[amsat-bb] RS demise - taking back 11 meters?

Arthur Feller afeller at ieee.org
Sun Feb 8 22:53:25 UTC 2015

Hi, Bob,

Problem is that CB isn’t going away.  A number of other companies still sell stuff for 27 MHz.

Hams got the use of the band originally as it was (and is) a free radiation band (ISM) band, like so many other bands we share across the radio spectrum.

When CB came along, it was originally at 460-470 MHz.  As land mobile grew, the wizards(?) at FCC thought to move most of CB to 27 MHz.  Curiously, this move was opposed by the American Trucking Association for good and sound technical reasons.  

[In 460-470 MHz, CB became the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) (licensed, as the original CB was) on 8 channel pairs.  Later on, Radio Shack proposed and the Commission adopted the idea of the Family Radio Service (FRS).  Lots of companies sell in this market as well.]

Getting 27 MHz back for hams seems highly unlikely, even though most of the 40 channels remain amazingly quiet.

I hope this helps.

73, art…..
W4ART  Arlington VA

> On 8-Feb-2015, at 03:48 PM, Andre <sats at pe1rdw.demon.nl> wrote:
> Op 08-02-15 om 21:32 schreef Kevin Schuchmann:
>> Bob, not to sound overly negative but...
>>       Just how would you remove all the stations that are currently on
>> 11 meters? you think all the the truckers and others are going to toss
>> their radios and amps in the trash?
>>     The FCC has turned a blind eye to jamming on HF for the most part
>> and I'm sure would not care if hams had to put up with CB ops still
>> going on if we got 11 meters back.
>>     Also I'm surprised we have as much bandwidth as we do considering a
>> vast majority of it goes pretty much unused,I'm not sure 11 meters would
>> provide us anything that we do not all ready have...
>>  73
>> Kevin WA6FWF
> Also don't forget that 11m does not stop at the border, in most
> countries it is still an active used band with plenty of new radios
> still being sold.
> 73 de Andre PE1RDW
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