Category Archives: Frequency

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters 03/31/2017

It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

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The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges to Conform with WRC-15 Global Allocation

Telecommunication regulators in The Netherlands have scaled back considerably the liberal 60-meter privileges announced for radio amateurs in that country just days after the conclusion of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Since December 2015, amateurs in The Netherlands have had access to a 100-kHz wide amateur band at 5 MHz, with a maximum power of 100 W.

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630 Meters Becoming a “Mainstream Amateur Band, Experiment Coordinator Says

The coordinator of the ARRL’s WD2XSH 600-Meter Experimental Group — Fritz Raab, W1FR — said in his latest quarterly report that 630 meters is becoming quite active, with both Amateur Radio and Part 5 Experimental stations taking advantage of the band, which is still not available in the US.

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Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies

The battle continues between Radio Eritrea (Voice of the Broad Masses) and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise. The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40 meter phone band — 7.145 and 7.175 MHz — with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel. The on-air conflict has been going on for years; Ethiopia constructed new transmitting sites in 2008 and is said to use two or three of them for jamming purposes. The interfering signals can be heard in North America after dark. According to IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, Radio Eritrea is airing separate programs on each frequency. He said in the IARUMS September newsletter that telecommunications regulators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have been informed, so they could file official complaints. Continue reading Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies

New European Table of Frequency Allocations

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A new edition of the European Table of Frequency Allocations in the range 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz has been released.

The table is maintained by the CEPT Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM). Much of this work is carried out by the CEPT European Communications Office (ECO) on behalf of WG FM and a fully searchable electronic version of the European Common Allocation (ECA) table can be found on the ECO Frequency Information System site at
http://www.efis.dk/.

Among the changes the EUxx footnotes have been renamed to ECAxx and the new Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5351.5 kHz – 5366.5 kHz has been included.

Download the ECA Table PDF
http://www.erodocdb.dk/Docs/doc98/official/pdf/ERCREP025.PDF

CARP Club Competition in June VHF 2016

The ARRL June VHF Contest is the weekend of June 13 and 14, 2015. Look for K6ARP up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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ARRL September VHF 2015

The ARRL September  VHF Contest is the weekend of September 12 and 13. Look/listen  for W6TV up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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CARP Club Competition in June VHF 2015

The ARRL June VHF Contest is the weekend of June 13 and 14, 2015. Look for K6ARP up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

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April 28, 2015

Amateur Radio is poised to gain access to two new bands! The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on the basis of comments, the specific Part 97 rules it must frame to permit operation in the new bands. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of radio buoys on the “open sea.”

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Comments Due by April 6 on 76-81 GHz Radar Sharing Proposals

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March 6, 2015

Comments are due by April 6 on an FCC proceeding that could lead to expanded spectrum for various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, which Amateur Radio shares with other services. The band 77.5-78 GHz is allocated to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services on a primary basis, and to the Radio Astronomy and Space Research services on a secondary basis. The FCC released a detailed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Reconsideration Order(NPRM&RO) in ET Docket 15-26 on February 5. The Commission said the proposals include allocation changes as well as provisions “to ensure that new and incumbent operations can share the available frequencies in the band.”

The ARRL will file comments in the FCC proceeding. Reply comments (ie, comments on comments filed by the April 5 deadline) are due by April 20.
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