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Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

Mono FM is STILL better in most places. Even with the best tuners, stereo only works if the signal is strong and uninterrupted. The only way any FM is listenable in my fringe area is in mono. Since all I listen to over-air is NPR talk-heavy stuff, this is just fine.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Olhsson" <olh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

Some of the most stunningly beautiful audio I ever heard was Chicago's WFMT
picked up in mono around 1965 from my college dorm room in Olivet Michigan.
(Top notch mono hi fi gear was available really cheap at that time.) I had
no idea what FM was capable of before I heard that station.

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!
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-----Original Message----- From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tom Fine Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 9:09 AM To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

I grew up in lower Westchester and we never had this problem with a roof-top
antenna, except on
Channel 2 during the annual solar activity in the late summer and early
fall. Reception was great,
especially after the World Trade Center was built. We were on a height of
land point on the border
of Harrison and White Plains. I didn't know from cable TV until I lived
upstate after college. FM
reception was also excellent, with just a plain dipole tacked to the wall.
FM content was another
matter, I grew up in the late 70's and 80's so it was already headed down
the toilet but was much
better than the unlistenable FM dial of today. I now live in an area that is
a true fringe zone (far
enough north of NYC to not get any stations from the Empire State building
and far enough east of
the Hudson to miss the Hudson Valley stations and on the back-slope of a big
hill so no line of
sight to much unless I wanted to build a tall tower out back, which is not
in the cards) so I do
very little radio listening anymore. If the content were more compelling and
there were no internet
streams, I might reconsider the tower idea, but such is not the case.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Weiner" <djwein@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

I like the accuracy of the current TV show MAD MEN, which takes place in
1962. The main family lives in Westchester and whenever we see the parents
or kids watching TV, the reception is a bit off - slight double images,
occasional snow - just as it would have been then using a rooftop TV
from such a distance from New York City.

Dave W.

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Lennick
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 12:59 AM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ARSCLIST] FM reception way back when

Anyone remember similar experiences to this? I'm just listening to a tape
in 1960 (I recorded it, in fact) off the CBC's FM station in Toronto, and
the quality is excellent and free from interference, every so often
brief series of clicks..because someone elsewhere in the house changed the
television channel.

We were a family of tape fiends. Schedules were noted..taping off AM was
worse, since light switches, television, running the dishwasher, opening

fridge, just about anything involving electricity would cause clicks, buzzing, static, whistle etc. As my mother frequently replied, "I can't pee in the dark."


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