Letters: Digital Dash, CFA, More
MINDLESS DIGITAL DASH
is true, everything does have a beginning and an end, so I am hoping
that opinions/comments like the ones made by Frank A. Gagliano (“Let
Great Grandpa AM Go,” April 9 issue) will soon take the “digital
dashboard” to the graveyard instead. We already have worldwide
information and music delivery via digital forms and the Internet,
smartphones, etc. To kill AM and FM terrestrial radio to just be
another digital drone clone is not the answer.
need to give the radio back to the people, have it serve local
interests and the communities they were meant to serve.
Community-based radio, in my opinion, is a much better solution than
just killing off AM and FM. We need real people running real radio,
generating local listeners and participation. There are many great
community-based radio stations, such as KXCI(FM) in Tucson, Ariz.,
and others. I would rather roll the dice with community-based radio
than to join the mindless digital dash to nowhere.
sure I am not the only person out there who loves the sound of AM
radio; there is just something about it that has always interested
me, and I am only in my 30s. I love the way it sounds, how distant
stations travel at night. I love everything about it. Sure, it does
not have the fidelity of FM, but who cares? It’s about the
experience of AM, with all its wonderful spooky noises and static as
you turn the dial. That’s part of the magic with its music and
news. The only thing I am letting go is your digital dash, with
100,000 audio choices of things I don’t want to listen to.
enjoyed Robert Kegerreis’s article on ham radio very much
(“Reception Lets Hams Meet in Person,” March 26 issue). However,
I need to point out that there is no such designation as “Extra
General” or “General Extra.” You are either a Technician,
General, or Extra, not a combination of any of the three.
job, Robert, on a very interesting article.
Sonshine Media LLC
member; Amateur Extra Broadcast GROL
I discovered this antenna (“Whatever Happened to the CFA?,” April
9 issue) in 1996, I’ve been quietly examining and sharing it with
other radio engineers, only to find skepticism of its performance
amongst their ranks. After some time I, too, started to share such
skepticism. There appears to be inconclusive evidence that this
antenna is on par with a vertical quarter-wave.
once again, the antenna is touted in print as being a viable
substitute for a vertical quarter-wave model. It’s a most
interesting antenna, but I’m not falling for any exaggerated
claims. I hope someone has actual comparative data about how the CFA
compares with a vertical quarter-wave antenna. As of now, I’ve not
found any such information, only speculative arguments.