Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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CitroJim wrote:
myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.
Steve, I'm absolutely delighted. It means my valve wirelesses can continue to be useful :-D

I was staggered to hear someone say on R4 today that DAB radio is better quality than analogue FM. I'm sure the Radio 3 buffs don't hold with that at all..

DAB is MP3 basically and analogue FM is just that but with massive dynamic range and wide audio bandwidth with zero compression... The quality is very high.


8I'm wondering if the Radio 3 boys saved the day for us all on this one... For true high fidelity FM is the only transmission medium.
It's not even MP3, it's MP2 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2)

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If enough of the countries road network was covered in anything but patchy 2G then streaming would be possible but for 70%+ of my current trip to another office at the moment I get 2g and then a burst of 3G and then nothing in some spots! Travelling as a car passenger these days along the m6/62 brings it's own connectivity hell :(

My dab experience is more that it just made it easier to find stations on the units as it would scan and then store all the stations by name and having more than bbc stations available over most of the country while driving :)

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CitroJim wrote:
myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.
Steve, I'm absolutely delighted. It means my valve wirelesses can continue to be useful :-D

I was staggered to hear someone say on R4 today that DAB radio is better quality than analogue FM. I'm sure the Radio 3 buffs don't hold with that at all..

DAB is MP3 basically and analogue FM is just that but with massive dynamic range and wide audio bandwidth with zero compression... The quality is very high.


I'm wondering if the Radio 3 boys saved the day for us all on this one... For true high fidelity FM is the only transmission medium.
From what I have read this appears to be true. I believe that the high quality signal that they promised was degraded to give more available bandwidth.
I have never experienced DAB and have no desire to. I have a Sonab receiver, FM only that I very rarely use to listen to Classic FM. Also an Harmon/Kardon receiver with no antenna, just used as an amp for the computer (YouTube mainly) and the dreaded car radio, not tuned to any stations at all. Drive in silence or listen to a CD.

What irritates me is there are lots of people who have invested in expensive FM tuners that will just be hung out to dry if they do drop FM in favour of DAB.
Their kit will be worthless and their only option will be to buy DAB kit for an inferior service.
Also people like yourself with vintage radio. It might glow prettily of a dark evening but will be worthless for anything else.

As that article stresses, FM transmissions are far cheaper anyway so why bother with DAB. A shame for all those that have been sucked in by it of course.

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If memory serves only the BBC national stations were moving to DAB only, local radio was to remain FM until enough people have DAB radios. The agreed criteria for the change was something like 60% of listeners using digital, not just DAB but online and via cable/satellite too.

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im still on MW 945 Gold,

although when out in the jalopy once we get up the A21 ( sorry Jim for mentioning that road :yikes: ) a way the signal fizzles out :roll: #-o ,

its alway on in my workshop though

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Arrrrrggh the A21 :evil: What a road....

I forgive you Malcolm!

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The XM failed to proceed today, or rather failed to start. She had been standing a few days over Christmas, last outing being last Saturday when she ran perfectly.

This morning, to go to work, she didn't ant to know and rewarded me with an odd immobiliser problem. No initial red light, then a red and a green after a fair delay after keying in the (correct) code. Lack of comms with the keypad...

It was resolved by disconnecting the battery leaving it off for a few minutes and reconnecting it. After that everything was perfect and it's been not a problem since.

I presently have another V6 XM owners ECU fitted on test. I have never known my own ECU do this so we may now be finding there might be an issue with the one on test.. More testing is needed.

I also miskeyed the radio code first time and was annoyed at how long it made me wait to re-enter the code :twisted:

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I'm glad I need neither of these anymore :) though I wish I had the cover for the keypad!

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Thing is though Will, if the keypad was disconnected and out of use the fault may not have been so easily diagnosed but then again, if the keypad was disconnected it might not have happened anyway...

Chicken and egg...

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Very true Jim, I just know mine works so far, touching lots of wood! So happy as is but for fault finding it needs to be factory to make it that bit easier to find faults :)

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Went to see PavlosV6 this morning to look at a small problem on his V6. Within minutes of starting up the cooling fans were running at top speed and he was worried it was overheating or the thermostat had stuck shut..

Luckily it was none of that, just a dodgy connection on the Bitron sensor. A clean of the contacts and some in-depth testing and it is all now good. In our testing we found a 2.7K resistor makes a good test substitute sensor as the Bitron measures around 2.7K at 82 degrees...

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You've been a bit quiet Jim. Are you alright?

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I think Jim has found his mojo in a big way and has thankfully been getting his life back and been too busy for us saddos on here :-p

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Hi James, I'm happy to report that I'm very fine and Mike has summed it up fairly well in some respects although I disagree with one part of what Mike says...
Northern_Mike wrote:I think Jim has found his mojo in a big way and has thankfully been getting his life back and been too busy for us saddos on here :-p
But nobody on here is a saddo Mike...

Basically I have taken to heart what I learned on my 10 week course last year. Get fit then said so I have and then some. I swim 5 morning a week before work, I run, I cross-train at least 20 minutes per day, I practice karate twice a week and on top of all that work 4 long days per week. I leave the house most mornings at 06:15 and usually get back home getting on for five. By 8 I'm comatose so to be honest that doesn't leave much time for intensive forum involvement.

My swimming fitness is such that I'm doing 40 lengths of the pool in a session now with time being the limiting factor. It seems no time ago I could barely do a length...

The course also said to get rid of all stress and let nothing stress you. I've taken that to heart too. I never realised just how stressed I still was until very recently actually. Not now... If it stresses me it's out and gone, no questions. It's bloody amazing I still have Citroens really but they don't stress me at all. Never have. A lot of things that do or might have been binned recently though...

Nothing to report on the cars really. They keep going wonderfully well and have needed precious little doing to them recently although I do religiously check them at least once per week.

I ran down to Somerset to see Dad in the XM yesterday. Gosh I love that car so much. It is so good for that sort of work...

So, in short, all is good and very happy. I'm thoroughly enjoying life and feeling good..

I hope to soon find some time to play forums fully again but for now....

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Jim, I (and, I believe, the entire forum) are delighted that you are doing so well. It would seem that you are enjoying yourself (and good health, I sincerely hope), and stress no longer plays a part in your life.

The thing about your Citroens is that, even if they do have a problem, you know them so well that you will be able to either fix them yourself or get somebody like Chris to help out. This means that they are not stressful in any major way, and, in fact, are probably quite restful (as you know that you can fix them, and you enjoy working on them). Now, if you had a much more modern, electronic Citroen, and it threw a wobbly, that might be stressful.

Take care, and long may the recovery continue with such outstanding success.