What does an AM transmission sound like when heard on an FM receiver?
How about an IMAGE of an AM transmission heard on an FM band?
Occasionally, (on average, once an hour) I hear what sounds like off-
frequency splatter from an adjacent channel close to the one I
have tuned in my scanner. The frequency I'm tuned to is 154.935,
which is Ohio L.E.E.R.N. (used for police mutual aid, etc.).
The transmission I hear is audible but garbled, but definitely not
the "Donald Duck" sideband, but more like bleedover (splatter)
you hear on an adjacent CB channel if someone is transmitting
really close by.
I can't make out what the person is saying, but I do seem to hear
that familiar (400Hz?) background hum you hear on most tranmissions from
aircraft on the AM Air band.
My first assumption is that its simply off-frequency bleed, so I set
the scanner to scan three frequencies above and three below the
154.935, in the usual 5Khz spacing (.920, .925, .930, *.935*,
940, .945, .950) in hopes of "bracketing" the bleedover and catching
it on a frequency nearby. No luck. This lead me to think that perhaps
I was picking up an AM Air frequency image in the 150MHz FM VHF band.
So, I whip out the calculator and sure enough,
154.935 - 21.4 (2*10.7 IF) = 133.535 lands me right in the
AM Air band. Three questions:
1. What does an AM transmission sound like on FM? Garbled?
2. What is the likelihood that an AM image will show up and
break squelch on an FM band 21.4MHz above?
3. 133.535 MHz I do not recognize as any frequency being used
by either Cleveland Hopkins or Akron/Canton airports. Does not
show up anywhere in Police Call. (which really did not surprise me)
Any insight from anyone?
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