Enjoyed the article in the November 73 issue on Barry Gold-water K7UGA. I had a short QSO with him a few years ago.

Here is a man who has supported amateur radio in that maze of bureaucracy in Washington DC for many years, The Senator is a man who for years has told the general public just the way it is. We have too many

Thank you for your comments in Never Say Die and especially DX, i feet the comments on the amateur situation are well taken. Just today I wrote another magazine to criticize an editorial on basically similar topics. This other magazine reconv mended dropping the code requirement and relaxing the test* ing standards to allow thousands of new "amateurs" to come into our ranks. The proposed reason for this was to help the American radio manu facturers compete with the Japanese companies.

It is my opinion that we already have too many undisciplined amateurs causing interference. Just recall the recent hurricane nets. If the code and theory requirements do nothing else, they do force one to discipline one's self to learn these.

In coming into amateur radio, l believed the purposes were those set forth in the FCC rules, not to see how many radios we can selL I am pleased to hear about all the experimentation which amateurs are doing even in modifying new+ commercially-buill rigs.

Amateur radio can fulfill a useful purpose in the country as long as it remains organized and disciplined. This should be more than a hobby. Let us not invalidate our purposes by making it a glorified CB band.

This other magazine \ referred to also indicated that Japanese equipment was better made than American. I have had the most recent solid-state HF rigs from Yaesu, Kenwood, and Drake, and find the TR7 to be better than any of the others. The Japanese rigs looked good and had all the bells and whistles, but my experience thus far has been that some of the knobs, such as noise blanker, speech processor, l-f shift, notch filter, etc.. did not work or worked poorly. However, with the Drake, 1 had to pay extra for many Items, but they seemed well engineered and worked well. It is not so much the looks but how it performs that counts. It seems in many cases that you still get what you pay for. I find nothing revolting In the suggestion we at tempt to buy American first.

Tim Johnson N5BTE Bristow OK

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