Saturday, April 28, 2012

Clearly, the move to drop all forms of Morse testing for a license in our Service in the USA has the "Morse testing forever" and "Regulated mode and license class-sub-band forever" crowd in a tizzy.

These Neanderthals keep insisting (via various Ham-Radio-related online forums and at other Ham Radio related gatherings) that Morse testing in the licensing system was the most wonderful thing since sliced bread and that the FCC absolutely needs to bring it all back so as to "preserve and protect the integrity of the Service".

That is, by trying to revive Morse testing for full privilege licenses, these clowns STILL want to force Morse...a single transmission mode among many that we use...down everyone's throats.

Unfortunately, those who are still desperately pining to keep regulated, mode and license-class based sub-bands intact are, in reality, preventing all of us from experiencing new communications modes as they come along.  That's because their advocacy for the "status quo", and "unless-it's-specifically-enabled-in-Part 97-then-it's-prohibited" approach to bandwidth regulation effectively prevents new.more advanced modes of transmission from ever getting off the ground.

This nonsense accomplishes absolutely nothing but to keep Ham Radio firmly stuck in the technological and regulatory "dark ages".  And, clearly, this is is precisely what these Neanderthals so desperately want.

Fortunately, as I've said, these clowns are no longer getting any traction with the FCC. 

In fact, the whole issue surrounding elimination of the Morse testing requirement because of changes forced by international agreements (the ITU made Morse testing for a license in our Service optional back in 2003) is eerily reminiscent of another issue in our Amateur Radio history.  At the time, it produced much the same reaction from a similar group of people who absolutely refused to accept inevitable changes to our Service..

The setting was the International Radiotelegraph Conference in Washington, DC in October and November of 1929.  It was at this conference that the remaining 70-odd nations of the world declined to accept the American (at that time) ultra-wide band plans for the Amateur Service.  Those agreements forced the United States to agree to reduce the frequency spectrum available to its amateurs by almost 40 percent.

However, as Clinton DeSoto in his 1939 Book "Two Hundred Meters and Down" wrote:  "True, there was some discontent.  A few perpetual objectors, a few chronic malcontents, a few congenital troublemakers, and a few sincere amateurs honestly convinced that they had been unjustifiably short-changed, refused to accept the new order of things.  But this was only a small percentage.  For the most part, amateurs simply went about their routine amateur radio, operating every day as much as was possible in that day, enjoying it all to the utmost, and not bothering themselves about situations beyond their control or active interest".

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