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KQAC 89.9 HD2

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  • Started 9 years ago by Scott Young
  • Latest reply from scowl

  1. Scott Young

    Has anyone heard KQAC's HD2 stream yet? I don't have a digital receiver so I can't check it out for myself, but I heard some mention of it today.

    Posted on October 14, 2011 - 11:18 PM #
  2. motozak3


    *looks on in shock and disbelief*

    Posted on October 14, 2011 - 11:27 PM #
  3. jr_tech

    Yikes! 8O

    Posted on October 14, 2011 - 11:41 PM #
  4. motozak3

    I re-read, then re-re-read the opening post and I still couldn't fathom the idea that ACPM c/would allow such a travesty to occur, so I had to go out to the Bronco and aircheck 89.9 myself. Yes, they are multiplexing now and their secondary stream appears to be a tinny-sounding monophonic reggae stream, of all the things for an ALL-CLASSICAL station to be carrying. Just a little more ringy- and tinny-sounding than the main audio stream now sounds as a result.

    May the Gods forgive me (and those five words came from the hands and keyboard of a pretty devout atheist, yet!) but whomever at ACPM who came up with this brilliant idea ought to be lynched. Classical music, like jazz (yes, that's YOU, KMHD) needs to be transmitted at no less than full bandwidth.

    Probably just me, but this reeks of OPB.

    Posted on October 14, 2011 - 11:54 PM #
  5. semoochie

    OK, I heard 3 Jamaican songs in a row. Perhaps, that's their format or not. I'm beginning to think I prefer 48 bits over 96. The main channel sounds much better to me and the change from analog was really obvious, where it wasn't before! I thought they said something about not wanting to compromise the main channel by having an HD-2.

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 12:10 AM #
  6. fm_dxer

    “Multiplexing”, more like narrowcasting to nobody

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 12:04 PM #
  7. motozak3

    No, it's multiplexing, just like I said.

    But I guess they did lose a listener, at least of their Ibiquity stream. Thankfully I have a "kill switch" on the F1HD in the Bronco so I can set the receiver to analogue mode (also useful in weak-signal conditions.)

    All that needs to happen now is for KBOO to start multiplexing, then Vancouver/Portland will no longer have any crystal-clear full-bandwidth Ibiquity stations. Sad.

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 12:48 PM #
  8. fm_dxer

    Forcing Analog Reception, no wonder why iboc is a failure and nobody cares

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 02:56 PM #
  9. rubyfeet

    If the IBOC system fails commercially, what do you think will become of it? Stations have shelled out lots of money for the equipment. In cases like KMHD2, it's become a convenient excuse for originating content from a translator.

    You have to wonder if IBOC's future will be in some form of STL-ish nature.

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 04:02 PM #
  10. jr_tech

    motozak3 said:

    "tinny-sounding monophonic reggae stream"

    WOW!* can't disagree more... Sitting here with a pair of Sony '7506s plugged into the tiny Insignia NS-HD01 and it is stereo for sure and has lots of punchy bass, nice bright treble...sounds good!

    I agree with semoochie that the main channel sounds good, as well.

    Heard an announcement by Edmond Stone to the effect that "this is a test"... I really doubt that reggae will be the format chosen if the test is successful, but I am enjoying this while it lasts!

    *Pat Pending...Trixter

    Posted on October 15, 2011 - 08:44 PM #