The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spelling out operational rules to allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 630 meters and 2,200 meters now has appeared in the Federal Register, but radio amateurs still may not access the new bands. That’s because specific procedures now under development to detail how radio amateurs will notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their proposed station location, prior to commencing operation, still must undergo approval. The FCC said the notification requirement is necessary to confirm that a station is not located within 1 kilometer of an active power line communication (PLC) system.
“While the R&O has been published in the Federal Register, amateurs may not begin using the new bands until after the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issues a Public Notice outlining necessary procedures to notify UTC of pending operation, as the new rules require,” ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said. “There is no timetable for that Public Notice to be released. Amateurs need to practice patience.”