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[TowerTalk] Is the FCC sharp? Is ARRL counsel swift?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Is the FCC sharp? Is ARRL counsel swift?
From: (Bob Nielsen)
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 19:42:26 -0800
On Sat, Dec 29, 2001 at 11:16:52PM -0500, Bill Coleman wrote:
> On 12/28/01 8:22 PM, Pete Smith at wrote:
> >By the way, doesn't "let em go mobile" rank right up there with "let em eat
> >cake"?  What nonsense.  Mobile HF stations will never offer the
> >capabilities for international disaster relief that home stations can.  The
> >person who wrote that never had to contend with the real world.
> Come to think of it, isn't the reason the ARRL has really gone to bat on 
> this topic (aside from the nuisance it poses), is because the FCC 
> recently granted larger preemption on the part of certain satellite TV 
> services?
> Couldn't the the same "they can operate elsewhere" or "go mobile" 
> arguments be extended to these TV services? Hmmm....

The only reason the FCC granted preemption for satellite dishes (plus
MDS and "ordinary" TV antennas) is that Congress explicitly directed
them to do so.  Their reluctance to extend this to amateur antennas
should have been expected.  

Bob Nielsen, N7XY                
Bainbridge Island, WA            
IOTA NA-065, USI WA-028S 

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