yes I know its a USA problem but being medical it will come to us sooner than later!!
Currently, the government is primary... we are secondary. If the new devices are approved on the 70cm band as secondary users, what does that make us? Third-tier users or equal priority to the medical devices?
Does anyone REALLY think that if these devices are approved in the 70cm band, that the FCC will put Amateur Radio as a priority to human lives? If there'd be ANY risk of our (ham) radio's interfering with those devices... any risk at all... you can be sure that we'll lose the 70cm band completely.
The problem is... how can we, as amateur operators, complain about losing a band when our sacrifice may save lives (or at least drastically improve the standard of living for people.)don't get me wrong - I'm not happy that I'd lose UHF repeaters, that my ability to cross-band repeat would disappear, etc. I'd love to write a letter to the FCC giving reasons why those devices shouldn't run on 70cm. My problem is, any time I try to compose something, I feel like a selfish child: whining that something I was given for free is being taken away to further medicine.
The flip side is that the UHF band, used by amateur operators, has already been used to save lives in disasters.
I suppose my real problem is that these medical devices aren't going to be given to people who need them... they'll be given to people who can afford to buy them. Some company will make a fortune on these devices (if they're successful.) I'd be "okay" with losing 70cm for these devices IFF the FCC stipulated that the devices using the band would only be "sold" by non-profit organizations, and a certain allotment of them would be given to those in need, regardless of ability to pay.
a tipical W reply in as most W's agree it will happen