[AMRadio] IARU - VP ARRL contact by WD5BZO

sbjohnston at aol.com sbjohnston at aol.com
Sat Nov 24 21:15:38 EST 2007

I challenge several points made by WD5BZO in the MP3 recording of a net 

>The ARRL rep says the IARU region 2 bandplan is not meant for US hams 

Why not?  The USA is in Region 2.  Radio signals don't stop at national 
borders - that's why a *regional* plan would be developed in the first 
place.  And can't we participate in the changing of the bandplan for 
our region if it includes other countries?  Hams in other countries 
aren't to be allowed to run all the modes we do in the United States?  
Seems kooky to me...

>To get a voice that will be heard by the League, become a member -

As far as I've been able to determine, no effort was made to get any 
input from anyone, members or non-members, before the ARRL and IARU 
developed and voted upon the bandplan changes.  And after we discovered 
it had happened, member feedback on this topic has been thoroughly 
rejected, with significant attitude on the part of ARRL officials and 
Directors.   I am a long-time member of the ARRL, and my respectful and 
gentlely-expressed opinions on the bandplan have been ignored, 
insulted, attacked, scorned, belittled, and pooh-poohed.  It would 
appear that *I* do not have even a tiny voice in this matter - can any 
other League members report better results?

> The ARRL VP is not willing to get in the middle of a debate

Why the heck not?  Wouldn't that be a way to discuss it with members 
and other amateurs?  Sounds like he does not feel he has any need to 
speak with us about it after all.

>WA3VJB has put out a lot of misinformation

Everything I've seen Paul write on this subject has matched my 
*personal* experience on this issue.   I am not relying just upon 
discussions on mailing lists and web-forums - I've based my views on 
the responses I have received directly from ARRL and IARU officials.  
Can you specify the "mis-information" that is claimed?   I'm not seeing 

Steve WD8DAS

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