[AARA] Digital HF Band Planning Comments Needed ES TU AARA!

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed Mar 19 06:10:59 CDT 2014

Greetings Delta Division Members!

Vice Director Hudgens and I had a great time at the Delta Division Convention/AARA Hamfest in Rayne, LA this last weekend.  With all the great programs, food, music and friends in attendance it was hard not to find enjoyment on the LA coast.  ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U had a fantastic presentation with a full house in attendance. Also we heard the good plans of LA Section Manager-elect Jim Molan, KD5IGG for the future of ARRL in LA. TN Section Manager Keith Miller N9DGK was also in attendance representing the Volunteer State assisting at the ARRL booth.  I have to say that we have voted the AARA Hamfest as the best hamfest food in the country.  Gumbo, crawfish and po-boys are going to be hard to beat anywhere!  I want to thank AARA for hosting the convention and really making all of us feel welcome and yes, you get filled up on four pounds of "mud bugs"!

Since it is just past the mid point for the comment period, and after some of the discussion at the Delta Division convention this weekend, I thought I should send this out again as a reminder:

At the January 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, a resolution was passed which asked for member feedback and input pertaining to the increasing popularity of data modes. The information gathered by this investigation is to be used by the HF Band Planning Committee of the Board as a means to suggest ways to use our spectrum efficiently so that these data modes may “compatibly coexist with each other.”  As per the resolution, the ARRL Board of Directors is now reaching out to the membership and requesting cogent input and thoughtful feedback on matters specific to digital mode operation on the HF bands.

The feedback may include, but is not limited to, the recent proposal the ARRL made to the FCC, RM 11708, regarding the elimination of the symbol rate restrictions currently in effect.

The Board of Directors believes that member input in the decision making process is both valuable and important as well as fostering a more transparent organization.  It is to this end that we open this dialogue.

Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2014 to be included in the Committee’s report to the Board at the July 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting.

Please e-mail your comments to:HF-Digital-Bandplanning at arrl.org

Concerned members may also contact your Division Director by mail, telephone or in person with any relevant information, ideas or comments.

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WHEREAS the Board of Directors has received member input regarding the coexistence of various modes in the HF Data/RTTY subbands; and

WHEREAS it is important that all member voices be heard; and

WHEREAS in the opinion of the Board these issues are best addressed by education and prudent use of spectrum;

BE IT RESOLVED that the ARRL Board of Directors instructs the HF Band Planning Committee to reach out to membership regarding concerns pertaining to the increasing popularity of data modes, and furthermore investigate and suggest ways to use spectrum so that these data modes may compatibly coexist with each other; and

FURTHER to report their findings no later than the July 2014 ARRL Board meeting.


Remember, the comment period closes March 31, 2014!

73 ES DX


ARRL Delta Division
Director: David A Norris, K5UZ
k5uz at arrl.org

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