FCC Seeks to Assign Entire Portion of 160M to Primary, Proposes LF Band:
The ARRL Letter
November 21, 2012
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FCC Seeks to Assign Entire Amateur Portion of 160 Meter Band to Primary Status to Amateur Radio Service, Proposes New LF Amateur Band at 135.7-137.8 kHz:
On Tuesday, November 20, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (ET Docket No. 12-338) that proposes to amend Parts 1, 2,
74, 78, 87, 90 and 97 of the Commission's rules. Part 97 governs the
Amateur Radio Service. These changes will implement allocation
decisions from the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07)
that concern those portions of the radio frequency spectrum between 108
MHz and 20.2 GHz and make certain updates to the rules in this
frequency range. Most of the NPRM does not concern the Amateur Radio
Service, but the FCC is requesting comments on the three parts that do:
changing the allocation to the amateur portion of the 160 meter band,
allocating a new Amateur Service band at 135.7-137.8 kHz and cleaning
up the rules for the 10.0-10.5 GHz band. Read more here
The ARRL Letter
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FCC Seeks to Assign Entire Portion of 160M to Primary, Propo
by K9CTB on December 1, 2012
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For me this represents something lost on many amateurs: It shows that the FCC can and does take actions which benefit the amateur community without prodding, lobbying or NRPM suggestions from amateur groups, such as the ARRL and others. At least this is the flavor I get from the article. There was no mention of any petitioning from anyone "representing" U.S. radio amateurs. Bravo!
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