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ARRL Executive Committee Okays Revised Band Plans for 80/75, 40 and 15:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 49 on December 15, 2006
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ARRL Executive Committee Okays Revised Band Plans for 80/75, 40 and 15:

The ARRL Executive Committee this week approved revised band plans for 80/75, 40, and 15 meters developed and recommended by the League's Band Planning Committee. ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, says the Band Planning Committee "did a commendable job" stepping into the breach caused by the FCC's unexpected 80/75 meter decision in the so-called "omnibus" Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 04-140.

"In the case of 80/75 meters, it is an interim plan, subject to change if the FCC acts favorably on our Petition for Reconsideration," Sumner said (see The lower edge of the Amateur Extra 75-meter phone band shifted to 3600 kHz as of December 15.

The League wants the FCC to rectify an "unintended consequence" of that expansion by moving the narrowband/wideband boundary on 80/75 meters to 3635 kHz.

ARRL Vice President and Band Planning Committee chair Rick Roderick, K5UR, says his panel considered members' input in developing the changes the committee recommended. He notes that the Committee received nearly 900 comments.

The charts below reflect the old band plan as well as the changes that went into effect December 15.

3.590 RTTY DX RTTY/Data DX
3.580-3.620 RTTY 3.570-3.600: RTTY/Data
3.620-3.635 Packet Delete
3.790-3.800 DX Window No change
3.845 SSTV No change
3.885 AM calling frequency No change

7.040 RTTY DX RTTY/Data DX
7.080-7.100 RTTY 7.080-7.125: RTTY/Data
7.171 SSTV No change
7.290 AM calling frequency No change

21.070-21.100 RTTY 21.070-21.110: RTTY/Data
21.100-21.110 Packet 21.070-21.110: RTTY/Data
21.340 SSTV No change


The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 49 December 15, 2006

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ARRL Executive Committee Okays Revised Band Plans  
by AI4MT on December 15, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
OK so yes I am a member, but can anyone answer me a question, why does an organization who represents only 23% of all hams in the US get to dictate band plans...

and I guess the ARRL dosn't always get what it wants
with tonights FCC release either.....and I like the subband comments at the bottom from the FCC

Paul- AI4MT



Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration (Order) that modifies the rules for the Amateur Radio Service by revising the examination requirements for obtaining a General Class or Amateur Extra Class amateur radio operator license and revising the operating privileges for Technician Class licensees. In addition, the Order resolves a petition filed by the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL) for partial reconsideration of an FCC Order on amateur service rules released on October 10, 2006.

The current amateur service operator license structure contains three classes of amateur radio operator licenses: Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class. General Class and Amateur Extra Class licensees are permitted to operate in Amateur bands below 30 MHz, while the introductory Technician Class licensees are only permitted to operate in bands above 30 MHz. Prior to today’s action, the FCC, in accordance with international radio regulations, required applicants for General Class and Amateur Extra Class operator licenses to pass a five words-per-minute Morse code examination. Today’s Order eliminates that requirement for General and Amateur Extra licensees. This change reflects revisions to international radio regulations made at the International Telecommunication Union’s 2003 World Radio Conference (WRC-03), which authorized each country to determine whether to require that individuals demonstrate Morse code proficiency in order to qualify for an amateur radio license with transmitting privileges on frequencies below 30 MHz. This change eliminates an unnecessary regulatory burden that may discourage current amateur radio operators from advancing their skills and participating more fully in the benefits of amateur radio.

Today’s Order also revises the operating privileges for Technician Class licensees by eliminating a disparity in the operating privileges for the Technician Class and Technician Plus Class licensees. Technician Class licensees are authorized operating privileges on all amateur frequencies above 30 MHz. The Technician Plus Class license, which is an operator license class that existed prior the FCC’s simplification of the amateur license structure in 1999 and was grandfathered after that time, authorized operating privileges on all amateur frequencies above 30 MHz, as well as frequency segments in four HF bands (below 30 MHz) after the successful completion of a Morse code examination. With today’s elimination of the Morse code exam requirements, the FCC concluded that the disparity between the operating privileges of Technician Class licensees and Technician Plus Class licensees should not be retained. Therefore, the FCC, in today’s action, afforded Technician and Technician Plus licensees identical operating privileges.

Finally, today’s Order resolved a petition filed by the ARRL for partial reconsideration of an FCC Order released on October 10, 2006 (FCC 06-149). In this Order, the FCC authorized amateur stations to transmit voice communications on additional frequencies in certain amateur service bands, including the 75 meter (m) band, which is authorized only for certain wideband voice and image communications. The ARRL argued that the 75 m band should not have been expanded below 3635 kHz, in order to protect automatically controlled digital stations operating in the 3620-3635 kHz portion of the 80 m band. The FCC concluded that these stations can be protected by providing alternate spectrum in the 3585-3600 kHz frequency segment.

Action by the Commission on December 15, 2006, by Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration. Chairman Martin and Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.

For additional information, contact William Cross at (202) 418-0691 or

WT Docket Nos. 04-140 and 05-235.

– FCC –
RE: ARRL Executive Committee Okays Revised Band Pl  
by N4QX on December 15, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
They don't get to dictate them.

They do get to suggest them, as can anyone, but the fact that the people who suggest them are elected by and ultimately accountable to the membership gives the suggestions substantially more clout than if you and I got together and published one.
RE: ARRL Executive Committee ARROGANCE  
by W9WHE-II on December 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!

NEWSFLASH: Congress have FCC the power to make bandplans with the Communications Act of 1934. While arrl can make up all the plans it wants, they are TOTALLY MEANINGLESS. arrl does not have any power to make any such rules AND ITS TIME ALL HAMS REALIZED IT.

This is just another example of arrl ARROGANCE. arrl can only count 20 some percent of licensed hams as members, yet it thinks that it not only speaks for all of ham radio, but thinks it can regulate the 70 some percent that refuse to join.

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