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MORE SPACE FOR DIGIMODES ON 30m, as in the June Radcom

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  • Don
    GE All, Berry M0IOW (30MDG Award Managers) emailed the 30MDG Mangers this information and thought it might be of topic interest. Some of you might have
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2011
      GE All,

      Berry M0IOW (30MDG Award Managers) emailed the 30MDG Mangers this information and thought it might be of topic interest. Some of you might have already seen this or discussed this here..if not then here it is.

      Don KB9UMT 30mdg#0001


      JUNE 2011 . RADCO
      Julian, G41LO
      JT65A is a digital mode developed by Nobel Prize
      winning physicist Joe Taylor, K1JT, that allows
      worldwide contacts to be made using very low
      power. However it is rarely used on the 30m band
      because users can't find a place to operate. Weak
      signal modes need a specific 'watering hole' because
      without one users wouldn't be able to find each
      other; other modes stomp all over them. But previous
      attempts to find a spot have resulted in conflict
      with PSK users and digital networks.
      The problem has arisen due to a desire to find
      a frequency that is compatible with the bandplans
      in Regions 1 and 3. But the truth is you can't fit any
      more digital modes into 10kHz. I presume that the
      existing allocation of 10kHz to digital modes was
      made when 30m first became available back in
      1979 when the only digital mode was RTTY. Since
      then, especially in the last ten years or so, there has
      been a huge increase in digital mode usage, not to
      mention a proliferation of different modes. The size
      of the current digital allocation does not reflect this.
      In the USA, narrow band digital modes-which
      JT65A is-can operate in the region 10.130-
      10.140MHz. Isn't it time our Band Plan was brought
      into line with this? If CW operators in the USA can
      manage with 30kHz on 30m then surely so can
      the rest of the world? Radio waves don't stop at
      national boundaries so it's daft to have different
      rules in different parts of the world anyway.

      This added by RSGB HF MANAGER
      Incompatible band plans are usually due to different
      licensing regulations in various countries. So whilst
      the IARU does try to ensure band plans are
      harmonised, some inconsistencies are inevitable.
      The 30m band for data modes is 10140-
      10150kHz in Region 1 and 3, and 10130-
      10150kHz in Region 2. At least in Region 1 we
      are fortunate in that band plans are guidelines.
      This is not the case in some Region 2 and 3
      countries where adherence to the band plan is
      a licence condition. The data modes segment on
      30 metres is crowded and activity often extends
      below 10140kHz in busy periods.
      Weak signal modes, such as WSPRandJT65,
      suffer more from unintentional interference as they
      can often not be heard or seen on a waterfall. Ifs
      natural their users tend to gravitate towards th
      quieter parts of the band. Most JT65 activity is
      between 10139.0 and 10140.5kHz.
      Whilst it may be possible to achieve a
      harmonised band plan across all regions, in th
      meanwhile surely the best approach is to open
      with tolerance and consideration for other usei
      regardless of mode.
      lan Greenshields, G4FSU
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