Avoiding The "How Do I Sound?" Trap

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N1BCG, May 27, 2020.

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  1. WA1UIL

    WA1UIL Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My take on the "How's my audio" thing is its just a way of generating more conversations. It does in rare cases make the OM know he's got RF in the audio or the Cal-Rad lapel mike he's using sounds a bit thin and needs to be looked into. But for the most part its just filler for what would be a ho-hum round table. Most hams (not all) are in the age where hearing is a lost art given the repeating the XYL has puts up with.
    And these are the people who you trust to coach you in making adjustments to your audio so THEY can hear you better?
    There's a freq on 160 that critiques every station that comes along and its quite hilarious to hear the "unwitting operator" sucked into repeating "Mary Had a Little Lamb 2000 times while directed to make adjustments to their transceiver. It beats watching TV!
    As for 'BCG" He also gets my vote on the stellar audio on 3875 ish. By in far he has the nicest, smoothest,cleanest, audio(and S-50 signal) BUT stay away from 160 !!!!
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  2. W9WQA

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    want you mic checked?. just listen around 7225-7250 at night for jimmy the mic checker.he grabs everyone passing by and his first question is ,"what mic are you using?. then, "let me help you set it right.
    setup is the same for everyone. i had to tell him one night, 'jimmy you audio is strong and hissy,sounds bad' ! he adjusted better but the next time i heard him he was "hot"
    give a listen. answer his cq and he will grab you... call ends in "dob"
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  3. KQ9J

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    Best to just set your audio/EQ/processor the way you like it and not even ask. If somebody tells you you sound like crap, make a note of it. If more than one person, independent of each other, tells you that you sound like crap they may have a point. It's just too subjective.

    If you have to ask how your audio sounds, then you have never listened to yourself on your rig's monitor and/or another receiver. That's really the way to do it before you do anything else.

    I've never had anyone tell me I had bad audio on CW so that's another idea for avoiding the "trap" :p
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  4. KA8NCR

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    I smell a business opportunity to sell "SSB rated" mic cables using "custom designed" Neutrik connectors. Will improve punch, clarity, intelligibility without impacting warmth and imaging.

    $70 per 10 ft. Available in black, red, blue or Augusta green, just in case you happen to work field day on a certain golf course (TV sports people should get that).
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  5. WA4ILH

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    Will the cables already be broken in so all of the electrons are lined up in the proper polarity?
    Tom WA4ILH
  6. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just converse with a local person who knows my voice, and if they say it sounds like me, I'm good.

    As for random people asking me about their audio, I claim I have hearing issues and have to strain to make out some words, so I'm probably not the person to ask...
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  7. N7WR

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    I like my audio two ways. I have a deep voice so some adjustments are needed . For DX I like a little punch with higher frequency response. For rag chewing just nice clean, no punch audio. I played the game of having a ham friend whom I have known for over 50 years and who knows my voice assist me. I got very tired of playing the game of adjusting the three band equalizers and gave up. My solution. I turn the output power on the rig down to 5 watts into a dummy load. I use a second receiver with no antenna attached to listen to myself. I set it for rag chew audio and note the settings where I get the audio where I like it. I then do the same for the DX/punch audio and note the settings. Done once and never need to do it again as long as I don't change to a different microphone--which I don't. My Heil has served me well for at least 25 years.
  8. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dan, that's what the filter is for. :D
  9. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tom, you carry a lot of judgments in the preferences you've expressed below.
    I have heard people make fun of "space shuttle audio" and that people with excessively narrow bandwidth, probably have narrow mindwidth besides.

    But here, said gently, this hobby does not consist only of the operating parameters you have achieved for yourself, based on your interests.

  10. WA4ILH

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    point taken. I try to do the best with my modest station. I do not own an amplifier or a "contest" antenna system. Art Collins was one of the first to recognize that reducing the lows on a SSB helped on long range communications. (mostly HF aviation) To each his own.
    Tom WA4ILH
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