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RE: [Fwd: ARLB035 FCC declines to grant amateur LF allocation; gives five channels at 5 MHz]



Yes,
Does smack of mis-information!!
Here is the interesting quote:

"Sumner said the ARRL was pleased to see 2400-2402 MHz upgraded to
primary. ''The upgrade of the 2400-2402 MHz amateur allocation to
primary provides a seamless primary allocation from 2390 to 2417 MHz, in
addition to the secondary allocations of 2300-2310 and 2417-2450 MHz,''
he said. Amateurs already have been experimenting with high-speed
multimedia operation in the band using IEEE 802.11b protocols."


Gunther
W8GSM



-----Original Message-----
From: Cliff Buttschardt [mailto:cbuttsch@slonet.org] 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 9:10 PM
To: gmouse@neo.rr.com
Subject: [Fwd: ARLB035 FCC declines to grant amateur LF allocation;
gives five channels at 5 MHz]


Gunther, I'm not sure that many are mixing up allocation propsed for 5
MHz with those proposed for 2400-2402.  Here is the ARRL notice: Cliff
K7RR

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ARLB035 FCC declines to grant amateur LF allocation; gives five
channels at 5 MHz
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 19:09:44 -0400
From: "ARRL Web site" <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
To: cbuttsch@slonet.org
CC: Subscribed ARRL Members: ;

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB035
ARLB035 FCC declines to grant amateur LF allocation; gives five channels
at 5 MHz

ZCZC AG35
QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 35  ARLB035
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 14, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

SB QST ARL ARLB035
ARLB035 FCC declines to grant amateur LF allocation; gives five 
channels at 5 MHz

The FCC has declined to grant amateurs a sliver-band allocation at 136
kHz ''at this time.'' Also, in a compromise with government users, the
Commission decided to give amateurs five discrete 2.8-kHz-wide channels
in the vicinity of 5 MHz instead of the 150-kHz band ARRL had requested.
In its Notice of Proposed Rule Making a year ago, the FCC appeared
inclined to go along with both ARRL requests.

The FCC did agree in a Report and Order released May 14 to elevate the
Amateur Service, but not the Amateur-Satellite Service, to primary
status at 2400 to 2402 MHz. The changes to Part 97 go into effect 30
days after publication in The Federal Register, which has not yet
happened.

''We are disappointed that the FCC could not see its way clear to
providing even a narrow LF allocation to the amateur service, given
earlier encouraging signs and the general trend in other countries,''
ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said of the FCC's
decision.

The FCC, however, found itself more persuaded by arguments from
electrical utilities and other commenters that amateur operation at 136
kHz might interfere with power line communications (PLC) used by
electrical utilities to control the power grid.

The FCC said a new amateur LF allocation is not justified ''when
balanced against the greater public interest of an interference-free
power grid.'' The FCC said amateurs wishing to experiment with LF could
apply for experimental licenses or operate under existing Part 15 rules
on that part of the spectrum. ''We will not jeopardize the reliability
of electrical service to the public,'' the FCC concluded.

The granting of just five spot frequencies--5332, 5348, 5368, 5373, and
5405 kHz--at 60 meters was less of a surprise given opposition expressed
last fall by the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). The NTIA had cited a possible need for the
requested band by federal government users and proposed the five
specific frequencies for amateur use on a secondary basis. The FCC has
granted operation on USB (2K8J3E emission) only, with a maximum
effective radiated power limit of 50 W relative to a 0 dB gain
antenna--a half-wave dipole. The channels--each with a maximum
permissible bandwidth of 2.8 kHz--will be available to General and
higher class licensees.

''While the new amateur privileges at 5 MHz are not as flexible as we
had hoped, we recognize that much has changed since the ARRL petition
for rulemaking was submitted to the FCC in the summer of 2001,'' Sumner
said. ''Federal agencies with homeland security responsibilities have
renewed interest in HF radiocommunication.''

Sumner said the ARRL was pleased to see 2400-2402 MHz upgraded to
primary. ''The upgrade of the 2400-2402 MHz amateur allocation to
primary provides a seamless primary allocation from 2390 to 2417 MHz, in
addition to the secondary allocations of 2300-2310 and 2417-2450 MHz,''
he said. Amateurs already have been experimenting with high-speed
multimedia operation in the band using IEEE 802.11b protocols.

The Report and Order is available on the FCC's Web site,
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-105A1.doc.
NNNN
/EX

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