HD Radio Boston Area

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Thu Oct 12 15:24:56 EDT 2006

There have been MANY comments on Barry Mishkind's Broadcast Engineering list
about the unstisfactory performance (particularly, poor sensitivity) of
virtually all of the HD Radio receivers. Your observation about the effect
of fades on the HD-2 channels is particularly pertinent. I think you have
discovered the achilles heel of the subsidiary HD channels. What it means is
that that the subsidiary service hasn't a prayer. Couldn't happen to a nicer
bunch of folks than iBiquity ;>) Can you force the radio into analog mode
and lock it into that mode? If so, I guess $200 for a decent car radio is an
OK price--particularly if it included installation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken VanTassell" <kenwvt@gmail.com>
To: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 1:57 PM
Subject: HD Radio Boston Area

> Hi,
> I just put an HD Radio in my car (JVC HDR-1) since my old radio
> died.The Radio was only $200 which seemed reasonable.  I live in
> Chelmsford, MA which is only about 30 miles out of Boston and the HD
> signals on FM are somewhat spotty. I understand that the HD signals
> come out of a seperate diplexed transmitter and are somewhat weaker,
> but is this (lack) of range normal ?  The problem isn't too bad on the
> HD1 channel where it falls back to analog without interruption, but on
> HD2 you hear nothing but silence when it cuts out, which is frequently
> !
> Thanks,
> Ken

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