Hi Bob. Thanks for the copy of the letter you sent to us before posting to the list. With your premission I will be adding it to the other letters regarding the issue we have in electronic format.
If you haven't checked the TAPR SS Web page (http://www.tapr.org/ss) where the TAPR SS STA is being handled, you will notice that we are already providing an in depth list of stations and what freqs they will be operating on. The goal of this list is to allow amateurs to both contact and hopefully get involved with the testing at the local level that will be happening under the TAPR SS STA.
I hope that you will see that the level of commitment by TAPR to providing both information and trying to work with the amateur community to both educate and expand the understanding of SS operations is a main goal of this STA. I believe the statement of purpose that TAPR published in this last TAPR Packet Status Register and which is also available on the TAPR SS web page underlines our goals in this area. In addition, if you haven't had a chance to read over the transcript of Lyle Johnson's, WA7GXD, banquet talk at the recent ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference on why the need for technology like this and how amateur radio is changing, I highly suggest you take a quick read (http://www.tapr.org/tapr/html/dccconf.html). Lyle highlights some of the things I have been talking about for several months now in a very concise manner and style.
I can already see that the participation in the STA will be many times greater than any previous SS STA issued by the FCC. I believe this is very positive, since the more people involved in the TAPR SS STA should result in the discovery of various aspects of what needs to be avoided in the future and what works well and should be followed up on. We already have and will be including operators in the STA that do ATV, Weak Signal, Satellite (Digital and Voice), repeaters, digital networking, EME and others modes and the level of testing of systems with various different SS technology should be interesting to read about in the final report. Six months is a short period, but I expect at least some work to be done on home designed systems as well as people working with existing commercial equipment during this first interval.
The need for the STA was to allow people to look at potentials. This not a rule making, thus nothing is absolute. While I highly expect that all operators participating under the STA will be keeping good notes on operations as they do them, having a 24 hour posting each day on what they are doing would severely limit participation. That is one reason we are making a comprehensive list of stations and their projects (mode and freq) available on our web site. It is our feeling that communications to the level you are interested in having listed every day are better handled at the local level (over coffee at donuts) than some nation wide posting of logs, where the information I post only effects people within a limited geographic area (i.e.,. not in Maine since I am in Austin :-). I would rather have people spending time locally discussing what they are doing and working on their experiments, then having to spend time ensuring that their daily logs were posted on the Internet.
I would hope that people will use our list to provide beneficial input and information sharing with those operating under the STA. On the other hand, I am certainly aware of elements in the community that will seek methods and means to some how damage what these amateurs are trying to 'play' with. It is truly sad when I read message posted in the last year that clearly indicated this intention when the STA became available. How can amateurs not understand that out hobby is only made stronger by it richness and diversity. That amateurs experimenting with anything in an organized manner is not a threat, but a benefit to the amateur hobby as a whole -- since if nothing ever comes from the TAPR SS STA, at least amateurs were pushing both there operational limits and knowledge.
It is imperative that the amateur community begin to expand it operations into new technology and SS if one of these. There are others that will be tried in the future -- and amateur radio operators must have a clear understanding that experimenting with new technology must go forward or what amateur radio has been about since its inception will clearly wither and die and our bands will be absorbed by those commercial interests that desire them.
Back to dissertation writing on this Thanksgiving Holiday -- I hope to graduate one of these days. ;-)
Cheers - Greg Jones, WD5IVD President TAPR TAPR SS STA co-sta holder Visit http://www.tapr.org/ss for information on how you can get involved!
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