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Band Plan Update

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HF Bands Digital Segments

The proposed changes to the HF digimode segments have now been made. This brings our digital band plans into line with the IARU Region 1, 2 and 3 plans. See the "Files for Download" section.

SSB on 30 Metre Band

The discussion of the 30 metre band has stirred up some hornets. Not a surprise, but it indicates that we need to tread carefully And avoid making drastic changes that would not be supported by the majority of amateurs. So the band plan has been revised with the addition of a couple of recommendations that will hopefully help focus attention on the need for careful sharing of this band.

The recommendations are as follows:
It is suggested that SSB stations operate as usual during the day, but curtail their activity as much as possible after dark. It is also suggested that where possible, SSB operation should give first preference to frequencies between 10.125 and 10.135 MHz. These are recommendations, not hard and fast rules, with those words "where possible" always applying. Flexibility is essential in such a narrow band.

60 Metre Graphic

The latest edition of the band plans includes a new graphic for the 60 metre band. Hopefully more details will follow when the band finally becomes available to us.

Band plan changes in the past year

CHANGES TO THE 2 METRE BAND PLAN

Changes have been adopted for frequencies between 144.700 and 145.800 MHz. These changes include rearrangement of simplex channels and the provision of extra repeater allocations for use in cases where none of the regular channels is available.

Existing legacy repeater, IRLP and AX25 licences allocated prior to September 2015 may remain on their existing frequencies until the licensees choose to initiate a frequency change. Some long established special purpose simplex frequencies (e.g. ARDF) may also need to remain for some time.

Full details of the band plan changes are available in the "Files for Download" section.

CHANGES TO THE 70 cm BAND PLAN

Please note the band plan changes which have been adopted for the purpose of overcoming interference problems caused by LIPD ("Low Interference Potential" devices) in the band 433.050 - 434.790 MHz. These changes include rearrangement of simplex channels and the creation of a new repeater input segment.

Existing legacy repeater, IRLP and AX25 licences allocated prior to September 2015, and some long established special purpose simplex channels may remain on their existing frequencies until the licensees choose to initiate a frequency change.

Full details of the band plan changes are available in the "Files for Download" section.

Recent band plan issues

Over the past couple of years, in order of frequency

2200 Metres

Please refer to the band plans for an interim plan for the 2200 metre (135.7 - 137.8 kHz) band.

630 Metres

The band plan has been updated with additional detail added. Full details are in the Files for Download section below: Background - 630 metres 2014.pdf

HF Bands - Recommended IARU Region III centre frequencies for emergency operation

IARU Region III has adopted the following frequencies as recommended emergency centre of activity frequencies: 3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz. As an IARU member society, the WIA has adopted these recommended frequencies.

"Centre of Activity" frequencies are not spot frequencies or net frequencies. They are recommended as starting points for emergency traffic which may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated centre frequency.

6 Metres

The 6 metre band plan has had some additions:

50.000 - 50.030 MHz - Reserved for future international Synchronised Beacon Project
50.240 - 50.280 MHz - Recommended for Chirp beacons with bandwidths 2 - 20 kHz.
50.320 - 50.400 MHz - Reserved for upward expansion of the beacon segment.
50.400 - 50.500 MHz - Reserved for propagation studies:
Guard band for proposed new Region I beacon segment.
Recommended for Chirp beacons with 20 - 100 kHz bandwidth.
50.500 -52.000 MHz - Still tagged "All Modes" for maximum future flexibility. Possible use of all or part when the availability of the full 50 - 54 MHz band is confirmed.

Any comments on future uses of the band are most welcome.

Revised CTCSS Standards

Changes were made to the standard CTCSS tones to be used for repeater access and linking.

Our licence conditions require tone access for repeaters that are linked to repeaters in certain other bands, to prevent transmissions from being relayed on frequencies that the operators are not entitled to use. CTCSS is also used to activate selective linking or for interference protection.

The following CTCSS tones have been adopted for repeater access:
 91.5 Hz: For use with repeaters fitted with CTCSS for interference protection.
 141.3 or 146.2 Hz: To activate links to repeaters on other VHF/UHF bands.
 85.4 Hz: To activate links to other bands that some operators are not permitted to use.
The previously recommended 123 Hz tone is no longer recommended for future repeaters due to problems with false detecting.

ATV Updates

The band plans have been updated to include revised standards for DVB transmission.

RESTRICTIONS ON 3.4 GHz OPERATION

From July 2015, operation on frequencies between 3400 and 3575 MHz is prohibited in many parts of Australia (basically all major population centres). However operation is still permitted in country and remote areas. For full details, please refer to the latest ACMA Amateur Licence Conditions Determination.

The main impact is on the Narrow Band Modes segment. To avoid any confusion about where operation should take place, all weak signal activity has moved to 3398 MHz.

Overseas band plan information

IARU Region I: click this Link to the IARU Region I web site.
IARU Region II: click this Link for details of the Region II MF and HF band plans.
IARU Region III: click this Link for Region III band plan information.
New Zealand: click this Link for band plan information from the NZART.
Japan: click this Link for information on band plans in Japan.

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Files For Download

Current Band Plans
Australian Band Plans 170324.pdf

Background - 2 metres 2012
Background - 2 Metre Band Plan 2012.pdf

Background - 630 metres 2014
Background - 630 metres 2014.pdf

Background - 6 metres 2014
Background - 6 metres 2014.pdf

Background - 2 metres 2015
Background - 2 metre band plan 2015.pdf

Background - 70 cm 2015
Background - 70 cm band plan 2015.pdf

Background - Band Plan Report 2015 (630m, 40m, 6m)
Background - Band Plan Report 150118.pdf

Background - HF Digimodes 2017
TAC Band Plans - HF Digimodes 170103.pdf


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