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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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