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QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 13 ARLB013
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 5, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB013
ARLB013 Important Notice - New MF and LF Bands are Not Yet Available to Use!

The new 630-meter and 2200-meter bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report and Order (R&O) granting these allocations has not yet been determined,
and until the start date has been set, it is not legal under an
Amateur Radio license to transmit on either band.

The R&O can be found on the web in PDF format at,
https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-33A1.pdf .

The fact that the new rules contain a new information-collection requirement - notification of operation to the United Telecoms Council (UTC) - complicates the matter of determining an effective date. According to the FCC R&O, the Office of Management and Budget (under the Paperwork Reduction Act) must first approve the information-collection requirements in Part 97.303(g)(2), which must be in place before radio amateurs can use the new bands.

Once that happens, the FCC will publish a notice in The Federal Register "announcing such approval and the relevant effective date."

ARRL will announce the UTC notification procedures and the effective date to use these new bands as soon as these are known.

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When you consider all the #FCC's recent enforcement actions of 47 CFR Part 97 rules & regulations in the U.S. Amateur Radio Service there should be no noticeable difference at all after this takes effect!

Hi all, I have a question concerning Spurious Emissions. I've recently become aware that many Baofengs exceed Part 97's rules on spurious emissions. I'm still wrapping my head around what they are, much less the practical side of things.

Can anyone help break down spurious emissions for me barney style? Additionally, does the interference they cause only affect adjacent frequencies to the intended broadcast frequency, or do they hop over frequencies?

Thank you

Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere with Air Traffic
Control, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Complaint Asserts

In what it calls an "extremely urgent complaint" to the FCC, ARRL
has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video
transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.

"This is, in ARRL's view, a potentially very serious interference
problem, and it is respectfully requested that the products
referenced...be investigated and removed from the marketplace
immediately and that the importers be subjected to normal
sanctions," ARRL's letter said. Some of the transmitters operate on
frequencies between 1010 and 1280 MHz. "These video transmitters are being marketed ostensibly as Amateur Radio equipment," the League said, "but of the listed frequencies on which the devices operate, only one, 1280 MHz, would be within the Amateur Radio allocation at 1240-1300 MHz." Even then, ARRL said, operation there would conflict with a channel used for radio location.

ARRL said the use of 1040 and 1080 MHz, which would directly
conflict with air traffic control transponder frequencies,
represented the greatest threat to the safety of flight. The use of
1010 MHz, employed for aeronautical guidance, could also be
problematic.

ARRL cited the Lawmate transmitter and companion 6 W amplifier as examples of problematic devices being marketed in the US. Each costs less than $100 via the Internet. The device carries no FCC
identification number.

"[T]he target market for these devices is the drone hobbyist, not
licensed radio amateurs. The device, due to the channel
configuration, has no valid Amateur Radio application," ARRL told
the FCC. "While these transmitters are marked as appropriate for
amateur use, they cannot be used legally for Amateur Radio
communications." In the hands of unlicensed individuals, the
transmitters could also cause interference to Amateur Radio
communication in the 1.2 GHz band, ARRL contended.

The League said it's obvious that the devices at issue lack proper
FCC equipment authorization under FCC Part 15 rules, which require such low-power intentional radiators to be certified.

"Of most concern is the capability of the devices to cripple the
operation of the [air traffic control] secondary target/transponder
systems," ARRL said. "These illegal transmitters represent a
significant hazard to public safety in general and the safety of
flight specifically."

The surge in sales of drones has been dramatic. The FAA has
predicted that combined commercial and hobby sales will increase
from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million by 2020.

In Exhibit A of the January 10 letter, "Illegal Drones Threaten
Public Safety," the League noted that some of the drones and
associated equipment it has come across "are blatantly illegal at
multiple levels," with some drone TV transmitters described as
"particularly alarming."

"Rated at 6 times over the legal power limit, and on critical air
navigation transponder frequencies, these devices represent a real
and dangerous threat to the safety of flight, especially when
operated from a drone platform that can be hundreds of feet in the
air," the exhibit narrative asserted.

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Some great news for the U.S. Amateur Radio Service! 

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We are on dxzone.com.thanks dxzone.

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Every ham needs to watch Laura Smith's speech at Pacificon when you have 59 minutes to spare. If she's on the up and up you're going to see a big uptick in Part 97 amateur rule enforcement beginning in January 2017! She doesn't go into great detail about it, but she also states that Official Observers are going to have a lot more active role in part 97 rule compliance and enforcement beginning in January and that the entire OO program is being revamped. Much more info is in this video. I hope her first target is 7.200 Mhz LSB! She should be able to get enough monetary forfeitures on that frequency alone to fund the entire amateur radio rule enforcement bureau for a year!

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Do this NOW: Contact Congress re H.R. 1301 and support passage of this critical legislation.

Urging your US Senators' support is simple:

Go to our Rally Congress page at https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-pass-amateur-radio-parity-act

...enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter, and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this even if they have already contacted their US Senators for support.

If this doesn't happen soon, the process starts all over again with the new Congress next year. We're close. Do this NOW. 
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