Digital Voice Is Way Better Than Analog.. Yeah, I Said It.

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  1. K0LWC

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    Digital voices mode continue to grow in popularity around the world, and for good reason. The hobby needs to not shy away from this evolution, but rather embrace it and find ways to use it to recruit new ham radio operators to the hobby.

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  2. KP4SX

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    With a Tech license and a digital handie-talkie I guess you didn't work the Heard Island DX-pedition :)
    There's more to ham radio than what you are going on about.
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  3. VK4HAT

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    He is right Bill, but you are looking at it all wrong. It is all about digital, 0's and 1's, on and off, dits and dahs. CW 4 lyfe.
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  4. AG6QR

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    The way analog gradually gets noisy at the fringes of reception is one of its useful characteristics. It provides a continuous signal strength indication that can't be missed. That makes it easy to tell when your signal is getting weak, and by moving around while the other guy is talking, you can easily find the spot where the signal is strongest. I'll take analog noise over a digital sudden dropout any day.
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  5. NE3R

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    I don't go so far back to have had an AM modulator tube, but I've heard guys on boat anchors that sound pretty darn good in < 10kHz. Even back in the 90's - one of the local FM guys had me chopping up the speaker mic I had for my HTX-202 so that I'd sound reasonably good (I didn't appreciate it at the time and ended up tossing that modified speaker mic). I find that the two ham digital modes I listen to make people sound more different than they sound in person than the old modes.

    I really don't think that these digital modes are really that great in the audio quality department, but they have merit when it comes to audio consistency, so I guess it depends on your definition of "better".
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  6. AB2YC

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    Do you know why Aircraft use AM?
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  7. KB1PA

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    no capture effect by the strongest signal, so any distress signal can be heard, even if it is very weak.
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  8. K3XR

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    To each his own. Thought I would see what the digital communications were all about and picked up a Yaesu fusion radio after doing the research and discovering it was the most prevalent mode in this area.

    While digital may have some advantages good sound is not one of them. It is without a doubt very artificial and unpleasant sounding audio when compared to analog FM. I have in the background the analog rebroadcast of the Pa State Police on the Turnpike and it seems not a day goes by when the audio, at times, is unreadable or what they refer to as "going digital". With the danger involved in motor vehicle stops the mode is, in my opinion, a life-threatening means of communication for the troopers on that highway.
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  9. KC8VWM

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    I don't really have anything against digital but...


    Otherwise, I enjoyed watching the video and you brought up some interesting reasons outlining some advantages using digital.

    I think this will be an interesting discussion. Well done. :)
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019
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  10. W4KJG

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    1977 Digital Voices.

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