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Does anyone think HD Radio will ever be mandated ? And if so what will happen to broadcast radio ? Will that be the endgame for broadcast radio ? Currently there’s a Texas Broadcasting Company that wants the FCC to approve digital only broadcasting on AM, And there’s also a station in the D.C. area on AM conducting all digital testing. In my opinion if mandated all digital AM happens that would be the end of AM radio, People will not run out and buy new radios for AM listening and the same holds true for FM and where are the radio manufacturers on this whole HD Radio thing, I know the auto industry is putting HD in cars but what about portables and home units, Walk into a Wal-Mart or any other store and see if you can even find an HD Radio they’re not there, All digital radio broadcasting in Europe is currently failing and in those countries they’re actually quitting the digital radio transition and keeping FM broadcasting, And one more thing in the U.S.A. We have nearly 1 Billion radio receivers are we going to obsolete a billion radios just like that, So what do you think ?
Mandating technology that requires a royalty is a non-starter, unless you want a coupon system to give people radios. Also, HD on FM only, and jack it up to 10db, or it doesn't match analog's coverage. NO HD on the AM band; if anything, and HD FM radio must carry CQUAM AM stereo and noise blankers and variable bandwidth wide and narrow, like 7.5KHz audio bandwidth and 5KHz minimum.
No, there is an FCC filing for some jughead that wants the entire AM band to be HD-AM digital only mode. Let's see, how well did that work in Canada with their L-Band back in 1999- that's right, they sold the radios for $99 and then everybody bailed. AM radio is our last caveman communication existence when a Carrigton Event returns to earth, or a purpose-like EMP destroys us and sets us back 50-60 years instantly. AM radio, tube transmitter, will be the only gave left in town to reach the masses. Going digital will put 800million radios in the dump- stupid plan. Use 1710-1790 for digital only, or forget about it.