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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB004 (2012)

ARLB004 ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60 Meters

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 4  ARLB004
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 28, 2012
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB004 ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60 Meters

Thanks to the FCC Report and Order issued November 18, 2011,
amateurs will enjoy a number of new privileges on the 60 meter band
beginning March 5, including a boost in effective radiated power
from 50 to 100 W, as well as the ability to use CW and certain
digital modes.

Late last year, the ARRL HF Band Planning committee surveyed 60
meter operators to gather opinions about how to best use the new
privileges. On the subject of creating a specific band plan, the
survey results indicated little consensus beyond the fact that
5403.5 kHz should retain its status as a de facto "DX channel."  On
the other hand, survey respondents made a number of suggestions for
general operating practices.

Based on the survey results and subsequent research, the committee
declined to propose a specific band plan for 60 meters at this time.
The committee instead created a "Recommended Practices" document
that is now available for downloading from the ARRL Web.

The link can be found at,

The 60 Meter pages on the ARRL Web will also be updated to reflect
the changes brought about by the Report and Order.

The April issue of QST magazine will also include an article by ARRL
Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, which offers a
detailed discussion of the new 60 meter privileges and recommended
operating practices.


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