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1924 __ New privileges for the radio amateur
Comment : “The radio service of the Department of Commerce made an announcement recently which should be of great importance to radio experimenting in the United States. Official ruling was made that four new wave bands could be used by amateur operators. Wavelengths between 75 to 80 meters, 40 and 43 meters, 20 and 22 meters, and 4 to 5 meters may be used. This means that an amateur may use any or all of these waves, providing his application has been approved by his local Supervisor of Radio. It was further arranged that amateurs who use this new group of wave frequencies do not have to conform to the present quiet hours for the protection of the broadcast listeners, since it will not possible for them to create any interference. Special amateur stations will not hereafter use wavelengths above 200 meters, the Department has ordered, but they may use a special band between 105 and 110 meters. This new ruling of the Department seems to show that the able officials of the American Radio Relay League, that active and representative amateur association, have been successful in securing the intelligent cooperation of the Government. The quiet hours which have been enforced on the amateur have undoubtely greatly limited his legitimate activities and this ruling will open a new field for experiment on short waves where experiment is now most interesting and most productive. There are now some 15,500 licensed amateur transmitting stations in the United States. With a good proportion of these carrying on daily tests in short wave transmission it is entirely reasonable to expect that some productive results will follow. Observers of radio progress during the last ten or twelve years are quite unanimous in agreeing that amateurs, in America particularly, have done much for the art. Their contributions have been in the improvement of apparatus, in training many operators who are now working and improving radio for the Government and for many commercial companies. Trained amateurs are to be found operating and managing broadcasting stations, and in many, many parts of the country selling, explaining, maintaining, and repairing broadcast receivers. It is only because there was a force of well trained amateurs upon which to draw that so many good radio shops have come into being in the last few busy radio years. In the field of short wave transmission, the American amateur has almost been a pioneer. Who knows but that the great interest the amateur has shown is not pretty directly allied with the trend of present broadcast and code transmision on those wavelengths, both in this country and abroad ? It is good to see that the present disposition of the Government is, as it has been during the last twelve years, to allow the American amateur freedom and liberty of experiment. It is a typical American policy, and the experience of the last decade has shown that policy eminently to be justified.”. (“The March of Radio”, conducted by J. Morecroft, In “RADIO BROADCAST”, Vol. V, no. 6, OCTOBER 1924, Garden City, N. Y., DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY, 1924, pp. 472-473)
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