Yes, that totally sounds like the Amateur Radio Operator next door. Many countries require that the operator be informed of this leakage and given the chance to fix it. “Fix It” doesn’t include selling all their radios and antennas. Many Hams are members of emergency communications networks and they maintain strict testing and regular schedules.
It’s not unusual for the ham at the end of the block to be the only communications with the outside world after a disaster.
WB4WGE PORTABLE 4 AT ARLINGTON RED CROSS
(Actual transmission…by me.)
If you’re getting that much leakage, it shouldn’t be too hard to find them. My stuff tended to be clear voice and a long, single whip antenna at the top of a truck, but the Single Sideband People tend toward the antenna farm at the top of the house.
Normal radio (the one in your car) is wasteful. It sends two identical copies of a voice and all the tools and signals for you to enjoy the show. Single Sideband only sends one copy of the voice and nothing else. Since hams are limited in power, this effectively quadruples their range.
The down side if you have to put the voice back together with an SSB receiver.
I can’t find an example, but you have to “zoom in” to the voice by experimentation. The voice can be too high (Donald Duck) or too low and it’s up to you to get close enough by careful tuning to understand the messages.
As I said, I can’t find an actual example, but there are billions of pages explaining the effect.
Sometimes I find learning easiest with a real-world example. Northern Utah WebSDR lets you listen to actual radio transmissions in SSB (as well as other modes). Move the yellow “bracket” left and right and hear what it sounds like. Try around 14247.50 kHz, USB (Upper Side Band).
(The 20m band seems to very active at the moment.)
I don’t think there is a rule about which sideband to keep. AM produces identical upper and lower.
Useful sound is the difference between either sideband and the center carrier. If the local AM station broadcasts a 5000Hz tone. it will produce “stuff” 5000 up from the carrier and 5000 down. That gives you the 10,000Hz wide AM broadcast channel and the reason AM always sound muffled. No tones over 5000Hz.
There is something I’m missing. We have one of the sidebands. Having the tones go no higher than 8000Hz is actually higher than I would expect. That’s better fidelity than AM radio.
I do wonder about that. With a couple or tricks, I can get close-ish too.
Using “snip.wav” as the work, there are two voices. The first two seconds doesn’t respond the same way that the rest of it does. This is the signature of two transmitters, slightly off from each other. So we’re listening to segments of a conversation.
I did it by making a 800Hz tone at whatever the default volume is 0.5? Same length as the performance.
Make a stereo show with that and the test voice. Reverse it so the tone is on top.
Effect > Vocoder at the default settings. Vocoder is basically a non-linear mixer.
Far as I got. I think this technique is trying to decode the show with the low tones as the lower sideband and the high tones as the upper. That’s why 800Hz as “carrier” seems to sorta work.
I tried Effect > Change Pitch to push it all higher, but that effect is so ratty that the error and distortion swamped any good it might have done. It sounded like gargling a sore throat.