FCC Part 97 Ham Radio Changes


Big Island ARRL News, 15 June 2017, 13:55 hrs, UTC, Post #225.


Accessed on 15 June 2017, 13:55 hrs, UTC.

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Official Amateur Radio use of the 630 and 2200 meter bands is closer to reality.  On 14 June 2017, the FCC WRC-12 Implementation Report and Order was published in the Federal Register, allowing licensed Amateur Radio operators to use the 630 and 2200 meter bands (472 kHz-479 kHz/135.7 kHz-137.8 kHz).  The ruling is subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget. Pending OMB approval, the band will be available for the Amateur Radio Service on 14 July 2017.

Here are some of the particulars:

Among the changes are:

• Part 97 – Allocation of 472–479 kHz and 135.7–137.8 kHz bands to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.

• Part 15 – § 15.113 Power line carrier systems
An electric power utility entity shall not operate a new or modified power line carrier (PLC) system in the 135.7–137.8 kHz and/or 472–479 kHz bands if a previously coordinated amateur station pursuant to § 97.301(g)(2) of this chapter is located within one kilometer of the transmission lines conducting the PLC signal.

• Part 80 to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900–2000 kHz band under a ship station license.

Regarding the implementation date the Report and Order says:
Effective July 14, 2017, except for amendments to §§ 97.3, 97.15(c), 97.301(b) through (d), 97.303(g), 97.305(c), and 97.313(k) and (l), which contain new or modified information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13, that are not effective until approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Commission will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date once OMB approves.

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This is certainly good news and a tribute to all those who worked for these new band allocations.

Don’t forget the 2017 ARRL Field Day event on 24-25 June 2017 at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion.  Hawaii Island radio amateurs will begin operations on Saturday, 24 June, at 8:00 a.m.  Field Day ends on Sunday, 25 June, at 8:00 a.m.

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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