Still amazed at WSRO's Digital quality!
Sat May 7 15:07:59 EDT 2022
According to the 2022 World Radio TV Handbook, digital radio in Australia
uses the DAB+ system. Sydney has two multiplexes: 202.928 MHz and 204.64
MHz. Both are 50 KW and carry simulcasts of all local commercial stations,
including 2GB, which still broadcasts in AM on 873 KHz with 6 kW.
There's a third DAB+ multiplex in Sydney on 206.352 MHz, also 50 kW, that
carries ABC and SPS stations.
I don't see anything in the WRTH about Australia using any digital system
on the medium wave band; everything I see there is listed as AM.
On Sat, 7 May 2022, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I have wondered about this for awhile but never got around to asking
> here— I have visited my sister in Sydney, NSW many times and have
> noticed that it’s pretty much all digital there now.
> Is that the same system as WSRO? And is it mandatory Down Under now?
> Also, I listen online to 2GB (873 kHz Sydney), radio flagship of the
> 9News Network. Does the 9 kHz spacing impact on the digital system
> versus 10 here in the states?
> Bill O’Neill
>> On May 7, 2022, at 9:37 AM, Rob Landry <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Hybrid mode spews garbage over 30 KHz of the dial. It's also harder to pull off, requiring a lot more bandpass flattening than all-digital. And it doesn't sound as good; the stations I've heard running hybrid have all sounded "watery", like a 24 kbps MP3 stream.
>> A few years ago, my car was in the shop and they offered me a rental for the day. I punched up WBZ for "traffic on the 3s" and immediately realized the car had HD Radio from the "watery" audio I heard.
>> Now, on WSRO everything is linear up to the importer/exporter; there's no STL, as the studio and transmitter are co-located, and the only network content is from WCN, which I set up, so there's no additional lossy compression being introduced. That helps.
>>> On Fri, 6 May 2022, Ron wrote:
>>> Since this list seems to be active again...I wanted to say I am STILL amazed at the audio quality that WSRO has shown to be possible on their All-Digital 650AM.
>>> Would love to see some other stations do digital tests....and maybe the return of a few hybrid signals!
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