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ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60-Meters:

from The ARRL Letter on March 1, 2012
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60-Meters:

Thanks to the FCC's Report and Order http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-releases-new-rules-for-60-meters issued November 18, 2011, radio amateurs will enjoy a number of new privileges on the 60 meter band, beginning at midnight (EST) March 5. These new privileges include a boost in effective radiated power from 50 to 100 W, as well as the ability to use CW and certain digital modes.

Late last year, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee surveyed 60 meter operators to gather opinions about how to best use the new privileges. On the subject of creating a specific band plan, the survey results indicated little consensus beyond the fact that 5403.5 kHz should retain its status as a de facto "DX channel." On the other hand, survey respondents made a number of suggestions for general operating practices.

Based on the survey results and subsequent research, the committee declined to propose a specific band plan for 60 meters at this time. Instead, the committee created a "Recommended Practices" document (click here http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Recommended_Practices_for_60_Meters%20-%20Version%206_4.pdf for the document). The 60 meter pages http://www.arrl.org/60-meter-faq on the ARRL website have been updated to reflect the changes brought about by the Report and Order.

The April issue of QST will also include an article by ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, offering a detailed discussion of the new 60 meter privileges and recommended operating practices.

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The ARRL Letter

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NTIA speaks again  
by N4QA on March 2, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016996545

No biggy.

NTIA reiterates its stance against multiple, simulaneous narrowband communications on other than center frequencies within the 60m channels.

72,
Bill, N4QA
 
RE: NTIA speaks again  
by N4QA on March 2, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Oops, make that multiple simultaneous...

72,
Bill, N4QA
 
Two bands, two songs  
by N4QA on March 4, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Stay 'way from your sideband
Stay 'way from your PSK
Stay 'way from your Pactor 3
Relax, baby, and code with me !

C'mon angel, my rig's on fire
Don't deny this ham's desire

You know that I would be a liar
if I were to say to you, girl, we need a lot of wire !


Sorry, Rod
Sorry, Jim

Sorry everybody!


Tonight's the night !

Light my fire!


72,
Bill, N4QA
 
60m great during its first nite as a complete band  
by N4QA on March 5, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Heard many CW, PSK31 and USB phone signals on the new, improved 60m band last night.
I Made at least two CW contacts on each of the five channels using the DSW-60 at 2 watts to the GADS! antenna. My best DX was a QSO with a ham in the Tucson, Arizona area. Everyone was well-behaved and all had a great time!
See y'all on 60m !
72,
Bill, N44QA
 
RE: 60m great during its first nite as a complete band  
by N4QA on March 5, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmm...my call is actually N4QA, not N44QA :0)
 
RE: 60m great during its first nite as a complete band  
by K0OD on March 5, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Nice working you Bill. I expected to hear some stations off center-frequency but even your kit QRP was right on the mark. How did you do that?

First night went very well.

Jeff
K0OD
 
RE: 60m great during its first nite as a complete band  
by N4QA on March 5, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
My pleasure, Jeff.
Hardware-wise, the DSW-60 is just a modified Small Wonder Labs DSW-20. I control its frequency using homebrew PC software which programs the rig's DDS via a conversion socket which provides a path for the data stream between the PC and DDS - the interface also uses an external USB to SPI translator box called the µChameleon by Starting Point Systems. My PC program has a calibration feature which allows fine-tuning of the rig's DDS frequency code.
An Icom IC-703 helps out by letting me easily compare the DSW-60's frequency with WWV at 5 MHz. Keeps me reasonably close <g>. Some info at n4qa.com under DSW-HF etc.

Great working you and many others on 60m CW last night and this morning. The current CW DX record for the DSW-60, at 2 watts out to the GADS! antenna via the AH-4 autotuner is Ray, W2RS, in the Tucson, Arizona area from here in southwest Virginia.

72,
Bill, N4QA
 
RE: 60m great during its first nite as a complete band  
by K0OD on March 6, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
"Some info at n4qa.com under DSW-HF etc."

Your projects are most impressive. www.n4qa.com

Ah...Meissner Signal Shifter! See you on the air, Bill.
 
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