[AMRadio] VK 40m allocation

Nigel Holmes Holmes.Nigel at abc.net.au
Thu Apr 2 21:41:48 EDT 2009

 The VK 40m segment is now 7000 - 7200 kHz Primary user and 7200 - 7300
kHz Secondary user. We can use any mode anywhere in the band, but a
gentlemen's agreement prefers telephony kept in 7040-7300 kHz.

For the full Australian spectrum plan see ACMA pdf here

73 Nigel VK3DZ

-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of D. Chester
Sent: Friday, 3 April 2009 4:46 AM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] 7160 tonight: Suggestion

One suggestion.  We need to be more careful about zero beating each
other on the 40m frequency.  At times in the QSO, stations are so
scattered out over a 1-2 kHz  range, that my sync detector won't stay
locked when one station turns it over to another.  But the real problem
is that this frequency scattering is bound to be generating unnecessary
hostility from the SSB DX'ers, and will likely to result in deliberate
QRM and other hostile actions against the AM'ers. I have already heard
the griping, and I'm afraid it's just starting.  Last night someone
tried to fire his  ricebox up on AM, and kept saying (with extreme
distortion), "Why are you on AM down here?  Go back to 7290".

Remember, we don't own 7160 kHz any more than slopbucketeers own any of
"their" frequencies.

Because of the limited spread of this "new" phone band, we need to
operate more  like precision sharpshooters, than users of a sawed-off
shotgun in the early evening.  With the new situation on 40m, maybe it's
time to seriously consider a petition to the FCC to further expand the
phone band, down to 7100 or 7075.  Much of the foreign DX is below 7125,
and US amateurs are about the only ones in the world who are not allowed
to operate phone down there (not sure about VK's and ZL's).  I hear
7075-7125 filled with a LOT more foreign SSB than CW.

Don k4kyv

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