OK, to make it clear, the reason I'm starting this thread, is to try to get to the reality of whether the ARRL has stopped showing exlusive CW bands on its band plans, and if so, why -- did this happen quietly, and/or with some future motive intent, and/or was an ommission? So, before responses come in, let us make it clear what we are looking at. Let's say we want to know the band plans in USA. There are 2 pages on ARRL that come up: 1) http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Band Chart/Hambands_bw.pdf -- this is basically the FCC rules on which frequencies and modes can be used by which license classes. No surprises, no "exclusive CW" sub-bands, and a mention in the side bar that CW can be used on all amateur radio frequencies. But, taken in itself, it seems to rule out SSB in the traditional CW sections, but allows RTTY and DATA on all formerly exclusive CW sub-bands, not as in a particular DATA-CW shared sub-band as in other countries. 2) Then there is this: http://www.arrl.org/band-plan which is where everyone would turn to, to see which modes are allowed where on each band. Here the ARRL shows that on 160m CW is allowed across the entire band, and it is clear by deduction that CW is exclusive 1810-1843kHz. On other HF bands the ARRL doesn't even mention CW, nor SSB, and seems to have forgotten about these two modes. However, by deduction it appears clear that there are still CW exclusive bands at: 3500-3570, 7000-7040 (DX QSO), 7000-7080 (USA), 10100-10130, 14000-14070, 18068-18100, 21000-21070, 24890-24920, 28000-28070. The 6m band mentions all modes properly. It's a very poor presentation compared with RSGB: https://www.thersgb.org/services/bandplans/ The ARRL would do well to fix this, as it makes it look as if CW and SSB don't exist any more!