5MHz world wide contiguous 60m amateur band?

Around the world, several administrations allow some access to 5MHz for amateurs.  Mostly, these are channelised allocations, which are far from ideal. What is needed is a continuous 60m band, say 200kHz wide. There was/is some hope of this being allocated to the amateur service at WRC2015 which is due to take place late this year.

I wonder what the chances of radio amateurs getting this band are? I have rather lost touch with the news on this. Certainly it was to be an agenda item. With decreasing solar activity, this would be ideal for the amateur community. I do hope it happens. Even if allocated at WRC2015, it could be a few years before administrations can make the necessary changes. If anyone has any further news I’d appreciate being updated.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cambridge, England.

2 Responses to “5MHz world wide contiguous 60m amateur band?”

  • jlx oh2eko:

    with the rise of commercial sattelites soon they have zero intrest in HF.
    while id love 5Mhz inbeteww when 7 dies and 3 rises or something
    as long its used were secondary. but i promise you the day will come when HF is just QRM and Ham Radio. Hf is horrible for any practical use. and as soon any agency can find a SAT alternative they will use it.
    cuse my typoes friday i think and Finnish so the beer flows

  • jason ke7tdy:

    here in the USA, we just this past year got the allowance to up our power from a limit of 50 watts pep to 100 watts pep on the 60m band [most other bands we are allotted 1,500 kilowatts pep]. we also gained the allowance to use modes other then ssb [usb to be specific] and cw on 60m [now we can do pactor, psk31 and rtty … also jt65 modes in theory based on bandwidth size lol]

    anyhow, once we got those allowances, at least here in the northwestern USA, usage increased!

    Our FCC seems to be contemplating a few routes for WRC2015 … some routes are just playing games, but some ideas being pushed by some powerful lobbists are for a large allotment in 60m! [which makes sense since it seems lightly used by governments and radiolocation]

    I hope we get this band, world wide, to a larger extend … even a block of the band on a secondary basis and I would be happy!

    73
    ~j

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