|[AMRadio] introduction -- correction|
wa3vjb at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 17 15:49:06 EDT 2008
Pete's right, the introductory paragraphs that I sent here to the AM Reflector contain errors, that he has corrected in referring to a Norwegian and a Canadian as the announced candidates at the IARU. One would replace a League leftover, incumbent Larry Price, who has declined to act on a request to investigate the poor handling of IARU matters that have the potential of harming AM. Half the replacement team comes from Canada, a country whose IARU representative was more willing to repair the botched Brazil bandplan than was the club designated for the time being to represent U.S. licensees. (ARRL)
Pete thank you; I'm glad you enjoyed the bulk of the report. Especially compare with the League's version that says the regulatory suggestions regarding BPL came from the ARRL, when in actuality the suggestions are based on improvements the BPL industry itself has initiated. I hope you give credit where credit is due, as part of your vigilance.
Finally, regarding the League's disclosure of this meeting with the FCC, I see no advance notice that it was taking place, nor that the ARRL managers involved had consulted with any subscribers regarding the direction the group now would take in its possible retreat from its earlier demanded actions. I welcome your drawing my attention to any published account of this advance planning.
Save my time and do not simply repeat previous claims that these people don't have to ask anyone what they should do. Clearly, that behavior has failed to serve the company, its constituents, and the greater community of active, concerned U.S. licensees.
The failed Petition for Rulemaking to have the FCC impose mandatory segregation by bandwidth is your best example.
As another example, this is how the ARRL handled the preparations ahead of the IARU meeting in Brazil: Keep everything secret, do not consult with anyone affected, then let them find out about it afterward.
This leads me to again note that there is a candidate for Regional Director right now, Mickey Cox, K5MC, for whom I have urged support on this Reflector.
Mickey intends to open the secret, backroom ARRL Board meetings to outside observers, and to provide dramatically higher accountability for the actions of paid administrators and elected volunteers charged with running the club.
An excellent discussion of his candidacy is at this link. Please support him if you're in the ARRL's Delta Division.
> ARRL managers, lawyer meet with FCC on Powerline Internet Matter
> WASHINGTON -- Representatives of the American Radio Relay League
> (ARRL) met with officials at the FCC July 9 to discuss a recent
> court ruling about the Commission's standards for allowable RF
> emissions from powerline-based distribution of internet service,
> nicknamed "broadband over power lines," or BPL.
> The method delivers data through overhead utility lines and
> residential electrical wiring, and must radiate to some extent as a
> radio signal, potentially causing unintentional digital interference
> to primary reception by licensees in the Amateur Service and other
> users of shortwave spectrum.
> Of the two general types of BPL delivery systems, one uses in-house
> electrical wiring with limited potential to interfere beyond the
> home, while another method uses the elevated outdoor powerlines that
> can act as an antenna to transmit digital interference over a
> greater distance.
> Despite a lack of market enthusiasm for BPL technology caused partly
> by a rise in popularity of "wi-fi," satellite, cellular, and other
> wireless digital methods of delivering internet service, the League,
> a non-profit publishing and subscription membership company, has
> spent considerable effort highlighting what it once portrayed as a
> grave threat to radio hobbyists.
> The ARRL's campaign included a controversial lawsuit filed against
> the FCC accusing the agency of failing to abide by rules mandating
> the disclosure of studies and deliberations affecting public
> rulemaking. A federal court in Washington agreed that the FCC was
> not completely candid in describing how it arrived at its standards
> for allowable RF emissions from BPL, and in June published an order
> to the agency to revisit the matter.
> But the League failed to convince the court to go further and force
> the FCC to accept outside studies the ARRL contends are valid in any
> review of potential interference. The FCC has said its rules use a
> standard of preventing interference from BPL that is actually
> harmful to communications, a prospective situation that has not been
> fully demonstrated by the ARRL. Otherwise, the agency asserts BPL
> emissions fall within longstanding limits imposed on other devices
> such as in-home remote controls, "carrier current" broadcast
> stations, and control signals used for energy conservation by the
> power companies.
> The club now acknowledges that the industry itself has refined
> modems and delivery infrastructure to voluntarily reign in the
> chance for interference. It is not yet clear whether there is
> permanent damage to a previously cooperative relationship between
> the FCC and the ARRL in the aftermath of litigation the group had
> Controversy over the club's decision to sue the agency included
> complaints by subscribers that they were not consulted before League
> officials decided to risk goodwill and the standing of the Amateur
> Service among FCC staff. The ARRL had recently suffered an
> embarrassing series of foul-ups in front of the FCC and eventual
> failure of its threatened proposal to have mandatory government
> segregation of HF activities by bandwidth instead of the
> longstanding, popular system of organizing activities by mode.
> Creating a separate controversy over that matter, the League instead
> persuaded the International Amateur Radio Union to adopt similar
> segregation-by-bandwidth protocols, again without the support of
> U.S. licensees it was supposed to represent at the IARU. The ARRL
> staffer who proposed rigid bandwidth restrictions has since left the
> ARRL, and candidates announced to replace onetime ARRL officials now
> heading the IARU do not include any additional League staffers.
> Representing the club in Newington before the FCC has been Chris
> Imlay, a Maryland-based communications lawyer whose clients also
> include Kenwood, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and a number of
> commercial radio and television stations. Imlay filed a summary of
> last week's meeting with the FCC and revealed that his client is
> willing to settle for the tighter technical standards against
> interference that BPL providers have voluntarily begun to implement,
> that are beyond those imposed by the government.
> Imlay noted what he called a "second generation" of systems the
> industry has established, and said the ability of those systems to
> minimize interference is now enough to "protect Amateur Radio
> communications," without "significant constraint" on any companies
> that may continue to construct systems using powerlines to deliver
> internet service.
> The League's attorney asked the FCC to consider simply adopting
> rules that take advantage of the improved systems, that he says
> would allow "mandatory notching of all Amateur allocations by BPL
> systems," and "notch depths of 35db," that he says is a 10db
> improvement over older systems that were allowed in the
> The ARRL is already on record as supporting certain brands of BPL
> systems that the organization's paid technical staff had determined
> were cleaner than other systems. The latest regulatory proposal by
> the club suggests a realization the FCC may not be willing to go but
> so far in revisiting a process that the agency believes will protect
> licensees from harmful interference.
> The FCC, as part of the proceeding to date, has said it's up to
> licensees to identify and initially work directly with the source of
> interference to resolve any complaint. "We will continue to require
> BPL providers to comply with this process where licensed radio
> operators make meritorious claims of interference from BPL
> According to documents filed with the FCC's online system, the July
> 9 meeting included Imlay, and two non-technical ARRL administrators,
> Joel Harrison, president of the club, and David Sumner, the
> highest-ranking unelected staff member at the League's compound in
> Newington. They met with a number of FCC staffers from the agency's
> Office of Engineering and Technology.
> Paul, WA3VJB
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