[AMRadio] Rinaldo to RETIRE !!!

VJB wa3vjb at yahoo.com
Thu May 29 10:45:19 EDT 2008

A ringleader of anti-AM bias at the ARRL will retire
June 2, according to an article in the club's
magazine, QST.

Paul Rinaldo, 77, led the League's effort in the 1980s
to purge from the ARRL Handbook a substantial amount
of reference material about vacuum tubes and
explanatory articles about Amplitude Modulation.

In the time since then, Rinaldo has led efforts to
impose mandatory segregation on HF using rigid
bandwidth numbers detrimental to popular activities
using Amplitude Modulation.

His efforts were declared a failure at the FCC when
his employer withdrew a Petition for Rulemaking
(RM-11306) which contained anti-AM bandwidth
specifications he developed as a proposed layout of
operating activities on HF. 

The AM community led a protest effort that included
comments officially filed in Opposition with the FCC
that helped convince the League's current
administrators their scheme was doomed.

But most recently, Rinaldo led a successful effort to
impose rigid bandwidth specifications against AM in a
regional band plan from the volunteer, non-government
outfit called the International Amateur Radio Union.

This plan has not yet been corrected to resolve the
problem Rinaldo created for AM.

Colleagues have described Rinaldo as a dour, humorless
man, who comes across as self-satisfied that his
opinion and priorities for the Amateur Service are the
singular "right" way for his group to proceed in its
promotional, regulatory, and philosophical realms.

But his announced departure from the ARRL may not be
the end of Rinaldo's corrosive influence against AM.
There has been unconfirmed speculation that he is next
in line to replace Larry Price at the IARU. 

Rinaldo has already made at least one trip to Geneva,
in place of Price, to meet with the International
Telecommunications Union, a UN function that has the
potential to backfeed rulemaking necessity to the FCC.

It was the ITU that called for discontinuing the Morse
Code requirement in licensing for radio hobbyists, in
an initiative the FCC acted upon despite the filed
comments in Opposition from U.S. licensees.

Rinaldo thus may use the IARU's implementation of
voluntary bandwidth-based coordination to try to
convince the ITU it should endorse the scheme
worldwide. The FCC may then be pressured to revisit
the issue that now twice has been discredited by
American licensees. (Docket 20777 and RM-11306)

Meantime, Larry Price, an unpopular League president
who was of like-mind with Rinaldo in the 1980s when
both participated in purging AM from League
publications, refused to intervene last year in
Rinaldo's lobbying to other IARU Region 2 delegates
about his bandwidth agenda, which led to the "revised"
band plan being implemented in January.

Price has refused a request to carry out his
responsibility to investigate cases where the actions
of a representative club, in this example, the ARRL,
have been shown harmful to the Amateur Service.

Rinaldo's departure from the ARRL is not likely to
immediately open the doors to favorable, inclusive
treatment of AM in the club's publications, regulatory
deliberations, and promotional agenda.

But in may improve the receptiveness to our part of
the hobby among those on staff and among "elected"
representatives who have been intimidated by Rinaldo's
prolonged and strident anti-AM stance.



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