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Re: Is HD Radio Gone?
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Subject: Re: Is HD Radio Gone?
From: Dan Grimes <dangrimes@sosradio.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:19:01 -0700
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According to CES, 48% of all new cars have HD radios now.  I wonder if people use HD without realizing they are listening to it.

Nielsen now tracks HD channels.  The numbers are not impressive so perhaps they aren't and that is why they are turning it off.

Our station isn't HD but my previous employment had two HD sub-channels.  It is great for playing those niche formats that can provide a real service.  For instance, they had a pure student produced channel (it was at a university).

I wish HD had more popularity so I could justify the cost to upgrade.  I am finding that maintaining performance (RF reception and audio quality) is much easier on the HD transmitter than my old, analog, tube transmitter.

With the new FM translators for AM stations, I thought it might be interesting to convert an AM station to digital just to feed distant FM translators with a high-quality signal.  I know many are against the FM-translator provision in the AM revitalization but I think it is a great delivery method.  But I know I am missing the counter arguments.


On 09/19/18 23:34, John Stortz wrote:
I was at a Best Buy store, Wed, and didn't think to ask those people. But I've noticed some of the "big" commercial stations have turned off their digital transmitters. With competition among the commercial stations being so fierce, I am assuming they all have given up on "HD" Digital AM, at least.
John S.

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