2015 July ARRL Board Minutes: Dumbing Down Ham Radio
Latest HF Band Plan Proposal And ARRL FCC RM-11708 Actions

ARRL POISED TO ELIMINATE ALL LICENSE CLASS AND MODE SUB BANDS ON ALL HF BANDS!
TECH/NOVICE TO GET FULL HF PRIVILEGES ALL BANDS, INCLUDING PHONE AND DATA!
CW, PSK31, PHONE, DX IMPACTED BY WIDEBAND DATA FOR FREE COMMMERCIAL EMAIL ON HF!
Current Status of RM-11769, RM-11759, RM-11708, WT 16-239,
ARRL HF 75 Meter Phone Reduction and Free Digital EMail Petitions

Note - below information is historical. Please see above link instead.
SOURCE: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/About%20ARRL/Board%20Meetings/2015_July_ARRL_Board_Minutes.pdf
19. Mr. Roderick, as chairman, presented the report of the Ad Hoc HF Band Planning Committee. More than 1,000 responses were received to the web survey posted by the committee. Related motions will be introduced later.

31. On motion of Mr. Norris, seconded by Mr. Lisenco, it was VOTED that the amendments to the ARRL HF band plan as recommended in the July 2015 report of the HF Band Planning Committee are adopted.
FOR ARTICLE WITH GRAPHICS, SEE: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/About%20ARRL/Committee%20Reports/2015/January/SUMNER%20QS4.pdf

4. To provide RTTY/data privileges to Novice and Technician licensees in their 15-meter band segment and in their 80-meter band segment, the latter contingent upon the FCC extending the sub-band up to 3650 kHz.

Mr. Norton moved, seconded by Mr. Isely, to amend the motion, replacing clauses 1-4 with “Eliminate FCC subband regulation in the 80-meter band which will result in regulation consistent with that of the 160-meter band.” After discussion, a roll call vote being requested, Mr. Norton voted aye and all other Directors voted nay so the amendment was DEFEATED.

After further discussion, the motion without amendment was ADOPTED.

40. Mr. Abernethy moved, seconded by Mr. Rehman that the HF Band Planning Committee is directed to poll the Amateur community concerning the possible elimination of FCC subband regulations for mode and/or license class on the 80 through 10 meter bands. The possible elimination would align regulation with what is presently done for the USA’s 160-meter band and all Canadian bands. After discussion, a roll call vote being requested, the motion was DEFEATED with Directors Abernethy, Rehman, and Norton voting aye and all other Directors voting nay.

SERIOUSLY DISCUSSING THIS IS A CLOSE CALL THIS TIME! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TIME?
  Tom Abernethy W3TOM  Atlantic Division w3tom@arrl.org 301-272-0629
George R. Isely W9GIG Central Division w9gig@arrl.org 630-584-3510
Mike Lisenco N2YBB Hudson Division n2ybb@arrl.org 917-865-3538
Douglas Rehman  K4AC Southeastern Division k4ac@arrl.org 352-600-2960
Dick Norton N6AA Southwestern Division n6aa@arrl.org 310-455-1138
David Norris K5UZDelta Division k5uz@arrl.org 870-613-1606 cel, 501-569-2372

http://wp.rac.ca/rac-comments-on-arrl-proposed-changes-to-us-hf-band-plans/

On 40m and 20m, the proposed changes would also negatively impact DX phone operations throughout the Americas, and the rest of the world. RAC has formally communicated our concerns to ARRL with the request that they include these concerns in their consideration of any changes to the US sub-bands.- George Gorsline, VE3YV-RAC International Affairs

RESOURCES: http://www.savertty.com/RM11708Default2.htm

READ K7GO RESPONSE TO SAILNET:
• http://www.sailnet.com/forums/general-discussion-sailing-related/111746-us-citizens-urged-support-fcc-rm-11708-a.html

SEE COMMENTS OF MEMBER OF HF BAND PLANNING COMMITTEE WHO DISAGREES:
• http://www.zerobeat.net/bandplan-dissent.html

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