[AMRadio] Zero beating

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Mon Oct 16 16:40:38 EDT 2006

Its easy to be critical.
I hear and have worked people way off frequency,
over modulated, way under modulated, people with really wide
signals, people with truly nasty sounding audio, etc.

Some don't like to get reports of the above, and will not
believe such a report.

Others are more open minded.

Some run old crazy lash ups, or develop a problem while on
the air, and some ricebox rigs have odd frequency offsets.

I run a freq counter (you can get one cheap), used to use a ricebox
exciter with a digital frequency display, scope to look at modulation
(both TX and RX), and a mod monitor with audio output to the headphones.

Others just have a DX100 and an old receiver that only displays
what PART of 40 meters you might be on...

Now that I am using a 32V3 as an exciter, I check the TX freq
often, it does not drift much, but you never know...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of A.R.S. - W5AMI
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 12:05 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: [AMRadio] Zero beating
> Does no one zero beat the station they are talking to anymore?  Well,
> I know a lot do, however since I've gotten back on the air after 5 or
> 6 years of absence, I've noticed this seems to be a real problem
> nowadays.  I truly think that if more AM'ers would practice this, we
> might hear less from the SSB stations, and conserve more BW in the
> area so that other AM QSO's could be established.  There is one net in
> particular on Tuesday nights I know of that has AM'ers all over the so
> called AM window checking in.  In this case, the net controller should
> instruct all stations to "zero beat" his signal, and do so several
> times during the net.  During this net, I can't operate anywhere from
> 3880 to 3890.  The net occurs on 3885, or rather that's where everyone
> should be.
> Zero beating is just one way we could improve relations with SSB ops,
> and ourselves...
> 73
> Brian w5ami
> -- 
> "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense." -- Frank 
> Lloyd Wright
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