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    Default Current State Of IBOC/HD Radio

    I still have a couple of HD radios, but it is rare that I listen to them. What is the latest on this? Is HD radio doing okay or is it dying a slow death?

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    HD Radio is doing OK because HD subchannels(HD 2, HD 3, HD 4) can feed translators. Some translators actually get decent ratings such as 104.1 The Beat(W281AB) which is being fed by WMJJ HD 2 in Birmingham, AL: http://ratings.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/arb095

    Because of translators HD Radio is probably staying alive in at least the near future.

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    I liken the slow rise of HD to that of FM. FM took decades to overtake AM in the listening derby.

    Like was said above, FM HD subchannels feed FM translators, and indeed some do well....much to the dismay of the DXer.

    But, like they say in today's language, "it is what it is."

    cd

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    As long as HD is a loophole for creating commercial LPFMs, we're going to have those extra sidebands. (note that HD on *AM* is nearly dead. I don't think that's a coincidence: AM HD doesn't support multicasting or the translator loophole.)

    Direct success is probably sneaking up on us. Cars are beginning to include HD whether you ask for it or not.
    Doug Smith W9WI
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    Yah...forgot to mention the "auto-HD," pardon the pun.

    KMOX AM 1120 shut off its HD this year, I was told. I used to see the HD flash and hoping one day for a lock. Nope.

    Miami AM has one lone survivor in HD: 1260 WSUA. It was missing for a month or so, but they're giving it another chance.

    cd

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