Article: “ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group”

From ARRL

(source: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-creates-new-hf-band-planning-discussion-group)

ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

02/11/2020

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report to the ARRL Board. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users. Those responding to the initial call for comments and suggestions are encouraged to cross-post their remarks to the new HF Band Planning Discussion Group.

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UHF Repeater

The UHF repeater is currently down for maintenance, but the backup UHF repeater is on air in it’s place.

Backup Repeater Details:
Freq: 443.775(+)
PL: 123.0

More information can be found on the “Nets/Repeaters/Frequencies” page on this website.

Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico”

From ARRL

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-volunteers-establish-plan-b-communication-network-in-puerto-rico

01/21/2020

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in Puerto Rico continued over the weekend to report for daily duty at an American Red Cross (ARC) distribution center in Mayagüez and at ARC Headquarters in San Juan. The two sites are at the ready to provide a “Plan B” communication backbone in the event the seismic situation worsens. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southwestern Puerto Rico on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day before, damaging homes in Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and Guánica. ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, told ARRL this week that the situation is relatively “calm and quiet” for now and starting on January 22, volunteers would begin monitoring from their homes or vehicles, permitting most, including Resto himself, to get back to their jobs and homes. Continue reading “Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico””

From ARRL – “Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand”

From ARRL (source: http://www.arrl.org/news/access-to-60-meters-continues-to-expand)

11/11/2019

[CORRECTED: 2019-11-14 @ 1234 UTC] According to the latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory agencies in an expanding list of countries have granted amateur radio access to a 60-meter band.

A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 – 5.366.5 MHz was released to radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they will adhere to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) allocation, permitting a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. Indonesian and Greek hams recently gained access to the same allocation.

Meanwhile, Israel has extended authorization of 5 MHz amateur permits to the end of Decembern 2023 and added a Channel 0 to the existing eight channels, where hams may run 100 W PEP on several modes, depending upon the channel.

Still under discussion is ham radio access to a 5 MHz secondary band in Australia, where the band is used by some emergency services and law enforcement. Nearly 80 countries offer some level of amateur access to the 5 MHz band.

In the US, ARRL petitioned the FCC shortly after WRC-15 to allocate a secondary 60-meter band and to permit 100 W PEP, as already authorized on the existing channels there.

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