Category: Regulatory

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 […]

California Radio Amateur Receives Notice of Unlicensed Operation from FCC

The FCC Enforcement Bureau on November 7 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) to Technician licensee Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, California, for allegedly operating an unlicensed FM radio station. On October 10, 2018, an Enforcement Bureau agent from the FCC’s San Francisco Office responded to a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on 95.7 […]

via the ARRL: Broadcasters Intruding on Exclusive Amateur Radio Frequencies

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland has returned to 7,120 kHz after a break of several weeks, while Radio Eritrea has been reported on 7,140 and 7,180 kHz. Radio Sudan has been transmitting on 7,205 kHz with excessive splatter, IARUMS said. German telecommunications authorities […]

via the ARRL: India Gains Three New Bands, Sweden Gets Permanent 60-Meter Access

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India’s Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis. On […]

via the ARRL: Montenegro, Lithuania Latest to Join the 60-Meter Band Community

Montenegro and Lithuania are the latest countries to announce adoption of a new Amateur Radio band at 5 MHz. Both countries have authorized amateur operation on a secondary allocation of 5,351.5 – 5,366.5 kHz at up to 15 W EIRP, per the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. Montenegro’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society, the Montenegrin […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Says Manufacturers’ Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles Petition is Premature

ARRL is opposing a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11815) by several vehicle manufacturers that calls on the FCC to “adopt field strength limits in Section 18.305 that will allow higher power wireless charging technologies operating in the 79 – 90 kHz range” to accommodate what the petitioners call “next-generation” wireless power transfer for electric vehicles (WPT-EV). Comments filed on October […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Regulatory, Governance Issues

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting on October 20 in Bloomington, Minnesota. During his opening comments, President Roderick said his membership contacts have indicated that strong support exists for the Entry-Level License Enhancement petition to the FCC as well as for the Volunteer Monitor Program that would supplant the […]

via the ARRL: IARU Region 1 Volunteers and Partners Getting Behind WRC-19 50 MHz Agenda Item

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) volunteers are continuing their work toward a favorable outcome for World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, which seeks a 6-meter allocation for the Amateur Radio Service in Region 1 in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations. The effort is aimed at aligning the band with […]

via the ARRL: ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC […]

via the ARRL: Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W

Effective on November 1, radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter license to do so and pay a yearly fee. Sweden’s telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur […]

Finland: New frequencies for radio hams planned

Finland’s national society the SRAL reports the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority plans to make changes to the national frequency table It appears Finland’s radio amateurs will get new secondary allocations at 1855-1861 kHz and 1906 to 1912 kHz. There will be removal of frequencies in the subband 5250-5450 kHz and inclusion of the WRC-15 band […]

via the ARRL: Paraguay, Bosnia-Herzegovina Authorize Access to New 60-Meter Allocations

Paraguay telecoms regulator CONATEL has authorized Amateur Radio use of a 60-meter secondary allocation, 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz, with a maximum power of 25 W EIRP. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Communications Regulatory Agency RAK has also authorized Amateur Radio use of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz. — Thanks to Paul Gaskell, G4MWO and The 5 MHz Newsletter via ZP4KFX, CONATEL, and W8GEX; The Daily DX […]

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