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SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Today 6:22 am

geo
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veritas vincit

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Today 12:22 am

Radiowiz
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Irvine wrote:

Maybe to the members of this forum Geo, but the rest of us...
 

Right, sure, and all 3 top 40 stations going after the Toronto ear should change format right now, targeting a much older audience.

 

SOWNY » Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer? » Today 12:01 am

Irvine wrote:

All things tech, Windows 10 is a big step forward for Microsoft & I think a wise move on their part.  It's made OS X look very "old" too.  Just remember make sure you update & patch frequently.  Good security practices. 

Just what is it you see about Windows 10 that's so great?  Buggy updates (and don't even try denying or belittling that issue), SSD troubles with some implementations of the latest April update.  And for Windows 7 and 8x (which are still in extended phase support by the way), BSOD-ridden patches for Spectre and Meltdown.  Yes the latest patches are ALWAYS the way to go, aren't they?  Less testing in-house is being rigorously done by Microsoft, and more testing is being submitted by insiders running Windows 10 at home basically running pre-release stuff in the preview update ring.

Yes bold moves for Microsoft.  Windows 10 has been messy for a lot of users.  It seems all of the praise for this OS comes from fanboys. 
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SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 11:09 pm

ONEIL
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I've followed this thread..interesting.  The main argument is AM radio is dead, plan the funeral.  If so why have there been a about 400,000 words written on this forum about CFRB and AM640?  

SOWNY » Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer? » Yesterday 8:29 pm

Irvine
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Chuck99 wrote:

Getting back to the original topic, the interface was a major issue with Windows 8.  There was unnecessary clutter...the "charms" were totally redundant and unless you were using a touch screen, it was cumbersome to operate.  I agree that it was a sound operating system. but Microsoft quickly rolled out Windows 10 to address consumer complaints that 8 was not user friendly.  I waited until the deadline to get the free upgrade to 10.  By that time, it had been on the market for a year and the initials issues had been addressed.  As a result, I have been satisfied with the new O/S.

 

As with music, I think you should like what you like in technology.  All things tech, Windows 10 is a big step forward for Microsoft & I think a wise move on their part.  It's made OS X look very "old" too.  Just remember make sure you update & patch frequently.  Good security practices. 

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 8:26 pm

Irvine
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geo wrote:

does anyone really listen to radio (except for the alarm clock + the receiver in the shower, both for a few minutes) in their residence, anymore?     

Am with Hrick and RadWiz.    680 news on weekdays and Jody Thornton weekends have a captive audience whether the audience is sitting on Hwy 400, 401, 403, 410 or the Gardiner or the DVP.                

Maybe to the members of this forum Geo, but the rest of us use Google or Apple Maps which gives a far more accurate portrayal of what's happening in traffic. The *first* thing I do before any trip is ask Siri for traffic conditions. 

I really don't think most people have an alarm clock.  Hell, more people have Alexa in their home than an alarm clock
 

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 6:06 pm

Don
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Hrick wrote:

I HD provides incredible sound quality on HD.

Sure, if you count obvious digital artifacts and distortion as "incredible". Sorry, the sound sucks. And it's irrelevant anyway as supposed "sound quality" means nothing in the era of satellite radio, which sound terrible, and where listening to music through an iPhone's built in speaker is the norm. 

New, compelling content is the only thing that will sell new tech to the masses, and HD radio doesn't have it.

SOWNY » More Ancient Tech » Yesterday 5:36 pm

Fitz
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ok so I did not have a working eight track player and saw this unit at a garage sale today and got it for six bucks. The eight track works fine but surprising for a cheepo unit is the AM radio reception. I am pulling in the Buffalo stations like WECK and WXRL ( just listened to a bit of night time polkas or something like that) that I usually do not get outside of the car. All with just the built in antenna. Nothing to listen to on the radio these days but the eight track may come in  handy. Did not hook up a turntable to test the scratch and rumble buttons.
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SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 5:32 pm

Chuck99
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I have read that there can be technical issues with HD on AM if two stations in the same region are positioned closely on the dial.  If the FAN 590 broadcast in HD from its Grimsby transmitter, I am guessing it would interfere with CKTB 610 in St. Catharines.  As a work-around, It sounds like the stations are using a low-powered repeater to broadcast in HD.  The limited range of the signal, the lack of compatible receivers plus the cost of the extra transmitter makes the price of broadcasting in HD on AM highly questionable.

As far as FM is concerned, as long as there is a .6 MHz spacing between stations, I am led to believe that interference shouldn't be an issue.

SOWNY » Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer? » Yesterday 5:09 pm

Chuck99
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Getting back to the original topic, the interface was a major issue with Windows 8.  There was unnecessary clutter...the "charms" were totally redundant and unless you were using a touch screen, it was cumbersome to operate.  I agree that it was a sound operating system. but Microsoft quickly rolled out Windows 10 to address consumer complaints that 8 was not user friendly.  I waited until the deadline to get the free upgrade to 10.  By that time, it had been on the market for a year and the initials issues had been addressed.  As a result, I have been satisfied with the new O/S.

 

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 3:07 pm

geo
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does anyone really listen to radio (except for the alarm clock + the receiver in the shower, both for a few minutes) in their residence, anymore?     

Am with Hrick and RadWiz.    680 news on weekdays and Jody Thornton weekends have a captive audience whether the audience is sitting on Hwy 400, 401, 403, 410 or the Gardiner or the DVP.                

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 2:26 pm

Radiowiz
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I agree more with Hrick.
Excellent points Hrick. Well made.

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 1:45 pm

cGrant
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Hrick wrote:

I think you are all missing the point of HD radio. It's not a new medium as FM was originally. It's simply a significant enhancement to existing FM and AM radio. As most new cars are now equipped with HD radios, and indeed my new Tesla does not even have an AM radio as electrical vehicles and AM do not play nice together, HD provides incredible sound quality on HD1 and the ability to listen to AM stations on the sub carriers. With no HD there would be no 680 News or AM 640 in my vehicle. No one is expecting anyone to go out and buy a new radio for your home. However if your car already has an HD radio, shouldn't all stations in Canada be upgrading to HD as they have in the US? It's only a matter of time until the CN Tower's FM combiner is upgraded as other combiners in the US have (eg New York City). You'll begin to see more and more Canadian radio stations moving to HD in the future. HD is certainly not going away anytime soon...

With respect, what part of HD are we not getting? We are all celebrating that YOU can catch repeaters on your electric car. But, again, it is you that is missing one important ingredient: trend. Those millennials are listening to their car radios to the playlists they create via their cell phones or ancillary services.

As for the CN tower, you're again missing the point. How long has their HD Tx been down since the lightning storm? There is absolutely no priority or desire to repair it. And, if the big players aren't willing to follow thru, you think anyone else will be?

Radio, sadly, very sadly, is dying a death of a thousand cuts. Maybe not in our lifetime, but soon after.
 

SOWNY » Technology cont'd - the golden age of Minidisc » Yesterday 1:31 pm

Peter the K
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I initially got into minidiscs in 1998 to record concerts.  The tech was cool but Sony, as they tend to, likes to cripple their technology to the point where it becomes user hostile.

I've since moved onto a Sony PCM-10 which has become my workhorse for a lot of projects.  It's actually an amazing digital recorder.  So what does Sony go and do?  They discontinue it.
 

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » Yesterday 12:50 pm

Hrick
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I think you are all missing the point of HD radio. It's not a new medium as FM was originally. It's simply a significant enhancement to existing FM and AM radio. As most new cars are now equipped with HD radios, and indeed my new Tesla does not even have an AM radio as electrical vehicles and AM do not play nice together, HD provides incredible sound quality on HD1 and the ability to listen to AM stations on the sub carriers. With no HD there would be no 680 News or AM 640 in my vehicle. No one is expecting anyone to go out and buy a new radio for your home. However if your car already has an HD radio, shouldn't all stations in Canada be upgrading to HD as they have in the US? It's only a matter of time until the CN Tower's FM combiner is upgraded as other combiners in the US have (eg New York City). You'll begin to see more and more Canadian radio stations moving to HD in the future. HD is certainly not going away anytime soon...

SOWNY » Jingle all the way! » Yesterday 10:39 am

maybo
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Giant Carpet.  (hee, hee, hee, ha, ha, ha). 😆

SOWNY » Royal Ratings... » Yesterday 9:22 am

betaylored
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splunge wrote:

@betaylored.... liz is still technically our head of state...so stuff her family does should sorta impact us.  like buying kitchy commerative wedding plates or something.

harry can shave his playoff beard now that the jets are done... or does he cheer for the knights?

well in his party days Harry was photographed at a Vegas rooftop pool party absolutely snackered, so he probably would keep the shredded wheat, and cheer 'em on.

(I grin every time I read the word 'splunge', then hear "Dinsdale" and "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" in my head.)
 
One of the more interesting things about sports radio now, is hearing the analysts talk about the Vegas Golden Knights (almost said London) season, and their path to the Stanley Cup final, and figuring out how the hell a franchise team in their inaugural year can pull this off.

Ray Ferraro, Bobby Mac, the three amigos on the OverDrive show (all TSN) plus Steve Dangle, Jesse and Adam on the SDP podcast, Hockey Central at Noon (Sportsnet) there are so many good hockey analysts with both Bell and Rogers.

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