Category: FCC

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of […]

via the ARRL: FCC’s Updated Rules Governing Personal Radio Services Become Effective on September 28

The FCC recently adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). These include a wide variety of wireless devices used by the general public for personal communication, including hand-held Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers, radio-controlled models, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices, and others. In addition […]

Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions Starting on August 21

With a revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — soon going into effect, the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has updated its unofficial NCVEC Form 605 that’s used at volunteer examination sessions. The revised NCVEC Form […]

via the ARRL: Applicants Must Use FCC Form 605 with “Felony Question,” Starting on September 7

In an August 7 Public Notice, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announced formally that FCC Form 605, Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services, now will ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is […]

Senate Confirms Rosenworcel, Carr to Join FCC, Chairman Pai’s Reconfirmation Pending

By voice vote, the US Senate on August 3 confirmed President Trump’s nominees to fill the two empty seats on the FCC — Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, a former commissioner, and Brendan Carr, the FCC general counsel, a Republican. The five-member FCC now has three Republicans and two Democrats. “I congratulate Brendan and Jessica on their […]

FCC adopts Montville resident’s proposal (Connecticut)

Montville business owner Joe Ciaudelli is receiving national recognition again, this time from the Federal Communications Commission. Ciaudelli is the CEO of Rayvel Inc., a Montville-based company that specializes in electromagnetic wave technology. In 2015, the company received a patent for its wide-angle hologram technology. This month, Ciaudelli’s most recent proposal was adopted by the […]

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”

A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the […]

FCC Crackdown on Pirate Broadcasters Targets at Least One More Amateur Licensee

A recent flurry of FCC Enforcement Bureau correspondence to alleged unlicensed broadcasters has targeted at least one more radio amateur — this time in the Greater New York City area. It’s not the first time Winston A. Tulloch, KC2ALN, of Paterson, New Jersey, has heard from the FCC, which has had Tulloch in its sights […]

President Names FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to Fill Vacant Republican Seat

President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr, a Republican, to fill one of the two vacancies on the Commission. One FCC vacancy, to be filled by a Democratic candidate, remains in order for the Commission to be back to its full five-member complement. The president on June 14 named […]

Amateur Radio Poised to Retain Full 76-81 GHz Band, Sharing with Vehicular Radars

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its July 13 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis. The FCC […]

via the ARRL: FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a […]

Federal Register Publishes New MF/LF Rules, But Operation is Not Yet Legal

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 […]

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