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Re: [CQ-Contest] Frequency Conservation

To: Robert Naumann <w5ov@w5ov.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Frequency Conservation
From: Zack Widup <w9sz@prairienet.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 10:06:23 -0500 (CDT)
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If that weren't so sad it would be hilarious.

CW still has its uses. Almost all of the QSO's I've made on 2304 MHz and 
above have been on CW. I have 307 DXCC countries worked on CW. I don't 
even have Phone DXCC yet. (Note I have nothing against SSB, I'm just 95% a 
CW op myself.)

I haven't operated AM in about 30 years.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Fri, 13 Oct 2006, Robert Naumann wrote:

> In IV, A. 11, The FCC says:
> " 11. Further, based on the record in this proceeding, we are persuaded that
> we should authorize more spectrum in the 80 m band for voice communications
> than was proposed in the NPRM. Indeed, a number of commenters argue that the
> NPRM proposal to increase the amount of spectrum permitted for voice
> communications would still not meet the demand for voice communication
> spectrum in the HF bands, particularly in the 80 m band.53 As a result, some
> commenters request that the 80 m allocation be extended downward to include
> 3600-4000 kHz,54 3650-4000 kHz,55 or 3675-4000 kHz for voice
> communications,56 believing that expanding the band more than the Commission
> proposed 
> is justified because the CW band "is grossly underused and represents a huge
> waste in spectrum." 57 
> Now, a little research:
> W3NP, David J. Humbertson's comments can be found here: 
> http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_documen
> t=6516212732
> W5OV observation: Curious how someone who apparently only operates AM is
> worried about a "waste in spectrum".
> It is clear that the anti-code initiative is winning the war and is
> apparently being fought by AM operators.
> It is also apparent that no research was done to verify the comments
> received as being valid. The results of my ~15 minutes of research clearly
> show that these comments are AM-biased and should have been ignored.
> It would take about 5 minutes of listening to these "HI-FI" and AM types of
> operators to not only recognize how much spectrum they waste, but also how
> devoid of value their operations are. "Does my audio have enough bass in it
> today?" ..."Bill, your audio is without question the best on the
> air"..."Tell me which way my audio sounds better".
> It makes me sick.
> Thank you ARRL for guarding my interests!
> 73,
> Bob Naumann W5OV
> ARRL Life Member

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