Duckting

Quack Quack, Signal Distortion
4:51 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Is Your Morning Edition Sounding Fuzzy? You May be Hearing 'Ducting.'

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We have been getting quite a few comments from listeners concerning signal issues during recent broadcasts of Morning Edition. What listeners are hearing is the natural phenomenon of "tropospheric ducting." While tropospheric propagation can do some really cool stuff to radio signals (like bounce them from very, very far away), it mostly just mixes distant signals broadcasting at the same frequency. That's no fun and can result in lot of static or just bad noise. 

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