Current Status of RM-11769, RM-11759, RM-11708, WT 16-239,
ARRL HF 75 Meter Phone Reduction and Free Digital EMail Petitions

Note - below information is historical. Please see above link instead.

Here is Paul (WA3VJB)'s statements about W4RI and ARRL: http://www.w3vpr.org/node/958#comment-276.

HFlink is a credible Emergency Communications organization. Its activity is legitimate use of amateur radio for drills and EmComm business. However, Rinaldo may have gone rogue as claimed above based on some of this pressure. ARRL has since acquired Harris transmitters which are ALE (automatic link establishment) capable. Presumably, these will be used for legitimate EmComm use instead of Sailmail servers. Or maybe not. You connect the dots and make your own conclusion. Check out http://www.hflink.com/arrl/.

Others may be supporting the changes in the rules RM-11708 for pecuniary interests, which I will explain. People who want to use the amateur service for free email have filed comments with the FCC to commercial our service. Stream Netflix? Maybe not yet with the speeds available, but look at what happened to the original internet. In the early days, there were dial up bulletin board systems people used from their home computers such as Commodore 64s. I even built a radio modem for my C64 and did some RTTY, including the early ham HF bulletin boards. After that, dial up internet became popular, AOL had its heyday. Then FaceBook, Twitter, and Netflix came along and the original bandwidth was not able to carry the load. It was easy to just run more fiber optic cable and charge for it. Nothing will work on dial up any more because of the design of internet web pages and email. I found that I could not even keep Windows updates current because the phone lines were so noisy out here that it would not maintain connection to the Windows servers for the time a 56 K download speed required. I gave it up until a cable company provider finally extended their wires to Enfield. The real question is whether ALL of the amateur HF spectrum is sufficient to carry the bandwidth of this kind of use, which is essential contrary to the traditional use. In fact, if the commercial email use grows enough, will it actually create interference that prevents legitimate emergency use?

If you allow free internet email over amateur radio, how long will it be until people use it for twitter and update their blogs by it? OOOPS that's already going on. Borrow or Pirate a ham call to do it? Read the link below. That's already going on. If this person with a pirated radio call has teenagers aboard, imagine the amount of HF QRM will result if he shows them how to press "SEND".

Use a cheap low end ham rig for your emergency communications instead of a Icom 7200 which is at least somewhat weatherproof? Not legal, and risky; see my comments on the Bounty sinking and the actual Coast Guard report. Also technically illegal to use amateur rig modified for all frequency transmit outside ham bands. But at least the 7200 is rugged enough it might be of use, and in an emergency, anything goes. For casual email, maybe not, even if using commercial HF Sailmail. But with a Icom M802, it IS legal and the radio has a GPS connection, designed for marine use ruggedness and waterproofing, and a single Emergency call button that automatically sends a complete distress call on Coast Guard monitored frequencies along with your GPS location. If your boat gets hit during the night by a larger ship, which radio do you wish you had bought when it goes down quickly? Check out http://icomamerica.com/en/products/marine/ssb/m802/specifications.aspx.

Here is now something to consider about the future of amateur radio once it becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of these interests:

Ham Radio for sale cheap! Buy it here now! http://www.sailcom.co.uk/transceivers/.

In explanation of this recent W4RI and ARRL phenomenon, I caution you to read the following statements from "Rinaldo's Laws" and see how it applies to the current situation:

Second Law. He who does the work shapes it.

As applied to computers, he who writes the code rules (the Codin' Rule).

In meetings, he who writes the minutes determines the outcome.
(I would title this the ARRL Corrollary, since it is so important.)

Sixth Law. What separates the competent from the incompetent is the ability to cover up mistakes.

Many successful sales demonstrations have been made with defective products in the hands of competent persons who avoid demonstrating the features which don't work. Beautiful Xerox copies can be made from originals riddled with correction fluid. Recovery from some grievous errors can be attained by simply announcing, "No problem. We'll just put it back in the word processor!" The computer software profession seems to be the exception; who else is so blatant as to have a term such as "debugging" to let the world know that they need extra time funded by the customer to correct their own errors.

Here is actual proof of the misconduct documented in the FCC filings:

RM-11708 comments are still open. Send YOURS in NOW to try to correct this scary activity!

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