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as a reminder of what we had to endure in the 80s & 90s.
At Elvaston Castle Rally 1999
Here is something from the uk.radio.amateur news group. It demonstrates the
principle of RIS bias, quite dramatically. As you can see from this independent eye witness report, the RIS are
indeed biased in certain directions.
It is a fact that these radios were illegal to own or use, and as they are,
they are not licensable, but as the author so correctly notes, the same goes
for the majority of ex PMR equipment on sale at the same rally. So why were the
CB radios seized, and the equally illegal ex PMR radios left for sale? Would
this be the case if the RIS were not radio amateurs?
I thought you might like to hear about something I saw at Elvaston today... on the first swing around I spotted a whole box of
'historically interesting' CB radios dating from around the late seventies... I had a look through and some of them were in fairly
nice cosmetic condition, maybe even collector's items... nonetheless, I moved on and on the next time around, was fairly bemused to see
a gentleman squatting on the ground, flanked by two bored looking uniformed policemen and filling in a form on an RA pad headed
'Notice Of Seizure'. Needless to say, the radios were no longer in the box.
At the same time there were hundreds of ex-PMR radios on show, most undoubtedly still crystalled for frequencies that their owners could
not legally use them on, but these did not appear to excite any interest whatsoever. I don't understand the logic behind the turn of
the decade decision to completely outlaw non - UK 11m radios even for legitimate, converted use on 10m. If people are caught using them on
11m, then fair enough, treat them as you would treat someone using
a VHF PMR transceiver for unlicenced (or unlicensable) operation, but I see no problem with a set sitting in a box waiting to be
converted, or simply not being used. I strongly suspect that the decision was made because the RA didn't want to spend any more time
certifying converted radios. The fact is that they should never have been required to do that in the first place. It should have been
left up to us to ensure compliance and to demonstrate it when required as it is with all the other kit that we move from other
bands to our frequencies.
The ironic thing is that the multimode sets in particular are much easier to convert to 10m by virtue of their having unrestricted PLL
ICs - and much more useful to us by virtue of the fact that they -are- multimodes - and if we were still allowed to use them there
would be a lot more of them taken out of circulation from 11m and put to legitimate use on 10m. The first Amateur HF set I ever owned was a
converted UK FM CB and it got me my first HF contact (with HB9IAM, I have the card on the wall in front of me) but, Oh, how much better it
would have been if it had been a multimode.
Regards... Graham, M0ADR.
The Driller Killer Incident
This is just the sort of problem that
the RIS are supposed to sort out on our behalf, where were they in this
case? It seems the system has totally collapsed and this Christopher
Everix of 1 Grange Road Bearley Stratford
0SE, [Tel. 01789 731779]
could not have complied with the terms of his licence;
Specifically BR68 4 (1) & (2) & (3) & (4). I wonder what
measures they are taking with regard to this obvious breach of the terms
& conditions. Here is a copy of the story from the newspaper:-
drilled through wall in TV fuzz row
Midland man became so frustrated at interference with his TV picture
caused by a neighbour's amateur radio that he poured methylated spirits
through a hole he had drilled in the adjoining wall, a court heard.
Graham Stanley (41), of Grange Road, Bearley, near Stratford, pleaded
guilty at Warwick Crown Court to damaging a wall and carpet belonging to
his neighbour Christopher Everix.
has been put on probation for 18 months with a condition that he
receives psychiatric treatment. He had denied two more serious charges
of attempted arson, the first alleging he intended
to endanger Mr Everix's life and the second that he was reckless
whether his neighbours life was endangered.
on the day he was due to stand trial Mr Makhan Shoker, prosecuting, said
he would offer no evidence on those charges and Stanley was formally
found not guilty. Mr Shoker told the court there had been a problem
between the two men because amateur radio enthusiast Mr Everix's aerial
was interfering with the picture on Stanley's television.
the course of a number of weeks earlier this year Stanley drilled a hole
through the wall between his bedroom and Mr Everix’s bedroom and in
April, using a funnel and a length of pipe, he poured meths through the
hole on to the carpet.
Mr Everix called the police after he noticed the smell and found the
hole in the wall.
Post & Mail 19.11.97
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