I guess it's just free streaming services vs. paid streaming services vs. free over-the-air antenna TV at this point, with cable TV and paid satellite TV subscriptions dropping like flies...C and KU FTA has no dog in that fight- it's a hobby only these days.
Getting access to HD Radio is a pipe dream for many
I think harshness might also be referring to a lack of HD Radio transmitters, which is a real problem in much of rural America. HD Radio is considerably more expensive to run for the broadcaster (and also for the consumer) because it is a patented protocol, requiring custom DSPs running proprietary firmware on both ends. Often the only HD Radio station on the dial is the local NPR affiliate, as they got loans from NPR to pay for the expensive upgrade.Picked up this portable unit from Sangean on Amazon. Testing it out now; it found all available HD radio stations in my area, including a nice smooth jazz one on a .2 of 99.7. Durable construction, nice quality sound.
Most of the stations that serve my area are located 50 miles away in Portland. There is one 2.6KW Spanish language station that shares with a local community access station but neither particularly appeal to me. At such low power, I expect that HD Radio won't survive the 6+ mile trip from the tower since I don't have LOS.Is it a low power station? The jazz FM I'm listening to is 100,000 watts so it carries pretty far.
No HD radio where I live. A lot of local advertising for it though. If you travel a lot, it might be something to have or you could do SiriusXM. I'm not sure if I could tell the difference between "normal" radio and HD radio anyway.My only access to HD radio channels is through streaming. All of my "local" broadcast stations that offer HD Radio broadcasts are too far away.
I live less than five miles from my state's capitol building.
"Static" isn't typically an attribute of FM radio
I get the flup-flup of the multiplex fading in and out, but not static. White noise (the sound that accompanies "ant races" on analog TV) is a completely different deal than static.Oh come on now, all you have to do is be on the fringe of an FM signal to get static.