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Recent FCC Actions

Recent FCC actions affecting Amateur Radio

Reports and Orders Changing Part 97 Since 1989

 

This is a list of important rulemaking matters resulting in changes to Part 97. Amateurs can also find current and past FCC rulemaking matters as well as comments and other filings in FCC matters through the Electronic Comment Filing System. Since the ECFS is relatively recent, not all of these can be found on-line.

Where no effective date is shown, order was effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. "§" Indicates an FCC rule section.

EFFECTIVE DATE

DOCKET

SUBJECT

Feb 14, '11 09-209

FCC issues new rules affecting vanity and club station call signs within the Amateur Radio Service

Aug 4, '10

10-72

10-54

 

FCC amended Part 97.113 to allow amateurs to participate without an FCC waiver in government-sponsored disaster preparedness drills on behalf of their employers participating in the exercise.

Feb 23, '07  05-235  FCC modifies the Amateur Radio Service rules, eliminating Morse code exam requirements.
Dec 15, '06 04-140 Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Services (Omnibus proceeding)
Sep 9, '05 04-139 WRC-03 Omnibus Changes Federal Register p. 46576, §97.301, 97.303
Apr 14, '05   Editorial Modifications to Commissions Rules, Federal Register page 31374, §97.205(h)
June '04 04-140 Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Service §§ 97.3(a)(1), 97.109(d)(e), 97.203(h), 97.205(h), 97.307(d), 97.505(a)(9), 97.507(a)(2)

July '03

02-98

Report and Order: Amendment to Parts 2 and 97 regarding a 5 MHz allocation and use of the 2400-2402 MHz Band by the Amateur Radio Service §§97.303 (j)(2)(iii),(iv) and 97.303 (s).

Mar 3, '03

02-16

Report and Order: Amendment to Part 97 et al to implement decisions from WRC below 28000 kHz §97.401.

Jul 1, '01

98-143

Memorandum Opinion and Order: 1998 Biennial Review--Part 97 (Plus denials of Filed Petitions) §§ 97.119(f)(2), (3), 97.527. (See Memorandum Opinion and Order).

Apr 15, '00

98-143

Report and Order: Biennial Review of Part 97 of the Commission's Amateur Service Rules (See Report and Order).

Nov 1, '99

97-12

Report and Order: Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Provide for Greater Use of Spread Spectrum Communication Technologies (See Report and Order).

Jun 28, '99

98-20

Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration: Biennial Regulatory Review -- of Parts 0, 1, 13, 22, 24, 26, 27, 80, 87, 90, 95, 97 and 101 of the Commission's Rules to Facilitate the Development and Use of the Universal Licensing System in the Wireless Telecommunications Services. Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration and revised rules. §§ 97.15, 97.17, 97.21.

Oct 21, '98

96-188

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Authorize Visiting Foreign Amateur Operators to Operate Stations in the United States §§97.3, 97.5, 97.7, 97.9. 97.13, 97.15, 97.17, 97.19, 97.21, 97.23, 97.25, 97.27, 97.29, 97.107, 97.119, 97.201, 97.203, 97.205, 97.207, 97.301, 97.505, 97.509, 97.519. (See Report and Order and revised rules).

Oct 21, '98

98-20

Biennial Regulatory Review -- of Parts 0, 1, 13, 22, 24, 26, 27, 80, 87, 90, 95, 97 and 101 of the Commission's Rules to Facilitate the Development and Use of the Universal Licensing System in the Wireless Telecommunications Services. §§97.3, 97.5, 97.7, 97.9. 97.13, 97.15, 97.17, 97.19, 97.21, 97.23, 97.25, 97.27, 97.29, 97.107, 97.119, 97.201, 97.203, 97.205, 97.207, 97.301, 97.505, 97.509, 97.519. (See Report and Order and revised rules).

Oct 5. '98

98-94

Streamlining the Equipment Authorization Process; FCC Type Acceptance process is replaced by FCC Certification.

Oct 5, '98

94-124

Third Report and Order: Use of Radio Frequencies Above 40 GHz for New Radio Applications. §§97.303(b), (c), (r) (See Third Report and Order).

Apr 1, '97

95-57

Report and Order: Amendments to Improve eligibility standards for a club station license; Recognize the role of VE teams and session managers; Establish a special event call sign system, and; Authorize a self-assigned indicator in the station identification announcement. §§ 97.5(b)(1), 97.119(c), (d), 97.509(a), (i), 97.513(a), (b), (c), 97.519(b) (See Report and Order).

Mar 22, '96

93-40

Allocation of the 219-220 MHz Band for Use by the Amateur Radio Service. Minor amendment of §97.303. (See Memorandum Opinion and Order).

Apr 11, '96

96-74

In the Matter of Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules to Conform the Amateur Service Rules to the Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Drops VE & VEC Conflict of interest and reimbursement rules. §§ 97.509, 97.521, 97.527.

Mar 7,'96

95-473

In the Matter of Streamlining the Commission's Antenna Structure Clearance Procedure and Revision of Part 17 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Construction, Marking, and Lighting of Antenna Structures.

Nov 1, '95

 

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Clarify Use of CLOVER, G-TOR, and PacTOR Digital Codes. §97.309.

Oct 2, '95

93-305

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Implement a Vanity Call Sign System. Limits requests for call signs reflecting Region 11, 12, &13. Requires applicant seeking deceased relative's call to have appropriate class of license. Fixes a renewal problem. §§ 97.17, 97.19, & 97.21.

Oct 31, '95

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Amendment of Parts 80, 90 and 97 of the Commission's Rules to reflect Bureau name changes and to make other editorial changes. Changes "Private Radio" to "Wireless Telecommunications" §§ 97.15, 97.19, 97.207.

Jul 1,'95

94-59

Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Concerning HF Digital Communications in the Amateur Service. §§ 97.109, 97.221.

Apr 26,'95

93-40

Allocation of the 219-220 MHz Band for Use by the Amateur Radio Service. §§ 2.106, 97.201, 97.301, 97.303, 97.305, 97.307, 97.313.

Feb 17,'95

94-32

Allocation of Spectrum Below 5 GHz Transferred from Federal Government Use. This does not modify Part 97, but does modify §2.106 and Part 15 to, among other things, give amateurs primary status in the 2390-2400 and 2402-2417 MHz bands.

Feb 6,'95

93-61

Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules to Adopt Regulations for Automatic Vehicle Monitoring Systems. Does not modify Part 97, but changes AVMS to Location and Monitoring Service (LMS) and expands its subbands to cover the entire amateur band at 902-928 MHz. We are still secondary to the LMS.

Mar. 24,'95

93-305

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Implement a Vanity Call Sign System. §§ 97.3, 97.17, 97.19, 97.21.

Dec 20,'94

 

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Change Procedures for Filing an Amateur Service License Application and to Make Other Procedural Changes. Creates Tech Plus class; allows electronic filing, Form 610-R; adds requirement to change address; drops requirement for license document in hand. §§ 97.5, 97.7, 97.9, 97.17, 97.21, 97.23, 97.25, 97.27, 97.29, 97.301, 97.501, 97.505, 97.507, 97.509, 97.511, 97.519.

Jun 1,'94

93-85

Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Message Forwarding Systems in the Amateur Service. §§ 97.3, 97.109, 97.205, 97.219.

Dec 29,'93

 

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Establish Station Call Sign Administrators for Club and Military Recreation Stations. Cancellation of program concurrent with vanity NPRM

Feb 1,'94

92-289

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules Concerning the 222-225 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz Frequency Bands. 222-222.15 subband created. Novices not granted repeater control op. privileges on 1.25 m or 23 cm bands. §§97.201, 97.205, 97.301.

Oct 7,'93

 

Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Regarding the Amateur Service. §97.21-deletes station location requirement.

July 28,'93

92-136

Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules to Relax Restrictions on the Scope of Permissible Communications in the Amateur Service. §97.113.

Jul 19,'93

 

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Establish Station Call Sign Administrators for Club and Military Recreation Stations. Program never implemented.

Jul 1,'93

92-154

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Include Novice Class Operator License Examinations in the Volunteer-Examiner Coordinator Examination System. §§97.507, 97.511, 97.527.

Oct 30,'92

 

Editorial Amendment: spelling correction & FCC address change.

Sep 23,'92

92-310

Amendment of the Amateur Radio Services Rules Part 97) Concerning Space Station Operations. §97.207.

Jul 15, '92

90-356

Nonsubstantive amendment of the Amateur Radio Service Rules Concerning Examination Credit for Handicapped Persons. §97.505.

Dec 16,'91

90-561

Miscellaneous Amendments to Part 97 of the Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Services. §§97.3, 97.111, 97.113, 97.201, 97.207, 97.211, 97.213, 97.215, 97.216, 97.309.

Aug 29,'91

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Erratum--corrects §97.301

Oct 31,'91

90-356

Amendment of the Amateur Radio Service Rules to Make the Service More Accessible to Persons with Handicaps. §97.505.

Sep 30,'91

 

Nonsubstantive Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Services. §97.301 & 97.303

May 3,'91

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Editorial Amendment of §97.303.

May 29,'91

89-552

Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules to Provide for the Use of the 220-222 MHz Band by the Private Land Mobile Radio Services. §§ 97.201, 97.203, 97.205, 97.301, 97.303.

Mar 16,'91

90-100

Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Relocate the Novice and Technician Operator Class frequency Segment within the Amateur Service 80 Meter Band. §§ 97.301, 97.313.

Feb 14, '91

90-356

Amendment of the Amateur Radio Service Rules to Make the Service More Accessible to Persons with Handicaps. §§ 97.3. 97.505, 97.511.

Feb 14,'91

90-55

Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Concerning the Establishment of a Codeless Class of Amateur Operator License. §§97.119, 97.301, 97.501.

Sep 10,'90

88-139

Minor and technical amendments to §§ 97.19, 97.21, 97.119, 97.301, 97.305.

Jul 2,'90

 

Waiver of Parts 2 and 97 of the Rules Concerning Frequency Sharing Requirements Applicable to the Amateur service in Portions of Colorado and Wyoming. Not a Report & Order--suspends but does not change parts of §97.303(g).

Sep 7,'89

88-139

Errata--corrects index, §§ 97.5, 97.15, 97.109, 97.119, 97.207, 97.209.

Sep 1,'89

88-139

Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Service. Complete Part 97 rewrite.

 

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