[CQ-Contest] The mess we call 40 meters

Scott Neader KA9FOX ka9fox at QTH.com
Fri Nov 30 23:57:03 EST 2001

I received a request for financial support from the ARRL for the 2002 Fund 
for the Defense of Amateur Radio Frequencies.  Sure, they do a lot of other 
work, but I am most interested in a future fix for the mess we call 40 
meters, and I like what they are proposing.  I will be sending in a few 
bucks and I hope other contesters will do so as well.  From ARRL:

>The 40-meter band is currently the focus of an effort supported by the 
>International Amateur Radio Union and ARRL to obtain a 300-kHz worldwide 
>exclusive allocation. Most of the world does not have access to the 300 
>kHz-wide swath from 7.0 to 7.3 MHz that US hams enjoy. In the rest of the 
>world, the upper two-thirds of 40 is dominated by broadcasters. This issue
>is on the agenda for the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference, 
>http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/WRC-03/. One suggested remedy 
>would shift the allocation downward to create a 300-kHz worldwide band at 
>6.9 to 7.2 MHz.

The above link has a link to a nice PDF file of an article about the 40 
meter situation, from K1ZZ.

I found a page explaining the ARRL 2002 Fund for the Defense of Amateur 
Radio Frequencies, with a secure on-line donation form, here:


73 - Scott KA9FOX

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