Delta Division Newsletter

QST QST -Greetings Delta Division Amateurs!

At the January 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, a resolution was

passed which asked for member feedback and input pertaining to the

increasing popularity of data modes. The information gathered by this

investigation is to be used by the HF Band Planning Committee of the

Board as a means to suggest ways to use our spectrum efficiently so

that these data modes may “compatibly coexist with each other.” As

per the resolution, the ARRL Board of Directors is now reaching out to

the membership and requesting cogent input and thoughtful feedback on

matters specific to digital mode operation on the HF bands.

The feedback may include, but is not limited to, the recent proposal

the ARRL made to the FCC, RM 11708, regarding the elimination of the

symbol rate restrictions currently in effect.

The Board of Directors believes that member input in the decision

making process is both valuable and important as well as fostering a

more transparent organization. It is to this end that we open this

dialogue.

Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2014 to be included

in the Committee’s report to the Board at the July 2014 ARRL Board of

Directors meeting.

Please e-mail your comments to: HF-Digital-Bandplanning@arrl.org

Also, you may go to this page on the ARRL Website -

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-requests-member-comments-about-digital-modes

- and simply click on the link named

HF-Digital-Bandplanning@arrl.org which ahould open most email

programs.

Concerned members may also contact your Division Director - K5UZ by

mail, telephone or in person with any relevant information.

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The ARRL Board of Directors motion as passed reads:

WHEREAS the Board of Directors has received member input regarding the

coexistence of various modes in the HF Data/RTTY subbands; and

WHEREAS it is important that all member voices be heard; and

WHEREAS in the opinion of the Board these issues are best addressed by

education and prudent use of spectrum;

BE IT RESOLVED that the ARRL Board of Directors instructs the HF Band

Planning Committee to reach out to membership regarding concerns

pertaining to the increasing popularity of data modes, and furthermore

investigate and suggest ways to use spectrum so that these data modes

may compatibly coexist with each other; and

FURTHER to report their findings no later than the July 2014 ARRL Board

meeting.

73 ES DX!

DE K5UZ

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ARRL Delta Division

Director: David A Norris, K5UZ

k5uz@arrl.org

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