[AMRadio] bandplan thoughts

Peter Markavage manualman at juno.com
Tue Dec 18 13:09:53 EST 2007

Well, thanks for this rather enlightening view of the ARRL/big three and
ARRL/FCC ongoing conspiracies. It adds a new dimension to the "X-File"
syndrome. It also seems clear that some don't really have a clear
understanding of the dealer/manufacturer relationship but that's also
probably another conspiracy. I'm also happy to see that we can inject
some humor into our posts from time to time.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Sun, 16 Dec 2007 06:06:18 -0600 Geoff/W5OMR <ars.w5omr at gmail.com>
> Peter Markavage wrote:
> > You said: "Explain to me why CW is no longer a requirement for a 
> Ham Radio license"
> >
> > This question really should be addressed to 
> But, it wasn't.  You beat the ARRL drum rather loudly, Pete.  I (and 
> others) have been saying the same thing about the ARRL and the 
> YeaCommWood bunch for a while, now.  The manufacturers whine and 
> complain that they are not selling enough radios.  They strike a 
> deal 
> with the ARRL (need I remind you, that the FCC consideres the ARRL 
> as 
> being -the- "voice" of Ham Radio?) and give them 'x' amount of 
> dollars 
> if they lower the licensing requirements so more people can become 
> hams 
> and they can (*gasp*) sell more radios.
> Pure economics 101, with some back-room lawyering going on.
> YeaCommWood tells the ARRL "here, we'll do -this- for you if you'll 
> do 
> 'that' for us", the ARRL slips the bribe in their pocket and then 
> rares 
> back on it's hind haunches and tells the FCC that Amateur radio 
> needs to 
> do 'this and that', gets it done, and now Johnny Novice no longer 
> has to 
> draw a schematic of a transmitter, he can chose from multiple guess 
> answers, or Johnny Novice no longer has to know CW faster than 5wpm 
> to 
> use Voice on HF, or (latest) Johnny Novice now no longer has to know 
> CW 
> at -all- to get a Ham License and it's all done, Pete, in the name 
> of 
> 'selling more radios' so that the 'shack on a belt' crowd can spend 
> their money on the new YeaCommWood radio that costs as much as an 
> economy automobile! 
> 73 = Best Regards,
> -Geoff/W5OMR
> (Home in San Antone)

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