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If the FCC closes the ham radio service, what will happen to the Sherwood rankings?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Life' started by N3AWS, Jul 28, 2021.

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  1. N3AWS

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    Inquiring minds want to know….

  2. N5AL

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    It could be re-purposed into a ranking of cellphone receivers???
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  3. K2CD

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    He'll go back to making hockey sticks?

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  4. SM0AOM

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    Rob Sherwood would probably continue to be happily retired.

    But any need for a "Sherwood list for transmitters" would have disappeared.

    Not only amateurs consult the Sherwood receiver list, as it contains performance figures of more general interest also for us professionals.

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  5. SA6CKE

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    The "FCC closes the ham radio service" could be interpreted in various ways, ranging from "We no longer give a crap about HF bands" to outright prohibiting all such equipment and use.
    If it's the first - then it will be CB style on all frequencies unless someone like the ARRL picks up the stick and are given enforcement power, i.e. locate and be able with the help of cops seize and re-sale equipment to pay off the cops.
    If it's the latter - then some countries will follow while others won't and the bands will still be busy. And you will always have some rebels continuing their activities.

    My feeling is that the FCC don't really know what they shall do since every change they make will just cause chaos and discontent.
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  6. K8PG

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    Who Cares.
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  7. KS2G

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    The FCC couldn't "close" the ham radio service, even if it wanted to...
    "The amateur and amateur-satellite services are radiocommunication services defined in the Radio Regulations of the ITU..." [my emphasis added]
  8. SM0AOM

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    There you are wrong.

    Nothing forces an Administration to allow amateur radio in areas within their jurisdiction.

    To allow amateur radio is entirely optional and subject to national laws, and the definition in the ITU-RR only serves to give a common ground for those who chose to allow it.

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  9. KS2G

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    The FCC could, indeed, decide to not allow amateur radio for those under it's jurisdiction, as some countries have done at times.
    But that would not "close" ham radio (as the OP put it) since it would, no doubt, continue elsewhere.
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  10. KA0HCP

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    If a band closes, is my license still valid? ;)
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