[AMRadio] SSB AM revisited

fkamp at comcast.net fkamp at comcast.net
Thu Mar 17 20:30:40 EST 2005

k0ng at inebraska.com wrote:
> Gary:
> SSB AM, like any "linear system" must have the sideband amplitude carefully
> adjusted in relation to the carrier in order for the diode detector to
> reproduce the AM without excessive distortion. It can be made to sound
> fairly well, in my opinion. Other than the carrier being used to lock a PLL
> as Don-KYV has suggested, the carrier serves another good purpose. That
> is to "quiet down" any noise between sylables. Good quality SSB dosnt
> sound bad except for the junk in between sylables. The overall reduction in
> bandwidth on transmit makes us better neighbors and the reduction in receive
> bandwidth favors us without as much QRM. I dont expect many hams to use
> SSB AM, much like we didnt use NBFM or NBPM early on. If the radio didnt
> come equipped with mode, we would have to experiment.

I missed some of the earlier posts.  I did see the analysis that Gary
did.  Interesting.

So why would you want to use SSB AM?

Frank Kamp

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