|[AMRadio] "AM Ghetto"|
wa1qix at piesky.com
Fri Nov 8 08:11:10 EST 2013
We definitely need to expand - but such expansion may occur more quickly if
we don't "move" so far away from the defacto center of AM
activity. Realistically, we will probably not be able to move that defacto
center - at least not any time soon.
At night (and during much of the day, at least around here), everyone knows
we have firmly established 3885 and 3875 as regularly used (essentially,
every night), AM frequencies.
We need another around frequency, maybe 10kHz away. 3865 might be the
logical choice, or we might have to compromise and start out with 3868 or
3867 to deter any bucketeers from trying to start a QSO 3kHz up the band
and causing interference until things are firmly established.
Back when I first got on (more than 40 years ago), 3870 was a *regularly*
used AM frequency - pretty much every night. There usually was another
group on on 3885 also - pretty much nightly. Occasionally, someone might
try to drop a QSO between 3870 and 3885, but the heterodynes were very
annoying, and a lot of folks didn't have the receiver selectivity to deal
Of course the 5kHz spacing we run into sometimes is JUST TOO CLOSE unless
the band isn't open, and the stations are REAL far from each other
There is probably some merit in having a contiguous band segment that we
regularly use for AM. Yes, we can go anywhere, etc. etc. etc., but
sometimes reality suggests a different course of action.
Just my opinion :-)
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