FCC Makes Changes to 60 Meter Band for US Amateurs

I saw this on Southgate this morning and figured I would simply repost the whole article as it’s got all the info and is to the point. If you work on 60 Meters at all, you may want to make sure you have this info handy. From Southgate ARC’s website here is the info:

By Bonnie Crystal, KQ6XA (used with permission) –

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission released a ‘Report and Order’ on November 18, 2011, with new 5 MHz rules for the Amateur Radio Service.

The effective date is 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Some of the FCC changes are to now allow Phone (Upper Sideband), RTTY, Data, and CW; with specific limitations on the use of these modes, as well as the maximum allowed power level is now 100 watts PEP (ERP) effective radiated power referenced to a dipole.

The FCC has deleted a channel and added a channel. The new 60 meter channel list (for General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra Class license only) is as follows (Suppressed Carrier):

VFO Dial frequency
5330.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5332.0)
5346.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5348.0)
5357.0 kHz USB (center of channel = 5358.5) New!
5371.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5373.0)
5403.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5405.0)

PLEASE NOTE: The FCC deleted the channel 5366.5 USB (center=5368.0)
and “replaced it” with channel 5357.0 kHz USB (center=5358.5).

For the complete FCC ‘Report and Order’ release, see:


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Rich Gattie, KB2MOB, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “FCC Makes Changes to 60 Meter Band for US Amateurs”

  • Craig Wood w2xad:

    !00 watts is fine with me. As soon as I get my new rig you may hear me there.
    Keep up the good work mobster!

  • Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA:

    I am the author of this article “FCC Makes Changes to 60 Meter Band For US Amateurs”. I originally wrote it, and it has since appeared on QRZ.COM and Southgate ARC website.

    The entire article about 5MHz 60 meter band appears at:

    Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA

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