[OZAPRS] ZL 6m bandplan

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Mon Aug 31 07:47:25 EST 2009

Is Andrew anti-WIA or anti-FCALL, or both?

We need to propagate the bands, and the F-calls are a great way to 
introduce people to the hobby to try to see that happens.

As someone with nothing more than a desire to move from a SWL to an 
amateur operator, near fifty years ago, I experienced many years of hard 
slog, teaching myself everything I knew to sit the written theory 
examination back in 1969. I met many people along the way who couldn't 
make the grade, and that's disappointing because some of them would have 
made better operators than some who hold a licence, including myself.

If it's the low level of knowledge that bothers you, you need to 
question just how much a long-term holder of a ticket knows about 
"today's" radio/electronics environment, as applicable to the hobby. How 
many would pass the examination today? If re-licencing was compulsory 
we'd have a lot more F-calls.

The hobby has always had its knockers. First it was knocking the Z call 
in the 1950's - they're not real amateurs, then the Novice Licence in 
the 1970's - the licence exam is too easy, and now F-calls - make up 
your own reason.

As easy as radio/electronics is to someone who's worked with it for a 
lifetime as a hobby, or it's because it's their profession, not everyone 
who wants to get into amateur radio was born with a soldering iron in 
their hand.

And think about some of those who would have been knocked in the past 
for not holding a "full" licence, despite the theory examination for the 
AOCP and AOLCP being identical. Think about the microwave work done by 
Bill Cox, VK2ZAC and the Aircraft Enhancement work of Gordon McDonald, 
VK2ZAD. Who could say the late Chris Jones, VK2ZDD wasn't a "full" 
amateur, given the tireless work he did for amateur radio in this 
country, despite having a Z call. There were, and are, many more.

It's not the grade of licence that matters, it's how you apply it.

Ray vk2tv

Andrew Rich (Home) wrote:
> WIA = FCALL factory
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> Andrew Rich
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> Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 7:19 PM
> Subject: Re: [OZAPRS] ZL 6m bandplan
>> WOW colour! Hmm looks like the WIA are behind the times!
>> On Sun, August 30, 2009 6:52 pm, David Fraser wrote:
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