Category: Regulatory

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. Interested parties have 30 […]

via the ARRL: Technical Paper Raises Visibility of Wireless Power Transmission Interference Potential

A technical paper drafted by International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is the latest official step to increase the visibility of wireless power transmission (WPT) systems’ interference threat to Amateur Radio. Submitted to the IARU-R1 Interim Meeting, set for April 27 – 28 in Vienna, the paper will update relevant committees on […]

via the RSGB: ITU emergency comms document update

The ITU has updated a key recommendation for cross border usage of Emergency Communications Equipment. The new 2019 edition of ITU Recommendation M-1637 is clearer regarding countries facilitating the use of radio equipment that may be physically brought by visiting relief personnel into the territory where there is a disaster or emergency. The recommendation is […]

FCC: Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Procedures are Now in Effect

The FCC is reminding electronic device retailers that Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) procedures are now in effect and being enforced. In an FCC Enforcement Advisory released February 15, the FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) pointed out that marketers of RF devices may be subject to new compliance requirements provided in the SDoC procedures. “In general, a device […]

via the ARRL: Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Hands Off Amateur Radio Exam and Call Sign Management

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is turning over Amateur Radio exam provision and call sign management to a new provider. WIA reports that telecommunications regulator ACMA has selected the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) to take over as the preferred provider for the delivery of Amateur Radio examination, call sign management, and […]

via the ARRL: FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the FCC put it […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board of Directors Issues Statement on Amateur Radio Parity Act

At its annual meeting January 18 – 19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.” In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule […]

via the ARRL: Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation

Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but […]

France: Abolition of ham radio license fee

The French Union of Radio Clubs (URC) reports on the progress with abolishing the Tax on Radio Amateurs [license fee]  Sylvie Delassus F1PSH reports that even after a successful vote in the Senate it will still be necessary to wait for the official Decree.  Read the F1PSH URC post at https://www.news.urc.asso.fr/2018/12/21/merci-au-gilets-jaunes/ ANFR post dated November 28, 2018, […]

via the ARRL: FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown

The FCC has released its Plan for Orderly Shutdown in case funds become unavailable to continue operation. “If a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior-year funds are available to continue agency operations during a lapse,” the FCC said in its plan. According to the plan, if prior-year […]

FCC Tells LED Sign Marketers to Abide by Statutes and Rules

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has called on on marketers of light-emitting diode (LED) signs to ensure that these lights comply with FCC rules. Since March of this year, the agency has entered into 21 settlement agreements with companies that marketed noncompliant LED signs in violation of the Communications Act and FCC rules. The settlements yielded approximately $850,000 […]