CQ Magazine files rule change request on 97.113
One of the nation’s leading ham radio publications is joining the movement to modify section 97.113 of the Amateur service rules. This, to permit hams in the employ of government or relief agencies to take part in disaster training drills.
You can read the entire story on the CQ petition to change section 97.113 of the Amateur service rules beginning on page 8 and continuing on page 114 of February 2010 issue of that magazine. Its also on-line at
By David Sumner, K1ZZ, ARRL Chief Executive Officer
December 01, 2009
It Seems to Us: Appropriate Use: Guidelines and Waivers
For the final time this year, we again take up the issue of the appropriate use of Amateur Radio: the extent to which radio amateurs may (and should) provide communications on behalf of others, particularly their employers.
The Amateur Radio Service has a well-deserved reputation for taking the FCC rules seriously, so it is not surprising that the subject of “pecuniary interest” has attracted a lot of attention and discussion. The relevant rules have not changed since 1993, but recent years have seen growing interest in the use of Amateur Radio as an alternative, supplemental, or backup communications medium by commercial, non-profit and government entities. When those rules changes were adopted, that was not the expectation. Continue reading ARRL Appropriate Use Guidelines and Waivers
November 30, 2009
ARLB035 FCC Looks to Revise, Clarify Vanity Call Sign Rules
On Wednesday, November 25, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) — WT Docket No. 09-209 — seeking to amend the Commission’s Amateur Radio Service rules to clarify certain rules and codify existing procedures governing the vanity call sign system, as well as revise certain rules applicable to club stations.
Continue reading Vanity Call Sign Rules to Change
by Bill Ray
September 3, 2009
Electromagnetic spectrum just not wide enough
The FCC has noticed there just aren’t enough radio frequencies, and if the USA wants national broadband it’s going to have to find more space in which to put it.
If the USA is going to have a National Broadband plan, then it’s going to have to speed up the audit of radio spectrum usage, in the hope of discovering large swathes of it aren’t being used, or are at least being used very inefficiently.
Continue reading FCC calls for more frequencies
August 24, 2009
Notice For Proposed Rule Making for changes to Part 15 regarding measurement for BPL
SUMMARY: This document addresses certain issues from the Commission’s Report and Order on rules for broadband over power line systems and devices (BPL Order) that was remanded by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. In the BPL Order, the Commission established technical standards, operating restrictions and measurement guidelines for Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) systems to promote the development of such systems while ensuring that licensed radio services are protected from harmful interference. In ARRL v. FCC, the court remanded the BPL Order to the Commission for further consideration and explanation of certain aspects of its decision. Specifically, the court directed the Commission to provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment on unredacted staff technical studies on which it relied to promulgate the rules, to make the studies part of the rulemaking record, and to provide a reasoned explanation of the choice of an extrapolation factor for use in measurement of emissions from Access BPL systems.
DATES: Comments must be filed on or before September 23, 2009, and reply comments must be filed on or before October 8, 2009.
The complete fr24aug09-18 proposal can be viewed at the theederalregister.com.
August 12, 2009
ARRL Responds to FCC’s Proposed Allocation for Medical Devices in 70 cm Band
ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, on behalf of the ARRL, filed comments on August 11 regarding a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), ET Docket 09-36, issued by the FCC in March 2009. In the NPRM, the FCC proposed to allocate spectrum and adopt service and technical rules for the utilization of new implanted medical devices that operate on 413-457 MHz (70 cm). Continue reading ARRL Responds to Proposed Allocation for 70 cm Medical Devices
March 23, 2009
FCC Clarifies What Constitutes an Amateur Radio Repeater
In December 2007, Gary Mitchell, WB6YRU, President of the Northern California Packet Association (NCPA), filed a Petition with the FCC, asking for the Commission to clarify the definition of a repeater. According to Part 97, Section 3(a)(39), A repeater in the amateur service is “[a]n amateur station that simultaneously retransmits the transmission of another amateur station on a different channel or channels.”
Continue reading FCC Clarifies Repeater Definition
January 26, 2009
Laura L. Smith Named to Amateur Radio Enforcement Role
Laura L. Smith of Pennsylvania has been named by the FCC to fill the vacancy created when Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired in 2008 as Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. Hollingsworth served in that position for more than 10 years as the FCC’s enforcement watchdog over the Amateur Radio Service.
Continue reading Smith New Amateur Radio Enforcer
The FCC will reduce the regulatory fee to obtain or renew an Amateur Radio vanity call sign by more than 40 percent starting September 17. In a Report & Order (R&O) released August 6, “Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2007,” in MD Docket 07-81, the Commission will cut the fee from its current $20.80 to $11.70. This marks the lowest fee in the history of the current vanity call sign program. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program. The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 11 years of the current program — from a low of $12 to a high of $50. The FCC says it anticipates some 14,700 Amateur Radio vanity call sign “payment units” or applications during the next fiscal year, collecting $171,990 in fees from the program.
Continue reading FCC to Lower Vanity Call Sign Fees September 17