[VHFcontesting] [VHF] Use It or Lose It

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Wed Dec 30 10:55:15 PST 2009

It seems clear that another assault on our frequencies is coming. I'd be 
willing to bet my next paycheck that the ARRL will cease this opportunity to 
drum up contributions to the Spectrum Defense Fund, and fight any such move 
tooth and nail. This "tried and true" approach may succeed, but if so, what 
will really be gained?

Instead, I propose another course of action.

Instead of entering into bitter legal combat with corporate giants, why not 
negotiate with both corporate interests and Congress instead? I'd submit 
that there is so little activity above 1.2ghz  as to make the impact of the 
loss of these bands unnoticeable to the amateur population outside the 
members of these mailing lists. Even the majority of VHF Men wouldn't 
directly mourn the loss.

If instead of fighting to retain these highly underutilized bands, let's 
look at what negotiating a settlement might offer:

In exchange for all amateur allocations above 1.2ghz (with perhaps a small 
allocation at 10ghz) we could ask for:

1.) Swift passage of legislation similar to PRB-1 that would allow 
reasonable accommodation of amateur radio antennas, even those who live in 
HOA situations.

2.) Legislative protection from any future encroachment on current amateur 
radio allocations.

3.) An increased commitment towards resolving interference issues that 
affect amateur radio.

4.) Allocation of spectrum on LF and MF ranges that are not nearly as 
attractive to industry, and of greater interest to the majority of amateurs.

Some would argue that such an approach to "spectrum defense" would make more 
sense in the long term, and that the gains to amateur radio would be far 
greater. Alas, it won't serve the professional fundraisers who seem to have 
the loudest voice in Newington these days, nor will it please those who 
always prefer mortal combat to reasonable solutions, but the essence of true 
leadership is in plotting the wisest course, not bending to the rule of the 
mob--or the voices of a well-heeled few.


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114


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