AMRAD part of the "Fifth Pillar"
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fgentges at mindspring.com
Thu May 22 13:05:06 CDT 2008
I have always seen amateur radio as a way to pursue and explore
technologies. I became an engineer largely because of amateur radio.
The radio amateurs have been a valuable pool of technical talent.
AMRAD seems to have a role in the "Fifth Pillar" and we ought to pursue
our role here.
At AMRAD we need to help the FCC see hams as a national technological
asset and as a resource to be nurtured through their policies.
Perhaps in future actions they would avoid actions against amateur radio
such as BPL and maybe even see the value in opening the LF region for
regular radio amateurs. I, for one, would like to see the situation
develop where we could get the 136 kHz international allocation.
ARRL Introduces "Fifth Pillar" at Dayton Hamvention®
On Saturday, May 17 at the Dayton Hamvention, ARRL President Joel
Harrison, W5ZN, plans to announce that the League will expand its
identity program to include greater emphasis on technology. Harrison
explained that "Ham radio operators, and particularly ARRL members,
closely identify with current and emerging radio technology. Today, we
are naming 'technology' as ARRL's new fifth pillar." ARRL's other four
pillars, the underpinnings of the organization, are Public Service,
Advocacy, Education and Membership. "For hams, expanding the four
pillars to include technology will reinforce one of the organization's
guiding principles -- that ham radio is state-of-the-art, innovative and
relevant," he said.
"Radio amateurs have entered a new era. More than a dozen Amateur Radio
satellites are presently in orbit with more to come. Software is
expanding the capabilities of their radio hardware and communication by
digital voice and data is expanding rapidly among hams," Harrison said.
In addition to the new fifth pillar, the ARRL has launched a year-long
ham radio recruitment campaign emphasizing the Amateur Radio Service as
a scientific national resource. The campaign invites newcomers to
discover ham radio in the 21st Century -- where hams are using science,
technology and experimentation to explore the radio spectrum. "For more
than 90 years, the ARRL has been at the forefront of technology,
encouraging experimentation and education through its license training
resources, publications and periodicals. ARRL provides its members with
top-notch technical information services, trusted product reviews and
radio spectrum advocacy," Harrison said. "The ARRL Laboratory is a
centerpiece of ham radio technology, contributing to radio electronics
experimentation, spectrum development and advocacy, and radio frequency
Harrison also noted that many hams attribute their affinity to "Amateur"
Radio as launching their professional careers in radio engineering,
satellite communications, computer science and wireless communications.
"This is less about defining a new course for Amateur Radio, but simply
recognizing a course that has always been a precept of radio amateurs
and the ARRL," he said. Referring to the federal rules and regulations
for Amateur Radio, Harrison explained that one of the defining
principles of the Service's very creation by the government is the
amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio
art. Harrison remarked, "Today's technology is nothing new to ham radio!"
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