[AMRadio] "My ARRL, Right or Wrong...!!!"

Kim Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 25 09:03:33 EDT 2008

Good for you, Ed!  But no change comes without a struggle. Had 
Jefferson given up when he saw the markups on his first submission of 
the Declaration of Independence, well... Where would we be?

As for tacking AM on to SKN:  I'm a CW fan and SKN is about CW. I, 
too, would have resisted any dilution of SKN with anything not CW. 
Besides, that would have relegated AM to an "alternative" mode and if 
it's an AM event you want, it needs to stand alone as AM.

But there are surely historic events that could be commemorated with 
an AM Night. What about Fessenden's first audio transmission? Yes, I 
know, it's not well documented and is being challenged, it was 
possibly on Dec 20 and again on Dec 24th, but what of it? If not 
that, then how about the first "broadcast" transmission by Frank 
Conrad, 8XK. That was November 2, 1920. Imagine sponsorship by KDKA! 
You probably couldn't use that exact date, as there's no holiday 
associated with it, but you're a resourceful lot: improvise.

There are other historical events that you could use. How about 
something around Sept 26, 1919, when the Director of the Naval 
Communications Service lifted all restrictions on radio amateurs, 
opening up ham radio after its ban (and near annihilation) after 
WWI?   That would make a nice, Fall event. Or, you could simply 
declare an event date and do it then. Do you need an official 
sanction by the League? While that would be nice, it isn't a 
necessity. If not KDKA, maybe Electric Radio could sponsor the event; 
maybe some other body.

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, this is yours only if you want it 
badly enough.


Kim Elmore, N5OP

At 05:50 AM 4/25/2008, you wrote:
>On 24th April, Kim wrote:
>"...P.S.: You want some real fun? Organize an AM-only contest!"
>It's odd that you should mention this point...
>Back in the early 90's, when I was still a stalwart ARRL member, I
>petitioned the League --- by way of letters mailed to both the Contest
>Advisory chairman, as well as to my regional representative on the
>committee --- to give consideration to incorporating AM phone in the annual
>"Straight Key Night" activity, as an adjunct to those Hams who either  (A)
>were never fond of CW in the first place, or, (B) were physically unable to
>send code manually anymore due to age, physical disability, etc.
>I never received a response from ANYONE in the matter...however, some months
>later, there was a summary printed in QST of one of the regular general ARRL
>meetings which are held on a regular basis: the CAC had its input therein,
>alright...the notion of incorporating AM was laughingly referred in passing
>in it.
>Now, what was that you were saying again about bringing change from
>within...? Pretty tough nut to crack when the forces within don't
>listen...and no, it was NOT any "...real fun", either...
>~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
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