Geneva. World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC15). 12 November 2015. – A compromise proposal for a global secondary 60 meter VFO band for Amateur Radio seems to be gaining favor among many delegates to the conference. The proposal includes a 15 kHz VFO band at 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz.
This smaller VFO band is scaled back considerably from the 5250 kHz to 5450 kHz original proposals, which many governments strongly opposed. The compromise proposal is now in the Conference Working Group 4B. A part of the compromise is that 15 Watts would be the maximum radiated power for this worldwide allocation.
This proposed new worldwide VFO band allocation would not prevent or supersede other channelized or VFO bands that are already existing for the use of hams within separate countries.
Some countries already have domestic assignments of channels, mini-bands, or band segments that are compatible or overlap with the proposed5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz VFO band. For example, USA, Canada have a channel at 5357.0 kHz USB, which has seen ALE activity with the HFN ALE net in Emcomm exercises. Australia has a WICEN Emcomm channel at 5355.0 kHz. The UK has a mini-band segment at 5354.0 to 5358.0 kHz. Several European, African, and Asian countries have a VFO band in the general 5250.0 to 5450.0 kHz range.
Next week, this 5 MHz issue comes up again at the WRC conference, and the 15 kHz wide VFO band has some chance of being approved. If so, this would be the first new worldwide amateur allocation since 1979, when the “WARC Bands” 30 meters, 17 meters, and 12 meters, were added to the Amateur Service.