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The Role of Amateur Radio in the New Century

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Another good snag off the internet from the FCC website.

This was written a decade ago by Dale N. Hatfield —  Chief, Office on Engineering and Technology at the FCC

Here are a couple of excerpts.  You can find a PDF copy of the full remarks at the bottom of this posting

Growing Demand for Spectrum

The management of the radio spectrum resource is an extremely important part of telecommunications policy and regulation. As you all know so well, radio spectrum is an increasingly scarce natural resource. We simply do not have enough spectrum to give everyone all they want. This increasing demand is being propelled by a host of developments:

 the growing shift of our economy towards the service sector,
 the increasing mobility of our workforce,
 the convenience and increased efficiency produced by mobile/portable communications
 the increasing performance and falling cost of wireless devices
 the increasing requirements for public safety and for national defense systems, and
 the dramatically growing interest in accessing the Internet on a wireless basis.

Hence, the allocation of spectrum for particular uses and the development of specific technical and service rules governing those allocations is a crucial determinant of telecommunications industry structure and performance. Even more importantly, it is critical to the performance of our public institutions that are devoted to certain scientific pursuits, such as radio astronomy, to the safety of life and property, and to the national defense.

In the past, the amateur service has justified its spectrum allocations by, among other ways, (1) engaging in experimentation that has advanced the radio state-of-the-art, (2) providing emergency communications in times of natural or man-made disasters, (3) providing trained radio operators in times of national emergencies, (4) encouraging international cooperation and goodwill by allowing direct communications between and among people on an international basis and (5) as in my case, providing an important educational outlet for people interested in the more technical aspects of radio communications.

While the relative importance of some of these ways has obviously changed because of marketplace, technological and other developments, they remain valid today.

The important thing is that they actually be carried out. Or, to use a bit of slang, it seems to me that it will be even more important for all segments of the amateur community to “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk.”

Read the entire paper from June 17,2000 below –
https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/theroleofamateurradiointhenewcentury.pdf

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October 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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