[AMRadio] Rinaldo's bandwidth suggestion


Warren Elly w1gud at tampabay.rr.com
Thu Nov 29 19:59:46 EST 2007


Too important to say ENOUGH ALREADY...

W1GUD
On Nov 29, 2007, at 7:50 PM, Larry Will wrote:

> I thought the moderator put this whole thread to BED.
>
> ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!
>
> W3LW
>
> At 05:47 PM 11/29/2007, you wrote:
>> Frankly I don't care which among ARRL officials passed
>> along a specific bandwidth number at the IARU
>> conference in Brazil. It should not have been uttered
>> without clearing it with U.S. licensees expecting to
>> support the Region 2 plan.
>>
>> The concept of using specific numbers is wrong when
>> applied to the Amateur Service, and should now be
>> challenged and revised OUT of both the Region 1 and
>> Region 2 plans as inappropriate.
>>
>> Ramón, XE1KK, an IARU rep from Mexico, was so kind as
>> to return my call as I struggled to find anyone who
>> was at the table in Brazil. The U.S. delegates were
>> not returning phone calls, and I knew action need to
>> be taken quickly, so I stepped around League officials
>> and connected with several non-U.S. delegates.
>>
>> Ramón expressed dismay when I recounted a brief
>> history of failed ARRL attempts domestically to
>> achieve what they apparently had won at the IARU. A
>> failed bandwidth Petition withdrawn because of
>> opposition expressed to the FCC; an FCC Order against
>> the League's request to impose the force of law to
>> voluntary band plans, and the failure of a Petition to
>> the FCC to impose bandwidth limitations.
>>
>> So when I asked him where the bandwidth specifications
>> came from in the IARU Region 2 plan, he said (rough
>> quote, notes not in front of me) "That was Paul
>> Rinaldo. He was concerned about people running wider
>> than that."
>>
>> Another non-U.S. delegate confirmed the information
>> that Ramón had volunteered, and the context in which
>> it was conveyed.
>>
>> The context, which is hard to misconstrue twice, is
>> that Rinaldo presented the number without any
>> accompanying documentation as a basis it would be
>> appropriate in the plan being discussed in Brazil.
>>
>> And, just like other modifications and adaptations
>> that make the Region 2 plan different than the earlier
>> plan in Region 1, there was and should have been
>> discussion by the club representing ALL U.S. licensees
>> (per the IARU charter), that there is a strong,
>> vibrant community of people in Region 2 who enjoy AM,
>> and whose operations should be placed in the main
>> table recognizing other activities and modes.
>>
>> To that end, the League failed its constituents in
>> Brazil, and by not immediately amending that error,
>> continues to be of disservice.
>>
>> More broadly, the ARRL, as the most influential policy
>> force among IARU clubs, has failed to push back on
>> needless specifications that will confuse rather than
>> complement a voluntary band plan we all wish to
>> support.
>>
>> It is my contention that the ARRL is actually behind
>> the bandwidth push for the reasons we've already
>> discussed in great detail.
>>
>> Paul/VJB
>>
>>
>>
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