Accessed on 22 February 2017, 15:30 hrs, UTC.
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Here’s your change to change temporary Amateur Radio frequencies in the 60 meter (5 MHz) band, which radio amateurs use on a shared basis with government agencies.
The FCC has asked all radio amateurs to submit comments on the 12 January 2017 Petition for Rule Making “to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The FCC has identified the ARRL Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. The comment deadline is Monday, 20 March 2017. The ARRL will file comments in support of this petition.
The proposed ARRL petition would implement some of the parts of the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that granted access to a secondary international allocation of 5.351.5 to 5.366.5 MHz to the Amateur Radio Service. That band includes 5.358.5 MHz, one of five permitted channels in the United States.
According to the ARRL, expansion of the band in the United States is needed to facilitate emergency communications:
“Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more flexibly and more capably conduct those communications [and preparedness exercises], before the next hurricane season in the summer of 2017,” ARRL said in its petition.
The League said that 14 years of Amateur Radio experience using the five discrete 5-MHz channels have shown that hams can get along well with primary users at 5 MHz, while complying with the regulations established for their use. “Neither ARRL, nor, apparently, NTIA is aware of a single reported instance of interference to a federal user by a radio amateur operating at 5 MHz to date,” ARRL said in its petition. NTIA — the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which regulates federal spectrum — initially proposed the five channels for Amateur Radio use. In recent years, Amateur Radio has cooperated with federal users such as FEMA in conducting communication interoperability exercises.”
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