> > > Hey Frank, where'd you ever get the idea that radio *isn't* open to
> > > the public?
> > > I never knew anyone whatever who wanted a ham radio license who was
> > > barred from getting one. There is a small matter of qualifying for it,
> > > of course, as there is in every endeavor where others can and will be
> > > impacted when the licensee knows not which way is up. But it has
> > > always been open to all comers.
> > OK, amateur radio is open to the public. But nearly all amateur radio
> > activity is either contacts between hams or some sort of test. I'm under
> > the impression that amatuers broadcasting what might be considered
> > entertainment programming to the public is banned. Am I wrong about that?
> No, sounds accurate to me.
> > > Now if you're talking "open" like CB is open, that's a horse of an
> > > entirely different color.
> > >***
> > More like pirate radio. I've heard some very entertaining stuff, and I hope
> > to hear alot more. I know that time can be bought on an independent
> > broadcaster, but I'd really like to know why what Alan Maxwell and the other
> > do is illegal. I think hobby broadcasting would bring alot of positive
> > interest to SW radio.
> As always,it's a $$$$$ thing, of course.
broadcasting illegal, even on SW. They say that the AM and FM bands are
too crowded, and that's true, but SW is wide open. Of course they're
really concerned about innovative programming taking over market share.
If hobbyists were allowed on SW the radios would fly off shelves because
there'd finally be an alternative to automated corporate programming. (I
know for a fact that Clear Channel controls six or seven radio stations
in the San Francisco market, each carefully programmed as not to compete
with each other.)