[AMRadio] response to your comments...

W5OMR/Geoff w5omr at satx.rr.com
Thu Jan 12 04:55:46 EST 2006

Hello, Rick.

Recently, the following has come to light...

Proceeding: RM-11306     Type Code: CO
Date Received/Adopted: 01/10/06    Date Released/Denied:
Document Type: COMMENT    Total Pages: 1
File Number/Community:    DA/FCC Number:
Filed on Behalf of: Richard L. Tannehill
Filed By:
Attorney/Author Name:    Document Date:
Complete Mailing Address:
5410 W. diana Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302 -4870
Brief Comment

I agree with the ARRL petition for regulation by bandwidth, and support 
it, with one major exception.
The League claims that their plan does not favor one mode over another. 
Not true. It favors AM-DSB
operators. It would allow for 9 KHz AM modulation, in bands which 
otherwise are limited to 3.5 KHz.
These include the lower HF bands, which are quite crowded at times. The 
solution is simply to
restrict AM-DSB to above 28.5 MHz. (10 meters & above) Amateurs and the 
league have been
upset in the past over wide-SSB modulation, meant to improve audio 
quality. AM is no different from
this. It is an old modulation that adds nothing to advancing the 
technological art, and should be
confined to bands where there is ample spectrum available.

Richard L. Tannehill P.E. - W7RT

ARRL Life Member
(45-years amateur licensed)

The comments that follow, are the immdiate reactions from but one of 
several disscussion areas on the 'web, that discuss AM Activities.

Who does he think invented Class D/E?  Engineers that were -not- hams?  
I'm not sure what the percentage is, but I think it's actually fairly 
high, that the number station engineers (for lack of a better term, in 
today's times) who do work in radio/broadcasting, are also ham radio 

In 1996, I was introduced to a Class E 40m amplifier, that looks no 
bigger (if not smaller) than the two transistor, solid-state amp I use 
for mobile operation, and the Class E amp used 1 device.  12v @ 50amps, 
I think, for something like 500w CW.
In the late 1980's, a ham I know was using solid-state circuitry to 
directly drive the grids of a Class B modulator.  Now, that was some 
radical thinking, and the old timers let him know about it... that is, 
until they heard it.  They were convinced.

For someone to say that there's no advancement in the 'old modulation', 
with "nothing to advancing the technological art", my reply is "go back 
and do your homework, before such a blanket statement is made.

45 years as a ham... probably got a ticket when he around 20'ish..
I'm reminded of a new-classic, favorite, one-liner...

"Why is it that the narrowest of minds,
are found in the fattest of heads?"

Thanks for the input, we need to save AM ON ALL HF BANDS

Based on his argument, CW, SSB, FM and RTTY should be eliminated also.  All
are VERY old technologies that could be replaced with high tech digital
modes.  There's room in ham radio for all of our sub-hobbies.  I wish
everyone would quit acting like their particulat interests are the only
valid parts of the hobby.

Personally, I like operating vintage equipment on AM, chasing DX especially
on 80M and 6M, and designing antennas.  I haven't ever used any of the
digital modes which is kind of ironic since I am an Electrical Engineer and
design digital ICs for a living (including some digital modulation systems
that use DSP).  I plan to start building an EME station so I may go digital
to work stations below the noise.  Somehow I don't think that will be as
satisfying as hearing my own CW echo off the moon though.

I like to see most HF bands segmented into three regions:

1.  CW only (probably about 50-75 kHz per band
2.  Digital modes only (another 50-75 kHz per band)
3.  Phone only (SSB, AM, Hi-Fi SSB, FM, and whatever else) on the rest of
the band

Each region would be exclusive for the specified modes.  This would cut down
on cross-mode QRM  in general and especially during contests.  While not
specified above, a small segment of each band reserved exclusively for
legacy modes (like AM) would be nice.  I suspect that this plan is way too
simple for most, but it seems like it would work and it's not that big of
change from the way the HF bands are used today.

typical appliance operator, plug it in and talk, ham radio is about teaching
old and new ways, i guess building radios should be outlawed next

This guy is VERY short sighted if he thinks AM is going to be
a big problem. He hasn't heard ANYTHING until he has heard the
band-polluting garbage waiting in the wings from the digital
modes that ARRL wants to be used from DC to Daylight!

The pests that push Winlink/Pactor on amateur radio have
their careless, hazardous operation for a few years now.

I will no longer to pay to help ARRL destroy amateur radio
with their foolish, ill-considered bandwidth proposals
and the dishonest claim that they have adequately consulted
radio amateurs before making this proposal.
It has been roundly rejected by the vast majority of hams
in discussions in a variety of forums. Yet they blindly
press on!

I don't place much greater hope in FCC any more.
But we should all let them know how disgusted we are with the

Your opinion may vary. My mind is made up.

Yes, the behavior of the anti-AMers is absurd too!
They need to get something other than air between their ears!

have to agree W7RT need to check into a rest home for the warped. as for 
the ARRL  what i do not understand is WHY we keep putting these fools 
back in office ? i keep my membership just so i can vote for the new guy 
each time. and stay in the dxcc program. other then that the ARRL is 
about useless anymore.

So, there you have it, Rick.
I believe you've -touched a nerve-.  This is only some of the input from 
1 of countless forums that are in place for the technical discussion of 
Amplitude Modulatoin.

You might want to go back, and review some procedure, and listen to some 
On-Air AM discussions, compare and relate them to typical SSB 
discussions today, and tell me who talks more 'technically'?  Who's 
building something?  and who's sending yet another peice of commercial 
gear off to the repair shop, because they don't have a clue as to how to 
fix their own gear?

Why are you upset/obsessed with AM being allowed to exist?  Please, 
don't tell me it's because the 'bands are crowded'.  They're that way, 
because the big three (Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom) has lobbied the Armanian 
Rump Rubbers League with their incessant whining of "we're not making 
enough money", so they convince ARRL to tell the FCC to lower/drop 
requirements for a license, and we'll give you 'x' amount of money for 
each radio sold".  That's when we started seeing more and more CB'ers 
come into the picture.

AM Operation isn't the enemy to Amatuer Radio.  A Lot of people think 
its' the ARRL, but what it really boils down to, is the market nowadays 
to appeal to by YeaComWood are the Appliance Operator, who can just go 
buy a transciever, buy an antenna, buy the coax, hire someone to hook it 
up (because he doesn't posses the knowledge) and -then- boldly (however 
inaccurate the statement is) claim "I'm A Ham".   (sheesh)

Before I close, let me leave you with this Story...


*What AM Is To Me*

by John E. Coleman, WA5BXO

*O*perating AM is not about communicating using the most efficient mode 
of transmission or the latest technology. It is about technical 
understanding of what is really happening in one's transmitter. Not just 
the standard old definitions but down in the nitty-gritty. It is about 
understanding the technology of old and new. It's about understanding 
why one circuit is better suited for a job than another even though both 
have the same definition. It is about home-brew equipment and 
modifications. It is about fellowship and a gentleman's mannerisms. It 
is about fun in learning. It's a little new stuff mixed with some 
nostalgia and used in a mode that is pleasurable to the operator and the 

Sounds a lot like Ham Radio in general.

Don't misunderstand me, there is a lot more to Ham Radio than operating 
AM. There are so many aspects of Ham Radio that I'm sure I could not do 
the list justice. For this I am glad. Ham Radio has always been the 
seeds of electronic and communication technology. And I hope it 
continues to be.

Somewhere deep in my brain are the memories of the days of learning and 
wonderment. I can not forget the first time I saw the bottom of the 
Sears 1950 TV as the repairman went in with his meter and hand tools to 
repair the set so that I could watch Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on the 
next Saturday Morning. All the tubes glowing and how did it get in there 
(the picture and the sound) I asked myself and many others. Then later 
while in high school and having upgraded to general class, I was 
privileged to not only see some of the greatest radio transmitters to 
have ever been home brewed, but I was known by the men that built them 
on a first name basis. Walking in to the shack of K5SWK in the evening 
to see the 833s and 866s glowing and to hear the feedback from the 
modulation transformer and slight hum of the pole pegs is a memory that 
will always make me stop what I doing and ponder the nostalgia. Do I 
operate AM because I can't let go of a childhood memory? You bet I do. 
And I hope to stir some of those memories in others if possible and to 
plant some seeds of my own.

Many Thanks and 73 to those Elmers

Wayne, W5FJS
Otis, K5SWK
Tom, K5IBW
Koby, K5MZH
Jake, K5IQV
Bill, WA5DWX 	Gene, WA5ATH
Gene, W5HQJ
Roy, W5MRY
Steve, K5LTK
Ronnie, K5MKB
Don, K4KYV

This is just to name a few and I know that a lot are silent keys and 
some have changed their calls. But I will always remember them with the 
calls heard first.

(BY the way, Rick, this is the same guy, that back in the 80's was using 
solid state devices to control big tube transmitters.)

I went looking for your name.. and instead of going to www.qrz.com, I 
simply typed your call into 'Google'...

I came up with
"If re-elected, I will continue to work for morse test speed reduction 
in all nations. I will also work for suppression, then removal of 
article S25.5 in the ITU treaty to allow each nation to decide it's own 
requirements for amateur licensing. If required, I will then work with 
the FCC to eliminate pass/fail morse testing in the American exams."

That statement, alone, sums it up for me.

If that's not endorsement enough to want to learn CW, just to join 
FISTS, I don't know what is.

73 = Best Regards,

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