extending FM band down to 76 MHz

Dave Tomm nostaticatall@charter.net
Sun Aug 2 17:35:05 EDT 2009

The UK is already proposing to go all digital by 2015.  Canada is  
already phasing out AM.  With satellite radio and HD radio floundering  
and TV already transitioned, it seems to be the perfect time to start  
preparing for a move to digital broadcasting in this country.

It would be radical, but if planned right, it could be very  
efficient.  Imagine all digital from 76-108, with sub-channels, and  
linked repeaters so that when you travel out of one area, the radio  
would tune to the next repeater so popular channels/stations could be  
received seamlessly across most of the country, much like satellite  
radio, but free.  This is happening already in the UK.  With all the  
corporate owned stations around the US sharing playlists and  
personalities across hundreds of stations already, the infrastructure  
is there.  There would be a few all-local stations in each market that  
would survive, but most others would link up with national services,  
with the ability to insert local commercials and other content.   
Traffic and weather on the threes?  No need.  There would be a digital  
sub-channel in each market devoted to this info 24/7 that's easily  
accessible from a new generation digital radio.  The possibilities are  
endless.  It would be organized, digital, and sufficiently upgraded  
for the next 50 years.

Of course, it would never happen because the special interests and the  
FCC would FUBAR the crap out of such a proposal...

-Dave Tomm

On Aug 2, 2009, at 4:19 PM, Larry Weil wrote:

> At 03:59 PM 8/2/2009, rac@gabrielmass.com wrote:
>> Well, if the US were to extend its FM band, we may as well be  
>> efficient about it and allocate the new range to digital radio only.
>> --rc
> Now you're talkin'.  And when their's enough of a base of digital  
> receivers out there, then and only then can digital take over the  
> entire band (76 to 108) and analog can go away for good.  But you  
> need to have a digital scheme that will work well in car and  
> portable radios.

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