Ah ha! Apparently the ARRL's arbitrary appeal to FCC to allow Technician class hams to have phone privilege on some of our most cherished bands has raised the ire of a number of you. I can't help but hope that this web site helped in pointing out this unnecessary and unprecedented move. I hope it had some effect on informing a lot of you, who may not have known about this latest ARRL atrocity. At any rate, in this months letter the ARRL lists a number of unconvincing reasons why this new policy is "a good thing" and they devote half the letter in trying to explain away their motives.
Well, we know the motive, don't we? MONEY! ARRL wants more members because each new one brings in more money and they think that this will encourage more people to become Technicians because they will have phone privileges without any extra effort to learn anything about ham radio. It's similar to how taking11 meters away from hams and giving it to CBers was going to "encourage more people to become full fledged hams." We know how well that worked out, don't we?What follows are some of the lame excuses for this latest in a continual stream of dumb moves by ARRL.
Some in the Amateur Radio community have questioned the need for expanded Technician privileges or to express other perspectives. ARRL has responded to point out some of the key advantages of its petition, which recognizes the tremendous technological advances and changes in Amateur Radio. Some key points:
A thorough review of operating privileges available to the entry-level license has not taken place since the late 1970s, when the Novice-class license -- the entry-level license at that time, and no longer issued -- was modified to allow Novices access to a limited portion of 10 meters. This included the first HF phone privileges for Novices. The 378,000 Technician licensees comprise more than half of the US Amateur Radio population, yet the Technician-class license no longer serves its original purpose from 18 years ago. Many Technicians do not participate actively, pursue on-air and public service opportunities, renew their licenses, or upgrade. An uncomfortably large attrition rate exists among Technician licensees. Technician licenses are not upgrading, because they don't find their operating privileges interesting enough to keep them in the hobby.
The proposed addition of 275 kilohertz of HF phone privileges, spread across 80, 40, and 15 meters, would allow Technicians the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of HF propagation. In addition, this proposed change would allow Technician licensees to participate in public service-oriented, emergency, and Section traffic nets on 75 meters, from 3900 to 4000 kHz, where primary state/Section-wide public service activities often take place
Additional operating privileges for Technicians will not limit their incentive to upgrade. ARRL points out that Technicians now have access to 850 kilohertz of spectrum in four HF bands. ARRL proposes an additional 275 kilohertz on three of those bands, so the total under this proposal is 1,125 kilohertz on four bands -- 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.
If you are interested in reading more of this garbage there is a link to the whole garbage can HERE. We all know that the beneath all this ARRL BS is that they just want more money. Our bands are diluted enough now. We worked hard to get the licenses we hold. And ARRL is continuing to disregard all our work in order to make them wealthier. I hope you will continue to oppose this move. If not, eventually, a ham license won't be worth more than a couple of bitcoins. Maybe less.
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