ARRL HF BAND Planning Committee Seeking Input..

The following ARRL Bulletin has been received. Please note the closing date for comments is FEBRUARY 19 2020

ARRL Bulletin 5  ARLB005
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 5, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLB005 ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Comments on

The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee is seeking 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.

The recommendations can be found online in PDF format on the
web site.

“In general, the committee is of the opinion that there is
justification for additional space to become available for digital
modes, as well as for the operation of digital stations under
automatic control,” the committee told the Board. “The very changes
in spectrum usage that have required our committee’s resurgence
indicate that digital modes of communication are already increasing
in popularity, and the trend is expected to continue or even
accelerate. To this end, we have tried to ensure that digital
allocations are sufficient for at least a modicum of growth.”

The committee also anticipates an increase in automatically
controlled digital stations (ACDS). The report further points to
“significant use” of modern data modes in emergency communication
and said its recommendations provide significant support for the
evolution and continued relevance of amateur radio.  “Our failure to
adapt to these needs could consign amateur radio to the
technological scrap heap,” the report said.

The committee was revived last summer to consider conflicts between
FT and JT modes and other modes. The panel’s approach has been to
designate distinct assignments for CW, narrowband (NB) data 500 Hz,
wideband (WB) data 2800 Hz, and ACDS. For its work, the committee
presumed approval of three ARRL petitions to the FCC: RM-11708 (WT
Docket WT 16-239-“symbol rate” proceeding), RM-11759 (80/75 meter
allocations), and RM-11828 (enhanced Technician privileges).  The
committee also assumed that users can agree to sharing arrangements
within a given allocation-narrowband vs wideband sharing within the
ACDS allocation, for example. It also took into consideration how
mode usage is regulated or planned elsewhere in the world.

In terms of mode classes, the committee agreed on CW, NB data, WB
data, NB with ACDS, and WB with ACDS. The committee said it
considered these mode classes incompatible and that they should not
have overlapping allocations, with the exception of CW, which is
authorized within any amateur radio allocation. The committee’s
approach would maintain the existing low-end 25-kHz CW-only
sub-bands for exclusive use by Amateur Extra class licensees.

The panel encouraged CW identification and a
listen-before-transmitting protocol for ACDS, if feasible. It also
decided that a single allocation for ACDS without regard to
bandwidth would be the best approach. “We note that this will put
responsibility on the digital community to hold an effective dialog
on the issue and to then self-regulate the users of this segment to
adhere to the eventual agreement.” A need for flexibility in
allocations is desirable, the committee said, and considered whether
allocations might be time-of-day or time-of-week dependent, for

“Modern amateurs must expect to adapt to this kind of fluid
assignment of spectrum to incompatible uses, using time-based
sharing, rather than only a single assignment,” the committee said,
expressing the hope that as band plan/sharing agreements are reached
that they consider the advantage of non-simultaneous sharing

Reiterating the position ARRL has taken in recent FCC filings, the
committee said it sees encryption and open-source as enforcement
matters as being outside the scope of the Band Planning Committee.

The Committee would like comments by February 19.  Comments may be
filed online at, .


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ARRL Bulletin 1  ARLB001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 2, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLB001 W1AW 2020 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
——————-   —-     ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  ”  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  ”  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  ”  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  ”      ”         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  ”  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  ”  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  ”  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  ”  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  ”  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

                         Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM  
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 91 in the
January 2020 issue of QST or on the web at, .