[CQ-Contest] WW SSB

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Nov 1 07:27:12 EST 2005

This subject has been high on ham radio's agenda at ITU conferences at least since WARC 79, and believe it or not, change is coming.  

The following is from http://www.iaru.org/rel030703.html

" The big news for radio amateurs is that there will be a dramatic improvement in the 40-meter band! After weeks of debate and efforts to resolve great differences between numerous proposals, including strong positions for no change, the conference agreed to shift broadcasting stations in Regions 1 and 3 out of the 7100-7200 kHz band and to reallocate the band to the amateur service in those two regions. The allocation in Region 2 of 7000-7300 kHz remains exclusively amateur. The broadcasting band in Regions 1 and 3 will become 7200-7450 kHz and in Region 2, 7300-7400 kHz. The change will take effect on 29 March 2009, less than six years from now -- a relatively short time by ITU standards. 

In Regions 1 and 3 the 7100-7200 kHz band will become exclusively amateur on that date. A footnote containing the names of countries that are mainly in Region 3 and the Arab States makes the band also available to the fixed and mobile services in those countries on a primary basis."

RAC reports, in http://www.rac.ca/~darf/40metre.htm , that there is some risk amateurs may lose 7200-7300 at WARC 2007, but  it's probably too early to be either optimistic or pessimistic about that.  

73, Pete N4ZR

At 12:30 AM 11/1/2005, N5IET Bob wrote:
>> 40m needs more space. Tell your ITU representative we
>need 7000-7300  
>> worldwide. Then maybe CW won't get crowded out.
>Is this a sincere statement and if so how do you find out
>who your ITU representative is. I wouldn't mind contacting
>them if that is truly an option.
>If your joking then the jokes on me, but if your serious I
>didn't know we had one to contact.
> 73 fer nw,
>Bob N5IET
>10X# 37210, FP#-1141, SMIRK#-5177
>Code may be taking a back seat for now,
>but the pioneering spirit that put the code
>there in the first place is out front of it all.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com 
>> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
>Bill Coleman
>> Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 6:23 PM
>> To: Alan Leith
>> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW SSB
>> On Oct 30, 2005, at 6:06 PM, Alan Leith wrote:
>> > Two things bothered me about this weekend's CQWWDX SSB
>> >
>> > 1.  The flagrant use by US stations listening down on
>> Canadians 
>> > between 7000 and 7050 and Europeans and South
>Americans using the
>> > bottom
>> > end of 40M on SSB.
>> Make 40m bigger, worldwide. Problem solved. Contact the
>> > 2.  The useless spots on packet for Europeans.  Packet
>was moving
>> > so fast,
>> > most of the time, I couldn't keep up with all the
>> spots.  I,  
>> > for
>> > one, didn't need to see a spot for an overpowered
>European contest  
>> > station
>> > that was 40 over.  I won't name the offenders who did
>the spotting  
>> > but I
>> > think they should have known better.
>> Useless to you, maybe, but not to everyone. At M/M and
>M/S stations,  
>> we often depend on those "useless" spots to pick up
>extra Qs as well  
>> as mults. We also send a boatload of them, too.
>> There's plenty of software around to filter out the
>"useless" spots.  
>> If there's a type of spot you don't want to see, filter
>> out. Don't  
>> expect everyone around the world to do your filtering
>for you.
>> > I know that Canada, and perhaps many other countries,
>don't have
>> > sub bands
>> > but enough is enough.  Granted, the bands are crowded
>> for goodness
>> > sake, don't squeeze out those of us who like CW.
>> CW will have it's opportunity to squeeze out SSB in
>about four  
>> weekends. And it will.
>> The reality is that MOST countries do not have subbands.
>Almost none  
>> have subbands as restrictive as the USA. The USA is the
>> not the rule.
>> > I spent a lot of time listening this weekend, even
>made a couple of 
>> > QSOs, and I really didn't like a lot of what I heard,
>especially on
>> > 40M.
>> 40m needs more space. Tell your ITU representative we
>need 7000-7300  
>> worldwide. Then maybe CW won't get crowded out.
>> George William Coleman              mail:
>aa4lr at arrl.net
>> Senior Software Developer           phone: 770 978-0196
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