[AMRadio] AM Broadcast Quality

Brett Gazdzinski b.gaz at comcast.net
Wed Dec 18 23:00:13 EST 2013

One interesting thing the flex radios can do is record audio off the air and 
play it back over the air with no alterations.
Its a click of a button, and very useful for an audio report.

I used to have a tape deck that could record people, then play them back 
over the air, but there were too many buttons to push the way I have things 
set up (no fancy equipment).

You can also access a remote sdr receiver on the web. I did that a few 
times, I found out I have quite a good signal into Florida on 80 meters at 
night, from New Jersey.

I could also record that for later playback.
Others have sent me recorded files of my audio.

I always sound bad, no matter what I do, but I hope I sound clean.
I also noticed that while I think I am sharp and smooth on the air, 
listening to part of my audio from a qso makes me think I have some sort of 
brain damage...

Oh well, I hope I at least have something interesting to say, but that could 
be wrong also...


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rob Atkinson" <ranchorobbo at gmail.com>
To: "Geoff Edmonson" <ars.w5omr at gmail.com>
Cc: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM Broadcast Quality

>I learned a long time ago to not rely on verbal assessments from hams
> I'm working with regard to my audio.
> Doing so is fraught with all kinds of potential problems.  Of course
> it is always nice to get compliments, but:
> A lot of hams want to be polite and don't know how to communicate a
> negative report and are afraid of offending, so they say, "Sounds
> Great!" when it doesn't.
> Everyone has their own idea of what good audio is.
> Everyone has a different critical ear and tolerance.  Ham A might
> think a signal sounds okay but the same signal sounds like c**p to Ham
> B.
> I've been honest before and said what I thought (hum in the audio
> usually) only to have a third party come on frequency to berate me for
> being mean, or an audio snob.
> I don't have the equipment to do it, but I wish I could record off
> air.  Maybe someday I'll get a reel to reel ReVox and play back.
> It's important that all phone ops have a way of hearing their signal
> off-air and listen for distortion, muffled sound, hum or lack of
> balance (only low frequencies or only very high) using diodes or a
> wide response receiver.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ

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