[AMRadio] Followup on IARU bandplan

W6OM w6om at cox.net
Mon Oct 22 22:42:47 EDT 2007

I have invited the board and officers of the ARRL to participate in a
quarterly webinar at my expense to answer to the membership in real time for
their activities.

I will forward you a copy of my letter to them today.

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Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 6:15 PM
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Subject: [AMRadio] Followup on IARU bandplan

I've been corresponding gently and respectfully with League and IARU 
officials (sometimes of course they are the same) in opposition to the  new
plan" that places restrictive limitations on transmitted signal bandwidths
on the 
bands 160 - 10m.  I've also compared notes with friends who are doing the 

A couple main themes have emerged...

The typical response from these officials has been defensiveness and 
condescension.  They would prefer that we just ignore the bandplan because
it is 
"voluntary", because we "don't understand the purpose", because it is
"really meant 
for other countries in Region 2", or (believe it or not) "the new plan is
restrictive in nature"(?).

Also, putting all the responses together seems to confirm that, in spite of 
their protests to the contrary, the ARRL representatives at the IARU
argued for the tightening-up of the bandwidth and mode limitations.  One
rep said, "That was an ARRL suggestion. They were worried that some people 
were using quite wider (bandwidths)."

Interestingly, responses to our messages to ARRL Directors and
have been either non-existent, or demonstrate complete ignorance of the 

I urge everyone to contact your ARRL Directors and Vice-Directors (see  
http://www.arrl.org/divisions/ )  and educate them about what is happening
at the 

Steve Johnston, WD8DAS

Fitchburg, Wisconsin.

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