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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB039 (2000)

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ARLB039 ARRL seeks monitoring reports on 10 and 12 meters

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ARRL Bulletin 39  ARLB039
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 29, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB039 ARRL seeks monitoring reports on 10 and 12 meters

In an effort to better document the extent of unlicensed operation
on Amateur Radio frequencies, particularly 10 meters, the IARU
Region 2 Monitoring System is surveying member societies about the
extent of the problem. In order to provide statistical backing for
its response, ARRL is soliciting reports from American hams to
supplement its response to the survey.

ARRL Monitoring System Administrator Brennan Price, N4QX, is
accepting reception reports from amateurs for a two-week period,
from October 1 to October 14. Observations should include date and
time in UTC, frequency, mode of the transmission, language, if
known, and any notes which might assist in identifying the source.
Observations should also be limited to amateur frequencies, focusing
on 10 and 12 meters.

Price urges monitors to use caution before documenting a
transmission as probably unlicensed. ''Most countries do not mandate
a segregation of voice and digital modes, as the United States
does,'' Price says.  ''A phone transmission between 28.0 and 28.3
MHz is not necessarily illegal in the country where that
transmission occurs, and if valid amateur call signs can be made
out, the transmission should not be reported. However, lower
sideband and AM transmissions between 28.0 and 28.1 MHz are usually
unlicensed, and may be treated with suspicion.''

Reports should be e-mailed to Price at n4qx@arrl.org.  All reports
will be acknowledged, and respondents will receive a summary of the
survey results via email.
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