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Re: SWATCH outrage



I posted the following on the SWATCH Web site:

No! Your plan to use amateur radio frequencies for commercial purposes,
however indirect, is a violation of international telecommunications
law. Your web site's appeals to "freedom" and "democracy" are as insulting
as they are false and misleading. Do not try to shift the blame onto
amateur radio operators for protecting their frequencies. Amateur
frequencies are not "democracies." They are reserved by international treaty
for individuals with a purely personal interest in radio, who have earned
licenses by passing government-sponsored examinations. Commercial
use and broadcasting is strictly prohibited. Either someone at your company
made an incredibly stupid mistake, or you are deliberately trying
to open a piece of the most heavily-used amateur band to commercial
exploitation via a "back door." Either way, you deserve all the censure
you have been getting. Please admit your mistake. Remember, many of us are
involved in technical occupations involving the Internet, and our
ill will could mean less sales for your company.

--Peter A. Klein, KD7MW

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