[AMRadio] League pulls RM-11306

D. Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Sun Apr 29 21:02:27 EDT 2007

>There is plenty of reason to allow AM operation at 1000 watts carrier
>output.  Carrier serves to strongly reduce or eliminate background noise 
>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.

The biggest problem I see is that the FCC would have to admit that they were 
in error with the original p.e.p. ruling.  Government agencies don't like to 
do that.  And it doesn't matter which party is in power.  I watched the FCC 
through the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton administrations. 
Didn't see one iota of difference in FCC behaviour during the entire period.

One factor in our favor would be that Johnny Johnston whose scent seemed to 
pervade the anti-AM FCC proposals throughout the 70's and 80's has now 

The FCC claimed they would be put to a severe hardship to write the power 
output rules in such a way as to maintain the original AM power limit.  But 
they did exactly that with the CB rules.

Originally, CB power was limited to 5 watts DC input.  Then they changed it 
to 4 watts carrier output power for AM and 12 watts p.e.p. output for SSB. 
They could have made a similar ruling with amateur radio power.  750 watts 
carrier output for AM, CW, FM, RTTY and other carrier modes. 1500 watts 
p.e.p. for SSB and other carrierless modes.

One problem now would be that to go to that power  limit definition, would 
cause CW, RTTY and FM to lose privileges.  Under the one-size-fits-all 
approach railroaded through under Johnston, they doubled the historic power 
level for those modes, even though CW probably needed a power increase least 
of all.


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