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  • 03/24/2009 | FCC Corrects Call Sign Error

    In October 2006, Peter Birk (formerly WB2DCG) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, applied for a vanity call sign, K4ZL, under the FCC's Vanity Call Sign Program. This call sign was previously held by Elmer B. Jackson, Jr of Lavergne, Tennessee. Jackson held this
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  • 03/23/2009 | FCC Clarifies What Constitutes an Amateur Radio Repeater

    In December 2007, Gary Mitchell, WB6YRU, President of the Northern California Packet Association (NCPA), filed a Petition with the FCC, asking for the Commission to clarify the definition of a repeater. According to Part 97, Section 3(a)(39), A repeater i
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    03/11/2009 | FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Visits ARRL

    FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith visited ARRL Headquarters on March 5 and 6, her first official visit as Special Counsel. Smith was named to the position earlier this year, filling the vacancy created when Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired in 2008;
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  • 03/04/2009 | FCC Has Done "Literally Nothing" to Comply with Court Ruling

    On February 25 -- 10 months to the day that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released its decision on the ARRL's Petition for Review of the FCC's Orders adopting rules governing broadband over power line (BPL) systems -- ARRL G
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  • 02/26/2009 | FCC Revokes License of Indiana Ham

    On February 25, the Federal Communications Commission revoked the license of Lonnie L. Keeney, KB9RFO, of Greencastle Indiana. According to th
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  • 02/18/2009 | Hams Can Still Help with Digital TV (DTV) Conversion

    Even though the mandatory conversion date for television stations to switch from analog signals to digital has been delayed by four months, hams are still assisting the FCC and their communities by providing technical support to those who need assistance.
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    01/23/2009 | Michael J. Copps Named Acting FCC Chairman

    On Thursday, January 22, President Barack Obama named current FCC Commissioner Michael Copps as Acting Chairman of the Commission. Last week, sources close to the President mentioned Julius Genachowski would be nominated as Chairman. Copps will serve as A
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  • 01/19/2009 | FCC Reports Decline in BPL Customers

    On January 16, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission released data, as of December 31, 2007, on the services used for high-speed Internet access in the United States. According to the data collected by the FCC, as of that date there were 121.2 milli
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