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40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!

from Arizona State Union-Tribune on April 5, 2001
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I got this in e-mail from the 3905 century club e-mail reflector. I hope this is real news....


Amateurs gain reprieve from long-time clash with broadcasters

From the Arizona State Union-Tribune, April 1, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Ask any Arizonan amateur radio operator what the most pressing problem on his frequencies is, and he will likely tell you it is the serious interference from shortwave broadcast stations in the 40 meter band that has grown progressively worse over the last two decades.

Yesterday, international broadcasters announced their intent to vacate the hams' frequencies in favor of another portion of the radio spectrum, bringing clear frequencies to hams for the first time in over forty-five years, the Bush administration reported.

Since the early- to mid-sixties, hams have had to endure increasing shortwave activity fueled by the Cold War, tensions between Cuba and the West, and the rise of governments in the Third World anxious to use radio to spread propaganda. Protected by international law, national broadcasters, religious programmers, and others have enjoyed virtually unlimited access to frequencies, cheap worldwide coverage, and operation at almost any power level they desired, creating an "elbow to elbow" situation for which no resolution was seen, given the squatters' stance taken by all parties involved.

Now, a major bloc of broadcasters has unilaterally proposed moving off of 40 meters onto a frequency band much less utilized now that it has been recently vacated by the military. The new band had been under the control of the United States Department of Defense since 1950, but has lied in fallow for years with the steady rise in the use of satellites for military communications. Broadcasters finalized an agreement with the Department to assume administration of the frequencies over the weekend.

The announcement came at a meeting of the International Federation of Shortwave Broadcasters (Fédération Internationale de Stations de Onde Courte) in Geneva in late January. Of the 75 member countries of the organization, 61 have operations in the 40 meter band, meaning that the move away from 40 meters will constitute a mass exodus of signals which have hampered amateur radio stations for years. Ham radio operators stand to gain the most from the surprise announcement, but millions of shortwave listeners-- hobbyists with special receivers that can pick up the shortwave stations-- are also rejoicing at the prospect of clearer frequencies and more enjoyable reception.

The vote in favor of the move was 72 to 2, the two lone dissenting votes coming from Cuba and Iraq. Libyan representatives abstained from the voting.

Under the proposed move, shortwave stations from the 61 nations would vacate the 7100-7300 kilohertz band between now and the end of 2006. The majority would move to a band between 7325 and 7490 kilohertz, with some others scattering to several frequencies above and below that band.

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40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by KC2GUC on April 5, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
After posting this, I think it might be an April Fool's joke. I did not notice the date of April 1.

A newsgroup posting questioned its authenticity from a HAM in Arizona who had never heard of the paper that is mentioned.

Not sure if this is real news or not. But lets hope!
40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by KB9YKO on April 6, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
International broadcasters may not only vacate
40 meters, but many may vacate shortwave
altogether. I received a mailing from Swiss
Radio International this week that said
within the next few years they will be
leaving the shortwave bands and will
even reduce their satellite broadcasting
service in favor of internet broadcasting.

While, I believe that the MAJOR broadcasters
like the BBC and VOA will always find a
place on the SW bands, I think that many
international broadcasters, i.e. Radio
Nederland, Detusche Welle, Radio Canada
International, Radio Australia and such
will eventually go the way of Swiss Radio
International. It will probably be within
the decade.

I listen to the Nighthawks freq at 7.255
every night and VOA is a pain in the you-
know-where everynight. I'd love to see
VOA, for one, to leave 40 meters.
40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by N9NRA on April 6, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmm...April 5th was the date on this article...Sounds like an April Fools joke to me, too. But, we can always hold out the hope that the 40 meter mess will shake itself out someday. TNX ES 73 DE N9NRA ANDY
40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by DJ7MGQ on April 6, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
When the PLC networks are up and running, this won't
make any difference, assuming that the noise which
PLC is allowed to make will be as bad a predicted.

I would have loved a larger 40m band here in region 1.
40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
Anonymous post on April 6, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Hope these broadcasters move to the upper end of 27 MHz and get rid of the so-called freebanders.
40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by WG7X on April 7, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Yo! Dudes!

It's an April Fool's joke forwarded from usenet.
Please note the date line from a non-existant Arizona newspaper.

You're welcome!

Gary WG7X
RE: 40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by NH2CW on April 9, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Yup. It's a hoax. This is indeed a topic for discussion at the WRC in 2003, but right now it's just in the committee stages. ARRL is working it for the hams, others are working for the broadcasters. I think the time is ripe for something to get done about it. Finally!

Don't count out HF broadcasting quite yet. There is a strong initiative happening called DRM, Digital Radio Mondial, for a worldwide standard for digital AM broadcasting. The preliminary tests are quite exciting. (Robust, near-FM quality on HF.) Check out It's not just a new mode. It's a whole new way of thinking about HF and how it sounds (and looks!).

Chuck, NH2CW
(also, Chief Engineer, KTWR
Trans World Radio Pacific)
RE: 40-meter Shortwave Broadcaster News!  
by AD8K on April 14, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Well it looks like this years April 1, trick was a success. Now it is off to prepare a real jewel for next year. How about some thing about a new rig that no longer requires an antenna. Naww! Too technical!
Well it's a year off, so no sweat. Just sit back and laugh at this years success. Maybe someone will even post it as news on the internet. No one there checks the credibility of the source.
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