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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.

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 and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer Monitor Program

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ARRL Bulletin 14  ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 17, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB014 ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer
Monitor Program

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer
Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors
as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current
OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program.

“We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with
the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of
protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands,” said ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “This Memorandum of Understanding
will serve as the foundation for a new level of partnership on this
very important issue.”

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Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.

Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxendine contends that such statutes violate FCC rules on scope and operation of equipment by licensees; violate the intent of the FCC and Congress with respect to Amateur Radio’s role in disasters, and hinders emergency operations using mobile equipment.

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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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FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the FCC put it on public notice this week. Dukish seeks a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules, which requires an amateur station to transmit its “assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication.”

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FCC puts gigabit Wi-Fi on the roadmap by opening up new wireless spectrum

by Devin Coldewey

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More and more, the internet is delivered wirelessly, but as bandwidth demand grows in each home  — multiple TVs, smart devices, tablets and phones — current Wi-Fi standards are starting to fall short. Fortunately the FCC  and wireless industry are prepared for this, and the former has just officially proposed opening up a wide swathe of spectrum to bring our Wi-Fi systems up to gigabit level.

Many of the devices we use now operate on what’s called “unlicensed” bands of spectrum, so called because they’re not set aside specifically and tightly regulated, like military or official broadcast bands. Instead the industry was allowed to make what they could out of a set of frequencies as long as they did so within reason, and it’s been a roaring success, promoting both competition and cooperation.

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FCC Enforcement Advisory

“Two way VHF/UHF radios may not be imported, advertised, or sold in the United States unless they comply with the commissions rules”.

“Amateur Radio Exception. There is one exception to this certification requirement: if a device is capable of operating only on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by Amateur Radio Service licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorization, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate such radios. However, many two-way radios that purport to operate on amateur frequencies also operate on frequencies that extend beyond the designated amateur frequency bands.”

“If a two-way VHF/UHF radio is capable of operating outside of the amateur frequency bands, it cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or operated within the United States without an FCC equipment certification. Even if a two-way VHF/UHF radio operates solely within the amateur frequencies, the operator is required to have an amateur license to operate the device and must otherwise comply with all applicable rules. The Bureau will take very seriously any reports of failures of two-way radio operators to comply with all relevant rules and requirements when using devices in the amateur bands.”

FCC Enforcement Advisory DA 18-980 PDF