[AMRadio] League pulls RM-11306

Bill Smith hbco2 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Apr 29 16:29:49 EDT 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Markavage" <manualman at juno.com>


> Jim:
> What justification would you or someone present to the FCC raise the
> power level back to 1000 watts as it was a number of years ago?
> And Bill said: a petition for an AM Window from 3870 to 3885.
> I view the AM Window (if you want to call it that) from 3600 to 4000 KHz.
> I see no rational to live and operate in a 15 KHz box.

There is plenty of reason to allow AM operation at 1000 watts carrier
output.  Carrier serves to strongly reduce or eliminate background noise and
provide a comfortable communications environment.  AM was severely
short-changed by the 1500 watt PEP regulation.  AM stations are now
restricted to only 350 watts carrier.

A correction re the quoted statement.  There is no need to petition the FCC
for an AM window, IHMO that would be counter-productive.  The ARRL should
consider recommending a 3870 to 3885 KHz AM window in it's 80 meter band
plan.  That doesn't mean that AM will not be heard outside the window, or
that stations using other modes cannot operate inside the window.  It would
suggest that if a station were looking for an AM contact, that one might
likely be found inside the window.  It would also serve to reduce the
conflict between AM and SSB by identifying an band area where AM operation
is anticipated and encouraged.  15KHz, even 25 KHz considering sidebands,
isn't a big slice of the 80 meter band.

73 de Bill, AB6MT
hbco2 at sbcglobal.net

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