Category: Regulatory

Via the ARRL: France Authorizes Use of 60-Meter Band

France’s telecommunications regulator ARCEP has authorized the use of a 60-meter band — as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 — for French radio amateurs. The formal announcement was published in the Official Journal of the Republic of France (JORF) on February 13, IARU member-society REF (Réseau des Émetteurs Français) has reported. The band 5351.5 – […]

Via the ARRL: AMSAT Cites Need for Adequate Spectrum in Opposing Deletion of 3.4 GHz Band

AMSAT has commented on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 that proposes to delete the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz (9 centimeter) amateur band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The band includes the 3.40 – 3.41 GHz Amateur Satellite service allocation. In its remarks, AMSAT said it opposes deletion of the allocation and stressed the […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Invites Comments on 5.9 GHz Proceeding

The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-138, which said the FCC would take “a fresh and comprehensive look” at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band. The FCC proposes to make 5.850 – 5.895 GHz available for unlicensed operations and to authorize transportation-related communication technologies to use 5.895 […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community […]

Sweden: New rules for ham radio permit applications

The SSA reports applications for amateur radio permits will now take 2-3 weeks longer due to National Security considerations A translation of the SSA post reads: PTS [communications regulator] will prepare permit cases with the Security Police and the Swedish Armed Forces from the turn of the year due to a change in the law aimed at strengthening Sweden’s […]

Via the ARRL: Spanish Radio Amateurs May Exchange Current Call Signs for Permanent 2 × 1 Call Signs

Regulators in Spain are now allowing radio amateurs there to exchange their current longer-format call signs for permanent 2 × 1 call signs, and some familiar Spanish call signs are likely to be changing. Salva Moreno, EA5BB, told ARRL that hams in Spain who decided to make the change are now awaiting the official license […]

Via the ARRL: China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current Amateur Allocations

China’s telecommunications regulator has proposed amending the Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations, and some amateur bands are in danger of being eliminated. Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 144 – 146 MHz, 1260 – 1300 MHz, 3400 – 3500 MHz, 5650 […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments

At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on its plan to remove “existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations” in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said it’s seeking comment on appropriate “transition mechanisms” to […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Amending Amateur Radio RF Exposure Safety Rules

The FCC is amending its Part 97 Amateur Service rules relating to RF exposure safety. In a lengthy document in ET Docket 19-226 released on December 4 that addresses a broad range of RF safety issues, the FCC said current amateur radio RF exposure safety limits will remain unchanged, but that the amateur-specific exemption from […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss Petition Seeking Declaratory Ruling on Encoded Message Rule

ARRL has asked the FCC to dismiss a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by New York University (NYU), that in ARRL’s view proposes a new interpretation of the rule — Section 97.113(a)(4) — prohibiting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.” In its December 2 filing, ARRL said NYU’s call to “clarify” the rule’s meaning to […]

via the RSGB: Sweden to discontinue 2.3 and 3.4GHz permits

Amateurs in Sweden have been able to apply for temporary permits to allow operation in 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Their regulator, the PTS, has announced these temporary permits will no longer be issued from 1 January 2020. The reason is 5G. Swedish amateurs are presently permitted by their regulations to run a maximum of 100mW […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Days 16+17+18: Satellites and 23cm

WRC-19 entered its final week with effort aimed at pinning down the remaining difficult items, including the future agenda for WRC-23 and WRC-27; and preparing for its final plenary sessions to approve the results of various agenda items, including 50 MHz. Read more: via Radio Society of Great Britain – Main Site http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/2019/11/20/wrc-19-day-18-satellites-and-23cm/

Via the ARRL: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Concludes

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, wrapped up on Friday, November 22. The month-long event, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was the largest ever, with some 3,300 delegates in attendance. ITU has posted the provisional WRC-19 Final Acts on its website as a 567-page PDF. The WRC-19 Final Acts will […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions

The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3 – 3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation

At its December 12 open meeting, the FCC will consider adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to remove the amateur radio 9-centimeter allocation at 3.3 – 3.5 GHz. ARRL plans to comment in opposition to the proposed action. According to an FCC “Fact Sheet,” the proceeding WT Docket 19-348, “Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1 […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-20: And Finally!

Friday, 22 November saw WRC-19 conclude its month long biggest ever conference. Many of the 3,300 delegates had started to travel home even before the release of the ‘Provisional Final Acts’ and closing ceremony. The ITU website has released the provisional acts as a huge 567-page PDF document – a tribute to the hardworking editorial […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-19: 50 MHz Approved!

WRC-19 has approved an allocation in the 50 MHz band for amateurs in Region 1 at its morning plenary in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Thursday 21 November 2019. The decision comes after more than three weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations. The result is a dramatic improvement in […]

Via the ARRL: WRC-19 Okays Agreement on 6-Meter Band in ITU Region 1

Delegates to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have approved a 6-meter allocation for International Telecommunication (ITU) Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East). The decision followed more than 2 weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations. “The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for am… […]