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The following was received from the ARRL

From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 19, 2022
To all radio amateurs

ARLB005 Amateur Operation in 3.45 – 3.5 GHz Segment Must Cease by
April 14, 2022

The FCC has established April 14, 2022, as the date by which amateur
radio transmissions must stop in the upper 3.45 – 3.5 GHz segment of
the amateur secondary 9-centimeter band. Secondary operations are
permitted to continue indefinitely in the remainder of the band, 3.3
– 3.45 GHz, pending future FCC proceedings.

On January 14 the FCC released DA 22-39, which announces the results
of Auction 110 for the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band. Release of this notice
triggered FCC rules adopted last year requiring that amateur radio
operations between 3.45 GHz and 3.5 GHz cease within 90 days of the
public notice.

DA 22-39 can be found online at,

In October 2021, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, urged Congress
to direct the FCC to preserve Amateur Radio’s secondary use of the 3
GHz band in a written statement responding to H.R. 5378, the
Spectrum Innovation Act of 2021, before the US House Commerce
Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

A chronology of actions responding to amateur access on the 3.5 GHz
band can be found on the ARRL website at, .

Tonga Jan 18 2022

The following information was received from Radio Relay International.

Radio Relay International has received several inquiries regarding emergency communications support in the aftermath of the Tonga volcanic eruption.

Our nearest RRI Registered Radio Operator is in Fiji, approximately 800 km (500 miles away). He reports the following:”The situation in Tonga is dire indeed with the loss of their submarine cable link as well as ash clouds blocking satellite communications.”

The ETC Office in Suva also enquired about any HF links in Tonga, but as far as I know there are no resident amateur stations there, and most inter-isand links now rely on satellite. Perhaps there remains some HF links with government offices, but I do not have the information here.

This is a typical example of the need for skilled HF operators to be trained in such localities; the lack of interest for HF nowadays is the main issue.”

If more news is forthcoming, RRI will provide additional information and any needed operational guidance to the Amateur Radio community. For more information on disaster emergency communications planning and response, please visit the RRI website or download a copy of our National Emergency Communications Response Guidelines at:…/RRI-NECRP-2020-8-1-Final…

W1AW 2022 Winter Operating Schedule

Received from the ARRL

ARRL Bulletin 1  ARLB001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 5, 2022
To all radio amateurs

ARLB001 W1AW 2022 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
——————-   —-     ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 2045 UTC – (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST)

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  ”  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  ”  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  ”  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  ”      ”         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  ”  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  ”  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  ”  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  ”  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  ”  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

                         Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM  
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 2045
UTC (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST).  Be sure to bring a reference copy of
your current FCC amateur radio license.

The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on
the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin
transmissions.  West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 86 in the
January 2022 issue of QST or on the web at, .