How to Convert to a Digital Radio

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There are many benefits to converting to digital radio. For example, digital radio is delivered with clear CD sound quality. There are also, very often, more channel options available on digital radio. Because digital broadcast signals do not require as much space in the radio frequency spectrum as analogue broadcast signals do, radio stations that simultaneously broadcast in digital and analogue format are able to offer additional programming options. When multiple broadcast channels are transmitted on one analogue radio signal, it's called multicasting. To pick up these additional multicast channels, you must convert to digital radio.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

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    List all of the places where you routinely listen to radio. The possibilities may include in your car, in your home, while you're out jogging or walking around outside. Based on the list you compiled, determine what types of radio receivers you most frequently use. For example, car radio receiver, clock radio receiver, stereo receiver, portable radio receiver and so forth.

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    Replace each of the analogue radio receivers you have been routinely using with an HD radio receiver. Not to be confused with HDTV technology, where the initials HD stand for High Definition, the "HD" in "HD radio" originally stood for "Hybrid-Digital." This is because in current digital radio broadcasting, digital radio signals are transmitted along with analogue radio signals. The term "HD radio" is actually a trademark name for the standard digital audio broadcasting technology developed by the iBiquity Digital Corporation. HD radio receivers are now readily available through online retailers, store retailers and through factory-installed automotive upgrades. However, HD radios are currently more expensive than their analogue counterparts. If you're on a budget, you may not be able to replace all of your analogue radio receivers with HD radio receivers at one time. In this case, you may want to start by replacing the radio receiver you use most frequently.

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    Set up the HD radio. Setting up an HD radio receiver is no different from setting up an analogue radio receiver. For example, to set up a stereo HD radio receiver, simply connect the radio's antenna to the antenna terminals on the back of the HD radio receiver. Once this connection is made, the radio is set up to receive over-the-air digital radio broadcasts. Refer to the HD radio owner's manual for more specific instructions on how to set up your particular HD radio receiver.

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