|[AMRadio] AM IARU Region 2 Bandplan|
qedconsultants at embarqmail.com
Fri Mar 5 08:27:40 EST 2010
As always, everyone has an opinion. Mine is that this is not a calling
frequency, as it is certainly not utilized that way. it is a common area for
AM to " hang out" I feel that it should not even be mentioned as the is no
" SSB or CW " calling frequency, this only gives rogue ssb ops a chance to
squawk that we are off freq. That said I almost never operate in that
region as there is simply too much QRM, much better at the low end of the
band, I find a lot of contacts from 3685 to 3725. Bernie
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From: "screwdriver" <he20c at swbell.net>
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Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 11:08 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] AM IARU Region 2 Bandplan
ARRL Seeks Input for New IARU Region 2 Band Plan
The International Amateur Radio Region 2 (IARU R2) conference -- held later
this year in El Salvador -- brings together delegations from the national
Amateur Radio Societies in the Western Hemisphere. One of the topics on the
agenda will be the Region 2 HF band plan. This band plan is "harmonized
with" -- spectrum management-speak for "very similar to" -- the IARU Region
1 and Region 3 band plans.
According to ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, many hams in the USA probably
did not know there was such as thing as a Region 2 band plan until recently.
Now, however, many more American hams have heard of it, but may not know
how -- if at all -- this band plan affects them. Here are important facts
for American hams to keep in mind:
IARU band plans are voluntary guidelines. They do not have the force of FCC
It would be inappropriate to incorporate Region 2 band plans into the FCC
rules, and the ARRL has no plan to petition the FCC to do so.
Most other countries do not have the detailed sub-band regulations that are
in Part 97 of the FCC Rules; for amateurs in those countries, IARU band
plans offer the only guidance on frequency use.
The recognition of a calling frequency or band segment for a particular
purpose or mode in the IARU band plan does not convey any special rights or
exclusivity of use.
A new, more transparent procedure will be followed this year for considering
possible changes to the Region 2 band plan. The ARRL is cooperating with
this procedure by inviting input to be sent to the ARRL Board of Directors'
Band Planning Committee. The committee will review the existing Region 2
band plan, consider input from the amateur community and make
recommendations to the ARRL Board for submission to IARU Region 2.
The inadvertent omission of the AM center of activity frequency (calling
frequency) -- 3.885 MHz on 80 meters -- has already been noted, and this
will be one of the recommended revisions.
The deadline line set by Region 2 for gathering input and formulating
recommendations is rather short. Amateurs who would like to submit input
should take the following steps:
First, study the existing IARU Region 2 band plan posted on the Region 2 Web
site. The Region 1 and Region 3 band plans are also posted there, so be sure
you are looking at the band plan for Region 2.
Next, formulate a clear statement of any change you propose. Include a brief
explanation of why you think the change would be beneficial. Please include
your name and call sign in your input.
Finally, send your input via e-mail no later than April 5, 2010. Messages
will be automatically acknowledged
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