Category Archives: Amateur Radio

FCC Proposes to Reinstate Amateur Radio Service Fees

08/28/2020

[UPDATED 2020-10-27] ARRL will file comments in firm opposition to an FCC proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees. The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) MD Docket 20-270 appeared in the October 15 edition of The Federal Register and sets deadlines of November 16 to comment and November 30 to post reply comments, which are comments on comments already filed. ARRL has prepared a Guide to Filing Comments with the FCC which includes tips for preparing comments and step-by-step filing instructions. Visit www.arrl.org/fcc-fees-proposal. An updated ARRL New story can be found here.

[UPDATED 2020-09-01 @1845 UTC] Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees.

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FARC Uses CARP Repeater for Morning Drive Net

During the Creek Fire, the Fresno Amateur Radio Club repeater is off the air due to a power outage in the area. As always the Clovis Amateur Radio Club is coming ot the aid of the community allowing the FARC Morning Drive Net to take place on the K6ARP (147.675 – 141.3) repeater for the duration.

The K6ARP repeater is located at Mile High approximately one mile southeast of the W6TO machine at Meadow Lakes. K6ARP has a commanding coverage of the valley from Merced to Bakersfield and beyond.

ARRL Issues a call to action in defense of Part 97 Allocations in the 3 and 5 GHz Bands

FCC WT Docket 19-348, issued on December 16 th , says:

“This NPRM proposes to remove the existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band and seeks comment on appropriate transition mechanisms.”

If adopted, this NPRM will severely curtail growth of one of the newest and most effective means for Amateurs to support emergency communications, that is ham, radio networking. 

Existing installations will be severely curtailed or, with no reasonable alternatives, be forced to cease operations.  Thousands of hams have built or are in the process of constructing high-speed data networks using, in part the 3 GHz ham microwave allocations.

You are urged to file your comment in opposition to this NPRM. A simple comment opposing the NPRM can be filed at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=19-
348&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

Detailed instructions on how to submit an effective comment can be found at https://www.arednmesh.org/content/templates-submit-comments-3-ghz-fcc-docket-19-348

Because the 3 GHz amateur allocation is not shared with any other service, it’s become a very effective method of implementing high performance “backbone” links on the ham radio network. I urge all hams, whether on the ham mesh network or not, to submit a comment opposing this NPRM.

There are instructions at the URL mentioned above detailing how an agency can file a comment in opposition to this NPRM. If as part of your ham radio support for emergency services you work closely with such an agency, please encourage them to file a comment.

To make matters worse, the FCC has opened WT Docket 19-138, which states:

“The FCC adopted a NPRM that takes a fresh and comprehensive look at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and proposes, among other things, to make the band’s lower 45 MHz available for unlicensed operations and to permit C-V2X) in the upper 20 MHz”

If you look at the ham radio allocation in the 5 GHz band, you can see that the FCC’s intention to convert that chunk of bandwidth to unlicensed operation directly impacts the prime spot for ham radio networking, for both user access and backbone links.

Please consider submitting comments in opposition to these NPRMs. If they both are implemented

The last day to submit comments is February 15th.

Report Causes Concern and Confusion in California’s Amateur Radio Ranks

10/15/2019 – By all credible and reliable accounts, the State of California has not turned its back on Amateur Radio as an emergency communication resource nor have established repeater owners been asked to remove their equipment from state-owned sites unless they pay sizeable fees. The California controversy, inflamed by a viral YouTube video, stemmed from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) communication telling a repeater owner or group that Amateur Radio equipment would have to be removed from a state-owned site or “vault” if the owner(s) determined the cost was too great to proceed with a formal application to keep it there.

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Radio Amateur to Lose License as Part of Enforcement Case Settlement

A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communication.

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ARRL “Radio Communications” Billboard Promotes Ham Radio on I-40

A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a the new 10 × 20 billboard, owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT. Segar says the average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile marker 336, is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.

Source: ARRL.org

Engineers need to preserve amateur radio growth and transparency

Theodore S. Rappaport, Director NYU WIRELESS

As a veteran educator and research center director, I’ve had the thrill of seeing more than 10 generations of students obtain electrical and computer engineering degrees and pursue technical careers around the world. A common trait I’ve seen in these students has been an appreciation for the engineering process built on integrity, the open exchange of ideas, and accuracy in solving problems.

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Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings

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ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB009 Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings

Those interested in posting brief comments on Petitions for
Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL Technician
Enhancement proposal (RM-11828) using the Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System
Express at, https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express .

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement

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ARRL Bulletin 10  ARLB010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB010 FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rule
Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF
privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone
privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode
privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.

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