Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ARRL Seeks Input on 60-Meter Band Plan

With the coming changes in FCC rules for 60 meters (which may have taken effect by the time you read this; but no date had been announced at press time), the ARRL is seeking input on a new 5-MHz band plan. Until now, only upper sideband had been permitted on the five specified channels in the band. The new rules will permit data, RTTY and CW as well as USB phone. They will also swap one channel for another and will increase maximum permitted power from 50 watts to 100 watts. With activity expected to increase after the new rules take effect, the ARRL Letter says the League is looking for user feedback on what modes and activities should be recommended for each of the band's five channels. Suggestions should be e-mailed to <>.