[AMRadio] The new FCC rules are here!


John Wright n1fcu at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 28 12:44:04 EDT 2006


anyone got a 14 year old daughter/granddaughter (like
in the cell phone commercials) to
translate/communicate for us old timers?
That would keep the FCC monitors listening for sure.
[a lesson in 'burst' communications]

--- "Stevan A. White" <w5saw at pathwayz.com> wrote:

> 200 Spoken WPM, huh?  That lets me out, and Bob, and
> a bunch of other folks
> from the Lone Star State.  Some nerve...  Maybe we
> can use the linked 2m
> system IF we can cut in between the signal reports
> (mine's always at "four
> bars") and grocery lists!  ;-)
> 
> Best Regards,
> Steve White, W5SAW
> SW Commercial Electronics
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: W1EOF [mailto:w1eof at hamnutz.com] 
> Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 10:47 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio
> Subject: [AMRadio] The new FCC rules are here!
> 
> 
> 
> A bit of humor... please no flaming or arguing over
> this.
> Life is short. Enjoy radio.
> 
> 73,
> 
> Mark W1EOF
>
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> ~~~~~~~
> > Dateline, Washington, DC
> >
> > The FCC today took what they described as an
> important new step to 
> > reduce QRM on amateur frequencies by setting
> standards for voice 
> > speeds. The docket #200-4U will become official in
> the Part 97 amateur 
> > regulations effective April First.
> >
> > Citing frequent complaints about "long, boring
> conversations" on the 
> > ham bands, especially 75 meters, the Commission
> moved to impose a new 
> > standard on voice operations requiring all
> conversations to be at a 
> > speed of "at least 200 spoken words-per-minute".
> >
> > The Commission in its ruling was especially
> critical of what they 
> > called "long winded, often endless conversations
> by old men talking 
> > about their prostate problems and other needs to
> get up and go to the 
> > bathroom several times during the night".
> >
> > FCC staffers say they have personally heard
> conversations about 
> > nothing that went for hours and tied up
> frequencies that could be used 
> > by faster talkers. Official Observer stations have
> received 
> > instructions to listen to suspect conversations
> and count the number 
> > of words-per-minute spoken. Those QSOs which fail
> to meet the minimum 
> > speed requirements will be noted and the operators
> involved will 
> > receive Official Observer Advisory Notices
> encouraging them to follow 
> > the rules or risk receiving notice of apparent
> violation citations 
> > from the FCC.
> >
> > Some hams in southern states complained the new
> regulation will impose 
> > a burden on them because they naturally talk more
> slowly than those up 
> > north. They are suggesting that frequencies be set
> aside for slow 
> > speed discussions concerning favorite countrymusic
> artists 
> > (particularly Don Williams), NASCAR, huntin' and
> feeshin' 
> > (particularly bass and brim). FCC says it may
> consider that in future 
> > rulemaking.
> >
> > In a separate press release, the American Radio
> Relay League said they 
> > are also concerned about two-meter operation where
> little is discussed 
> > except "full quieting and items to be picked up on
> the way home". The 
> > League said that sort of thing is boring and is
> usually spoken very 
> > slowly as well, far below the 200 words-per-minute
> minimum. The League 
> > suggested conversations on how to help raise more
> money for League 
> > activities would be especially welcomed and will
> be encouraged. Future 
> > issues of QST will contain special pull-out
> sections containing 
> > recommended topics for on-air discussion to
> brighten up QSOs.
> 
> 
> 
> 
>
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