Category: Regulatory

via the RSGB: Croatia 5MHz-plus Top Band extensions

On 24 November 2017, the Croatian Regulatory Authority published changes to the rules on amateur radio communications in the Republic of Croatia. According to these changes, Croatian radio amateurs now have access to the WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz with 15W EIRP. They now also have access to the 160m band […]

via the RSGB: Strategy and the Spectrum

The recent RSGB Strategic review highlighted a number of priorities including Spectrum and closely related issues of Growth, Research and Participation. One basic fact is that without spectrum there would be no amateur radio. The RSGB Spectrum Forum is unusual in its extensive range of participants from both inside the Society and external specialist groups. […]

via the ARRL: FCC Seeks Comments on Technological Advisory Council Recommendations

In a Public Notice released on December 1, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has invited comments by January 31, 2018, on a wide-ranging series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) recommendations that, if implemented, could alter the spectrum policy regulatory landscape — especially with respect to interference resolution and enforcement. An advisory body, the TAC’s […]

via the ARRL: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had […]

via the RSGB: New frequencies for Germany and Columbia

German amateurs have been allocated 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz on a secondary basis with a maximum power of 15W EIRP. Their 6m band has now been permanently extended to 50.03 to 51MHz. Almost on the other side of the world, Columbian amateurs are gaining new allocations at 2200m, 630m and 6m. Thanks to the efforts of […]

Iceland plans to end ham radio call sign discrimination

On November 9, 2017 Iceland’s Ministry of Transport and Local Government has published draft changes to the Radio Regulations for comment The national society, Icelandic Radio Amateurs (IRA), had proposed ending the practice of highlighting amateurs who had Novice call signs, an N was added to their call sign. In addition the IRA proposed ending another discriminatory […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Entry-Level License, Amateur Auxiliary Revision

The ARRL Executive Committee reviewed plans to implement recommendations of the Entry Level License Committee, when it met on October 14 in Hartford, Connecticut. At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors called for work to go forward on a plan to pursue additional HF digital and phone privileges for Technician licensees. The Executive […]

via the ARRL: UTC Approvals to Use 630- and/or 2,200-Meter Bands Arriving via E-Mail

E-mails have gone out to an undetermined number of US radio amateurs from the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), approving the stations’ intention to use 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and/or 2,200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). “UTC has determined that your proposed Amateur Radio station would not operate within a horizontal distance of one kilometer from a transmission […]

Minisatellite surge spurs downlink infrastructure

Joshua Semeter needed a data plan. Not for his smartphone, but for his satellite. Semeter, an engineering professor at Boston University, is the principal investigator for ANDESITE, a toaster-sized satellite destined for low-Earth orbit. After it launches in November, the satellite will eject a cloud of eight even smaller sensors that will track how the […]

FCC Chief Promises Crackdown on Unlicensed Broadcasting

Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai has a reputation as a deregulator, but when it comes to unlicensed broadcasting he’s been tightening rather than loosening the noose. “Since becoming Chairman,” he declared in a statement last week, “I’ve made it quite clear that the FCC won’t tolerate the unauthorized and illegal use of the radio […]

via the ARRL: FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

The FCC has granted an ARRL request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Puerto Rico using PACTOR 3 and […]

via the ARRL: Revised ARRL Frequency Chart Now Available

An updated ARRL frequency chart is now available for printing and downloading at http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations. The chart has been updated to include our new bands at 2,200 and 630 meters. The new chart is available in the following PDF formats: ● 8.5 X 11 grayscale ● 8.5 X 11 black and white ● 8.5 X 11 color […]

via the ARRL: IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities […]

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