[AMRadio] IARU - VP ARRL contact by WD5BZO

Van K7VS wa7fab at cdsnet.net
Tue Nov 27 14:17:09 EST 2007

Pete.  This whole issue has gotten totally out of control.  In my opinion.
Responding to the kind of comments  made by Todd is a waste of time.  This
whole business is a non-issue and some people have just too much time on
their hands.  Van, K7VS

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Markavage" <manualman at juno.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] IARU - VP ARRL contact by WD5BZO

> My responses follow the ***
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:50:08 -0500 "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
> writes:
> You said: 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.
> *** AM is a recognized mode just like any other mode that the FCC
> authorizes us to use. It is not an "alternative form of communications"
> You said: " Many, MANY folks have been pushing this position for years,
> even decades. The ARRL doesn't want to acknowledge it, that's what this
> discussion is really about. An organization that claims to  represent all
> of amateur radio for US hams, yet clearly doesn't, hasn't, and  by their
> own failed initiatives to restrict bandwidth, clearly chooses not to put
> AM on par with other modes."
> *** The ARRL has recognized AM for years as still a "valid" mode of
> operation. Several years ago we petitioned them to change their WAS award
> from "SSB award" to "Phone" award and provide a special acknowledgement
> if it was done in AM. We have our own "AM Page" on the ARRL web site.
> Have you ever see the a SSB page or a CW page there? They have a vintage
> AM station in operation. As far as bandwidth regulation proposal, the
> ARRL made no distinction as to shortchanging any mode. All modes received
> a bandwidth max (AM being 9 KHz).
> >
> > You said: "The ARRL, despite ample opportunities, chooses to ignore and
> find ways to get rid of AM."
> *** You might site all these "ways" they are trying to get rid of AM.
> *** Pete, wa2cwa
> > ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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