Re: CC Skywave for Christmas
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So, in short, no demand, no receivers.
Whatever digital receivers there were didn't sell - and only partly on account of cost. Consumers simply didn't understand the concept. Here it was sold as "High Definition" which really means nothing to the average person. I suspect that most Americans have never heard an AM IBOC digital transmission. And many of those who have can't discern any significant improvement over analog. That's not surprising when one considers that a majority of US AM's are formatted as news, talk, sports, or preaching - after all, how much fidelity improvement can you get with speech ?IBOC Digital transmission also simply isn't well suited to North American AM at all. It's hard to implement with highly directional antenna systems, it's expensive to operate, and it doesn't really improve on the main reception quality complaint for analog, which is interference. When there's interference, the digital signal just disappears.
15 mi NW Phila
AM: Modified Sony ICF2010's (2) barefoot w/whip
FM: Yamaha T-80 & T-85, each w/ Conrad RDS Decoder;
Onkyo T-450RDS; Tecsun PL-310 ( 2);
modified Sony ICF2010 w/APS9B @ 15';
Grundig G8 w/whip; modified Sony ICF2010 w/whip
On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Michael michael.setaazul@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote: