[Boatanchors] ALERT: AM Under Attack - WA3VJB

Colburn kd4e at ARRL.NET
Fri Jun 20 16:25:27 EDT 2003

I have 40 years of direct knowledge that Hams have been at war on the
air -- and there are thousands of posts, dozens of articles in Ham mags,
and dozens of FCC citations to back me up.

I know from Riley Hollingsworth's own lips (here in Tampa Bay at an ARRL
Convention a couple of years ago) that the FCC is very troubled, and has
been for long, with our inability to successfully self-regulate.  He has
for several years warned that the FCC had its limits of tolerance and
that they were reluctant to add any spectrum because of the problems on
existing spectrum.

One need merely be able to add at a kindergarten level to make the
connection between their resistance to the ARRL's request for greater
freedom on 60M and our history of bad conduct.  (Of course there were
other factors, including the resistance of government and industry
folks, but we needn't put our heads in the sand about our own
culpability -- we are often our own worst enemies.)

This latest proposal is right on the mark -- despite my philosophical
resistance to government regs I must accept the reality of human nature
-- though I will be recommending 3.0 and 6.0 KHz as more reasonable.

If we cannot communicate SSB at 3.0KHz and AM at 6.0KHz the FCC may
impose 100% type-accepted gear instead of trusting us to do the right
thing with BA's and modified rigs.  Once again that would be due to our
own resistance to responsible behavior.  I for one would hate that!

73, doc kd4e

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