[AMRadio] AM - characteristics

Phil LaMarche plamarc1 at tampabay.rr.com
Fri Apr 6 11:48:16 EDT 2007

I have found this discussion interesting.  I too love to listen to my R388
on SSB.  It has that particular sound. Perhaps because of being a ham for 58
years and that is a wonderful back memory.  I also have a FLEX SDR 1000 and
love it but always go back to the R-388 in the evening just to play.  It's
hooked up to a CE 200V.  Just purchased a Collins 75A-1 and 32V-1 and
anxious to try them.


Philip LaMarche
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-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Todd, KA1KAQ
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 11:41 AM
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM - characteristics

On 4/6/07, Rick Brashear <rickbras at airmail.net> wrote:
> Maybe it's just my old ears, but ssb sounds better to me on the R-390 
> or SP-600 than it does on the FT-1000MP.  Maybe I just like those 
> receivers so much better I am imagining it sounds better.

No, it's not your imagination, Rick. Same thing here, in fact my old
75A-1 does an excellent job of making SSB sound about as good as it can,
given the amount and type of signal you have to recover. I think that having
less receiver/phase noise, a real (meaning sturdy) audio output stage,
coupled with a decent speaker makes all the difference - provided, as you
mention, that they're not slapping the snot out of their signal with a
*pop*pop* processor.

For all the complaints some like to make about AM splatter, just tune down
to a strong SSB signal with a lot of audio gain and processor engaged. You
can hear the popping several kcs before you find the signal. First rate
operating practices, no doubt.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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