Your article Hamming it up (April 4) is misleading on several counts despite seemingly good intentions to promote amateur radio:
·The frequency 142.800 MHz. used by Pradas is not within the allocation of amateur frequencies issued worldwide by ITU.
·This is a commercial undertaking and therefore in violation of amateur creed as defined by ITU as follows:
A service of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried on by amateurs, that is, by duly authorised persons interested in radio techniques solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
·In the case of Pradas, the so-called callsigns are issued by them and not by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as in the case of amateur licenses.
·Since it is a commercial service provided after due payment of an annual fee, it may not be fettered with the strict disciplinary rules of operating without any pecuniary interest. Also there is a strict restriction of third party traffic rule. In amateur radio, it means that a non-licensed amateur cannot key the microphone and talk on the amateur band.
·Pradas may be providing a first step towards becoming a legitimate amateur with a proper B licence issued by MCMC after passing the written examination. Without proper qualifications, Pradas cannot call themselves hams when they are not even on amateur frequencies.
·The Malaysian Amateur Radio Society is the official registered society and a member of International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (IARURegion 3), and ensures that amateur radio operation in Malaysia conforms to the acceptable rules worldwide, and supervised by MCMC.
Under the present circumstances, Pradas operates a commercial service that does not fall within the ambit of the acceptable definition of amateur radio. At best it provides the equivalent of a kopi-o licence that short circuits the radio amateur examination and the attendant strict procedures and restrictions imposed on licensed amateurs.
Ex-director of IARU Region 3
(Licensed since 1962)
original article was taken from http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=%2F2009%2F4%2F18%2Flifeliving%2F3649015&sec=lifeliving
it was respond from 9M2SS about the article ¨Hamming it up (April 4)¨ on the star news and this is respond from PRADAS, http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/4/18/lifeliving/20090417171035&sec=lifeliving
i don't own these articles, it was shared from the star official website. Until now the article is still there (at the moment this post written). i have found these articles when i was searching for info about radio communication activities in Malaysia on Google.
after a few reading, i noticed that it was happened in year 2009 where the original author of that article have done a misleading article about amateur radio and commercial radio. the URL for the original article was missing from the star website.
Nowadays, there are lots of misleading articles and misunderstood about amateur radio, commercial radio and also ¨walkie-talkie¨ user on mainstream media. for example, http://www.sinarharian.com.my/edisi/perak/taktik-guna-radio-amatur-gagal-1.91342
Another interesting read up, http://ahmadtaib.blogspot.com/2012/10/kekeliruan-tentang-radio-amatur.html
The real term of amateur radio is,
Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct monetary or other similar reward, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).