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FCC Part 97 Report and Order - ISS

The recent FCC Report and Order (R&O) has a couple of changes relating to
Amateur Radio and the ISS.

The FCC has issued a Report and Order (R&O) to amend Part 97 of the Amateur
Radio Service rules, see 


The changes to the Amateur Radio Service rules are: 

. revise the operating privileges  of amateur radio operators to allow more
spectrum in four currently-authorized amateur service HF bands to be used for
voice communications;

. permit auxiliary stations  to transmit on additional amateur service bands;

. permit amateur stations to transmit spread spectrum communications on the
1.25 meter (m) band;

. permit amateur stations to retransmit communications from the International
Space Station;

. permit amateur service licensees to designate the amateur radio club to
receive their call sign in memoriam;

. prohibit an applicant from filing more than one application for a specific
vanity call sign;

. eliminate certain restrictions on equipment manufacturers that are no longer

. permit amateur radio stations operating in Alaska and surrounding waters more
flexibility in providing emergency communications; and 

. remove certain restrictions in the amateur service license examination system
that are no longer necessary.

73 Trevor M5AKA
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