[AMRadio] Fasten your seatbelts - here we go for another ARRL ride

manualman manualman at juno.com
Thu Sep 24 14:06:37 EDT 2009

The proposal study seems to focus on the VHF/UHF FM repeaters (currently
15 or 20kHz channel spacing - based on 70's and 80's design criteria) 
and moving to narrowband channel spacing (12 kHz or less). Since more and
more narrowband equipment is coming into service these days, and things
like D-STAR are growing fast, new repeaters can't fit into the current
band criteria and are setting up shop outside the designated repeater
sub-bands. there is nothing in the current rules to keep them from moving
into the band areas that are currently occupied by SSB and AM phone
operation. Hence the study to see what could be done, if anything, to
possibly restructure the current FM repeater sub-bands to lower the
channel spacing and thus keeping the FM repeater digital whatever out of
the current "other modes" parts of our present VHF/UHF phone sections. 

Pete, wa2cwa

On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 05:38:41 -0400 "Bry Carling" <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>
> So - did we miss anything here about 6m and 2m AM? Is that 
> affected by this proposal or not, Pete?
> Maybe it is the principle of regulation by bandwidth that concerns 
> Mac.
> You would think that after the hugely unpopular proposal they made a 
> couple of 
> years ago, that they would have learned.

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