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    Joe I wonder how they are going to promote this station to the Orange County audience.........

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    Bear Hugs to all four posters here!! Oh, David Gleason too !!

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    That is a good point, though I'm glad I can listen to KSBR at home OTA on 88.5 HD2. FYI, I spoke to News Director Dawn Kamber yesterday, she said the station will focus on OC news - so, the commitment is there. For my OC buds, I might help out by giving HD Radios for Christmas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperRadioFan View Post
    Joe I wonder how they are going to promote this station to the Orange County audience.........
    That is a good point, though I'm glad I can listen to KSBR at home OTA on 88.5 HD2. FYI, I spoke to News Director Dawn Kamber yesterday, she said the station will focus on OC news - so, the commitment is there. For my OC buds, I might help out by giving HD Radios for Christmas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperRadioFan View Post
    Haha I guess the four of us (including radiojomo) are the only radio geeks who care about this station or this stuff! Thanks Joe for answering David's question. I do not have HD in my car or at home so I wouldn't have known. I'm going to guess the HD signal while driving might be smoother than the sporadic hash on analog radio when driving from south OC up the 405 to Costa Mesa. Still wonder what the signal might sound like in northern OC (Anaheim, Fullerton)
    According to their website (885fm.org), the signal does not reach north of the 91 in the Fullerton area, so Cal State Fullerton and points north are outside of their coverage area.
    The issue with HD radio is these side channels' power is restricted to 10% of the main signal so unless your are inside the 60db contour the signal will cease and reappear too often making for an unpleasant listening experience for anyone other than a devoted radio geek. And I have also had this happen, albeit less frequently, when within an HD2 / HD3 station's 60db contour. With 88.5's marginal signal strength I suspect that quality listening experiences to their HD2 and HD3 options will be confined to tight radiuses around their broadcast towers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    According to their website (885fm.org), the signal does not reach north of the 91 in the Fullerton area, so Cal State Fullerton and points north are outside of their coverage area.
    The issue with HD radio is these side channels' power is restricted to 10% of the main signal so unless your are inside the 60db contour the signal will cease and reappear too often making for an unpleasant listening experience for anyone other than a devoted radio geek. And I have also had this happen, albeit less frequently, when within an HD2 / HD3 station's 60db contour. With 88.5's marginal signal strength I suspect that quality listening experiences to their HD2 and HD3 options will be confined to tight radiuses around their broadcast towers.
    The merging of the signals seems to be something that sounded good on paper but doesn't translate well to reality. Seems like it is true in OC as it is in the SFV - if you are not within eyeshot of the tower, you are probably not going to get the signal. It's unfortunate; as I said years ago when (and even before) Sky took over, this station deserves a better frequency than it has. They supposedly improved the signal on 88.5 and I believe even put a repeater somewhere on the westside, but even in the SF valley, unless you are in the middle of it, forget it. I am in Glendale, supposedly within the main contour, and I simply gave up on the station several years ago. Couldn't deal with the inferior signal any more. It is true I could tune in online, which I have done from time to time, but in reality, if you don't have my attention in the car, I am unlikely to remember you in the office. Now if they were only on the HD-2 channel on 100.3, a lot would be different.

    the worst part is taking down another great station, KSBR, to make it all happen. Terrestrial radio always seems to drive me to satellite in the end. Very frustrating.

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    Signal shoots in clear in Tustin/most of Irvine, but is unlistenable in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. It also doesn't pipe in HD, for me at least.

    The programming is ok, but I think I prefer KCRW and Eclectic24 better. And I think KCRW's HD2 channel actually shoots in more consistently than 88.5...

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    Someone record the transition on KSRB yesterday and can post it here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiojomo View Post
    Signal shoots in clear in Tustin/most of Irvine, but is unlistenable in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. It also doesn't pipe in HD, for me at least.

    The programming is ok, but I think I prefer KCRW and Eclectic24 better. And I think KCRW's HD2 channel actually shoots in more consistently than 88.5...
    I prefer 88.5's format to Eclectic24, though I agree to ya regarding the signal - KCRW 89.9 HD2 comes in but a no show for KSBR HD2

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    I prefer 88.5's format to Eclectic24, though I listen to both. You are definitely 'spot on' regarding the signal - KCRW 89.9 HD2 comes in but a no show for KSBR HD2

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