From ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN:
In a move designed to demonstrate amateur utilization of the 33 cm through 9 cm amateur bands, the ARRL Board established a UHF Band Plan Committee at its July 2011 meeting. This committee, described in Minute 39 of the meeting minutes, has been populated. Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR will be its chair. Remaining members are ARRL CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, retired ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, Central Division Vice Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS and Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI.
This committee will work in cooperation with the National Band Plan Threat Assessment committee chaired by International Affairs VP Jay Bellows, K0QB.
As outlined in Minute 39, the committee shall present a preliminary report containing recommended Band Plans at the 2012 ARRL Board of Directors Second (July) Meeting. The general charges to the Committee are:
- To determine current band usage in the United States.
- To seek input and comments from the amateur community.
- To consider international issues.
- To look toward emerging technology and projected future usage.
- To keep the ad hoc National Broadband Plan Committee apprised of its progress.
- To, above all else, be conducive to increasing amateur usage in these bands.
The primary purpose of this committee is to map the use of the 33 cm through 9 cm. band segments by amateurs and to determine how best to expand this usage. As directed in item 2, the committee will obtain input from amateurs on current use as well as of any steps that may be developed to increase our use of these frequencies.