Category: Regulatory

via the RSGB: First individual amateurs in Tunisia

The first individually-licenced amateurs in Tunisia are now able to get on the air. Of the 10 people who passed the first exam, five were able to attend a special ceremony to receive their documents personally. President of the National Frequencies Agency, Ashraf Chaabane and the amateur radio committee president Mehdi Hmem spoke about the […]

Engineer Challenges FCC’s Rubber-stamp of a Licensee’s Applications

A radio engineer in Chicago has filed a petition pressing the Federal Communications Commission to take action on what he calls a ghost translator station that exists only on paper. The FCC should stop taking applicants’ word on whether projects have actually been built, said engineer Larry Langford. In this case, he alleges that rubber-stamp […]

via the ARRL: Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is considering lowering the transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to 200 W PEP. Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes affecting many radio services, radio amateurs who want to run higher power would have to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of […]

via the ARRL: NTIA Targets Portion of 3.4 GHz Band for Potential Wireless Broadband Use

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has identified 3450 to 3550 MHz for potential wireless broadband use. Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation of 3300 to 3500 MHz, sharing the spectrum with government radars; the popular “weak-signal” frequency is 3456.1 MHz. The NTIA oversees the use of spectrum by federal government agencies. “America is […]

NCC Set to Licence Amateur Radio Services, 60GHz Band in Nigeria

In line with global best practice, the Nigerian Communcations Commission (NCC), the telecons industry regulator, said on Tuesday it would licence the amateur radio services and the 60GHz band designed to open up spectrum licences that have been relatively scarce. Addressing stakeholders at a consultative forum in Lagos to announce the opening of the 60GHz […]

First Tunisian individual ham radio licenses issued

Ashraf 3V8/KF5EYY reports on the IARU Region 1 site that Tunisia has started issuing individual amateur radio licenses After issuing the ministerial decree allowing for Tunisians to acquire their individual licenses in September, and after arranging for the first amateur radio exam on December 20th 2017, ANF (the Tunisian Regulator) has delivered last Friday the […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

ARRL has asked 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. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the […]

via the RSGB: Four countries add 5MHz band

Lots of news this week for the 5MHz band. Following extensive discussions with their regulator, Czech amateurs can access both the new WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz and their existing 12 60m channels. The WRC-15 allocation is available on an individual permit basis, with a maximum power of 15W EIRP. The New Zealand national […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Comments on Technological Advisory Council Spectrum Policy Recommendations

In comments to the FCC on a series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) spectrum management policy recommendations, ARRL said that while some of the Council’s recommendations are valid, it would be “highly inappropriate” to generalize about applying them broadly in all radio services. The comments, filed on January 31, were in response to a December […]

via the ARRL: Czech Republic Gains Access to 5-MHz “WRC-15” Allocation Plus Existing 12 Channels

According to a post by Petr Ourednik, OK1RP, the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has given radio amateurs in the Czech Republic access both to a 60-meter allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz plus the 12 existing “experimental” 60-meter channels. The allocation is available on an individual permit basis with a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. The […]

ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far […]

via the ARRL: Wireless Institute of Australia Seeks Amateur Radio Power Increase

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is seeking a power increase for radio amateurs. WIA is pushing telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bump up maximum power levels for all three licenses classes to 50 W for Foundation licensees, 200 W for Standard licensees, and 1,500 W for Advanced licensees. WIA Board […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Hudson Division Director Promotes Amateur Radio Parity Act Before Senate Committee

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, testified Thursday (January 25) before a session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding Amateur Radio’s readiness to respond in an emergency. The session, “This is not a Drill: An Examination of Emergency Alert Systems,” was called in the wake of an incoming missile warning […]

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