[AMRadio] FCC Non-cooperation


sbjohnston at aol.com sbjohnston at aol.com
Fri Mar 19 09:30:47 EDT 2010


> No one listens to AM anymore, or even FM much.

Commercial broadcast listening is a shallow decline, non-commercial 
public radio is in a shallow climb.  FM has more listeners than AM, but 
AM is still a contender.  In most markets at least one AM is in the top 
few stations in the ratings.

Broadcasting isn't as "cool" as it once was, and that a long-term 
problem, but many people *are* listening to radio.  But the same is 
true for ham radio - to a far greater degree unfortunately.  It is not 
considered cool by the general population - but there are quite a few 
participants.

And if noise proves a strong limit to the ability to receive in either 
case, it will help drive people away.  I've have three responses to my 
noise item in QST's Technical Correspondence column from inactive hams 
that said they tried to get on the air recently but the noise level on 
receive was just too high and they put the gear away again.

Steve WD8DAS

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-----Original Message-----
From: D. Chester <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 10:33 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] FCC Non-cooperation


> What is to interfere with?
> All radio stuff is going 900 MHz or higher, cable satellite or fiber 
feed,
> spread spectrum, phasing noise and interference null, etc.
>
> No one listens to AM anymore, or even FM much.
>
> You think anyone is going to worry about ham radio?
>
> I don't think so...
>
>
> Brett

But still, these are all licensed services, and the FCC is mandated by
congress to protect licensed users from unlicensed interference.  The  
law
is the law. Somebody is not doing their job as this is allowed to 
continue
proliferating.

The state is legally obligated to properly install its traffic signals 
so
that they don't generate interference.  The FCC inspectors are legally
obligated to check out interference from poorly designed consumer crap. 
 As
much money as the government wastes on trivial stuff, enforcing Part 15
would be a drop in the ocean as far as their budget goes. "Listen to a
stronger station" doesn't cut it.

Evidently, someone in officialdom thinks HF is still worth protecting.
Remember, they denied us a real 60m ham band because after 11SE01, the 
feds
decided that frequencies in that vicinity were "essential" for 
"national
security".

Don k4kyv

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