Friday, October 24, 2008

McCain and Amateur Radio, revisited

An anonymous commenter recently said that someone has somewhere suggested that John McCain is "not a supporter" of ham radio.  Now, I don't know if this is true or not; I haven't seen McCain (or, for that matter, Obama) say anything at all about ham radio and have no idea what either of them think of the amateur radio service.  On the other hand, McCain has served on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for a long time, including as its chairman from 1997 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005.  This committee has jurisdiction over, amongst other things, the Federal Communications Commission, and would be the committee assigned to hear any bills related to amateur radio.  It is likely that in the course of his membership in, and leadership of, this committee he has taken positions on matters of interest to ham radio.  Unfortunately, I don't have any specifics as to what those would have been.

So, what's the short and skinny here?  Is McCain a friend of ham radio?  A foe?  Or just indifferent?  It won't change my vote, and I doubt it'll change many other people's votes, but surely someone knows....