RAC Bulletin 2012-014E – Volunteers Needed for RAC Band Planning Committees

RAC Bulletin 2012-014E – Volunteers Needed for RAC Band Planning Committees

2012-02-23

The VHF/UHF Band Planning Committee and the SHF Band Planning Committee are looking for additional volunteers to help with review and update of the band plans to reflect new modes and current practice. At this time, the 0-30 MHz (formerly HF) Band Planning Committee has sufficient members to carry out its work.

Why is band planning needed? Band plans provide guidance to minimize interference between different users. The famed ham tradition of "self-policing" or "gentlemen and gentlewomens" agreements. is what band plans are all about. For example, weak signal satellite users and EME really can't coexist with high powered DX stations without an understanding of who operates where to ensure adequate separation so both can enjoy their respective operations. Another example is the separation of CW, digital, and phone modes in the HF bands.

The immediate need is for filling out the VHF/UHF band Planning Committee. Their mission in 2012 is to review and update the band plans for 6 meters, 2 meters, 222 MHZ, and 440 MHz after wide consultation with the Canadian amateur community. In addition to including digital modes and changes to reflect international allocations, one other factor that makes this a "let's get it done now" project is the dramatic growth in 6m activity with the bands inclusion on many of the newer HF rigs and rising sunspot numbers. Having casual local rag chewing separated from DX calling frequencies reduces interference for everyone, allowing DXers to "work a new one" when the band opens, without disrupting a local QSO, satellite work, repeaters, or support for a public service event.

The current chair of the VHF/UHF Band Planning Committee is Dana Shtun, VE3KU. He's looking for volunteers to join the committee to help with the review process. Qualifications are an active interest in the VHF/UHF bands and being a RAC member in good standing. If you.re interested, please contact Dana at: ve3dss-1.rogers.com and provide a very brief summary of your operating interests and activities on the VHF/UHF bands.

Steve Kavanagh (ve3sma@rac.ca) is chair of the SHF Band Planning Committee. They are currently looking for volunteers to join this committee, especially someone with specific interest in satellite operations and also those knowledgeable with interference issues that can arise in the shared bands above 2 GHz. If either is your expertise and you.re a RAC member in good standing, please contact Steve with a brief summary of your experience and activities.

George Gorsline VE3YV

RAC International Affairs Officer – ve3yv@rac.ca

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

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