[AMRadio] The QST Doctor

JACK C. SHUTT w9gt at verizon.net
Sat Apr 19 15:58:37 EDT 2008

  I would say then...we need to exert pressure right back and do what is best for us and our interests.  We do not need to succumb to the so-called wisdom of other "global " influences. We need to act like leaders and proponents of freedom of choice and diversity of interests within our hobby.  We need to continue to enjoy our favorite mode (AM) and champion its use by any who wish to participate.  At the same time, we should encourage clean operation and quality signals. 
  A lot of this bandwidth conservation baloney is supposedly based on promotion of "superior" technology, when in fact, it is really selfish politically-motivated elitism.  Like I said before, there is room for all of us to enjoy our favorite activity without forcing everyone to comply to bandwidth restrictions that clearly eliminate or severely restrict some modes.  I'm sure that there are a large number of radio amateurs that do not agree with the misplaced agenda of the elitists who seem to feel that if it isn't the latest technology, it must be abolished.  Gosh, if that were preferable...maybe we should all just revert to 100% CW for the ultimate in narrow band communications.  It seems to me that when people are enjoying something, there always have to be counter forces that continually try to spoil it for them.  Many, if not most of the complaints against AM are generated by persons who seem to delight in creating discourse and ruining other's enjoyment of the hobby. 
 Instead of trying to get along....they want it all their way, or not at all.  They crowd up close to AM QSOs and then complain about the bandwidth taken up by AM.  They continually complain about splatter...when often they are creating more havoc themselves by overdriving "linear" amplifiers and exceeding the bandwidth of most properly operating AM transmitters.  This just not acceptable!  Just because these other interests are pushing for defined bandwidths for all modes, does not mean that we have to agree or knuckle under to their demands!
  73,  Jack, W9GT

Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com> wrote:
  It's actually very simple. Many International amateur organizations
within countries are discussing and/or pushing for defined bandwidths for
all communication modes. As more and more of these become the law of
their land, sooner or later, pressure will be exerted for our own
government to conform. It may take years, but the writing is written on
the wall.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Sat, 19 Apr 2008 07:09:10 -0700 (PDT) "JACK C. SHUTT"
> Does anybody really understand why there is all of this obsession 
> with band width? We recently had the phone band expanded, activity 
> is noticeably down and these would-be bandwidth cops are still 
> ranting about bandwidth conservation. Why don't they just do their 
> own thing and leave us alone? There is plenty of room for everyone.
> 73, Jack, W9GT
> Warren Elly wrote:
> These are vile people...narrow minded, with the arrl agenda of 
> forcing 
> "their" ham radio down our throats...
> Warren W1GUD
> Lifelong AMer
> Lifetime Member ARRL Disenfranchised by League Policy
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