While every effort is being made to keep the fight as secret as possible from the U.S. amateurs, the fact is that there is a power battle going oni in Canada between the ARRL and the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF).
The League has successfully managed to sidetrack all past efforts to organize the amateurs of Canada - and they may be able to do it again. It ali depends on how wed! the CARF is supported by the Canadi ans.
The issue at stake is the expansion of the Canadian phone bands in retaliation to the recent expansion of the U.S. phone bands. The ARRL is against it — and CARF is furious, They are angry enough to have sparked the Canadian Department of Communications into agreeing to poll all Canadian amateurs to find out whether the DOC should listen to the ARRL or CARF.
It may be a bit premature for CARF to bring on a showdown. They have just now started a monthly pubh cation, The Canadian Amateur, and they might have done better to wait a year or so until they had built up a larger following. Amateurs interested in subscribing to TCA can do so for S4 per year. The address is Box 356P Kingston, Ontario.
Since the need for separate Canadian phone bands has dwindled with the shift to sideband, the CARF may have seized upon a weak issue for the test of strength. Until the day comes when there are a significant number of Extra Class U.S. ama teurs — a day that is not yet even within estimation — the U-S, Extra bands are empty enough to provide all of the isolation that Canadian ama teurs might want. The concept of there being a U.S. phone band and a DX phone band began to fade away with the shift to sideband, in the old AM days, the U.S. phone band was a mess and foreign amateurs stayed out of it most of the time. Today the U.S. phone band is used world wide and little other than Spanish contacts seeping up from South America is heard in the DX phone band. And other than an occasional DXpeditionr you hardly ever hear a contact being made between the U-S, phone band and the DX band.
When there were large numbers of low powered VE ops using AM, there was a definite advantage to having a smatl separate preserve. Today, when sideband has wiped out that type of operation almost completely, there is little need for such exctusiveness.
Any DXpedition operator wiJJ tell you that it is exceedingly difficult to make contacts outside of the U.S. phone bands, even with DX stations. Moving below 14,200 brings a halt to the rush of contacts.
Weil, it certainly is time for the VE amateurs to start deciding their own destiny and to get the ARRL out of their hair. It should be a matter of national pride, if nothing else. That should be of more importance than any possible interference from the mere handful of Extry Class licensees who are sharing the Canadian phone bands — only about 4% of the U.S. amateurs have the Extra.
3.500- 3 775 7.000- 7J 50 14,000-14,200 21.000-21,250 28.000—28,500 50.000-50.100
3.525- 3.775 7.025- 7rl 50 14.025—14.200 21.025 21.250 28.000-28.500 50,000-50,100
3.525- 3.775 7,025— 7.150 14,025-14.200 21,025-21.250 28.000—28.500
3.700- 3.750 7.100- 7.150 21.100-21,200 28,100-28.200
Phone & CW
3.775— 4.000 7.150- 7.300 14.200-14,350 21.250 -2t.450 38,500-29.700 50.100-54.000
3.800- 4,000 7.150- 7,300 14.200—1 4.350 21.270—21.450 28.500-29.700 50.100-54,000
3.890- 4.000 7,225- 7.300 14,275-14.350 21.350-21.450 28-500-29.700 50.100-54.000
The first repeater license issued went to WR9AAA in Joliet, who submitted an exhaustively thorough 75-page application. Lest amateurs think this was to be the best way to get a license, the second application accepted was for the old WA2SUR repeater in Manhattan. George and I made a trip to Washington in early December to find out the best way to submit an application and get it accepted. On the basis of this we held a symposium in New York on December 7th and spilled the beans for any repeater groups interested-
For some reason most repeater clubs seemed more interested in doggedly pursuing their ideas on filling out applications rather than trying to profit from our Washington visit, George did pay attention though, and in a few days he was ready with a very simple application. Not wanting to leave anything to chance he personally took it to the FCC in Washington and got them to check it out on the spot.
3.775- 3,890 3.845 7.150- 7.225 7.220 14,200-14.275 14.230 21,250-21 350 21.340 28.500-29 700 28.680 50,100— 54.000
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