[AMRadio] ARRL Great Lakes Director on IARU Bandplan

Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 09:20:07 EST 2007

Well, it's the first time someone has explained more clearly the
reasoning (regulating body vs none) in assuring that it won't impact
US or Canadian hams. Still doesn't make a lot of sense to sign onto a
plan with clearly improper restrictions that could potentially be
applied to your region, since you agreed with it.

The comments about no ARRL input to the restriction seems to fly in
the face of what Paul 'VJB has reported hearing from the Mexican rep
(possibly others?) confirming Rinaldo's push for it. Considering their
reputation for such nonsense, Mr Weaver should be more understanding
and aware of the distrust brought onto the League by their own actions
and attitudes.

Interesting that he also sees it as a 'small flurry of concern by some
AM colleagues'. Small compared to the number of licensed hams perhaps?
Not so much when compared to ARRL membership numbers. 'Small' could
better describe the actual percentage of amateur population choosing
League (mis)representation.

Best part is his statement that he would vote against it. While I
still believe it's foolish to even go there in the first place,
declaring this position is more than many ARRL leaders are willing to

Thanks for posting this, Steve.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ

On Nov 26, 2007 10:57 PM,  <sbjohnston at aol.com> wrote:

> It is critical to understand that this recommended bandplan has
> absolutely no relevance to countries such as Canada and the US which
> have federal agencies (e.g. the FCC) that define and regulate Amateur
> Radio bands.  In addition, IARU bandplans are merely recommendations to
> amateurs in countries that do not have such government agencies.  There
> is no force of law behind the voluntary bandplans.

> The fact is that ARRL did not participate in developing this bandplan.
> We had no representation on the bandplan committee.  Could it be that
> in reality, the plan was developed in its present form because the
> delegates who drafted it believe this is the way it should be and that
> there was no dastardly conspiracy after all?  Or is it too hard to
> believe in this day of ever-present conspiracy theories is it too much
> to expect that some things are done in a fully responsible manner?

> The bottom line to this small flurry of concern by some AM colleagues
> is that the Region 2 bandplan represents nothing to worry about.  The
> IARU has no impact on US FCC regulations . . . the FCC has no apparent
> intent to act against AM in the foreseeable future . . . the ARRL has
> no thought of recommending the FCC take action against AM . . . and I
> will vote against any effort to get ARRL to recommend action against
> AM.

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