Band Plan Update
Band plan news
Current band plans are in the "Files For Download" Section. Also in this section are papers relating to the current review of band plans.
Major band plan changes are proposed for the 2 metre and 70 cm bands. See below. Details will be available in the "Files for Download" section shortly.
Band plan review
REVIEW OF 2 METRE BAND PLAN - MAY 2015
The band plan is currently subject to review. Changes are proposed to frequencies between 144.700 and 145.800 MHz. The purpose of the changes is to provide options for future repeater allocations in cases where no alternative channels are available. This may occur if the available channels have been exhausted, or in the case of interference issues.
Legacy Fixed amateur licences: Existing fixed amateur station licensees in the 144.7 - 145.8 MHz allocation made under previous band plans can remain on their current active frequencies until such time as they elect to cancel their licenses or they elect to change frequency to one of the new allocations. There will be no compulsion to change or force frequency relocation. Should legacy stations end up in a situation where their presence is blocking the development of new systems, the operators of the incumbent and new proposed licensee will be asked to find a mutually agreeable resolution to the issue in the spirit of amateur radio cooperation.
Full details of the proposed changes will be available in the "Files for Download" section. The WIA invites comment on these proposed band plan changes.
REVIEW OF 70 cm BAND PLAN - MAY 2015
The band plan is currently subject to review. Changes are proposed to the band segments used for repeaters for the purpose of overcoming interference problems caused by LIPD (“Low Interference Potential” devices in the band 433.050 - 434.790 MHz.
Legacy Fixed Amateur licenses: Existing fixed amateur station licensees in the 431.000 - 431.950, 432.600 - 435.000 and 438.000 - 440.0000 MHz allocations made under previous band plans can remain on their current active frequencies until such time as they elect to cancel their licenses or they elect to change frequency to one of the new allocations. There will be no compulsion to change or force frequency relocation. Should legacy stations end up in a situation where their presence is blocking the development of new systems, the operators of the incumbent and new proposed licensee will be asked to find a mutually agreeable resolution to the issue in the spirit of amateur radio cooperation.
Full details of the proposed changes will be in available the "Files for Download" section. The WIA invites comment on these proposed band plan changes.
Recent band plan changes
Over the last couple of years ....
The band plan has been updated with additional detail added. Full details are in the "Files For Download" section.
The following frequencies are based on current CW and digital activity in IARU Region I, and are recommended for DX activity.
CW 472.500 kHz - recommended centre frequency for international DX
WSPR 474.2 kHz USB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 475.6 - 475.8 kHz)
ROS 476.0 kHz USB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 477.4 - 477.6 kHz)
QRSS 476.175 kHz USB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 477.175 - 477.185 kHz).
(Some activity also on 478.9 kHz)
WSJTX 477.0 kHz USB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 478.0 - 478.5 kHz)
Opera 477.0 kHz USB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 478.5 - 478.8 kHz)
SSB operation is also permitted, with a maximum occupied bandwidth of 2.1 kHz. However it is not possible to run SSB without overlapping frequencies that are used for CW or digital modes. Users of this band will need to exercise tolerance and restraint. One suggested approach is that SSB operators voluntarily restrict their activities to daylight hours.
The two SSB frequencies listed below are possible options that have been suggested. The frequencies given assume the use of LSB mode and an audio bandwidth of 300 - 2400 Hz.
SSB 479.3 kHz LSB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 476.9 - 479.0 kHz).
476.0 kHz LSB dial frequency (occupied bandwidth 473.6 - 475.7 kHz).
The review of the 6 metre band plan has resulted in some recommended additions to the band plan:
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. Digital ATV may be possible in this segment provided the occupied bandwidth limits in the LCD are increased.
Any comments on future uses of the band are most welcome.
Please refer to the band plans for an interim plan for the 2200 metre (135.7 - 137.8 kHz) band.
Recommended IARU Region III centre frequencies for emergency operation
At its 2009 meeting, IARU Region III 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. They are recommended as starting points for emergency traffic which may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated centre frequency.
6 metre band plan
The 6 metre band plan was reworded to clarify ACMA operating restrictions between 50 and 52 MHz.
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.
2 metre WSPR operation
A note was added to the 2 metre band plan regarding WSPR operation, which uses an internationally standard frequency of 144.489 MHz. This frequency is within the Australian beacon segment, but it does not clash with any existing beacon.
The band plans were updated to include revised standards for DVB tranmssion.
2 Metre Band Plan Changes - new digital repeater segment
In 2011, the WIA Board gave the Technical Advisory Committee the task of reviewing the 2 metre band plan and considering ways of improving the efficiency of spectrum use. In particular, the TAC was asked to consider the feasibility of adopting 12.5 kHz channel spacing in the repeater and simplex segments of the band.
The TAC circulated a discussion paper and a proposal developed by the National Repeater and Beacon Coordinator, Peter Mill VK3APO. This draft proposal was supported by the TAC regional representatives and was submitted to the Board along with a report and recommendations. The Board adopted the report and gave approval for these changes to be made.
The essence of the report to the Board was that it is not feasible to adopt 12.5 kHz channel spacing for existing FM repeater and simplex channels, where the equipment in use is all designed for 16 KHz occupied bandwidth and 25 kHz channel spacing. The result would be unacceptable levels of adjacent channel interference. However it is feasible to use a 12.5 kHz channel raster for newer digital modes that have narrower occupied bandwidth and are designed for 12.5 kHz channel spacing.
Due to the limited spectrum available, the only practical approach is to interleave 12.5 kHz channels in between existing 25 kHz channels, where this can be done without creating unacceptable adjacent channel interference. In particular, it is recommended that new repeaters using digital modes such as D-Star and P25 should be allocated frequencies on odd multiples of 12.5 kHz, interleaved between existing 25 kHz spaced channels.
It was also recommended that to minimise interference, it would be desirable if these new repeaters using a 12.5 kHz channel raster were allocated input frequencies in a different band segment from that used by existing FM repeaters. The band segment 145.000 - 145.400 MHz was identified as being suitable for this purpose because it is only lightly used and has very few assigned frequencies. This allows new digital repeaters to share the existing repeater output segment, but to use a transmit-receive offset of 1.6 MHz, which will eliminate the possibility of adjacent channel interference on their input frequencies.
This change requires a rearrangement of the band plan between 145.000 and 145.400 MHz. This can be done with minimal effect on existing operation in this segment. A transition plan has been developed which will have no effect on any existing packet, APRS or WICEN allocations. However it does entail a change for one of the frequencies recommended for simplex D-Star operation.
The changes are described in detail in the "Files for Download" section below. The file includes the original report and recommendations adopted by the WIA Board, and other recommendations on spectrum efficiency and the problem of overcrowding of the 2 metre repeater segments.
Overseas band plan information
IARU Region I: click this Link to the IARU Region I web site.
IARU Region II: click this link>http://www.iaru-r2.org/band-plan/>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.
Files For Download
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