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Why so much obsession with fat SSB?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W8AAZ, Mar 25, 2019.

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  1. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    did a little research... guess a lot of SDR users (Flex, Anan) can easily change their transmit bandwidth and choose to do so for the sake of "experimentation" ;)

    The big 3 seem to lock their rigs down to < 3000hz - in reading other forums, this seems to be a nit-pick for the latest models (7610, 990, 5000).

    As crowded as the phone portions of the bands seem to be, I'm not sure why anyone would need or expect more than the traditional 3kc... one guy was arguing for 10KC !! again, for experimenting with digi modes... o_O
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  2. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most of it just sounds like they are talking with a plastic bucket over their head.
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  3. WD8T

    WD8T XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    You have to widen your receive bucket filter to take it all in and get the full effect of lo-fi ssb.
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  4. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah and listen using a wide filter (up to 16 KC here) through a big 12" speaker too right?

    Yeah, I got all that. Some people just don't sound all that great.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019
  5. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I like the transmit filter selection on the 7610. Wide is about 2.8kHz and hi-fi enough for a reasonable SSB signal. I go mid tx (~2.5kHz) when the band is crowded to give others room.

    Answering the OP's question... "ignorance" comes to mind.
  6. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a matter of band congestion. To call CQ or enter into a QSO in a crowded band suggests that a narrower bandwidth is not only in order but sensible since others have probably tightened up their receivers and wouldn't hear the extended sidebands. Modern SDR rigs make this option easy with presets.

    Conversely, if the band is lightly used with QSOs spread out then there's no issue with a higher quality signal as long as the other stations are receiving in that width, otherwise it's a waste.

    The decision requires responsibility.
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  7. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    "It all depends." Running at the middle setting can make your signal less tiring to listen to. However, as noted above, it will never be hi-fi even at "wide."

    If you want to make SSB sound better, do it at the receive end. Bob Heil's parametric equalizer works. So do similar devices. As will a little mixer. ;)
  8. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    People that use that will piss off a bunch of radio operators.

    Just like FAT32 did on NTFS computers.

    Good Luck.
  9. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some of the enhanced audio on SSB sounds good. Some of it is way overdone and sounds much worse than the stock audio. By the way, the same can be said for some of the AM audio.
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  10. W5LZ

    W5LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have started a post about this three times. Had to delete them. Ignorance -can- be an acceptable excuse, but it can be cured. All it takes is some reading about standards. Getting people to do that reading (curing ignorance) ain't so easy. Listen to an average afternoon/evening of SSB voice on any band to see a good example.
    Why should I have to adjust my receiver (when it's correctly configured to start with) to make sense out of an incorrectly adjusted transmitter? I'm really tired of stupid audio.
    K5ABB, WQ4G, AG5CK and 3 others like this.

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