Further to Mike's comments, it is also useful to appreciate the strength
supplied by our not inconsiderable sympathy among the commercial interests
lobbying the regulators.
From my personal experience of a number of years active as an officer
of a trade federation, the amateur bands in general often come up for discussion
as they are eyed enviously by commercial interests. These discussions are often
influenced in our favour by the presence of licensed amateurs among the ranks of
professional business interests.
We enjoy privelages and facilities - in particular, bandwidth and
emitted power levels, which are denied other services who pay very dearly for
what they get.
It doesn't help those guys who often go to bat on our behalf when
some individual or group of mavericks destroy our credibility by riding
roughshod through the rule book.
With the growth of commercial useage of the spectrum, there has not
been a proportionate increase in the licensed amateur population. It follows
then that the proportion of licensed amateurs among the growing army of
professionals has not grown and, therefore , that part of our lobby is a
Please don't make it harder for those that remain.
73 de Pat g4gvw