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Rant from Riverton: 15 years of HD Radio.. the train has left the station.. but you can still catch it!

Fifteen years ago, an amazing radio technology was first introduced.  Why do so few people know about it and why isn’t its use very widespread?  Yes, I am referring to HD Radio, which just recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  Still, very few people (outside of the industry) actually know about it or what it does, more or less actually owns a radio to receive it.  So, what happened?

Rant from Riverton: Does ARRL have what it takes to "Dare to Imagine"?

Background:  In the January, 2020 issue of QST, outgoing CEO Howard E. Michael, WB2ITX wrote a editorial, titled "Dare to Imagine".  In response to his soliciation for comments, here's what I had to say:

I had the pleasure of reading your column in the January QST in regards to the direction of the ARRL. 

Rant from Riverton: All-digital AM - This generation's radio experiment

When you review through the old history cards of various radio and television stations, you come across many of the experiments in the broadcast radio and television art that have taken place over the years.

Rant from Riverton: My take on the Saga saga

One piece of advice that I have been giving LPFM stations for quite awhile is to remind them that as renewals are coming up, they need to make sure they are complying with the rules because their dialmates are likely taking notes.

Now with the Petition to Deny period open on the first wave of broadcast renewals, we are starting to see the first signs of that note-taking that I warned about.

Rant from Riverton: Why can't LPFM have nice things?

No. It’s not because of the NAB or NPR.  It’s because of the LCRA.

Greetings from a very hot weekend.  The heat index right now is 109. It’s Saturday. The Yankees are up 9-nil over the Rockies at the end of 4 innings.  It’s just too hot to do much else.  Welcome to the Riverton summer from Hell. 

Rant from Riverton: My thoughts on the LPFM NPRM

The FCC has finally made public, the draft of the "technical NPRM" that I had been hearing about.  The NPRM (notice of proposed rulemaking) will be considered at the FCC's August 1, 2019 open meeting.  Let's take a look at what we may be getting so far...

Rant from Riverton: Why didn't REC change to a rainbow logo for Pride Month?

This is a difficult personal blog for me to write, but I do feel that it is worth an explanation.  Today’s REC is about diversity.  We even have the root word “diverse” in our current slogan “a leading advocate for a diverse dial.”  When you visit REC’s website or call up by phone, you hear that slogan.

Rant from Riverton: The Japanese are doing it right, but they've got the room to do it

Sony ICF-29 - (Photo: Sony)Lately, I have been seeing an article in the Japan Times that is spreading around the US broadcasting industry and hobby like wildfire.  Those who know about my connections with Japan have been sending me e-mails and Facebook private messages about it.   I am referring to the request by the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association (JBA) (Japan's NAB) to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) (Japan's FCC) to work towards abolishing commercial AM radio broadcasting in Japan through converting to a full FM arrangement by the year 2028.  

 

Some are saying that the end is near for AM broadcasting in the United States, especially with the moves by several European nations and now this move by the JBA to work towards their own solution to AM revitalization.  

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