This subject has been discussed in previous years. EXACTLY two years ago today, the frequency 14.065 was suggested by Sean O'Suilleabhain EI3IP, National JOTA Organizer for Ireland (see message below). Other frequencies between 14.060 and 14.067 have been suggested. However, we did not see any changes because the WOSM JOTA Coordinator preferred not to make the effort; BSA JOTA Coordinator deferred to WOSM, so no other pressure was brought to bear on WOSM. With the addition of the League into ham-Scouting affairs, we can only hope that the combined efforts will bring about a change.
An additional note: 14.070 is at the extreme upper limit of most CW band plans or, if one reads the band plans from one perspective ("to" instead of "through"), is actually outside the 20m CW range. The fact that 14.070 is on the cusp and was not clearly spoken for by other modes is the reason it was selected for PSK.
FWIW, the proposed ARRL plans to change the band plans via use by bandwidth, if ever officially adopted wouldn't be effective for a number of years. The time to change JOTA and the international Scouting 20m CW frequency is now before there is even more interference on the PSK-31 spectrum.
73 de Fred K2FRD, VO2FS
At 21:28 +0100 12/08/2003, Seán O'Súilleabháin wrote:
>Before changing info on the Scouting Ireland (CSI) JOTA Webpage, I wish to
>confirm whether the suggested change of the JOTA 20m CW frequency to 14.065
>been adopted / agreed (pl see JOTAsked mail below)?
>If not yet adopted I would be in favour changing the 20m CW frequency to
>14.065 if this is agreeable to you and other NJO's as the PSK mode is
>operated in Ireland and other countries during JOTA. Perhaps we should
>Seán Ó'Súilleabháin EI3IP
>National JOTA Organiser
>Scouting Ireland (CSI)
At 13:10 +0000 12/08/2005, Sjaak van Dam wrote:
>I would like to start a discussion on the Scout CW frequency on 20M.
>14.070 MHz is taken over by PSK. If we want to see the recommendation
>of 14.070 MHz change then we need to come with a suggestion.
>Any change will step on some toes / nets.
>This news group is some what US centric and I am not a CW operator but
>I hope we can come up with a suggestion that is satisfactory for
>Once we have a (or some) suggestion(s) we can make a recommendation to
>WOSM and they might be able to poll the NJOs (national JOTA organizers).
>This will not be a change that will happen overnight and probably not
>before this year's JOTA.
>When replying please add your call and / or country code to your comments.
>KG4ZZZ suggested 14.060 but G8XXX objects because of a national net in
>the UK on Saturdays
>Sjaak, W4RIS ex-PA3GVR
73 de Fred K2FRD, VO2FS
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