[AMRadio] Phone band expansion

Peter Markavage manualman at juno.com
Fri Oct 13 20:14:08 EDT 2006

If I had to take a guess at least for 80 meters, since their bandwidth
proposal is in limbo for some indeterminate time, is that their plan is
going to revolve around  phone, "wide" digital, CW, and "narrow" digital.
CW and narrow digital stuff can reasonably coexist together. The
"traditional" phone band plan has already been defined. Somewhere between
existing phone and CW areas, the wide digital is going to be defined
along with other stuff. Depending on who makes the best and loudest
pitch, ESSB and AM will look for more defined areas, DX'ers will probably
look for a bigger window, disaster and emergency management groups will
look for more define frequencies with a surrounding "safe" area.
Personally, I believe "windows" are counterproductive and literally lock
you out from easily operating in the rest of the band, with people
pointing fingers and raising a fuss, if you deviate from it

I don't operate 40 and 15 meters enough to even venture a guess on a band
plan but I bet it will also be a similar split of modes (phone, "wide"
digital, "narrow" digital/CW).

ARRL is looking for as much input as we can muster. Without it, they will
blindly reach into the hat and define a new band plan.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 16:19:03 -0500 "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
> Boy Pete, I hope they don't try to run things for us all this time.  
> I am 
> against any band plan at present until we see who and what operation 
> moves 
> there.  If they do anything, they should concentrate getting the OOs 
> to 
> monitor for intentional interference.  That is rampant and going to 
> get 
> worse this winter.

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