Or the station nearest me had a transmitter problem that they didn't fix for 3 or 4 years.



RE: AM Radio, posted on November 18, 2016 at 11:00:25
Posts: 572
Location: Maine
Joined: August 16, 2011
Hi, AM lives in my life. FM is dead. It would be back if they had some live music broadcasted. WHOM on top of Mount Washington has just started their Xmas music and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. The dial gets turned. I am a house painter and need music in the background to keep the work flow going. I could not paint without music.
There is a little AM station in Bath Maine with no ads and run by just one man, named Bob. He takes just enough donations to pay the electric bill he says. What I like about this station is that you cannot figure out the format so it makes the day just cruise along fine. Here is an example from the other day.......Jimmy Dean PT 109, a collection of hits from the Sound of Music, Sinatra's One For My Baby, Perry Comos Bali Hai, and Thelma Harper singing The Lights Went out in Georgia. I know when it's noon because they play the Star Spangled Banner or Kate Smith belting out God Bless America. AM can still do justice to her last note!....WJAB, Bath Maine.
There was another station I loved called the BAY or WBAY. They had celebs like Peter Marshall from the Squares and much like the above format. Anyone recall that station? It has vanished from my dial. Am is alive for me....Mark Korda


Thanks, posted on November 18, 2016 at 12:31:47

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Location: No. California
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I was just asking and wanted to know what was out there.

So, it is possible to start a little station then?

Does seem very well suited when one is out of the range of FM.

Satellite technology is a bit fragile compared to the terrestrial technologies. I think AM will have a long life then. Too bad they can't make it sound any better.


RE: Thanks, posted on November 18, 2016 at 13:05:48
Eli Duttman

Posts: 9396
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Joined: March 31, 2000
"Too bad they can't make it sound any better."

AM can sound OK, if not HIFI. 10 KHz. is doable. It's the same story as FM, most broadcasters nowadays could care less about signal quality.

Yes, profit is important. Businesses exist to make, not lose, money. However, public service was part of the deal, when the bandwith was allocated.

Eli D.


RE: AM Radio, posted on November 21, 2016 at 13:15:01
Jim Hodgson

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Location: New York City
Joined: March 9, 2006
I figure I'm making an anachronistic statement with my Altec 305A ... tuned here to NYC's WINS 24-hour news radio.


Satellite radio , posted on November 29, 2016 at 04:32:12

Posts: 11171
Location: New England
Joined: October 12, 1999
October 23, 2016
1) it has a monthly fee (not an expense I particularly feel like carrying)

2) means dealing with Sirius/XM. I had Sirius/XM in my car for a while; long story short, they're not my favorite institution with which to do business.

all the best,


RE: Satellite radio , posted on December 5, 2016 at 12:07:58
Eli Duttman

Posts: 9396
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Joined: March 31, 2000
The Sirius adds come in the mail slot and immediately go into the shredder. The b@stards actually called me repeatedly, in spite of my demand that they cease. They finally got the message. I will not give them any business.

Eli D.


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