[Boatanchors] ALERT: AM Under Attack - WA3VJB

Colburn kd4e at ARRL.NET
Fri Jun 20 09:28:22 EDT 2003

> In a copy obtained for reporting on Newsline, QRZ.com, and
> the specialty internet site www.amwindow.org, the petition asks
> for a federally mandated bandwidth limit of 2.8 kilohertz for
> SSB, well below the extended bandwidth needed for what has
> been called enhanced audio.
> ***   Nonetheless, the petition asks the FCC to impose a
> 5.6 kilohertz bandwith limitation on AM, with the restrictions
> on phone transmissions to apply on all amateur HF allocations
> below 28.8 megahertz.  ***

This has nothing to do with AM being under attack.  The headline by
WA3VJB is disinformation.

AM would be granted 5.6KHz! SSB 2.8KHz.  If one cannot communicate on
the crowded HF bands within those limits then perhaps one needs to be
re-licensed to VHF-UHF-SHF-only status.  There is plenty of room up
there for fat signals and experimentation of all sorts.

It is one thing to question the precise bandwidth proposals (I'd prefer
6.0KHz for AM and 3.0 for SSB), it is another to hysterically declare an
attack on AM and an effort to destroy experimentation.  Rubbish.

Based on my observations since the 60's with overcrowding, selfish and
irresponsible conduct by many Hams on the busiest bands, and the
increase in general disregard for laws of all sorts, let alone voluntary
bandplan regs, this proposal appears to makes very good sense.

Is it a sad day when Hams cannot coexist in a cooperative spirit?  Yes.
Is there a reasonable expectation they will in this case in the absence
of a FCC mandate?  No.

This is the very reason why the FCC didn't trust us with fuller access
to 60 Meters -- we have proved on the other HF bands that we don't
deserve their voluntary non-interference trust.

We've made our bed and soon we will have to live in it, with bandwidth
sidebars like a little child's bed.

Once again the selfish minority has spoiled things for the majority.

IMHO, YMMV ... 73, doc kd4e

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