- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Washington Times ran a Page One article on Thursday about two spies for Cuba who communicated over shortwave radio (“Cuban spies’ shortwave radios defy detection.” The ninth paragraph consists of a single sentence — “The International Amateur Radio Union said there are more than 700,000 amateur radio operators in the United States.”

Though the statement is true, it also is irrelevant to the use of shortwave radio by the Cuban spies. To associate the Amateur Radio Service with these spies besmirches the character of every licensed Amateur Radio operator in the United States. The Amateur Radio Service provides a great public service, especially in times of natural disaster when commercial communications systems have been disrupted. One of the tenets of the Amateur’s Code is that “The Amateur is patriotic.” None of us would ever consider using our hobby to betray our country.

DAVID M. ST. PIERRE

Amateur Radio Station NG9W

Marion, Ill.

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