In reply to 2E0DAI:
it was the first time for me hearing the same QSO on both LSB and USB
You’ve never listened to a MW broadcast radio then?
In reply to everyone:
I can understand restoring and using some old boatanchor on AM from the 40’s or 50’s on AM. You know the type of thing where the PSU is so heavy it strains the floor joists of a modern house. Restoring and using boatanchors is just as cool as restoring and driving classic cars (another of my interests). Preserving something from a bygone age for everyone to see old engineering is great. But having owned 2 classic cars (Vanden Plas 4L Rolls-Royce & Rover P5B Saloon) I can tell you the reason we don’t still make classic cars is because they’re rubbish. They don’t stop, start, drive straight, keep cool and if you have a crash then the chances that you wont loose your legs as the gearbox comes through the firewall is remote.
They’re an intellectual curiosity that has been eclipsed by better things. Just like AM. The engineer in all of us cries out “no” whenever AM is considered. Unless it’s from a restoration set of course. The fact that 75% of the output power is not used should make everyone cry. Worse, some modern solid state rigs do low level modulation AM so bad they can’t even get to 100% mod depth.
AM might sound nice and smooth but we’re not DJs, we’re simply trying to communicate. Like the HiFiSSB idiots with their racks of Behringer gear, you don’t need 12kHz of BW to be understood. People need to accept that they’re not Dink Winkerton doing the late night show on KJAZ in downtown 'Frisco “spinning cool tunes for hot nights” but some bloke in the attic/basement/spare bedroom talking about his tomatoes/hernia/carolina windom/Windows not booting/broadband not fast enough etc. etc.
So I ask everyone to come to their collective senses and stamp out this nonsense. If we don’t stop it now the next thing will be some saying they’re going to try using spark from the top of a summit and everyone else will be rushing to get their coherers set up.
Thank you, I feel better for that rant. Now I’m off up a wee hill