Amazingly Good-Sounding SSB (ESSB)

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

TO PROVE THAT STANDARD AM (a mode that is very close to my heart) isn’t the only HF mode offering good fidelity these days, here’s a 10 MB mp3 audio file I recorded (with one of the Flex SDR-1000s  I’ve been experimenting with lately) Labor Day evening of some ESSB operators on 3630 kHz. The band hadn’t completely formed yet, as these Central Daylight Time fellows were propagating to the East Coast at about 7:30 pm their time — full daylight. And static from the remains of Hurricane Isaac was very much present. Yet these only moderate strength signals — some just equal with the static crashes — are still quite intelligible. I think the good intelligibility is because of the wide broadcast-style frequency response, not in spite of it.

It’s amazing what excellent sound some of these experimenters are getting out of single sideband. For years — decades really — only (highly modified to broadcast standards) AM gear was getting this kind of audio quality on amateur radio. But improved techniques have really made SSB sound better than ever!

For best results, listen on a high fidelity set of speakers or headphones:

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Liberty Net: January 8, 2011

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

AS SUNSPOTS SLOWLY rise, and noise levels remain low, reception on the Liberty Net gets better and better — but, due to increased crowding caused by the BBC’s extremely annoying DRM digital hash, some frequency flexibility is required: This time the net began on 3953 kHz and ended up on 3967.

Listen: 1/8 Liberty Net

Here’s a small sample of the issues discussed this time on amateur radio’s longest-running discussion net:

• The State Department will no longer list one’s “father and mother” on passports — that’s too redolent of normal sexuality, apparently. Instead, it will list “parent 1” and “parent 2.” (26 minutes)

• The Washington regime has decided that millions of your tax dollars are to be spent for free legal representation for illegal immigrants who have “diminished mental capacities.” They’ll have no difficulties in finding such people, since the average Mestizo invader has an IQ of 89, just 4 points above the Black average. (30 minutes)

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Liberty Net: January 1, 2011

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

THE NEW YEAR’S EDITION of the Liberty Net was an excellent way to bring in 2011 and explore the important ideas that the billionaires’ media purposely suppress. The December snowstorm lowered signal levels on N2IRJ’s Beverage antenna, but reception was still good.

Listen: 1/1 Liberty Net

Here are a few of the ideas presented this time on amateur radio’s most exciting net:

• Is a crash of the dollar inevitable? Will the Washington regime’s huge debt be repudiated? (38 minutes)

• The current Washington plan is to inflate away at least 50 per cent. of Social Security’s value in the next few years — and that’s actually optimistic. (1 hour 30 minutes)

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Amateur Radio Audio Recordings

The TEAC-3340S, the model which was the main WB4AIO recording deck for many years, before it was stolen along with everything else I owned in 2006. Today I use Cool Edit Pro to make most of my recordings.

The TEAC A-3340S, the model which was the main WB4AIO recording deck for many years, before it was stolen (along with virtually everything else I owned) in 2006. Today I use Cool Edit Pro (a PC-based audio suite) to make most of my recordings.

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

I’VE JUST added two sections to, one appearing in each sidebar, showcasing some interesting amateur radio audio recordings. Make sure that javascript is enabled in your browser for this site, and you’ll see a list of recordings with a small arrow on the left of each listing. Click on the title or the arrow, and a small player will open up, allowing nearly instant playback of the file. Click anywhere on the progress bar to skip around, and right-click the ‘download’ link which appears during streaming if you want to save the file to your hard drive.

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