|[AMRadio] bandplan thoughts|
cemilton at aol.com
cemilton at aol.com
Sat Dec 15 09:55:09 EST 2007
"They have their own people to do that when THEY feel it's appropriate"
Kinda sums it up..................
The ones of us who subscribe to the AM reflector have seen, in print,
the rather nasty note the Great Lakes director penned. And, we've seen
the pages of QST and the ARRL Newsletter devoid of information
pertaining to IARU proceedings of late.
Guess "they" don't think any of this is appropriate enough to warrant
We've seen the ARRL jump the tracks any number of times where "they"
made decisions that were not necessarily in the best interest of ham
For the amateur community the ARRL is the only lobby in Washington we
have to represent our collective radio interests. I expect them to
represent me and all amateur operators fairly and to be forthcoming in
their plans and decisions........BEFORE the fact, not after.
The IARU thing is a done deal. We can only wait for the other shoe(s)
to drop beginning in January.
My crystal ball is no better or worse than the others on this
reflector, but I firmly believe the IARU bandplan for Region 2 is the
springboard for change that the ARRL will pursue with the FCC and
ultimately result in major changes in Part 97............some of which
will drastically affect many operators across the USA and maybe beyond.
It's just one man's opinion. I feel strongly about it. And to those
who have taken similar views to the top of the ARRL and IARU, more
power to you.
As before, YMMV...................
Best 73 to all
From: Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com>
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 9:48 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] bandplan thoughts
Sorry Chuck but I'm not a spokesperson for the ARRL They have their own
people to do that when they feel it's appropriate. As a member, the ARRL
is my representative and spokesman in arenas where I have limited or no
You said: "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
for me and many other hams worldwide. I don't think the ARRL
is even remotely aware of the operating pleasure/challenges that many of
us encounter daily on the active ham bands."
In my opinion, I don't see anyone stopping you from continuing to what
you like to do as part of your ham radio activities.
You said: The "real" (ed. "real" I'll assume this is your own personal
definition) 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."
Lovers of homebrew, CW, AM, Digital, QRP, Packet, Contesting, traffic
nets, etc. are all "special interest" groups of ham radio operators. The
ARRL has said on a number of occasions that as long as there is interest
in these activities, the ARRL will continue to support them. The "etc"
probably includes dozens and dozens more. Trying to maintain an
support for all them at the same time can be a monumental task even for
On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 18:57:49 -0500 cemilton at aol.com writes:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> So, here's where we fall off the wagon.................. What about
> the hams who are still experimenting, building and operating under
> auspices of their current license permissions? Who, in the ARRL or
> otherwise, feels it is their place to dictate just what and where
> ordinary ham operates? We, as hams, know this already! We don't
> to be told or advised of what we already know.
> Sure, the ARRL and the rice-box (or similar) manufacturers MUST fall
> line with whatever a spectrum plan includes. Otherwise, they
> make money and sell rigs. Why wouldn't they agree with the ARRL?
> are interested in bottom line profits.............not in Amateur
> To think otherwise is naive.
> And the ARRL? It's interested in contributions to it's 401-C3 IRS
> Manufacturers can help them maintain this status if THEY can make
> market support their products. Simple economics here! Or
> Dumbing down everything from no-code testing to proficiency exams
> are nothing more that memory exercises is but one simple way to
> "enlarge" the ranks of membership. However, I suspect this is a
> mission.............just an extension of the prior agendas the ARRL
> 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
> a belt crowd" is highlighted. The "real" ham who can build a
> transmitter and receiver is ignored. CW is archaic! A.M. is simply
> bunch of guys who reject change. To me, there is something
> wrong with this. The first thing to die in an emergency is
> 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
> it. But I don't want it shoved down my throat. And I sense there
> many others out there who feel the same way.
> But, in fairness, it's always YMMV.
> Put the afterburners in full thrust.........................flame
> 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)
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