[AMRadio] IARU - VP ARRL contact by WD5BZO

David Knepper collinsradio at comcast.net
Tue Nov 27 06:04:30 EST 2007

Progress in any form or manner is an attempt to move forward not backward. 
This entire discussion reminds me of the dialogue that still continues in my 
region, that is, the whimsical view that the coal and steel industry will 
once again return.    The only threat to our hobby, as I see it, is our 
propensity to live in the past.  Let's face it those who have designed and 
built Class E AM transmitters are to be applauded for moving forward or 
likewise, those of us who make every attempt to get on the air to populate 
the radio spectrum with our boatanchor AM equipment rather than sit on the 
sidelines reminiscing about what was and never will be again.  Making our 
presence known does make a political statement that AM is not dead and 
should be viewed by the ARRL as an alternative form of communications. 
Where did that effort go by a few to petition the ARRL to have a separate 
column in QST?  Perhaps, it is time now to fire off some email to the League 
to do so.

By the time all of this deregulation or whatever you call it gets sorted 
out, AM operation will continue to flourish.  I believe that one positive 
note to our hobby is the proliferation of AM operators who are using 
low-level modulation with their " rice boxes."  I was talking to a ham 
yesterday on 75 meters who was using a DX-40 with a Collins 30L-1 - did he 
ever sound great.

I would encourage all of us to get on the air more often rather than 
modulating our keyboards.

Thank you

Dave, W3ST - W3CRA
Collins Radio Association

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <sbjohnston at aol.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] IARU - VP ARRL contact by WD5BZO

>>But this entire thread (or really the entire mentality)
>>of "somebody's going to steal my little red shovel and
>>it's MINE" is quite over the top.
> I encourage you to read my past postings on this matter.  I have 
> consistently made the point that a restrictive and limiting bandplan that 
> does not match current practices on the bands - like the one that will go 
> into effect in a month or so - is simply not a good idea.  Not because it 
> impacts any of my "little-red-shovels", AM, or otherwise, but rather 
> because it is not well-conceived and will likely lead to stress between 
> amateurs that is is simply not necessary.  Besides, the problem it seeks 
> to solve doesn't even exist except in the minds of a few folks who want to 
> CONTROL things.
> Without meaningful definitions in the plan of bandwidth and how to measure 
> it, there will be endless finger-pointing among SSB and digital operators 
> that can never be sorted out.  Without room in the plan for full-carrier 
> DSB AM there will be hams who claim that AM operations are "not following 
> the bandplan".  And since "good amateur practice" in the FCC rules is 
> becoming linked to following a bandplan, then the AMers will be the 
> "bad-guys".  The same for other modes that will not fit into the new 
> bandplan.
> And finally it does seem like the ARRL is using the IARU Region 2 bandplan 
> as a way to "revisit" the issue of regulation-by-bandwidth that they have 
> long sought.
> Steve WD8DAS
> sbjohnston at aol.com
> http://www.wd8das.net/
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