[Boatanchors] ALERT: AM Under Attack - WA3VJB

Brian Carling bcarling at CFL.RR.COM
Sat Jun 21 07:25:04 EDT 2003

On 20 Jun 2003 at 21:32, Colburn grumbled thusly:

> I enjoy boatanchors, am about to get an old Morrow on the air using
> the matching speaker and DC supply that I located. I'd sure like to
> listen to 75M or 20M without my ears being filled with carriers on top
> of QSO's,

Then doc, ALL you have to do is avoid a narrow swath from 3880 to 3885 kc/s in
the evenings about 6 hours a day. Depending on which sideband you have your
rig set to that is.

So that equates to well under 10 kHz that you should avoid due to your prejudice
against AM. That leaves you the remaining 190 kc/s of the phone band to listen to
6 hours a day, and the full 200 kc/s of 3800 - 4000 kc/s the other 18 hours per
day. This means that you get
99.4% of the available time-bandwidth for SSB and AM only asks for

I have never heard any AM station on 14.286 more than about twice in my life.

Do you REALLY think this is SUCH an imposition on your sensibilities to have to
accommodate a fellow ham?

I would say that the striving attitude and intolerance are the problem rather than
the mode of transmission!

As far as cussing and complaining go - I just change the dial if
I hear any of that. Riley has been doing a fairly good job of containing some of it.
I agree that pone still hears too much nasty language on 75m. Mostly on SSB.
There are one or two exceptions
in the AM community unfortunately, especially when they have been drinking!
Thankfully RIley has already taken the ring leader to task a couple of years ago.

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