> BTW: I've noticed how much you favor the CRL gear. I've
> heard some poor sounding stations that *were* using that
> gear. Based upon your perspective, CRL should be held
> accoountable for their performance?
Maybe you can suggest a better idea for the AM I work with.
It's presently using a set of very old CRL processing/noise
reduction but, in addition, one very old and one very new
"shortwave" limiter that squashes bandwidth down to about
4-kHz. Yes, that's intentional and, yes, it does sound
simply horrible on any kind of a decent receiver. The
purpose is to maximize modulation and "reach" out to some
very distant, very tiny villages. In those places there
are few decent radios; mostly as cheap as can be gotten and
many of the wind-up variety. Yeah, a few "GE Super Radios"
and one or two of the "C Crane" type but in any one village
you can count those on one hand.
BTW, the two limiters have inputs and outputs parallelled and
AC is supplied to only one unit at any given time, remotely
controlled. They're set up approximately the same and
switching is only done when the power supply fails in the one
in use; not uncommon. There are two spare power supplies
sitting in little boxes, one right on top of each unit.
Any idea about something more modern that might accomplish the
same "reach" while not wreaking so much destruction? It's a
25kW day/14kW night non directional with a very well kept
Nautel ND-25 driving an (ughhh) folded unipole whose bandwidth
wins no prizes.
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