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Thanks for the information. I believe that the most important point that you mentioned is the preponderance of man (or woman) made noise in today’s home environment.
Back when I was “Lost in the 50’s” I had copies of White’s Radio Log (published in some electronics magazine) and I was quite the AM DXer with my old junkyard Buick tube car radio (25 cents if I removed it myself which I did) which I converted to base use. I very cleverly replaced the vibrator with two pieces of #12 wire and ran it on 6 VAC. Despite the 0Z4 rectifier this radio was a “hot” receiver (still have it and it still works!). At the time I lived in a small rural farming town in West Central Ohio and even using a 3 foot whip antenna I could receive stations from hundreds of miles out. On a GE clock radio using the “all American five*” I would regularly listen to WLS from Chicago and WJR (you have heard of them haven’t you?) from Detroit.
But things have changed. Today it is virtually impossible to listen to AM radio, even local stations, in my home due to the QRM (man made noise) coming from almost anything that screws in or plugs into the AC lines here. I suspect that even our friends in rural areas have the same situation.
Thanks to all reading this for letting me ramble a bit but it all comes down to signal to noise ratio at the receiver when it pertains to AM reception and satisfactory listening. Sadly, the AM band is over populated and the QRM and other distractions deprives youngsters, as I once was, from enjoying the adventure of tuning in the DX (distant) stations. Despite my school activities and my after school job I had time to play with radio. Then I discovered girls….
*The door prize goes to anyone who can tell me what the All American Five is. Hint: 35W4, 50C5,…. The door prize is my continuing respect and admiration.