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RE: AMSAT FCC Petition

> Could someone in the know, expound upon what this is all about..
> [snip]
> In petition RM-10621, AMSAT-NA has asked the FCC to drop its
> presently required 27-month pre-space notification to the FCC's
> international branch for Amateur Satellite launches and substitute a
> pre-space notification within 30 days of a launch commitment.

The petition is on the AMSAT web site at

Under the current rules, to be proper and legal, a US satellite must be
registered 27 MONTHS before launch. Given the rapidity with which launch
opportunities develop and mature, 27 months is totally impossible and
unworkable. This petition seeks redress of a bad rule. You could help by
writing the FCC in support of the AMSAT RM-10621 petition.

73 de Tom, W3IWI

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