[AMRadio] Is AM a special case, or is it "just another mode"?


Robert w4rl at bellsouth.net
Wed Jul 31 21:12:27 EDT 2013


Maybe BrotherDave ought to share his views on the AM mode with the FAA 
in there Airborne/ground voice communication certification division.

Robert W4RL Pensacola FL


On 7/31/2013 7:23 PM, edwmullin at aol.com wrote:
>   I have always been of the mind that AM was as valid a mode as SSB, Digital, or CW.?? It should NOT be a 'specialty" or LEGACY mode.? That path leads to marginalization and extinction.
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> Besides, from what I can here on the bands, bandwidth isn't going to be an issue on HF, there just won't be enough ops to take up that much space!
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donald Chester <k4kyv at charter.net>
> To: amradio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 5:08 pm
> Subject: [AMRadio] Is AM a special case, or is it "just another mode"?
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> A debate has flared up in some ham radio discussion circles, triggered by a
> QST editorial, whether AM should be regarded as a "legacy" or  "speciality"
> mode, or if it's "just another mode", nothing more than one more button to
> push on a transceiver. If it's the latter, then what is the purpose of these
> AM websites and mailing  lists in the first place? Why not just stay with
> e-Ham and QRZ.com?  This discussion has not been heard on the air and
> remains largely amongst what I like to call "cyber hams" whose presence is
> visible on the internet, but whom you rarely if ever hear on the radio.
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> My take on the issue is that we can't afford to be "special" or
> "exceptional" in the sense that AM privileges are granted only in a
> footnote, permitting the mode to exist as an "exception" to the general
> rules, as was proposed under the now-defunct ARRL bandwidth petition, and
> presently listed in the non-binding IARU Band Plans. Were that the case, AM
> could easily be eliminated altogether with the stroke of a pen or  the click
> of a mouse, by simply erasing the footnote. AM privileges must remain firmly
> embedded in the FCC rules as one of the mainstream modes of operation. But
> to those of us who operate AM, there is more to the mode than just another
> button to push on a radio. The present day AM community includes probably
> one of the  last remaining vestiges of what has existed for close to a
> century as genuine amateur radio. Amateur radio is more than just
> "communications"  that we could just as easily carry out using a cell phone.
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> Equally disconcerting is the premise that "we must adapt to the 21st
> century", a buzz-word I see of late whenever a topic like bandwidth
> limitation, or plastic radios/appliance operation vs. home-building/vintage
> AM comes up for discussion. In reality, adapting to the 21st century is a
> strong argument AGAINST bandwidth limitation, since congestion on HF has
> clearly decreased over the past 15 years or so, to the point that it's
> largely a non-issue to-day, despite the inflated numbers of licensees in the
> FCC data base. As to-day's high school kid would put it, "that bandwidth
> obsession is SOooo twentieth century".
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> The QST editorial can be viewed at
> http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/September%202013/
> ItSeemsToUs.pdf  The trigger mechanism was the reference to the infamous
> bandwidth Docket 20777, which as originally proposed would have eliminated
> AM on all amateur frequencies below 28.5 mc/s.
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> Don k4kyv
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