URL: http://dailymorsecode.com/222.html A proposal for revitalizing the 1.25m band In 1973 the FCC proposed opening up a Citizen's Band on 1.25m at 224MHz. The AARL blocked this. Fifteen years later, over the opposition of the ARRL, the FCC reallocated 220-222MHz from amateur use to land mobile use (at the request of UPS). Part of the reason this was allowed: amateurs simply weren't making use of the 1.25m band. Today: not counting the Chinese radio makers, only two companies -- Alinco and Kenwood -- make new handhelds covering 1.25m; Alinco is the only non-Chinese manufacturer of 1.25m mobile radios; and nobody makes a radio which does SSB on 1.25m (you have to buy a transverter). Overall use of the band by Radio Amateurs is so low as to be non-existent throughout the country (not counting contest weekends). So before we lose the 1.25m band completely, I have a proposal: Create a new Citizen's Band within the current 222-225MHz Amateur Band and encourage the production of radios which are shipped with firmware that limits them to that new CB portion but able to be unlocked to use the full Amateur band by anyone qualified to verify the credentials of an amateur radio licensee (eg: Volunteer Examiners or staff at amateur radio retail store). To make the band attractive to current FRS, MURS, and GMRS users, allow more power -- 5W for hand-helds, 25W for mobiles and base stations -- as well as using whatever antenna they want (the more gear they buy, the more incentive to become a licensed operator and being able to use the rest of the 1.25m band, especially repeaters, up to full power). For example: 224.5 - 225.0 could be allocated into 40 narrowband FM channels at 12.5kHz intervals. Both licensed HAMs and non-licensed folks could communicate on these channels; such dual use could accommodate things like over-the-air classes for preparing would-be HAMs for taking the Technician's test or for communicating with one's non-HAM family and friends. What this would accomplish: Increased demand for gear capable of communicating on the 1.25m band Increased interest in the band by currently licensed amateurs as new gear becomes available Increased interest in amateur radio by folks who can talk on the CB portion and listen-only on the HAM portion of 1.25m Reducing to as near to zero as possible the chance that the FCC will take this band away from HAMs altogether. Some old school HAMs will not like this idea but the alternative is clear: the FCC will continue to sell portions of this band to the highest bidder until the 1.25m Amateur Radio band is only a memory.