ARRL/FCC Volunteer Monitoring

program is slated to begin next month. This program is to take the place of the expiring Official Observer program. The ARRL and the FCC have been working on this program for the past 2 years in preparation for this transition. The VM program administrator will be K4ZDH Riley Hollingsworth, former special counsel for amateur radio enforcement with the FCC.

Hopefully the problems on 7.200mHz (and a few other frequencies) will begin to be dealt with in a decisive meaningful manner. It is my opinion, and the opinion of others I have spoken with, Ms Laura Smith has failed to serve the amateur community dealing with the handful of misfits that occupy several frequencies in the amateur radio spectrum.


Prime example

of the owner of a high-end radio (FTDX5000MP) that does not know how to properly setup his Paramertic EQ settings, or has never read the owners manual. Probably both. Many fail to understand the reason these parameters can be adjusted, is because our voice are all different. The factory default settings are there as a starting point for adjusting the Parametric EQ. Not the final settings. Unfortunately one of his hearing impaired friends has informed this station he sounds fine. He doesn’t, and if someone other than one of his hearing impaired friends says something to him, he’ll immediately will go on the defense. What is that old saying? Can’t fix stupid. In this case it’s 100% accurate.

The area highlighted on my display was @ 2.9kHz. Ample bandwidth to transmit nice full, rich single side-band audio. However this station is right at 4kHz wide (causing adjacent frequency interference), and sounds as if he’s speaking through an exhaust muffler.

Below is a screen capture of the station he was communicating with. Notice in the bandwidth, and waveform. This operator of this station has read, and understands the owners manual, and is very pleasing to listen to.

If you look closely, you can see both bandwidths in this one screen capture. Top of the waterfall image is of the full range, clean audio. Bottom of the waterfall image is the wide muffled audio of the FTDX5000MP. I own a FTDX5000MP, and there is NO EXCUSE for the audio to be this wide, and muffled. Prime example of the operator not knowing how to operate his transceiver.


Everything that is wrong

with amateur radio is on full display daily on 7.200mHz, then on 3.860mHz at night. Of course the FCC is fully aware of problem. Have been for years. However the situation took a turn toward more vulgarity from the 2 LID stations (both of which are located in Tennessee) in 2019. Keep in mind those 2 are only part of the problem. There are a handful of other stations that stir the pot. Although most of the pot stirring LIDS are operating within Part 97, their presence and comments are not helping to solve this disgrace to amateur radio. The FCC will act. When? As we all know, they move slowly.