[AMRadio] K1MAN thread of discussion

Donald Chester k4kyv at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 4 18:31:06 EDT 2006

>From: Brian Sherrod <ars.w5ami at gmail.com>
>What does any of this K1MAN/W1AW stuff have to do with AM discussion?  
>get back on track here folks.

Actually, there is a connection with the AM community that hits some raw 
nerves, besides the longtime QRM to the AM window caused by his 3890 kc 
"bulletins."  Back in the 1980's during the FCC's AM power proceeding, K1MAN 
filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the FCC's decision.  There was 
supposed to have been a 7-year grandfather period under the old power rule, 
after which the FCC had promised to "reconsider, if there is any 
justification to do so."

During a discussion of the issue with ARRL officials, Dave Sumner mentioned 
that K1MAN's lawsuit had "hardened the FCC's position," and he thought it 
would be very difficult to get them to change their minds at that point.

When they went to court, Baxter totally blew the case, according to other 
AM'ers in attendance.  He acted as his own attorney, and during the court 
proceedings got completely sidetracked onto some tangent about his disaster 
relief efforts with I.A.R.N. following the Mexico City earthquake (which had 
absolutely nothing to do with the AM power issue).  The judge ruled in favor 
of the FCC, saying that the court was routinely "deferring to the expertise" 
of the regulatory agency (the FCC).

Afterwards, I attended an FCC Forum at Dayton, where Johnny Johnston was 
presiding at the Q-A session.  I posed the question, if the FCC was planning 
to follow up on its stated commitment to reconsider the AM power issue at 
the end of the grandfather period, in 1990.  Johnston's reply: "You took us 
to court, remember?"  When I pointed out that it was K1MAN who took the FCC 
to court, Johnston's replay was, "As far as I'm concerned, it was the 
amateur community who took us to court.  That's an issue that got caught up 
in 'circumstances'."

The historic AM power limit may have very well fallen victim to a petty ego 
struggle between Johnston and his hinchmen at the FCC, and K1MAN.

>I've already had two people leave the list

If someone left the list over something so trivial as that one thread of 
discussion, they must be pretty thin-skinned.  I doubt if they were 
contributing very much anyway.  We're probably better off without them.  Is 
the "delete" button broken on their computer?



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