[amsat-bb] Re: S band: Too early, as I said

Robert McGwier rwmcgwier at comcast.net
Sun Sep 10 11:33:16 PDT 2006

There is the law, then there is politics, and finally there is a huge 
dollar industry with lots of paid lobbyists versus a few million 
hobbyists who are not a huge billion dollar industry and poorly paid 
lobbyists if any.  We have myriad examples in recent history where laws, 
treaty's,  conventions,  constitutions, etc. are mere inconveniences to 
be twisted to suit ones own agenda.

In each of the cases I know about so far,  the radio amateur(s) was set 
upon by the local governing body.  The local governing body found they 
were operating in accordance with the law.  They found the part 15 
devices were operating correctly.  The net result has been the local 
governing body told the amateur to cease and desist or change the rules 
completely and removed the spectrum from amateur radio.

We will lose fighting 802.11.  We need a wedge of a few MHz up and 
down.  It would be nice for it to be universally available.  I am afraid 
that no such possibility exists.   In the case of choosing 2400,  we 
chose it so region 1 could operate.   If several countries in region 1 
are going to lose 2400 by having emitters there,  or have already lost 
it,  then it might be preferrable to go to the safest place for AMSAT-NA 
and hope we can get the rules changed elsewhere.  I am not sanguine 
there is a universal solution left to us.


George Henry wrote:
> Aren't licensed spectrum users the ones protected under ITU 
> regulations?  Or is the FCC the only regulatory body that does so?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert McGwier" 
> <rwmcgwier at comcast.net>
> To: "amsat bb" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2006 9:31 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] S band: Too early, as I said
> <snip>.
>> It is my understanding that Argentina and the Netherlands have LOST
>> 2400-2450 for use by terrestrial radio amateurs because of interference
>> from amateur radio operators (primarily BLOODY ATV) to 802.11 services.
>> Amateurs have been told to stop transmitting in those bands.  I need
>> much more information.
> <snip>

AMSAT VP Engineering. Member: ARRL, AMSAT-DL, TAPR, Packrats,
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat.
You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los
Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly
the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there.
The only difference is that there is no cat." - Einstein

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