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Emergency Nets in Operation for Hurricane Maria, Mexican Earthquake - PLEASE KEEP FREQUENCIES CLEAR

Several emergency nets are currently active as Hurricane Maria heads for Caribbean islands and a major earthquake strikes Mexico. The following nets are active as of 20 Sept 2017 UTC, based on information from ARRL and other sources:

Mexican earthquake response:
FMRE National Emergency Net - 7.060 MHz

Hurricane Maria response:
* Caribbean Emergency Weather Net - 3.815 & 7.188 MHz
* FEMA 60-Meter Interoperability Nets - 5.331 MHz (voice) & 5.346.5 MHz (digital) - FEMA IS A PRIMARY USER OF 60 METERS. AMATEURS MAY NOT CAUSE INTERFERENCE TO AND MUST ACCEPT INTERFERENCE FROM FEMA OPERATIONS.
* Hurricane Watch Net - 7.268 & 14.325 MHz
* SATERN SSB Net - 14.265 MHz (handling only OUTBOUND health & welfare messages)

PLEASE KEEP THESE FREQUENCIES CLEAR FOR EARTHQUAKE/HURRICANE-RELATED TRAFFIC.

In addition, the ARRL says W1AW has suspended bulletin transmissions and visitor operations in order to monitor the various emergency nets and provide assistance as needed.

630 & 2200 Meters to Open as Early as October 16, 2017

CQ MF/LF Editor John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, reports that the PLC (Power Line Communications) database is live and that hams may begin operating on 472 kHz (630 meters) and 137 kHz (2200 meters) as early as October 16 if they register today and receive no objection in the next 30 days. Hams may not operate on the bands without going through this process.

The link to the sign-up page is here: https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/

The effective date for use of the new bands by amateurs was published in today's Federal Register. The relevant pages are at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/pdf/2017-19578.pdf

The FCC's Public Notice is at: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0915/DA-17-893A1.pdf

John is asking all amateurs to register, even if they don't plan to use these bands in the near future, as the FCC rules prohibit UTC (the Utilities Technology Council) from deploying PLC in these bands
closer than 1 kilometer from registered stations. Registration now will protect your ability to use our new MF/LF bands in the future.