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ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for emergency response

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    Mike, KJ6VCP
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    ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and
    Hurricane Sally Response
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    ARRL Bulletin 22  ARLB022
    From ARRL Headquarters 
    Newington CT  September 16, 2020
    To all radio amateurs
    ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and
    Hurricane Sally Response
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that
    two 60-meter channels have been made available, as necessary, for
    interoperability between US Government stations and US amateur radio
    stations involved in emergency communications related to the
    wildland firefighting response in California, Oregon, and
    Washington, and to Hurricane Sally. These interoperability channels
    will remain active until the need for these channels no longer
    *  Channel 1 - primary voice traffic 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5
    kHz USB voice.
    *  Channel 2 - digital traffic 5348 kHz channel center, 5346.5 kHz
    USB with 1.5-kHz offset to center of digital waveform.
    Frequencies may be modified or added to by FEMA Region 10 for their
    area or operations due to existing 5-MHz/60-meter interoperability
    plans for their region.
    Amateur radio is secondary on the 5-MHz band and should yield to
    operational traffic related to wildland firefighting and hurricane
    response. Although the intended use for these channels is
    interoperability between federal government stations and licensed US
    amateur radio stations, federal government stations are primary
    users and amateurs are secondary users.
    The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS - ) is following FEMA's lead on the
    interoperability channel designations for the wildfire and hurricane
    response. Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, says he
    has alerted all MARS members of the FEMA channel designations and
    MARS members are prepared to support response efforts as needed.
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