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Loud Transmissions means that a significant number of transmissions recorded on a scanner have had unusually high observed audio levels. The levels can be lowered by adjusting a control in the Windows Sound user interface.
In the normal default software configuration, transmissions with extremely high audio levels are rejected by the software (never sent into Rangecast). This is to screen out transmissions with no meaningful content (for example, digital data or static). If the audio level from the scanner is abnormally high, then real transmissions may be screen out by this filter, resulting in missing content on channels received by that scanner.
Note that since Multisync makes scanners collaborate on reception, so that each transmission is captured by only a single radio, this kind of error may result in missing content even if other radios in the same operational cluster are healthy. In other words, the presence of healthy scanners receiving the same content does NOT provide operational redundancy to mitigate the effect of this kind of error.
Lower the audio levels in Windows Sound for the audio input from the scanner.
[FAQ-1067] Adjusting Windows audio input levels
The Rangecast audio recording process compresses audio to support a wide dynamic range, but if the levels are too high or low, quality is compromised (and some transmissions may even be discarded). A level control is available in Windows Sound to adjust the input levels from each scanner, and Rangecast provides information about observed levels to help determine when adjustments are needed.