VHF Band May Be Downgraded To Allow Aircraft To Use

- Jul 11, 2019-

A story that has been burning for a few weeks involves a proposal that will be submitted to the ITU 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference. The proposal originated from the French spectrum regulator, reportedly at the request of Thales, a multi-defense contractor based in Paris. It is recommended that the amateur radio band be downgraded to a secondary status of the widely used two-meter band (144 MHz) to allow it to be used by the aircraft. The conspiracy of global spectrum regulation politics is beyond the narrow scope of amateur radio.


Most parts of the radio spectrum are shared among multiple users, and there are usually primary and secondary occupants whose use depends on not interfering with other users. If you've used a 435 MHz wireless modem, you'll encounter this situation, a band shared with radio amateurs and others, including government users. Although the frequency bands are limited in some countries, the two-meter band between 144 MHz and 146 MHz is allocated to the main state of global radio amateurs, and this state is threatened. The latest ARRL news is almost unopposed by the pan-European regulator's CEPT level, which seems to have caught the attention of the amateur radio industry.


If you are an amateur radio enthusiast, the frequency bands offered for so many important services over decades may be threatened. If you are not a radio amateur should pay attention to commercial advertising, it will be a serious problem. A national defense contractor can easily initiate the degradation of global open resources managed by international treaties of the grandparents era. Amateur radio is a different rule from the unlicensed spectrum we rely on for many things now, but its principle of free resources as all users remains the same. If you are interested in preserving the band, you can use the connection anywhere.