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(Daily Mail)   Bird's magnetic compasses fail when exposed to AM radio waves. In related news: People still listen to AM radio?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 71
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2014-05-08 11:59:15 AM
Only the heat-seekers that need to be up on all the new, hip communications.  Some of us still stick with tried-and-true Morse code.
 
2014-05-08 12:14:34 PM
am radio is where the likes of limbaugh and hannity live, so it's still going strong with the over-70 set.
 
2014-05-08 12:17:21 PM
Which bird?
 
2014-05-08 12:18:35 PM

FlashHarry: am radio is where the likes of limbaugh and hannity live, so it's still going strong with the over-70 set.


I was going to say: subby sounds like a Democrat that eats dinner later than 5pm.
 
2014-05-08 12:20:54 PM
It's where the ball games are.
 
2014-05-08 12:23:46 PM

Superrad: It's where the ball games are.


Also good for local news, weather, and traffic.
 
2014-05-08 12:32:30 PM

dittybopper: Superrad: It's where the ball games are.

Also good for local news, weather, and traffic.


It's a bit silly for local news, given how far it can travel, particularly at night.
 
2014-05-08 12:35:02 PM
I don't think the knowledge that Rush Limbaugh broadcasts have a deleterious  effect on bird brains is anything new, is it?
 
2014-05-08 12:38:12 PM

Superrad: It's where the ball games are.


It is funny that I've given up on watching football on anything less than a big HDTV with good sound but I'll listen to 940AM play-by-play in the car.  "HZZZZZZZZ Connor Shaw drops backHZZZZZ deep to the endzZZZZZZZZZ down Gamecocks! HZZZZZZZ"
 
2014-05-08 12:41:00 PM

Theaetetus: dittybopper: Superrad: It's where the ball games are.

Also good for local news, weather, and traffic.

It's a bit silly for local news, given how far it can travel, particularly at night.


But most of us don't bother listening to the radio at night.  At least, not broadcast radio.
 
2014-05-08 12:41:25 PM
my dad is really liberal and the rage he experiences at right wing radio is the only thing that keeps him awake on his commute/road trips
 
2014-05-08 12:42:34 PM

factoryconnection: Superrad: It's where the ball games are.

It is funny that I've given up on watching football on anything less than a big HDTV with good sound but I'll listen to 940AM play-by-play in the car.  "HZZZZZZZZ Connor Shaw drops backHZZZZZ deep to the endzZZZZZZZZZ down Gamecocks! HZZZZZZZ"


Truly theatre of the mind.
 
2014-05-08 12:46:12 PM

charlesmartel11235: my dad is really liberal and the rage he experiences at right wing radio is the only thing that keeps him awake on his commute/road trips


You need to get him a shortwave radio.  Not only can he rage at Alex Jones on WWCR, but there's the added bonus of Amos and Andy recreations (using the original scripts) on WBCQ.
 
2014-05-08 01:11:16 PM

elvisaintdead: Which bird?


Fark's favorite, the European robin.
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-08 01:20:32 PM
I thought they'd known for a while that radio farks with birds that get too close?
 
2014-05-08 01:37:36 PM

FlashHarry: am radio is where the likes of limbaugh and hannity live, so it's still going strong with the over-70 set.


*facepalm* Butthurt much? Get some salve.
 
2014-05-08 02:03:36 PM

FlashHarry: am radio is where the likes of limbaugh and hannity live, so it's still going strong with the over-70 set.


Religious and foreign language stations, too. Basically, if you want to reach a lot of people and don't care too much about sound quality, AM is the way to go.

Theaetetus: It's a bit silly for local news, given how far it can travel, particularly at night.


I tune into KCBS, which broadcasts out of San Francisco. They repeat their stories every half hour. First stories are national, then local, then traffic and weather, then more local, then sports, then finance. So, there are still reasons for people in Gilroy to tune in.
 
2014-05-08 02:09:44 PM
I love am radio when on drives. It helps pass the time better than music for me. Coast To Coast AM(well it kind of sucks now, used to be better) sports, talk, gospel, politics, I'll listen to anything on a drive.  There is a bit of an art form to talking on the radio and I like the people who are good at it regardless of subject.

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2014-05-08 02:30:42 PM
I wonder if this has changed migratory patterns?
 
2014-05-08 02:31:45 PM
I still listen to talk radio and coast to coast. Suck it, subby
 
2014-05-08 02:32:09 PM
So, that crazy hobo was right?

Radio waves do get inside your skull?
 
2014-05-08 02:33:22 PM
I listen to police scanners too. Im not ashamed
 
2014-05-08 02:35:14 PM
People still listen to AM radio?

Sí, señor!
 
2014-05-08 02:39:57 PM
Best place to hear traffic reports hear in Dallas is on AM, KRLD (CBS affiliate).  My only AM radio station programmed in because I can invariably get traffic reports on the road, in case the the situation has changed since I checked at the office/home or whatever.
 
2014-05-08 02:48:20 PM
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2014-05-08 02:48:56 PM
How else will one get to hear the shouted ramblings of Dr. Michael Savage and Mark Levin???

I love when people call in to those shows thinking they're gonna make a point or have a conversation.  Instead they get interrupted and hung up on, whether they are being agreeable or not.

Red Eye radio can be interesting, although not as good as Art Bell.
 
2014-05-08 02:53:17 PM
AM sure for sports talk, cubs games and for some reason a station out of Cinci that I somehow get reception to.  I dont know why I listen to the last one but it intregues me how the heck  can be getting reception 300 miles away,  must be about 1 or 2 bounces off the ionosphere.
 
2014-05-08 03:02:37 PM
That dumb goat I have tied to the back of my pickup truck seems to like the AM radio.

/stinkynuts
 
2014-05-08 03:21:24 PM
So blast AM near airports and other areas where birds are a nuisance?

/DNRTFA
 
2014-05-08 03:31:46 PM

dittybopper: Only the heat-seekers that need to be up on all the new, hip communications.  Some of us still stick with tried-and-true Morse code.


Pfft, hipster! For me it's the oral tradition or nothing!
 
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2014-05-08 03:32:37 PM
 
2014-05-08 03:35:03 PM

Fireproof: dittybopper: Only the heat-seekers that need to be up on all the new, hip communications.  Some of us still stick with tried-and-true Morse code.

Pfft, hipster! For me it's the oral tradition or nothing!


So, you take after your mom?
 
2014-05-08 03:41:29 PM

Saiga410: AM sure for sports talk, cubs games and for some reason a station out of Cinci that I somehow get reception to.  I dont know why I listen to the last one but it intregues me how the heck  can be getting reception 300 miles away,  must be about 1 or 2 bounces off the ionosphere.


Depends on the angle it hits the ionosphere.  Maximum 1 hop distance for F2 skip is around 2,000 miles or so.  Minimum depends on the critical frequency, which is almost always above the medium wave frequencies, so it could be one or more.

In fact, 300 miles is close to what we call "Near Vertical Incidence Skywave", or NVIS propagation, so it's probably just a single hop.   Receiving strong multiple hops would result in (mostly) destructive interference.
 
2014-05-08 03:49:01 PM
The local sports talker is on AM, so I suffer through the radio whines, clicks, pops, and occasional interference from an unknown source.

/the whine doesn't help the tinnitus though
 
2014-05-08 04:05:59 PM
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2014-05-08 04:06:06 PM
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Any time I'm driving in or through NYC.
=Smidge=
 
2014-05-08 04:26:50 PM
I listened to a good portion of the NCAA tournament on AM Radio due to travel. Good stuff.
 
2014-05-08 04:49:34 PM
www.heart-valve-surgery.com

Still on the air....
 
2014-05-08 05:06:08 PM
I'd read a different article that identified the electromagnetic waves that interfered with birds as the ones in the 50 kHz and 5 MHz range. Would that not include microphones, home phones, and Wi-Fi too?
 
2014-05-08 05:10:10 PM
Baseball game for sure.  Also--here at Fort Zul there is a shortwave set-up that can pick up AM stations from hella distances even in daylight hours.  Last night I found a great actual bluegrass station from actual Kentucky.

/Colorado
 
2014-05-08 05:12:13 PM
I get my AM radio from the show podcasts. Wrote a Perl script running under a cron job to auto-download them, glue each show together (shows are typically broken into 1-hour or 15-minute segments), transcodes them at a lower bitrate (since they're talk, who needs 192Kbps? 32K will do) so they take up less space. Then it automatically transfers them to iTunes, tells iTunes to make them playable from where paused if they're stopped in the middle, and automatically purges the older ones.  So tell me how old and un-with-it I am.
 
2014-05-08 05:24:45 PM
Also, lots of Mexican radio, on the am. It's a wall of voodoo that knocks out birds.
 
2014-05-08 05:27:57 PM
I listen to Kentucky Sports Radio on the AM sometimes (630 WLAP Lexington), but usually on iheart or podcast.
 
2014-05-08 05:36:12 PM

RyansPrivates: Best place to hear traffic reports hear in Dallas is on AM, KRLD (CBS affiliate).  My only AM radio station programmed in because I can invariably get traffic reports on the road, in case the the situation has changed since I checked at the office/home or whatever.


Texas Overnight hosted by Charlie Jones is some of the best programming on 1080 KLRD. Best on most any station. Midnight to 4 am. Jones is a former rock dj. Very thoughtful, intelligent and gracious host.
 
2014-05-08 05:43:55 PM
WLS in Chicago has some good programming.  I always enjoyed Roe Conn.

Also The Score in Chicago has some good sports talk.

Both AM.  But I realize the trend is to migrate to FM.  If either of these stations moved to a new frequency, I'd bet they'd go FM.
 
2014-05-08 06:06:36 PM

dj_spanmaster: I'd read a different article that identified the electromagnetic waves that interfered with birds as the ones in the 50 kHz and 5 MHz range. Would that not include microphones, home phones, and Wi-Fi too?


I'm more interested in the field strength the birds were subjected to. We've been blasting away in the AM for a century now, and it's been on the wain since before we got rid of DDT, leaded gas and acid rain.

Sometimes things get published because no one asks the right question in the review process.
 
2014-05-08 06:42:22 PM

jjorsett: I get my AM radio from the show podcasts. Wrote a Perl script running under a cron job to auto-download them, glue each show together (shows are typically broken into 1-hour or 15-minute segments), transcodes them at a lower bitrate (since they're talk, who needs 192Kbps? 32K will do) so they take up less space. Then it automatically transfers them to iTunes, tells iTunes to make them playable from where paused if they're stopped in the middle, and automatically purges the older ones.  So tell me how old and un-with-it I am.


You use iTunes.
 
2014-05-08 06:53:17 PM
So an induced magnetic field based on the bandwidth of AM, not AM specifically, right? Something that resonates their lodestone I assume.
 
2014-05-08 06:58:58 PM

Fano: Also, lots of Mexican radio, on the am. It's a wall of voodoo that knocks out birds.


And barbecues iguanas.
 
2014-05-08 07:27:35 PM
wildcardjack:

I'm more interested in the field strength the birds were subjected to. We've been blasting away in the AM for a century now, and it's been on the wain since before we got rid of DDT, leaded gas and acid rain.

THIS.  Unless it's a very specific breed, shouldn't there have been some signs if this were a significant impact?
 
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