You right, when will hams finally get the message that its transmitter performance that is limiting receiver performance and hence weak signal and hence contest results.
When the light finally comes on, in these splattering hams who ignorantly think that their 10,000 dollar super high dynamic ranges are going to save them, when in reality they no better than a Icom 706 because of the dirty transmitters thats blocking their excellent receivers performance. Maybe when they wake up they might start complaining to the manufacturers of the crummy transceivers and amplifiers.
We have seemingly intelligent engineers even in this forum proudly boasting how good RM Italy CB amplifiers are and how we should all be buying them as a cost effective purchase and completely ignoring the fact
that these amplifiers are worst splatter producers on the ham bands. Then we come to the crummy Russian Tetrode amplifiers that when drive by the latest 10,000 dollar crud generator radios with poor ALC and power spikes that further messes up the band. The overall scenario for the ham bands is a grim future that will soon turn most of the ham bands into a splatter filled band like the CB band thats useless for weak signal work. How do you hear through
this crud and how is any receiver going to help you solve the QRM problem. There is no technology on any radio that can remove this splatter like a DSP blanker or noise blanker. So we better fix it soon.
We fight so hard for better receivers and antennas and all this effort is wasted because we cant as a collective group understand that the transmitters are just as important if we all want to enjoy using the best antennas and receivers.
The ham transceiver manufacturers clearly have not got the message that their transmitters are crap. At the end of the day we only have ourselves to blame because our understanding of the issue of transmitter spectral purity is so poor. When hams dont care about polluting their own backyard then there is no hope about fixing the problem. The way hams are behaving in regard to this matter is plain dumb and very unprofessional technically.
Then we come to the other group of selfish operators who dont have an idea of what harm they cause with excessive bandwidth and splatter. These operators are ESSB operators who have done more to cause excessive splatter than the transceivers with poor transmitters. You have so many ESSB audiophools running around the band with stacks of audio boxes and who dont even have a receiver to monitor the harm that they are causing. The way ESSB sis practiced, its just a glorified version of a CB amplified microphone with the same consequences. All knobs to the right with with the worst TX audio that I have heard on the ham bands. Who needs enemies when you have ESSB friends who are clearly deaf!
Now that we have SDR receivers we can see and measure the damage, and its unfortunate that hams as a collective majority wont stop this madness. The solution is very simple. Make all ham transceiver and amplifiers meet ITU standards as a legal requirements as a minimum. This is wishful thinking since the ARRL and RSGB keep on reviewing radios with poor transmitters as if there is no problem. They not even looking for transmitter faults in their reviews, as if transmitters are all 100% perfect. Their stupidity is again reflected how they constantly prattle on for 3 or 4 paragraphs on receiver numbers and grossly miss the point about the impact of real transmitter performance in negating the performance of these super receivers. Blind leading the blind or Mr Dumb and Mr Dumber promoting excessive receiver performance that cannot be realized in the real world......Talking about receiver performance like its the end game in ham station performance indicates how out of touch these reviewers are. . A lot of hams have to wake up, or very soon some of the CB hams will be turning up with their Class C transmitters on SSB and claiming that its OK and clean enough.
If most USA hams operated in Europe during contest there would be a outcry the splatter is so bad. You guys can hear all the bad signals from thousands of miles away. Imagine how bad it is for us when they just down the road and all the signals are 50 to 60db over S9. Its called a disaster for the ham bands! A tsunami of crud from poor equipment.
Yup hams sure dont get it!
Watching Field Day in Europe on WebSDR, UX2IO is splattering +/-20 kHz up and down 20 meters (14209 kHz). There are many others splattering, but he is by far the worst I have seen. It looks like the SuperBowl guys on 27.025 MHz. Shameful.