Spectral measurements of strongly coupled DFB lasers operating at 1.5 μm are presented. The magnitude of the coupling coefficientkin these devices was determined to be 80 cm-1for lasers withlambda = 1.12 mum cladding layers and 160 cm-1for devices withlambda = 1.3 mum cladding layers. These values forkare believed to be the largest reported for 1.5 μm DFB lasers. CW spectral linewidths as low as 10 MHz at 15 mW output power were obtained, and the linewidth was observed to vary approximately as the inverse of the device length cubed. Spectral measurements performed under 2 Gbit/s direct modulation exhibited a side mode suppression ratio of >38 dB. The effects of transient wavelength chirping were also investigated in detail and the maximum wavelength deviation was found to be ≃1.5 Å.