[AMRadio] The Mother of all anti-AM FCC Proposals

D. Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Tue Oct 7 14:31:32 EDT 2008

Here is a little history  lesson.

Some  readers may remember Docket 20777, first introduced to the amateur 
community by Johnny Johnston at the FCC Forum at Dayton in 1976.  This was 
one of the first of a long series of dockets and petitions to eliminate or 
restrict the use of AM on the amateur frequencies.

Under the guise of  "deregulation", the FCC would have outlawed AM on all 
amateur frequencies below 28.5 mHz.  It is remarkably similar to the recent 
ill-fated ARRL bandwidth petition, but without a "footnote" to preserve AM 

For many AM'ers on the air to-day, this proposal is ancient history 
predating their living memory, or they have never heard of it.  For others, 
it is a vague memory but the details have become vague.  FYI, here is the 
full text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as it appeared in April, 

Note the heading: "In the Matter of Deregulation of Part 97...

Pay particular attention to paragraph 5, page 2, and the first page of 
Appendix II.


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