[AMRadio] How can we rid the HF bands of AM ?

Geoff w5omr at satx.rr.com
Sun Aug 7 02:23:52 EDT 2005

Donald Chester wrote:

>> I was reading though the recent freebie copy of World Radio News 
>> today, and
>> someone had written in asking how "we could rid the HF bands of AM" !!!
>> They didn't publish the call of who asked the question.   The issue 
>> is at my
>> office now, so I can't provide the page number, but it's in one of 
>> the "ask
>> your question" sections.
> In WorldRadio (the west coast ham radio rag published on newsprint), 
> John B. Johnston, W3BE, retired chief of the Rulemaking Division of 
> the Private Radio Bureau of the FCC that used to be in charge of ham 
> radio rulemaking matters, publishes a monthly column on RULES & REGS.  
> The column is basically Q-A format, with Johnston sometimes inserting 
> his own comments as a "W3BE-O-GRAM."
> Many readers of this forum will recall that Mr. Johnston seemed to 
> pursue a consistently anti-AM policy throughout the 20+ years he was 
> involved with FCC rulemaking.  He first gained notoriety within the AM 
> community when he advocated eliminating AM, in the guise of 
> "deregulation," under the mid-1970's bandwidth proposal in Docket 
> 20777 (not unlike the proposal that ARRL is currently discussing).  
> Later, he was a strong defender of the 1990 AM power reduction, and 
> typcially replied to objections from the amateur community by putting 
> a spin on his response in such a manner to totally evade whatever 
> issue was brought up.
> In the June 2005 column most of the Q-A's are about Field Day and who 
> can and cannot operate a given licensee's station, but here's the one 
> Mark was referring to:
> Q: How can we rid our HF bands of AM?
> A. That would require an amendment to Section 97.3(c)(5), at least.
> W3BE-O-GRAM: That would be much harder done than said.

So, W3BE is speaking of experience, as one who tried himself to rid the
bands of AM.

Interesting.  Have to remember that call...

W3BE      USA


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