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[aprssig] Pagers as part of the Text Messaging Initiative

Drew Baxter droobie at maine.rr.com
Tue Jan 27 04:51:39 UTC 2009


Would people sign up for the ARRL if they did cover these 
things?  I've seen (not necessarily here) disdain toward the 
ARRL.  If certain things mean more memberships and we benefit from 
their lobbying power, I say it's a win for both sides of the situation.

--Droo, K1XVM


At 11:43 PM 1/26/2009, Scott Miller wrote:
> > The ARRL will not get involved in this. Asking the FCC is virtually
> > guaranteed to result in a no. Like everything else, it is up to the
> > individual operators to decided the level of risk which they feel
> > comfortable assuming.
>
>Of course the FCC's always going to say no - it costs them nothing to do
>so.  Civil servants in general can be expected not to take risks and
>stick their necks out.
>
>On the other hand, the FCC's job is to make sure the amateur service
>serves the public interest without causing interference to anything
>else, and without being used for commercial purposes.  If we come up
>with new ways to use the spectrum that let us communicate more
>effectively, while staying within the spirit of the amateur service,
>then we need to make sure the rules get changed to make it possible.
>
>It takes money, though.  Again, the ARRL should be the organization to
>handle this... I just don't have much confidence that they're doing much
>outside of HF and contesting.
>
>Scott
>N1VG
>
>
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