Answering My Inquiry question – Capstone 5

For capstone my main inquiry question is Which one is better? Satellite radio or AM/FM radio. It took me a couple of days to get it but finally got it. Once I figured out my main inquiry question I immediately started working on capstone. I thought about it because of my mom. She worked for radio and I wanted to learn more. I knew back then was that there were only two types of radio AM/FM radio and Satellite radio. I didn’t know the difference between the two so I decided to do my capstone on that. We have to write an essay on all the information we learned. Here it is…

Satellite Radio vs AM/FM

By Braden

When you think about it, radio is very fascinating. I decided to do radio as my Capstone topic because my mom works for the radio so she can help me. When I started doing my research I figured that there was more to radio than I knew. So much to know. The first thing I found out was that there were two types of radio that you can listen to. The two radio types you can choose from are AM/FM radio and Satellite Radio. AM/FM is local, so it has a limited area and for You can listen to satellite radio, on the other hand,  everywhere, but you have to pay.  


AM/FM Radio

How AM/FM Radio Works

AM/FM radio is a local type of radio. You can listen to AM/FM radio stations that are available in your location. A simplified explanation is that the  sound waves get broadcasted which your antenna receives and translates to your speakers, which your speaker plays. So when the sound wave gets to the car it translates to real words. For a more detailed look, here is a visual diagram:

Advantages and Disadvantage of AM/FM Radio

A major advantage of AM/FM radio is that it is available for free. That’s possible because instead of them raising money from customers, they raise money by charging companies that want to advertise their product on their station.

A major disadvantage of AM/FM radio is that the stations are available in a limited range so you can’t listen to your favorite radio everywhere. And some people say that there are too many commercials. I agree because I’d rather listen to the actual music.

Satellite Radio

How Satellite Radio Works

Satellite radio works mostly with antennas. First, the announcer speaks into the microphone, making his/her voice become soundwaves. Once the soundwaves get to the antenna, the antenna calls a signal to a satellite. People who have a subscription to that satellite service are able to access the satellite radio. The satellite bounces the sound waves to the listening device’s antenna  making the person able to hear the radio.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Satellite Radio

A major advantage of satellite radio is that you can listen to any satellite radio station, anywhere in the world! Also, satellite radio is available without commercials. This means, there aren’t any commercials about people talking about radio.

A major disadvantage, however, is that you need to pay, which is not good. But, imagine that you can listen to NY radio in Asia!

Final Thoughts

My final thoughts of this essay is that satellite radio is better than AM/FM radio. You can listen to your radio wherever ,whenever. All though you have to pay it is pretty cheap. It also doesn’t have a lot of commercials so my personal opinion is that Satellite radio is better than AM/FM radio.



One thought on “Answering My Inquiry question – Capstone 5

  1. I like how you explained why you chose this project. But I think that you should have said that in a previous blog post.

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