Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Far East End of Hamilton, ON (Lake & Barton, 11th floor facing WNW)
102.5 WTSS goes all digital.... No analogue
I was dialing around from the balcony and lots of stuff coming in from far off. Got 100.5 Rochester in HD Radio mode. But that's not the real interesting part...
WTSS, 102.5 "Star 102" from Buffalo must have some severe problems with their analogue. As I tuned them in, all I got was noise, as if the station wasn't there, but wait, the HD light flashed as if it was acquiring an HD stream, and sure enough, WTSS-HD popped out of the noise perfectly. I then re-tuned it several times with 100% repeatability. I thought, hmmmm... Grabbed the Grundig (my current reference) and checked 102.5 (it is a standard FM receiver with an excellent front end, no HD) and the channel was completely clear, just limiter noise. So... now I know that the Insignia NS-HD01 will get HD Radio, even if the main (legacy) transmission (FM mode) isn't working, but the HD is. This also means that it supports an all digital mode of HD Radio...
Very very interesting. Too bad for all those with standard FM radios though.... It covers a huge area.
Guess the techies have their work cut out fixing the analogue FM.... The HD, although overly bright, is working just fine.
DAB listener 12/2003-11/2011 (DAB Off-Air since 11/2011)
HD radio Listener since 06/2010