[VHFcontesting] Use It or Lose It

Steve Tripp (K1IIG) stephen.tripp at snet.net
Thu Dec 31 12:50:10 PST 2009

I agree, do not give up anything. The next attack will be from internet 
providers like Clearwire who are already building wireless sites (not voice 
cellular) and will need more spectrum. Their sites are on us and we should 
hold our ground.


> >
>> Bite your toung newbee,
>> I'm not giving up anything above 1.2, some of the best contacts I've
>> made were above 1.2. What we need to focuse on is the speical
>> interest groups at the ARRL
>> We can fix this issue in congress, and lobby all the stuff ham radio
>> has done in the past for the community.
>> At this point if we start to give in or give some frequencys up when
>> does it stop!
>> Tony
>> NN1D
>> Sent from my iPod
>> On Dec 30, 2009, at 1:55 PM, "Les Rayburn" <les at highnoonfilm.com>
>> wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> 73,
>>> Les Rayburn, N1LF
>>> EM63nf
>>> 121 Mayfair Park
>>> Maylene, AL 35114
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