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#1 hamradio

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:48 PM

Finally nailed down the nice musical piece in the GMC Arcadia commercial.

 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 05:35 PM

INCREDIBLE PHOTO ALONG A MEXICAN HIGHWAY MARKING THE RETREAT OF THE TROPIC OF CANCER SOUTHWARD!!

 

It's hard to see but the sign in the background says "TROPIC OF CANCER" in English.

Guess they have to move it every year.

Amazing how much distance there is between markers.Must be ~30ft...That's faaast.

The photo is obviously from 2010.

 

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

CDs are particularly troublesome with classical music because it cannot handle dynamic range correctly. Not the way one would think, perhaps. Maybe we should say it handles it too well. As we know, the classics often have wide ranges of volume within a single piece. With CDs, low volume is hard to hear and high volume is too loud. The digital engineers don't seem to have seen this coming. Had they anticipated the problem they might have been able to do something in the recording process to alleviate the situation. Not to convey the wrong idea, some classical CDs are not so bad, others however are egregious. Conversely, in the olden days, analog recordings with their narrow dynamic range made overall listening more pleasant but sometime could not handle really loud passages and the music would break up (distort). But this didn't happen all that much. Traditionally, classical music radio stations were often on the FM dial with its more supple frequencies and consequently transmitted a better, more flexible sound that AM that enhanced the sound of classical music. Another unpleasant factor is that CD sometimes does not transmit delicate passages well. A solo violin or cello will have a raspy sound instead of a "beautiful" one. Some recording are downright ugly. It's a shame. Overall, analog reproduction, despite some setbacks, did a better job of transmitting this kind of music in a pretty way. IMHO.

 

Note: Jazz, pop, and other genres that have more or less a uniform volume sound track really come across well with digital.

 

Having been an audio guy, I think there's an easy enough explanation for this.  The digital recording which made its way to a classical CD could likely have the least amount of processing.  That is of course except for what they call a hard-knee limiter, used to prevent nasty digital clipping only at the loudest parts, which you can hear plenty of times as distortion with amateur-produced cell phone videos on Youtube. 

 

Unprocessed audio is a great thing if one wants to recreate the experience bit for bit in the orchestra pit.  However if you change anything on your end such as reduce the volume, then it makes it more difficult to appreciate.  Also not factored in are the average capabilities of a consumer-grade audio system and the personal preferences and tolerances of a typical listener in the living room or car.  The orchestra pit is a fairly loud environment without any background noise.

 

Unprocessed audio is mainly useful for archival recordings, as used with "master tapes".  Useful to keep around just like the original negatives from movies.

 

LPs on the other hand simply can't handle the dynamic range that CDs can, due to the limited physics of the record grooves.  Big build-ups like an orchestral crescendo topped off with a kettle drum would likely cause the needle to jump right out of the groove and skip.

 

So LP production needs more processing just in order to make it work.  Another tool (similar to a hard-knee limiter) is necessary with LPs: a compressor.  It is the essentially the same piece of gear, but is configured to respond differently.  Rather than just chop off the top peaks with a sharp response curve that starts to kick in at the top, a compressor has a gentle response curve which is typically set to kick in at a much lower, average listening level.  This results in not only the highest peaks being taken care of, but also the dynamics at normal listening levels being tamed so they sound more gentle. 

 

All of this is configurable on a compressor.  The threshold (level at which it begins to respond), the ratio (shape of the response curve as illustrated in the difference between a standard limiter and standard compressor), attack rate, the release rate, etc.  That is only one of the tools used.  Prior to that the recording engineers would sit there and adjust the volume levels by hand as needed instead, so as to not oversaturate the recording.

 

Compressors are also used on CDs, but just more sparingly for orchestral music.  That is because they are not necessarily "part of the sound" (as compared to other genres of music, which you have noted).

 

LPs also used a standard EQ configuration called the RIAA response curve.

 

Having said that, most of the characteristics that are desirable with vinyl are actually due to the imperfections, the limitations and the work-arounds.  The physics of the vinyl and the extra engineering that goes into shaping the sound just for the cutting lathe.  [Most older LPs came off of master tapes, and these master tapes had less processing and therefore didn't necessarily sound like an LP.  That processing came later on, at the point where the master disc for LP production was cut.]

 

It would be possible to make digital audio that has all the equivalent sonic characteristics of a vinyl record.  The users of the recording equipment typically don't have that in their agenda and/or are from a different era and not familiar with the methodology that went into making a proper LP (almost all of those guys would be retired or deceased by now).

 

An extreme example of overdoing it was a recent album made by heavy metal group Metallica.  They produced an entire album which was the background music for a video game.  The video game had the sound reduced to NO dynamics.  You could have listened to it on the speaker of a cell phone and not missed anything.  That same session also became their CD and/or download album, which brought plenty of criticism (not praise) all around.

 

FM and AM are both processed additionally as LPs are.  There is a mandatory limiter at the station, just before the transmitter feed.  It serves to protect the transmitter from peaks.  There is also a long chain of processing to improve the consistency of the sound levels, since much of radio is live.  This includes yet another variation of a dynamics processor called a leveler.  Its purpose is to keep the levels at a consistent level.  Misused, they can be revealing.  If someone shouts a word or two, then you might not hear the next few words so well, as it takes a second or two to recover.  There might be other combinations too:  compander (compressor-expander), compeller (compressor-leveller), etc.  At a radio station this is typically contained in a closet of gear that a broadcast engineer sets up and maintains, in addition to the satellite feeds and remote transmitter controls (nobody else is allowed to touch it).

 

So as you can see, there is no single reason. 

 

A good vacuum tube preamp might resolve the problem of it sounding "harsh".  I have some mp3s of questionable quality but great 1959-era "lounge" music that I downloaded from the net.  Stuff like Enoch Light - Persuasive Percussion (audio clip below labeled as Terry Snyder).   I can hear everything fine through my regular home stereo setup, but listening to that through a vintage Bogen vacuum tube amp I restored, and some modern high quality speakers, I am "in the zone."

 



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 12:39 PM

 

 

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California coast

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Off of Africa's west coast

 

The northwest coast of Australia

 

Port Washington, New York. Photo credit: GeoengineeringWatch.org

 

 

 

Those images reminded of those presented in the "What On Earth" TV series.  They first thought they were tall waves in the ocean but after closer investigation were waves within the cloud themselves.  A true optical illusion.

 

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:11 AM

Was unable to post the entire article due to unreasonable restrictions by TCM Forum over the number of images i can post...they even had the audacity to strip out the Y-T video links....whata buncha morons...so i posted the links to the video's in their proper places myself. :)  

At the bottom there is a link to the entire article if anybody's interested.

 

 

 

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Frequencies play a profound part in the unimaginably miraculous and complex web of life. The impacts or frequencies (and the effects they can create) are truly beyond comprehension as the very profound 3 minute video below clearly reveals.

 

The effects of frequencies on water is very challenging to our perceptions of reality as the next 2 minute video illustrates.

 

 

What happens to the web of life when the human race chooses to relentlessly bombard it with massively powerful and varied radio frequency / microwave transmissions? What happens to the human body that is mostly made of water? How can very high powered RF / microwave transmissions be used by the climate engineers to manipulate cloud cover, climate, and precipitation? Though many mainstream power structure controlled "science" institutions are paid to pacify populations in regard to the dangers posed by radio frequency / microwave transmissions, what conclusions would logic and deductive reasoning dictate in regard to the dangers of such transmissions? Whatever one chooses to believe (or not), the impacts to the biosphere from radio frequency / microwave transmissions is shocking and undeniable as the NASA satellite images below reveal.

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The animation below clearly documents transmitter manipulation of Pacific moisture along the US west coast.

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The radio frequency / microwave transmitter animation above confirms the profound effect such transmissions have on precipitation and weather / climate patterns. This transmitter location is south west of Eureka, California.

Transmitters like the one shown below are scattered all over the country and throughout many regions of the world. This is only one example, there are numerous other types and sizes of RF / microwave transmitters including massive ionosphere heater installations like HAARP.

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Central Pennsylvania. Photo credit: David Mace

 

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:31 AM

:huh:

 

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 01:22 AM

Nothing new about this.The shift from CD back to vinyl has bin going on for more than 10 years.

I first heard about it way back in 2005.

The common reason given for the shift back to vinyl was cuz vinyl sounds BETTER than CD.

My guess is that dissatisfaction with CD sound quality started some time in the mid/late '90's and slowly grew til about 2005 when,IIRC,the record player manufactures of whom there were few,began to notice an unexpected uptick in orders,about the same time,IIRC,vinyl record sales also began showing a slight but noticeable gain.

That's how it was reported in 2005.

 

PS:I also Much prefer the warm mellow glow of a good analog picture over the cold hard sterile look of digital video..ymmv

 

CDs are particularly troublesome with classical music because it cannot handle dynamic range correctly. Not the way one would think, perhaps. Maybe we should say it handles it too well. As we know, the classics often have wide ranges of volume within a single piece. With CDs, low volume is hard to hear and high volume is too loud. The digital engineers don't seem to have seen this coming. Had they anticipated the problem they might have been able to do something in the recording process to alleviate the situation. Not to convey the wrong idea, some classical CDs are not so bad, others however are egregious. Conversely, in the olden days, analog recordings with their narrow dynamic range made overall listening more pleasant but sometime could not handle really loud passages and the music would break up (distort). But this didn't happen all that much. Traditionally, classical music radio stations were often on the FM dial with its more supple frequencies and consequently transmitted a better, more flexible sound that AM that enhanced the sound of classical music. Another unpleasant factor is that CD sometimes does not transmit delicate passages well. A solo violin or cello will have a raspy sound instead of a "beautiful" one. Some recording are downright ugly. It's a shame. Overall, analog reproduction, despite some setbacks, did a better job of transmitting this kind of music in a pretty way. IMHO.

 

Note: Jazz, pop, and other genres that have more or less a uniform volume sound track really come across well with digital.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:03 PM

If they could collect some of these gems, it will make space exploration profitable. $$$

 

http://www.space.com...ter-saturn.html

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:13 PM

The power of vacuum, Earth's atmospheric pressure at sea level is only a mere 14.7 psi.

 

 

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 12:00 PM

Vintage creepy ads.

 

Cough syrup (yeah, right) ad. :wacko:

 

...hic

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Smotherphane wrap. :o

 

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Maybe this is why the Lincoln Log Cabin has LOTS of ventilation.

 

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:28 PM

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 12:29 AM

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has one final mission, which ends with destruction.

 

Speaking of LPs and also speaking of final missions that end with destruction...

(video owner insists on clicking link in the video to watch it in Youtube)

 



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:06 PM

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has one final mission, which ends with destruction.

 

http://bgr.com/2017/04/25/cassini-nasa-saturn-grande-finale/

 

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/26/15420666/cassini-spacecraft-dives-saturn-rings-google-doodle

 

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

There was an article in the local paper about the resurgence of

both vinyl and indie record stores. I've still got my turntable,

Orange Crush, and Deep Purple In Rock.


Curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:25 PM

Vinyl is making a billion dollar comeback.

 

https://www.forbes.c...s/#70a597d54054

 

http://www.digitalmu...ollar-industry/

 

https://www.howardst...-industry-2017/

 

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Now targeting the younger generation.

 

http://wwlp.com/2017...ger-generation/

 

 

 

Nothing new about this.The shift from CD back to vinyl has bin going on for more than 10 years.

I first heard about it way back in 2005.

The common reason given for the shift back to vinyl was cuz vinyl sounds BETTER than CD.

My guess is that dissatisfaction with CD sound quality started some time in the mid/late '90's and slowly grew til about 2005 when,IIRC,the record player manufactures of whom there were few,began to notice an unexpected uptick in orders,about the same time,IIRC,vinyl record sales also began showing a slight but noticeable gain.

That's how it was reported in 2005.

 

PS:I also Much prefer the warm mellow glow of a good analog picture over the cold hard sterile look of digital video..ymmv



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

The Towering Turntable. :D

 

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Pick a tonearm, any tonearm. :huh: :lol:

 

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:39 AM

Vinyl is making a billion dollar comeback.

 

https://www.forbes.c...s/#70a597d54054

 

http://www.digitalmu...ollar-industry/

 

https://www.howardst...-industry-2017/

 

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Now targeting the younger generation.

 

http://wwlp.com/2017...ger-generation/

 

 

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:14 PM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:08 PM

From the past, a geiger counter for kids.  Lots of fun hunting for U235. :lol:

 

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Accessories extra.

 

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Was in demand because this thing got boring, who wants its safe and harmless?

 

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