Things seem to be relatively quiet these days, with no earth-shattering developments, no big news stories, etc. My workload consists of mostly driving to one location and cleaning things up, then driving to another location and cleaning more things up. Nothing really new to write about. However, industry-wide, there have been some developments of note:
- More AM HD radio only testing out in Seattle. We hear that these tests are phenomenal but have yet to see any data. The HD Radio proponents keep pushing for an all-digital transition. To that I say good, let those stations (AM and FM) that want to transition to all digital do so, provided they conform to the analog channel bandwidths and do not cause interference to analog stations. It should also be an either/or decision: Either transmit in all digital format or revert to analog only format, with no more interference causing hybrid analog-digital.
- BMW depreciates AM radio in some models. It seems the all-electric car generates too much electric noise to facilitate AM reception. My question; are these mobile noise generators going to cause reception problems for other vehicles too? What if I want to hear the traffic on 880 or 1010 and one of these things roles by? There are larger implications here and the FCC should be concerned with this.
- General Motors pauses the HD Radio uptake in some models. No real reasons were given, but more emphasis on LTE in the dashboard is noted. We are reassured by iBquity that this trend is only temporary.
- Anxiously awaiting this year’s engineering salary survey. For science, of course. Here is last year’s survey.
- Clear Channel is no more! They have gone out of business and a new company, iHeart Media, has taken over. Things will be much better now, I can feel it.
- John Anderson finds a chilly reception at the last NAB confab: An Unwelcome Guest at the NAB radio show. This is not surprising but kind of sad. John has been a reasonable critic of IBOC and wrote a book titled: Radio’s Digital Dilemma.
- Not too much going on with the AM revitalization. Tom King of Kintronics notes that the fault is in our receivers.
- Government shortwave broadcasters continue to sign off permanently. Radio Exterior de Espana ceases operations.
- European long wave and medium wave stations are also throwing the big switch; Atlantic 252 (long wave), as well as German long wave stations on 153, 177, and 207 KHz, medium wave stations 549, 756, 1269, and 1422 KHz also are signing off. Those 9 KHz channel spacings look strange don’t they. What fate awaits US AM radio stations?
- I am reading Glenn Greenwald’s book, No Place to Hide. I knew this, you should know it too.
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Listener reports here in the Portland-metro area for KRKO were very impressive: http://feedback.pdxradio.com/topic/krko-and-kkxa-digital-weekend
On the Electric Vehicle front, I’ve owned a Nissan Leaf for a few years now and have no issues with AM radio reception in it (or even with my HF radio). Sounds like BMW is just being lazy…
Wow, no kidding…
I need to read that book.
Agreed with Chris’ assessment, no AM issues in a Chevy Volt either.