Category: Regulatory

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… […]

via the RSGB: Big news for 6m band

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) has concluded in Egypt. The 3,300 delegates considered many aspects of radio including several that will affect our hobby. Perhaps the biggest news is that the conference has approved an allocation in the 50MHz band for amateurs in Region 1. The Amateur Service now has a baseline Secondary allocation of 50-52MHz […]

via the RSGB: Falklands get 60m

Major changes to the Falklands Islands communications laws have been announced by the Falklands Islands Communications Regulator. They were published in the official Falklands Islands Gazette on 11 November 2019 and came into force on the 15th. One of these changes has resulted in the 60m Secondary allocation becoming available to Falkland Islands radio amateurs. The allocation is […]

Via the ARRL: Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand

According to the latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory agencies in an expanding list of countries have granted amateur radio access to a 60-meter band. A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 – 5.366.5 MHz was released to radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they will adhere to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) allocation, permitting a maximum […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Asked to Clarify Amateur Rules Governing Encrypted or Encoded Messages

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is soliciting comments on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on behalf of New York University (NYU) seeking to clarify that Section 97.113(a)(4) of the Amateur Service rules prohibits the transmission of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over-the-air for true meaning.” Comments are […]

Via the ARRL: IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward. The IARU released a summary record of the meeting this week. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting in Lima, Peru, observed that the […]

Via the ARRL: Report Causes Concern and Confusion in California’s Amateur Radio Ranks

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 […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Turns Down Petition to Amend Amateur Radio Identification Rules

The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making to amend Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during emergency nets, drills, or activations. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, of Canfield, Ohio, had sought a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules to allow a single point of transmission for station […]

Via the ARRL: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Gets Under Way on October 28

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) opens on Monday, October 28, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. WRC-19 is sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some 3,000 delegates from most countries around the world will attend the international meeting, which lasts 4 weeks, and will discuss and agree to changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. The International […]

Via the ARRL: New Amateur Radio License Conditions in Effect for Australian Radio Amateurs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published changes to the Amateur Radio license conditions, effective on September 21. According to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), all restrictions on emission modes have been removed for all licensees, and restrictions on permitted transmission bandwidths have been lifted for all licensees on all bands allowed […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Dismisses Three Petitions for Rule Making Filed by Radio Amateurs

The FCC has dismissed petitions for rule making filed in 2018 by three radio amateurs. All of the petitions were put on public notice earlier this year and comments invited. Edward C. Borghi, KB2E, of Farmington, New York, and Jeffrey Bail, NT1K, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, submitted very similar petitions seeking changes in how the […]