Two pieces of good news:
- As of March 29, 2009, the high-powered shortwave broadcasters sitting in the middle of the 40 meter band at 7100-7200kHz will finally be forced to move. This will greatly increase the bandwidth available on this unique band available to hams internationally.
- As of January 1, 2009, internationally, amateurs will have access to a new band, which is exciting because it is a Low Frequency (LF) band. The FCC has yet to approve it for use in the US, but once they do, we'll have privileges on 135.7-137.8 kHz. That is really low. That is like 2km low. It'll be interesting to see what amateurs do with this. Note though, that this band is only 2 kHz wide, which means that voice is out of the question.