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The Last Word, October 2019

These letters were received for publication in the October 2019 RadCom but pressure of space meant they could not be included in the printed edition.


Roger Kendall, G8BNE

We are told that the cost of taking action against the cause of some local HF interference which is rendering the 40m and 80m bands almost unusable for some amateurs is out of the question because the Society could not afford to lose! Some decades ago the sport of angling was faced with a similar situation – lots of small clubs being damaged by pollution incidents. The solution found was to establish a completely separate organisation, at that time called ‘Angler’s Cooperative Association’ (now ‘Fish Legal’). That organisation funded by the anglers themselves then pursued the polluters and to this day obtains redress for such pollution even from large companies such as water utilities and other commercial companies. Is it not time that amateurs behaved similarly and established an organisation totally separate form RSGB to defend our frequencies from noise pollution? Fish Legal employs a legally qualified person to advise and direct operations, which has resulted in environmental and fisheries improvement and defence over many years, a course that no individual club could have considered on its own.

This appears to be exactly the situation in which amateurs now find themselves, ie powerless against those with almost unlimited finance to resist such action.


Karl Fischer, DJ5IL

RadCom in August published a letter by Bob Harry, G3NRT, who wrote “amateur radio is not a protected service”. As I had already pointed out to the RSGB 15 years ago, this assertion is definitely false: see RadCom June 2004.

The ITU Radio Regulations are a binding treaty for all member states, they define “…amateur service: A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest…” and stipulate: “Administrations shall take all practicable and necessary steps to ensure that the operation of electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks, but excluding equipment used for industrial, scientific and medical applications, does not cause harmful interference to a radiocommunication service and, in particular, to a radionavigation or any other safety service operating in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations.”

The EMC-Directive 2014/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council directly refers to the Radio

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