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(4/27/2013 3:45:49 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
In the interview he identifies KDBQ as an AM. KDBQ was an FM on 96.9, licensed to nearby Pittsburg, Kansas, in the early 1980s.
- Dennis McAtee
(4/26/2013 2:53:28 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
As one who pioneered FM in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu, I am a supporter of
AM Broadcast. The AM Band is a valuable radio resource, and it can continue to provide a much
needed service. Regarding the loss of income
if all digital programming is instituted until
enough receivers are sold to create a mass audience,
when I placed FM on the air in 1959, there were only a handful of FM receivers in the marketplace
and it took me ten years to turn a profit.

- saul levine
(4/26/2013 2:41:36 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Reinstate enforcement on noise generating device on the books since last century.
Get real about the bogus promotion of hidef from the people with their hands out looking for glory on a false science.Let the laws of RF propagation be examined in detail.

- Jerry Smith
(4/26/2013 12:57:50 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Don't forget the critical role played by the over 60 PEP (Primary Entry Point) stations for the Emergency Alert System. Because of the economics involved, it was more effective to choose an AM station for this role. Reasons include the cost of access to a site (ground level, instead of a mountain top), reduced site leasing costs of an AM site, & the excessive montly rental charges imposed on densly populated mountaintop sites with lots of TV & FM broadcast tenants. The biggest reason, according to Alfred Kenyon of FEMA, is that an AM can cover as much territory with less power than an FM signal, particularly if the AM is on the low end of the band. Those were the specifics involved with FEMA choosing KROD-AM in El Paso as a PEP station. Don't forget the significant investment our government made in hardening our facility as well. Those high costs included the complete build out of two shelters for both the generator, as well as anemergency studio & transmitter. These monies would have been in vain, if we simply "dispose" of the AM band.
- David Halperin
(4/26/2013 10:45:02 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Open up the am band to to small free stations and in AMStereo, full 15 kHz audio. There are several 1000 of part 15 stations and let them have more Power, like 20 - 25 watts, unlicenced.Very simple whip antennas aviable on the market, like 25, 50 and 100watts. let the am be a free band of broadcastings. IIn the name of free speach, let the am band be free of use.
Thks a lot from Sweden

- Roy Sandgren
(4/26/2013 10:11:36 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
1. Small AM stations such as a 500 watt unit on say 1590 give then a 100 watt f-m and shut down the 500 watt station.
2. Open space on a satellite for A-M stations and make it subscription free to the listener, there are fewer than 5000 AM stations so they can compete with Sirius
3. Continue testing the all digital service
4. Assigning an FM channel to the AM station does not solve the problem with AM transmission
5. Allow more power wherever possible

- Roy Burnette
(4/26/2013 10:01:04 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
There are only two of the solutions that do not require many years to "save" AM and they are FM translators and blanket power increases. All of the digital solutions proposed require replacement of all receivers for present listeners before any real improvement really happens. The problem of translators is scarcity of translator channels and high price of the few existing translators - prohibitive for small broadcasters. The problem with blanket power increase is the high cost of equipment.
- Timothy Cutforth


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