[AMRadio] AM IARU Region 2 Bandplan

Bernie Doran 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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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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