[AMRadio] Trouble brewing in the AM Window (or "Ghetto" if youprefer)

Brett Gazdzinski b.gaz at comcast.net
Sun Dec 15 14:18:07 EST 2013

It does not help that people are often 2 or 3 Kc off frequency, towards the 
side where the other signal is.
You have guys with low audio, too much audio, not zero beat, really wide 

Many have vintage receivers with poor passbands, while the ssb guys are a 
tight 2.8 Khz, they can get close and not be bothered, and NOT KNOW they are 
in the AM passband. After all, many have no idea how radio works, or how bad 
old gear was/is.

I listen to the ssb guys on my sdr, they can be well within an AM signal and 
not be bothered by it at all.
So I always cut everyone some slack.
There really is a lot of hate on 80 meters.
I will not add to it. I might tell someone they are off frequency, or wide, 
or too close maybe, but no hate or blame is involved.

If someone wants to use a bunch of electricity, burn up their tubes, and 
spend a lot of their time jamming, that is ok with me, karma you know, and I 
will just listen on the other sideband.

I used to have a kws-1 with the one sideband and carrier, and yes, it 
sounded bad, partly because it was an ssb radio.
Very nicely built with quality components, but you have to tune everything 
when you change frequency.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Sawyer" <w3slk at verizon.net>
Cc: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Trouble brewing in the AM Window (or "Ghetto" if 

> Now, if you want to know one of the 'real' reasons there is QRMing on AM
> QSO's, it is because we are our own worst enemy! Case in point: Whilst in 
> a
> SSB QSO with Joe, N3IBX, this morning an AM group came up and parked right
> next to us. We had a QSO going on for about 5 minutes before any crap came
> down. We were at 3836, the came in at 3835. Needless to say we were both
> severely pissed! 2kc's I might be able to understand but not 1! I am one 
> of
> the first people to jump up slam someone if they are intentionally QRMing 
> an
> AMer, but damn it, I deserve a little courtesy also! We really need to be
> cognizant of our surroundings or there will be more people "hell bent for
> leather," willing to pile on that new proposal the ARRgghhL just submitted
> to the FCC.
> End of Rant!
> Mike(y)

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