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ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of 70-cm Changes:

from W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 25, 2003
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of 70-cm Changes:

ZCZC AG22
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 22 ARLB022
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 24, 2003
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB022
ARLB022 ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of 70-cm Changes

The ARRL said two FCC-proposed actions could negatively affect Amateur Radio in comments filed in ET Docket 02-305. One would substantially expand the geographical area of power limitations on 70 cm. The other would deploy National Weather Service wind-profiler radars in the 448-450 MHz segment.

In a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) late last fall, the FCC proposed on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to vastly increase the size of the geographical area in New Mexico and western Texas where amateurs in the 70 cm band would be limited to 50 W PEP to protect military radiolocation service operations.

The proposed region has 67 affected repeaters. ARRL said the proposed area is ''in most respects far beyond line-of-sight paths to any military facilities.''

The ARRL asked the FCC and NTIA to cooperatively evaluate the restriction, which could also affect weak-signal operations, to determine whether it is overly broad.

Concerning the wind profilers, the League said it had understood that the National Weather Service, which operates the radars, would notify ARRL of their locations as selected. ''Ideally,'' the League said, ''since the amateur repeaters are incumbent in the band now, the National Weather Service should select sites that minimize the effect on those repeaters.''

The complete text of the ARRL's comments is available on the FCC Web site. http://www.arrl.org/
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Source: W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL.

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ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of  
by KU4QD on February 26, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Unless you're doing EME 50W on 70cm is a perfectly reasonable power level for most people. Considering our nation is at war, onsidering our allocation has always been secondary to the military, and also considering that the DOD has gone to bat for us since the prefer hams to commercial interests sharing their band, I don't know if objecting too strenuously to these changes is a good idea at this time.

Let it go.
 
ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of  
by WO7T on February 26, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I say don't let it go. Fight to have them leave it as is. This is just another encroachment attempt that lacks basis.

WO7T
 
ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of  
by N8EKT on February 28, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
AS A 440 REPEATER OWNER-OPERATOR, I AM OUTRAGED AT ANY PROPOSAL TO SELL MORE HAM SPECTRUM TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER!!
WHEN WILL IT END?
WHERE WILL IT END?
I BELEIVE IT WON,T END UNTIL ALL SPECTRUM FROM 2 METER BAND UP IS GONE!
THESE ARE THE FREQUENCIES THAT ARE MOST DESIRED BY COMMERCIAL INTERESTS, AND WILL BE THE FIRST TO DISSAPEAR!
 
RE: ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact  
by WA4MJF on February 28, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Err, this is the US Government with whom
we share the 70 cm band. Either you did
not read the bulletin or don't understand!

NO one is biddin' on the frequencies!

73 de Ronnie

 
ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact of  
by N8LXY on March 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Personally I live 1.5 miles from an airport north of line a. 1.)It is my opinion that the job military is to protect this country from threats from outside our borders and that should leave plenty of coverage area between where they belong and anywhere more than 100 miles from a border with an aggressive neighboor, which currently does not exist. 2.)Amateurs north of line a already lost 420 - 430 MHz to commercial interests that did bid on the spectrum and the entire country lost 220 - 222 MHz to commercial interests that did bid on the spectrum. 3.)Wind sheer radar can be done at nearly any frequency from 250 - 700 MHz. I don't see the military giving up any of the non-shared spectrum they hold below 420 MHz. It is my opinion that since there is so little equipment of current design available for the 222 - 225 MHz that we trade it for continued use of the 420 - 450 MHz and attempt to secure its permanent assignment.
 
RE: ARRL Expresses Concerns About Ham Radio Impact  
by N3ZJB on March 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
EITHER WAY,,IF UNCLE SAM CAN MAKE A DISHONEST DOLLAR SELLIG OUR PRECIOUS FREQ'S,,WERE SCREWED,,HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITSELF ONCE AGAIN,SADLY,,,,,,,,,,
 
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