ARRL General Bulletin ARLB090 (1995)

ARLB090 Confab targets 40 meters

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ARRL Bulletin 90  ARLB090
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 4, 1995
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB090 Confab targets 40 meters

Amateur Radio societies in the Western Hemisphere have concluded
their triannual meeting, where important topics considered included
band planning (especially on 40 meters); growing Internet use by
amateurs; electromagnetic compatibility of consumer devices;
improved communication between the International Amateur Radio Union
and its member societies; and implementation of the hemisphere's
International Amateur Radio Permit.

Twenty-nine national Amateur Radio organizations from throughout the
Americas were represented at the week-long conference in Niagara
Falls, Ontario, hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC).
Canada announced at the meeting that it has agreed to adhere to the
IARP (the fourth country to do so) and had issued the first two
permits to RAC President Farrell Hopwood, VE7RD, and IARU Region 2
Vice President Tom Atkins, VE3CDM.

Distinguished guests included Robert Jones, Director of the
Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
(who is VE3CTM); Michael Binder, Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum
Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector, Industry
Canada; Roberto Blois Montes de Silva, Executive Secretary, Inter
American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of
American States (OAS); and Wayne Thompson, Mayor of Niagara Falls,

Addressing continuing problems of interference between users of
different modes in the 7000 to 7100 kHz range, the conference
adopted a resolution calling for greater use of frequencies above
7100 kHz for communication within Region 2, particularly by
digimodes in the band 7100 to 7120 kHz.  Reduced dependence on
frequencies between 7050 and 7100 kHz by digimode stations, and by
SSB stations for communication within Region 2, was urged. The
conferees also agreed to discourage SSB operation below 7050 kHz, to
discourage digimode operation between 7035 and 7050 kHz except for
communication with amateurs in other Regions, and to renew their
commitment to the IARU goal of achieving a worldwide allocation of
at least 300 kHz in the vicinity of 7 MHz.

Member-societies also were encouraged to make greater use of the
10-MHz band for digital communication, since radiotelephone is not
allowed there.

The group urged that member societies obtain Internet access and
possibly establish their own Home Pages on the World Wide Web.
Amateurs were encouraged to include their call signs as a part of
their Internet addresses.

Region 2 President Alberto Shaio, HK3DEU, has now retired, and
Thomas B. J. Atkins, VE3CDM, was elected to replace him as
president.  Reinaldo Szama, LU2AH, was elected vice president, and
three new directors also were elected.

The 1998 IARU Region 2 conference will be held in Venezuela, hosted
by the Radio Club Venezolano.