Experimental Station Heard on 30 Meters

From the ARRL Letter:

IARUMS has received reports of short “beeps” exactly 1 second apart, as  well as frequency hopping between 10,108 and 10,115 kHz and 18,834 and  18,899 kHz. The signals are believed to emanate from a site near Chicago  associated with an FCC-licensed experimental operation involved with  low-latency exchange trading on HF (see “Experiments Look to Leverage  Low-Latency HF to Shave Microseconds off Trade Times  <http://www.arrl.org/news/experiments-look-to-leverage-low-latency-hf-to-shave-microseconds-off-trade-times>”).  Although Amateur Radio is secondary on 30 and 17 meters, Experimental  licenses may not interfere with Amateur Radio operations.”

YCCC member Fred Coelho, WX1S writes on the YCCC reflector:

“More on our 30 meter intruder.  I’m not sure if this is what we were  hearing last month but a signal (beep) at 1 second apart sounds about  right.  I copied this from the latest ARRL letter.”

60 Meter Amateur Band Available July 3, 2003

radio frequency chartNEWINGTON, CT, Jun 3, 2003—The new five-channel 60-meter amateur allocation becomes available to US Amateur Radio operators at midnight local time on July 3. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) granting the allocation was published in the Federal Register, which announced the effective date today. The local time designation means that amateurs in the US territory of Guam likely will be the first to get a crack at the new band. [Full story]

FLASH! Hams Get Spectrum on 5 MHz!

spectrum frqeuency chartAccording to the ARRL, the FCC has decided to allow amateur operation on five discrete frequencies, or channels, on the 60 meter band (5 MHz). They are (in kHz): 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373, and 5405. Amateurs will be allowed 2.8 KHz bandwidth, SSB only, 50 watts ERP.

“Any additional spectrum, regardless of the restrictions in place, is a check mark in the ‘plus’ column,” commented Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “The addition of spectrum on 5 MHz should greatly enhance our ability to provide long haul emergency communications on HF for those difficult, in-between distances.” [Full story]