Category Archives: Legal

ARRL Appropriate Use Guidelines and Waivers
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

Bill to Prohibit Voice Calls While Driving exempts Hams

Pacific News Center
October 13, 2009

Ada Bill Would Prohibit Voice Calls While Driving

Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a bill that would further restrict the use of mobile phones while driving.

Bill 255 would strengthen existing law by expanding current “texting” restriction while driving, including prohibiting voice calls, and increasing fines up to $1,000.

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Proposed Changes for Part 15 for BPL Measurment
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