[AMRadio] bandplan thoughts

cemilton at aol.com cemilton at aol.com
Fri Dec 14 18:57:49 EST 2007

Well, Pete:

You're a great spokesperson for the ARRL, IMHO.

You make the case I speak of.................  The ARRL will, in 
conjunction with their advertisers, promote a mode/band plan schedule 
that will alllow the manufacturers to profit nicely. (Insert 
here.....more QST ad revenues)  They will allow enough time for 
firmware/software adjustments to be made which will allow, in your 
words, "regulation by bandwidth probably would be a boom for new 
manufacturer production.  I would suspect manufacturers would fully 
support it down the road."  Your words are prophetic for the rice box 
merchants and fully in line with the suspected ARRL agenda.  
Personally, I don't own stock in these rice box 
companies............I'm not interested in their profits or 
technological gains!   I'm a simple ham who knows how to make a 
transmitter and receiver work and who is not afraid to experiment to 
improve that process.  I wish to continue in the mode/emission manner 
that works well for me and many other hams worldwide.  I don't think 
the ARRL leadership is even remotely aware of the operating 
pleasure/challenges that many of us encounter daily on the active ham 

So, here's where we fall off the wagon.................. What about all 
the hams who are still experimenting, building and operating under the 
auspices of their current license permissions?  Who, in the ARRL or 
otherwise, feels it is their place to dictate just what and where the 
ordinary ham operates?  We, as hams, know this already!  We don't need 
to be told or advised of what we already know.

Sure, the ARRL and the rice-box (or similar) manufacturers MUST fall in 
line with whatever a spectrum plan includes.  Otherwise, they couldn't 
make money and sell rigs.  Why wouldn't they agree with the ARRL?  They 
are interested in bottom line profits.............not in Amateur Radio. 
 To think otherwise is naive.

And the ARRL?  It's interested in contributions to it's 401-C3 IRS CODE 

Manufacturers can help them maintain this status if THEY can make the 
market support their products.  Simple economics here!  Or politics!

Dumbing down everything from no-code testing to proficiency exams that 
are nothing more that memory exercises is but one simple way to 
"enlarge" the ranks of membership.  However, I suspect this is a failed 
mission.............just an extension of the prior agendas the ARRL has 
supported. (remember incentive licensing?)

Have you noticed the ARRL is "strongly" promoting Emergency 
Communications as the prime reason Amateur radio even exists?
Simply because it has the attention of 9-11 and Katrina.  The "shack on 
a belt crowd" is highlighted.  The "real" ham who can build a 
transmitter and receiver is ignored.  CW is archaic!  A.M. is simply a 
bunch of guys who reject change.  To me, there is something inherently 
wrong with this.  The first thing to die in an emergency is bandwidth 
provided by cable companies.  I live in Hurricane Alley in 
Florida..............I know!

When will it end?   Who knows!   Maybe it won't............. But I 
think it's important to quit kissing he ARRl's ass just because they 
exist.  I, for one, will make my views known to whomever in the ARRL 
structure is necessary  in an effort to stop the madness.

I don't object to the development of new technology.  In fact, I like 
it.  But I don't want it shoved down my throat.  And I sense there are 
many others out there who feel the same way.

But, in fairness, it's always YMMV.

Put the afterburners in full thrust.........................flame suit 
is intact.

Best 73 to all, es Merry Christmas  ( If this greeting is offensive, 
simply insert your preferred greeting from me.  I will not take away 
from it's meaning to you and my sincerity is the same)



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com>
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 5:51 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] bandplan thoughts

Actually, I think the opposite will happen. Manufacturers generally
design for a five year life-cycle use. Obsolescence generally is built
into the rig by simply using proprietary or custom designed  parts. I
suspect the K3, Flex, and Orion bandwidth algorithm probably can be
changed with a simple software download. The PRO III is bandwidth
algorithm is done in firmware and not easily changed by the customer.
Regulation by bandwidth probably would be a boom for new manufacturer
production. I would suspect manufacturers would fully support it down 

Pete, wa2cwa

On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:49:34 -0600 "Bob Peters" <rwpeters at swbell.net>
> Chuck You are right on target. My big question is why are the
> equipment
> manufacteurs speaking out??? This whole thing will really hurt them
> as
> well... All the expanded SSB gear out there will be obsolete, The
> III the K-3 the Flex, orion, all of these to out past 3 khz and on
> am
> they can go beyond 6 khz. Lots of folks don't understand how
> dangerous
> this whole thing is. Not just to the AM Community but far beyond
> that.
> Is there not anykind of Lobbying group that can get the ball
> rolling??
> We need to put out our $$ to get this rolling!!! Maybe a Class
> action on
> the ARRL would help...
> Make them spend as well... They are getting just like our
> politicians
> using our hard earned $$ to take trips to Brazil..
> I wish that I could write a good letter but my letter writing skills
> are
> really bad!!
> Bob W1PE
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