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LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE OF AMATEUR RADIO

While it would be rather premature to make definite plans for post-war amateur radio, it is never too early to review the situation as it now stands. At the recent FCC frequency allocation hearings, recommendations were made by ARRL, RTPB and IRAC which are quite favorable to the amateur. Most previously occupied bands are retained (160 meter and 5 meter being questioned), while additional bands above 400 mc are proposed. Also a new band at 21 mc is being considered which should be welcomed by amateurs interested in DX. All in all, the picture at this time looks extremely promising for the “ham.”

No indications have been made, however, to the requirements for occupancy of the new bands. This will, no doubt, be decided when some of the more urgent matters have first received attention; but it’s logical to assume the new bands will at first be available to holders of any class license. The chart in of the proposed allocations show six or seven new bands above 400 mc exclusively for amateur operation. This compares with the pre-war allocation of

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