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Actually, I make a ton of phone contacts especially in the POTA program. Hard to find a clear frequency to use sometimes. Good luck to whoever determines what the band plans are going to be.
On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 6:34 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...
Give them 100 kHz. of the phone bands ! No much activity there...
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, 05:42:25 PM CDT, K8TOM <tsingle@...
The following is an excerpt from the monthly newsletter of Mike Ritz, W7VO
Director, ARRL Northwestern Division. I received it yesterday.
"There has been so much activity in fact, that the group responsible forthe ever popular FT-x software are looking at ways to expand beyond whatare now single-channel (2.8 kHz wide) blips on the HF bands. They’veoutgrown the current slots, and are bursting at the seams. I can attestto that, as the Thursday morning before the CQ WPX CW contest I wasstrolling through 20 meters to check band conditions, and to myamazement there were absolutely no CW, RTTY, or even SSB stations on theair. Not one! What was on 20 meters? About 40 or so FT-8 stationscentered around 14.074 MHz. As I've said before: The FT-x hype is real,as is the technological disruption of “conventional” amateur modes.The question raised is: How to expand for FT-x, and not infringe uponother “digital mode toes”? As a result, the ARRL Band Planningcommittee has been asked to be involved in helping to coordinate thedigital spectrum beyond our initial charter, which was to mitigate andseparate wide-band and narrow-band digital into regulated FCC Part 97allotments. The digital players are now looking at a full digitalspectrum coordination effort, a real job of herding cats if ever therewas one.I suggested to ARRL President Roderick, K5UR that this really needs tobe a new and separate committee that contains representatives from ALLof the major stakeholders in the digital world, ie: FT-x, FLdigi, PSK,MFSK, RTTY, Winlink, and the myriad of other popular modes, and not justthe current committee populated with only ARRL Board members, as it doesnow. What the digital players are looking at is coming up with acoordinated plan for the HF digital spectrum, similar to what is donewith VHF and UHF repeater coordination. In my opinion that needs to beaccomplished with ARRL assistance and support, but not totally upon theshoulders of the ARRL. The ARRL can be the coordinator of the effort andpublish the results, but the input and work should be burdened by thedigital stakeholders. This is still in the initial stages of discussion,and I’ll let you know how this develops."