To preserve over 100 years of Heritage during which our community of radio amateurs and professionals, have used amateur radio to develop communications between distant communities. Often such communications have become lifelines, paving the way for modern telecommunications.
Why is it necessary to preserve this?
Experimenting with radio is part of a scientific, learning and competitive experience. According to Whatworkswellbeing.org, Engaging in learning, competitive experiences improve well-being. In normal people, such experiences are rewarding. They release more endorphines, (hormones that produce a feeling of wellbeing) than can possibly ever be replaced by anti-depressants.
The fact is, our community fosters learning through a network of instructors who give their time freely. We are motivated and enthusiastic people.
The Threats to Amateur Radio
At Radio Heritage UK we believe that if we don’t carry out this mission, it will simply become impossible to continue, due mainly to politics, toxic people and disruptive technology:
Politics. In Britain, despite all the spin, we live in a democracy where minorities are not treated well. (A political situation, known as a Tyranny of the majority – according to Wikipedia). In this state, the views of 55000 Licensed Radio Amateurs amount to nought, in a population of 66 million people, 45 million of whom are voters. Put simply, we can’t raise votes so we don’t count when planning decisions are made.
Austerity: While government services are run down in the process of privatisation, according to the Local Govenment Ombudsman, (LGO), the public services that previously supported our community are losing their corporate memory. This means the people who understood our needs have left or can no longer sustain the work and make progress in implementing government policy. The scale of government cuts leaves behind a smaller number of struggling public servants with little or no knowledge of legislation, in positions of considerable power.
Goal Blocking. This is a well known characteristic of a toxic, sadistic mindset. Breifly where motivated people exist, so to does the opportunity to cause pain by blocking or opposing peoples enjoyment. Imagine applying for planning permission if you lived next door to people hell bent on hurting you for their own pleasure? neighbours like this? or this?.
This behaviour is never acceptable and yet in amateur radio, goal blocking often manifests itself in a spurious complaint about the visibility and impact of the radio antenna, causing harm. (Which they don’t). This is the result of people exploiting council services for their own pleasure. Toxic people are difficult to cope with and an encounter with one or more, often results in a stressful experience for the council worker. For the licenced radio amatuer the result of the combination above limits the performance of equipment, causes disappointment and stress. Another licensed radio amateur told us, “I was only granted planning permission when a toxic neighbour moved away after ten years of complaining to my local council”.
We have therefore asked the Local Government Ombudsman to take preventative steps. We think council workers don’t have enough of the skills needed to support the needs of people in our community. They can’t seem to refute allegations of harm or to realise its the well-being of our community member at stake. Moreover they don’t have time to research before making decisions. The decisions they make often contravene legislation and are arbitrary according to the Local Government Ombusdman in his recent report: Under Pressure.
Polution of the Radio Waves
We are also subject to Commercial Pressures: Industry has the power to lobby politicians and are able to buy up the valuable radio spectrum we rely on. Commercial exploitation by greedy companies omitting vital components from or settings on devices is leading to loss of service for licensed radio amateurs. When it comes to it we are licensed by Government, but when our radios no longer work because BT Openreach has polluted the airwaves with mush and noise degrading our ability to hear weak radio signals – Government (OFCOM) sits on its hands.
If we all sit on our hands, or become bystanders then who knows what the outcome will be?
Therefore we have asked the Radio Society of Great Britain to take a different approach: See our email here.
Stuart Dixon – G4IYK
Acting CEO – Radio Heritage UK.