WHen did US hams get phone access on 40 meters?

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  1. K0UO

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    I'm just wondering when United States amateur operators received their first phone privileges on the 40 meter band?

    I know it was sometime after the War and probably early 1950s.

    73 from,
    The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the daily
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  2. NN4RH

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    Feb 20 1953.

    See QST Feb 1953 page 37.

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  3. WB2WIK

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    I wanted a 40 meter rig but ended up with a DX-60. Only one meter.

    Had to eventually step up to a Johnson Viking 500 which at least had two meters, but that's still 38 short.

    I get no respect, no respect at all.
    -R. Dangerfield
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  4. N2EY

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    @NN4RH beat me to the punch!

    40 had been all-CW in the USA since 1929 and probably before. This meant the only HF bands with 'phone subbands between 2.5 and 25 MHz were 75 and 20 meters - and you needed a Class A/Advanced or an Extra to use 'phone on those bands.

    Just a few days before 40 got a 'phone subband, FCC gave Conditionals and Generals full privileges, same as Advanceds and Extras. This eliminated any operational benefit of upgrading past General or Conditional.

    And then there's 15 meters....

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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  5. K0UO

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    Great information/ I knew 40 was C W only till after World War II into the early 50s
  6. KA4DPO

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    I remember listening to 40 meters in the early 60's, like 1962 or 1963. Since I had a Zenith Trans Oceanic, I could only hear the AM stations. If you think the FT8 feud is something, you should have heard the old timers dissing SSB on 40 meter AM, they absolutely hated them.

    Seems like AM phone had pretty much been replace by sideband by around 1967 or 68, there was still a small AM presence, but they were the minority by then. As I recall, the primary rigs at that time were Swan, Yaesu, and Drake.
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