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REC/KU3N 8 meter band FAQ

Greetings from Riverton.  

I have been reviewing the various articles, Facebook posts and yes, even QRZ.com for discussion on the 8-meter proposal.  Now with that said, here's some answers to some questions, comments and concerns made in the various channels...

Rant from Riverton: Why didn't REC change to a rainbow logo for Pride Month?

This is a difficult personal blog for me to write, but I do feel that it is worth an explanation.  Today’s REC is about diversity.  We even have the root word “diverse” in our current slogan “a leading advocate for a diverse dial.”  When you visit REC’s website or call up by phone, you hear that slogan.

FEMA schedules next EAS National Test for August 7 and it will be entirely over the air.

Details are starting to come in about the next national EAS Test will be held on August 7 (backup, August 21) at 2:20PM EDT.

This test will be different than previous tests as IPAWS will not be used. The tests will originate from the Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations. This test will focus on over-the-air reception of alerts in the event that the internet is not available. This test will use the all-zeros (000000) FIPS code.

Video: A Potential Amateur Radio Allocation At 8 Meters?

Michelle Bradley, KU3N on behalf of REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to open an inquiry to request a new amateur radio allocation in the 8 meter band at 40.51 to 40.70 MHz.

This spectrum was recently awarded to amateurs in Ireland and several Region 1 nations currently have allocations or specially authorized beacons in this band.

See the REC filing on our filings page: https://recnet.com/filings

View the proposed bandplan for Ireland: https://www.irts.ie/dnloads/Irish_8m_5m_band_plans.pdf 

Once an RM number is assigned (if they assign one), then comments will be accepted for 30 days.

This proposal will get pushback from the NTIA. I expect this, but if we can get an understanding on this band similar to like what we have on 60 meters, we have an opportunity for a new band for transatlantic digital modes between 10 and 6 meters.

Video: 2019 Delmarva Hamfest and My Say on RM-11828 (ARRL Techs on HF Petition)

From the Delaware ARRL Convention and Delmarva Radiocommunication Hamfest - April 2019. 

Includes the ARRL Atlantic Division Director, W3TOM defending why the ARRL is giving up on the incentive licensing system and allowing Technician class to have HF phone privileges with this delusion that they may actually want to upgrade to General "to get more power".

Watch his comments, along with mine in Pop-Up Video format.. 

Also, check out all of the boat anchors, STEM projects and other neat stuff this year at our little but lovely hamfest!

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