[AMRadio] ARRL's Threatened Bandwidth Petition - action taken?

peter markavage manualman at juno.com
Fri Jan 14 17:44:37 EST 2005

He might be referring to this Don:
from "THE ARRL LETTER" dated August 24, 2004


The ARRL wants members' comments on a planned petition to the FCC seeking
to regulate amateur subbands by bandwidth rather than by mode. The ARRL
Board of Directors adopted the petition's guiding principle--to create a
regulatory environment more accommodating to newer technologies--two
ago, and it wrapped up its review of a draft petition in late July.

"The main objective is to make appropriate provision for digital modes in
the HF amateur bands, while preserving amateurs' prerogatives to use the
traditional modes," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. "Regulation by
Bandwidth" is the title of Sumner's "It Seems to Us . . ." editorial in
September QST.

The full text is here http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/04/0827/

Pete, wa2cwa

On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 16:33:40 -0500 "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
> Whoa...much confusion here. Yes, see QST Feb 2005 p. 83. 
> 1. It was not an ARRL initiative. It was a petition filed with the 
> FCC by 3 hams who are not ARRL officers and who have no ARRL 
> affiliation that I know of. 
> 2. The FCC denied the petition saying that its current rules were 
> adequate.
> 3. The FCC's response specifically stated that "the petitioners 
> failed to show that there is 'a particular problem' with stations 
> using AM."
> This was an FCC action on a petition not initiated by the ARRL, but 
> simply reported in the pages of QST. 
> As far as I can tell, the ARRL supports the use of AM to the extent 
> that you would expect for that tiny niche of their members who care 
> about AM. Correctly, the ARRL recognizes that AM is not the issue. 
> The issue is whether Powell's FCC will sell the bands out from 
> underneath us to the highest bidder. For some hams, this sellout has 
> already happened in the form of BPL. For the rest of us, AM or 
> other, the wolf is at the door. And the ARRL is the only voice we 
> have.
> 73, Don Merz, N3RHT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of P Cour
> Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 4:11 PM
> To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
> Subject: [AMRadio] ARRL's Threatened Bandwidth Petition - action 
> taken?
> I understand the February issue of QST briefly
> mentions that the League has scuttled the idea of
> petitioning the FCC to segregate our modes and
> activities by bandwidth.
> If this group has indeed abandoned the idea, it will
> have been the result of public protest against such a
> scheme, which the League had aired as a draft proposal
> to elicit comment.
> As far as I know, the group in Newington has never
> revealed the specific comments submitted to its
> volunteeer administrators and/or paid staff. Nor has
> the group even offered a tally of pro and con
> sentiment.
> Anyone on here already have the issue to
> affirm/dispute word the ARRL may have seen the light?
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