Problem with AM from my point of view is the long time established stations run commercial or old Ham equipment out of some loyalty from being broadcast engineers, audio engineers and the like. Some is home brewed.built. That capability is all but gone now, to the new commer.. It's not the real issue until you hear how they converse. Not bad, but not inclusive. Plenty of others listen in but feel quite out of place with the established conversations. I don't have either or that type equipment but have about as good audio as all the rest, leaving room for some who would not agree. I continue most often to hear very early critique of a new comers station performance before they even get to know each other with a few transmissions, to get to that point. You hear 'piss weak', modulation is low, how much carrier and on and on. Many of these people don't even know what's being asked or the relationships of them. These station who try AM are not at all amused with those early notations that can't wait a while to see how much interest there is to help improve the new comer's effort.. They very often don't come back and it's wondered why AM does not grow.. Then there is the scrapping about SSB and AM both ways. These die hard AM users who use the old wide band receivers in order to hear better fidelity complain about slop buckets. Wonder why that is?. Now, the east coast complains about the midwest at night using the 75 meter 'slot'. AM will never grow under these circumstances, add in FT8, DMR and all the other digital modes plus all the attitudes that prevail. I was exposed to AM before there was SSB back in the late 40s. Today I use a Kenwood TS2000 unmodified , outboard speech processing and drive an AL80B amplifier on both AM, SSB. On FM I put out 180 watt signal using a different amplifier. All these from the same radio. Do I know what i'm doing? A lot think I do to get the performance I do from plug and play equipment. After being in the business a long time I think I have the act together pretty well and don't have a habit of extolling it unless asked or see the need to do so. AM will not grow until the attitudes change which I doubt very much will ever happen. Look at the political state this country is in now let alone improve ham radio.