Radio, in which parameter is the information?

1. Mar 19, 2006

Helicobacter

When I listen to radio, then I know that the radio gets the information from electromagnetic radio waves. But in which parameter is the information of the song/news/output/whatever included?

It can't be amplitude, since amplitude decreases with distance of obstruction, and the data most people receive is relatively identical.

it can't be frequency/wavelength, since every channel has a constant frequency assigned to.

2. Mar 19, 2006

rachmaninoff

3. Mar 20, 2006

Staff: Mentor

In the USA, each FM channel actually spans a frequency range of 0.2 MHz. For example, a station that broadcasts at 90.1 MHz actually uses frequencies between 90.0 and 90.2 MHz.

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/oddno.html

The diagram on that page has a typographical error. FM Channel 202 should be labeled as 88.3 MHz.

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4. Mar 20, 2006

DaveC426913

AM = amplitude modulation
FM = frequency modulation

Remember that the radio freq is a carrier wave. This means that the (AM)680kHz wave or (FM)107.1 MHz wave is modulated to provide a much lower normal humans range signal riding on top.

FM = the frequency of the carrier is modulated to carry sounds in the normal human range
AM = the amplitude of the carrier is modulated to carry sounds in the normal human range