[AMRadio] IARU bandplan controversy

David Knepper collinsradio at comcast.net
Mon Nov 19 08:14:11 EST 2007

Even politicians have a lapse of memory.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: <SBJohnston at aol.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 4:41 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] IARU bandplan controversy

> There have been claims made that the response from the
> ARRL President should reassure us that the bandwidth-bandplan
> is of no concern.  The idea is that his answer should be believed
> and we can all just relax.
> But how can we "believe" what the officials are telling us when they have
> provided several conflicting messages on this subject?
> ARRL Directors and Officials have told me, in writing, variously:
> (A) ARRL voted in favor of the new bandplan, and it is intended for US
> amateurs to follow as well as the rest of the hemisphere.
>       versus
> (B)  The new bandplan won't have any impact on operations in the US.  It 
> is
> only meant for "the other countries in the region".
>      and
> (X)  The ARRL won't seek FCC regulatory changes to include bandwidth for 
> the
> next two years.
>       versus
> (Y) The ARRL has no plans to seek FCC regulatory changes on this matter.
>      versus
> (Z) The ARRL hopes to secure FCC regulatory changes on this matter as soon 
> as
> practical.
> What *is* their position?
> Put these varying answers in the context of the League's recent attempt to
> get the FCC to put bandwidth controls into the regulations, and after that
> failed, the announcement in print that the ARRL will revisit this issue, 
> and the
> absolute silence on the Region 2 bandplan revision planning and 
> development
> until it was voted on and a done-deal, and it smells pretty bad.
> The highly defensive responses from League officials to my initial gentle 
> and
> respectful inquiries was not reassuring - when people react like that it 
> is
> usually because they are very sorry you discovered what they were hiding.
> Steve WD8DAS
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