[AMRadio] AM Broadcast Quality

W2XJ w2xj at w2xj.net
Wed Dec 18 18:32:09 EST 2013

You can modify gear to an extent but when it comes to things like beefing up Iron the field of those who can narrows substantially. It also depends on the design. A 'value' design may have the frequency response determined across several audio stages, essentially requiring a redesign of the entire audio section.

For those who still have the old heavy iron, fine, but something like a Viking 500 still sells for around three grand, if you can find one in decent shape. A broadcast TX is much cheaper and will have better performance or you can build from scratch for less. 

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>> On Dec 18, 2013, at 5:52 PM, Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM, W2XJ <w2xj at w2xj.net> wrote:
>> Taking things back to the original subject, there is obviously a big difference between broadcast quality and communications quality. Most accept >300-3KHz as being communications quality. Many amateur rigs were designed around that concept. This includes the size of the power supply and in >older real AM rigs the modulation iron. The internal processing in most rigs is also communications grade. Rigs like that can only go so far quality wise. >Properly adjusted and operated they are clean and intelligible, though.
> True however there's nothing to stop an owner of such equipment from
> modifying it to sound better, and that is done quite often.  I have
> heard a few DX100s that sounded every bit as good as an old tube
> broadcast rig.
> ...
>> There is also the problem of finding receivers with a wide enough bandwidth to complete the system. An R390 will do it as will some SDR packages >but not a lot of other hardware is out there.
> I disagree.  There are a lot of vintage receivers that have a nice
> frequency response:  SP200, 400, 600, SX28, AR88/CR88 and I'm probably
> forgetting a few--SX25 is another one, maybe the NC183 and a lot of
> receivers such as the Collins A-line can be modified with wider
> homebrew IF filters.
> This kind of work is the essence of ham AM--to purchase and run a few
> boxes bone stock and accept their performance is anathema.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ

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