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FCC Seeks to Assign Entire Portion of 160M to Primary, Proposes LF Band:

from The ARRL Letter on 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


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FCC Seeks to Assign Entire Portion of 160M to Primary, Propo  
by K9CTB on December 1, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
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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