[AMRadio] AM IARU Region 2 Bandplan

sbjohnston at aol.com sbjohnston at aol.com
Sat Mar 6 13:54:28 EST 2010

Remember in 2007- 2008 when the ARRL backed down from
their attempt to get FCC regulation by bandwidth?

At that time we heard a League official state
that "we needn't expect a further effort by the ARRL to get
bandwidth controls into FCC rules for at least two years - not
until the League had a chance to "educate" the members
and other amateurs on the matter and "get them on-board".

Now in early 2010 that amount of time has passed and the
IARU plan is under review - interesting.

Steve WD8DAS

sbjohnston at aol.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: D. Chester <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Fri, Mar 5, 2010 1:36 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM IARU Region 2 Bandplan

I haven't attempted to formulate a response yet, but two things 
come to mind.

One, the bandwidth issue.  The Region 1 plan specifically accommodates 
AM on
any phone frequency despite nominal maximum bandwidths posted in the 
This is conspicuously absent from the current Region 2 plan.

Two, 40m. Although this would take FCC action to correct in the USA,
phone/cw segregation should be more closely aligned with that of the 
regions. Specifically, in light of the removal of (most) broadcast 
 from 7100-7200, the N. American band plan should accommodate phone down 
LEAST to 7100 kHz. (Most other Region 2 countries are already operating
phone well below 7100 anyway).

This would apply immediately to Canada, Mexico and other countries in 
Americas, since nearly every country in the world, except for the U.S., 
ago phased out government-mandated subbands.

It is ridiculous that 25% of the newly-vacated frequencies are off 
limits to
US phone operators, yet at best there are hardly ever more than a half 
or so CW/RTTY/data QSO's on 7100-7125 at any given moment, while 
remains under-used by U.S. non-phone ops as well. SSB ops are fond of
complaining about AM activity in the vicinity of 7160 because of the
"limited band space" to operate phone in the newly vacated segment. We 
to be thinking of a petition to the FCC to further expand the 40m phone

Don k4kyv

This message was typed using the DVORAK keyboard layout.


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