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i'm listening to the radio right now on a battery-operated GE handheld, model no. 7-2500A. my uncle bought it to listen to a basketball game at the hospital the day i was born.

it sounds pretty good.

gonna be a real drag when we collectively give up on tech that works this good.

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I'm actually surprised analogue radio hasn't been replaced. Maybe there's just not enough money in it?

@rdh @brennen I expect it would cost *huge* amount to deploy digital radio broadcasting in a country the size of the USA; they use higher VHF and some UHF frequencies with less range, requiring more transmitter masts.

Also there isn't a great deal of other use for the VHF broadcast frequencies so FCC can't make more money selling them off for other uses.

In England MF/AM broadcasting is also still popular for sports (and Radio Caroline, the old ship based pirate!)

@vfrmedia @rdh i think the end of am/fm radio in the US is going to wait on the point where the majority of the cars on the road don't have a usable am/fm receiver.

they're working hard on that problem - late model car radios are laughably bad, and some are probably starting to phase out at least AM already. still, there's a pretty massive installed base.

@brennen @rdh many European countries have considered shutting off FM but only Norway has done it in part (small/community broadcasters remain on FM).

Poor quality of (non specialist) radio receivers is a global problem not confined to cars, I don't own a car but do own several radios of varying eras, other than a Sangean multband the 1970s/80s ones seem to to be better quality!

even Ofcom (UK communications ministry) engineers have bemoaned this in their report on DAB uptake in Britain..

@vfrmedia @rdh @brennen HD Radio is digital and rides along with the analog broadcast. There are several stations in my metro area, I assume adoption is similar in other markets.

@ieure @rdh @brennen

in Europe we have DAB/DAB+ (on the VHF frequencies where TV used to be), but a problem with digital radio (worldwide) is commercial considerations encouraging broadcasters and transmitter operators (often separate entities) to squeeze too many channels into low bitrate streams (to increase ad sales opportunities), which does not sound good.

@brennen that's a really cool heirloom (if that's the right word for it).

@brennen Yeah, I hope the frequencies are going to be used for something truly awesome to make it worth breaking every single radio receiver in the country. Damn DAB+.