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How many HD AM stations can you GET in your area?

post #1 of 45
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Hi. I think one of the greatest benefits of HD radio is HD on the AM band. It is glorious and striking when the HD kicks in on AM. However, in my area, it is hard to get HD Am; I can count on getting maybe two, one definitely.

How many can you get? Do you think this situation will improve?
post #2 of 45
Sitting in my driveway, I can get 4 or 5. I'm just outside Philadelphia
post #3 of 45
From my home about 30 miles South of downtown Los Angeles, I can get:

KLAC (570)
KOGO/San Diego (600)
KSPN (710)
KBRT (740)
KABC (790)
KFWB (980)
KNX (1070)
KDIS (1110)

I THINK that is every AM HD station in the area.

KDIS WAS sounding great, but last weekend they sounded flat, almost mono. Don't know why.
post #4 of 45
In the The NYC market I can receive WFAN, WOR, WABC, WNYC & WCBS. I've seen an ID on 1210 WPHT using a B.A. Receptor & a indoor loop.
post #5 of 45
In Denver, I receive:

KLZ (560)
KHOW (630)
KLTT (670)
KKZN (760)
KOA (850)
KPOF (910)
KKFN (950)
KCFR (1340)
KGNU (1390)
KDDZ (1690)

I think I get them all in the metro area. I'm only about 40 miles from Colorado Springs as the crow flies but I can't receive any HD stations from there, AM or FM.
post #6 of 45
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Originally Posted by rwagoner View Post

KDIS WAS sounding great, but last weekend they sounded flat, almost mono. Don't know why.

Just today I was noticing a change on KDIS . . . like perhaps they'd rolled off some of their highs to cut down on the artifacts. Whatever it was, I thought it was a significant improvement, making them sound better than some of the FM HD's around here (hello, KKGO). I'm in favor of absolutely anything they can do to cut back on the HD codec's artifacts, which disturb my enjoyment much more than a slight reduction in frequency response.

To answer the OP's question, from Tustin, central Orange County, CA, I get the same list as rwagoner's when in the car. In this interference-plagued apartment, KFWB and KDIS are "difficult", and KOGO is impossible.
post #7 of 45
I get three inside my house with an FM only indoor antenna in downtown Washington, DC. I'm sure if I bothered to get a proper antenna I would get a lot more stations.
post #8 of 45
I bought the Radiosophy HD100 a few weeks ago and there are two in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN) Metropolitan area. They are:

KFAN-HD 1130 kHz

WCCO-HD 830 kHz

However, when I try to listen to them, KFAN sounds fine, but WCCO shows a blue LED indicating that it is HD, but I never get it to lock and play audio. I have even tried an external AM antenna. It could be issues with the station or maybe I am just in a bad area for WCCO. I get the analog AM gang busters, but no go on HD. I really am not that interested in their format, so it doesn't matter much to me. I seem to recall that FM-HD is less power than analog and I suppose that is the case with AM-HD, too, but I really do not know for certain.
post #9 of 45
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Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post

I bought the Radiosophy HD100 a few weeks ago and there are two in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN) Metropolitan area. They are:

KFAN-HD 1130 kHz

WCCO-HD 830 kHz

YEARS ago I receuved WCCO from Southern California on my Marantz 2215b. Back when AM meant something.
post #10 of 45
In Atlanta I receive no HD stations on the AM band. I thought the problem was my distance from the transmitters, but another Atlanta listener informed me that the two stations, WAEC (860) and WWWE (1100), are no longer broadcasting in HD. Both stations are owned by the Beasley Broadcasting Group. They are still listed on the Ibiquity website as being on the air in HD, however.
post #11 of 45
Ugh... 'CCO's HD has been on but un-operational for probably a year now. The sad thing is... WCCO comes in stronger down here in Rochester.
post #12 of 45
Just two here. One is a talk/news radio, the other a religious format. The Disney Radio station has talked and talked about going HD but it sounds like it's a lot more difficult to switch an AM station to HD than an FM station.
post #13 of 45
I get zero, nada, NONE. And I WANT TO VERY MUCH!
post #14 of 45
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Originally Posted by Mike Walker View Post

I get zero, nada, NONE. And I WANT TO VERY MUCH!

Mike, HD AM is where the magic's at! When you hear Am HD kicking in with the power and fidelity of a strong FM station, it is better than ice cream.
post #15 of 45
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Originally Posted by Zip-Lock View Post

I get three inside my house with an FM only indoor antenna in downtown Washington, DC. I'm sure if I bothered to get a proper antenna I would get a lot more stations.

I live in the DC area too. Which three AM stations do you get in HD?
post #16 of 45
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

The Disney Radio station has talked and talked about going HD but it sounds like it's a lot more difficult to switch an AM station to HD than an FM station.

There could be a problem with HD and shared towers, Disney (1640) shares a tower with the HD religious station (1330). KPOJ (620) was on in HD only briefly from a shared tower system with the HD talk station (1190)... perhaps some tough engineering problems there!
PS: From my location (about 20 miles West of the towers) I get 1190 (50 Kw) HD just fine! 1330 (5Kw) is marginal in HD (ok with outside wire antenna).
post #17 of 45
I can only get 1 WOAI 1200 KTSA 550 use to have it but BMP baught them and they say on there site that they dont believe in HD Radio. I cant stand that I took them out of my presets because of that. The Spurs games sounded exellent in HD I cant wait to hear the cowboys in HD!
post #18 of 45
In the Akron Ohio area, I get WTAM 1100 Cleveland without any effort. WMWK 1260 Cleveland with minor threshold issues, and of course if I really cheat with a passive preselector, 760 WJR Detroit which I can hear in stereo when I travel to the greater Cleveland area.
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by mattdp View Post

Ugh... 'CCO's HD has been on but un-operational for probably a year now. The sad thing is... WCCO comes in stronger down here in Rochester.

So what is the deal with WCCO? Did they even have it operational then? A year is a long time. I guess if they put the time, effort, and money into HD it is sort of surprising that they haven't made it work during that time period.

The other interesting thing is that Hubbard's KSTP have no involvement with HD radio. Obviously that is not an oversight on their part. So, I can just assume they are betting that HD radio is just a fad. I wasn't around, or paying attention at least, when the various AM stereo formats were around. I wonder if KSTP also avoided AM sterio back in the day?
post #20 of 45
In Detroit with the Visteon Jump in my truck I get 'em all:

WRDT
WJR (which does do stereo, but they were really into AM Stereo for years)
WWJ
WFDF (Disney, also stereo and the best-sounding of the lot)
WDFN
WXYT

The radio also flashes the HD indicator, but doesn't lock up with:
WKAR, Lansing
WLW, Cincinnati (but only on the east side of town since there's a 690 in the area)
WTVN, Columbus, OH

Ok, I gotta go back on vacation. Wife's not happy when I'm sitting in front of this thing..
post #21 of 45
I'm in Northwest Washington, D.C., and this is what I'm pulling in with a Boston Acoustics Recepter HD and C. Crane FM Reflect antenna:

630 WMAL
980 WTEM
1500 WTWP, sometimes

Despite being just 8 miles from the transmitter, the HD signal on 1500 AM fades in and out. 630 and 980 come in very strong. Of the other AM stations in the area that claim to be broadcasting in HD: I can occasionally get 570 WTNT, but most of the time I just get a blinking HD icon. 1450 WOL also claims to be broadcasting in HD, but I can barely get their analog signal.
post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by machpost View Post

I'm in Northwest Washington, D.C., and this is what I'm pulling in with a Boston Acoustics Recepter HD and C. Crane FM Reflect antenna:

630 WMAL
980 WTEM
1500 WTWP, sometimes

Despite being just 8 miles from the transmitter, the HD signal on 1500 AM fades in and out. 630 and 980 come in very strong. Of the other AM stations in the area that claim to be broadcasting in HD: I can occasionally get 570 WTNT, but most of the time I just get a blinking HD icon. 1450 WOL also claims to be broadcasting in HD, but I can barely get their analog signal.

I get those same channels too 630, 980 and 1500. I live in Tendlytown. I notice too that 1500 WTWP doesn't always work in HD because they broadcast a lot of baseball games and they have the turn off the HD transmitter during the games.
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post

So what is the deal with WCCO? Did they even have it operational then? A year is a long time. I guess if they put the time, effort, and money into HD it is sort of surprising that they haven't made it work during that time period.

The other interesting thing is that Hubbard's KSTP have no involvement with HD radio. Obviously that is not an oversight on their part. So, I can just assume they are betting that HD radio is just a fad. I wasn't around, or paying attention at least, when the various AM stereo formats were around. I wonder if KSTP also avoided AM sterio back in the day?

Again... I'm a wannabe HD Radio listener. I don't have a receiver yet, and all the buzz in the house makes AM unusable except for the three locals.

I have never heard anybody ever confirm that The Good Neighbor Station's HD ever worked in the first place, even though you can clearly hear the IBOC when tuned to 820 or 840.

Last summer, got to play with a Kenwood (I believe) car radio at an Ultimate Electronics about 10 miles from Shorewood. I got all the Cities FM HD stations, with the exception of Kool 108 (which is near St. Cloud). I then tried the AM band.
there was literally no interference around 830, and it came in really clear. Yet all I could do was get the call letters.

Ironically, there was a frickload of interference on 1130 and I had no luck whatsoever with them.

Goobnet, a broadcast technician from around the area informed me that 'CCO was still testing HD and should everything ironed out in "two weeks." That was last summer.

I've also tried the JVC-HDR 1 on display at Wal-Mart (north Roch), and it doesn't have an AM (or FM antenna) connected to it. The only HD I've gotten out of that thing is a call letter display on Rochester's 94,000 watt classical station, 91.7/KLSE.
post #24 of 45
I e-mailed WCCO asking what's up with their HD. I'll let you know what the response is.

I fired up my trusty rusty Sangean ATS-909 and tuned in 830 and I can definitely tell that their HD is on (even through all the interference). I tuned around 1130 and it sounded about the same.

I, too have no idea about KSTP. They are still one of my favorite AM stations, simply because of Garage Logic. The greatest local talk show EVER!
post #25 of 45
I live in Va. Tidewater area. I guess its the Norfolk, Va. Beach market. I get only one AM station and its hit or miss. I receive it out of Richmond. Which is at least 70 mile away. At night I get nothing.
post #26 of 45
The only one in Orlando so far

WDYZ-990 (Radio Disney - stereo)
post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by schnurmac View Post

I live in Va. Tidewater area. I guess its the Norfolk, Va. Beach market. I get only one AM station and its hit or miss. I receive it out of Richmond. Which is at least 70 mile away. At night I get nothing.

Nighttime IBOC has not been approved yet.
post #28 of 45
AM HD stations heard in Cincinnati:

700 WLW
1360 WSAI
1530 WCKY

Spotty reception of:
610 WTVN Columbus
840 WHAS Louisville
1070 WIBC Indianapolis
post #29 of 45
RF, AM IBOC has been approved, and [I believe] has been published in the Federal Register. Whether AM stations are actually paying attention, that's another story.
post #30 of 45
The best I get is 1030 wbz, I'm waiting for 1090 wild, 800 wnnw comes in ok. 920 whjj and 630 wpro can come in but it's nearly hit or miss depending on where I am.

I think with the quality of the signal you can put music on am again...it doesn't have to be just talk.
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