ARSFI (Winlink) Responds to the Rappaport Campaign

December 7, 2018

The Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc – AKA the Winlink leadership – recently filed their response to the ongoing Festival of FUD 2018 regarding RM-11708.

ARSFI Board Files FCC Response to Rappaport Campaign

While I don’t necessary agree with everything they offer up, it is a good read if you are actually open minded and pursuing More Facts Less FUD.

It is shameful that this well intended NPRM has resulted in so much FUD and mudslinging. However I’m not surprised given how far our society has degenerated into perpetual adolescence and offense of late.  Hey, it is what it is. As I told someone the other day “I can’t wait to get back to eastern 7-land and spend the upcoming holidays where people are generally so much happier and relaxed.”

While they may not matter much at this point (if they ever did LOL) I filed my brief comments on the FCC ECFS system earlier today. In summary my personal stance is expressed by my filed comment below:

I support the removal of symbol rate restrictions on the amateur bands. The current symbol rate restrictions are clearly an impediment to the purposes laid out in rule 97.1. Carefully considered changes will allow the Amateur Radio Service to thrive going forward into an increasingly digital future, facilitate more effective emergency communications, and bring the Part 97 rules more in line with our neighboring countries. Thank you for your time and consideration. WA4ZKO”

Yes I can be brief. LOL

FWIW, scuttlebutt today is this proposal is moving forward and some rather simple rule changes are coming. Some will soon be happy, some will be unhappy, the sun will continue to rise and set, and the bands will survive just fine. In a decade or two we will be looking back at this mess laughing and wondering why it had to be such a big deal.

Thus this will be my final blog posting on this topic till we get something noteworthy out of the ARRL or the FCC. While I do intend to use some holiday downtime to catch up on some ham radio stuff, I’m not going to spend it dealing with the FUDfest that this well intended proposal has become LOL.

Emails? Sorry, I only respond to those I know or are local stakeholders, otherwise the ham radio inbox would become a full time job and I’m not retired.

 

WA4ZKO