The more than 200 attendees at the April IEEE-EMC Society Chicago Chapter meeting donated $756 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, called the contributions “spontaneous and voluntary.” The Society meeting was a special event at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to which local Amateur Radio operators had been invited.
“This donation is a small showing of the collective deep appreciation that all attendees at this meeting expressed for the ongoing efforts of the League in the furtherance of the protection of the Amateur Radio Spectrum,” Carlson said in a letter to ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, accompanying the donation check.
The meeting presentation, “Man-Made Noise and the Impact to Radio Communications — The Changing Environment,” featured Greg lapin, N9GL, co-chair of the Spectrum and Receiver Performance Working Group, FCC Technical Advisory Council, and ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, IEEE-EMC Society Vice President of Standards.
Over the years, the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund has helped to defeat the threat that Little LEO satellites posed to the 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands; remove high-power international broadcasters from the heart of 40 meters, doubling the size of the worldwide band; gain global allocations at 135 kHz and 472 kHz; battle Broadband Over PowerLine (BPL); defend microwave allocations against commercial wireless broadband interests, and obtain an international allocation at 60 meters.
Your contribution is welcome!