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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB002 (1995)

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ARRL Bulletin 2  ARLB002
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 12, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLB002 2400-MHz reply made
 
The ARRL has filed reply comments on an FCC notice of proposed rule
making, in ET Docket 94-32, a proposal to reallocate a block of
spectrum from federal government to commercial use.  Some of that
block includes parts of the 2400-MHz band shared by Amateur Radio on
a secondary basis with the government.
 
In earlier comments, the ARRL asked that the Amateur Service be
given primary allocation status at 2402 to 2417 MHz, that it be
given at least co-primary status at 2390 to 2400 MHz, and said it
would be desirable to make the entire segment 2390 to 2450 MHz
amateur primary.
 
In its reply comments, the ARRL said that most of the comments filed
by others in December didn't respond to FCC questions regarding the
compatibility of the proposed commercial services with the Amateur
Service.
 
The League said that the bulk of comments filed were ''absolutely
silent'' on the effect of a new proposed use, either from 2390 to
2400 MHz or from 2402 to 2417 MHz, on the Amateur Service, with the
exceptions of comments by In-Flight Phone Corporation and Apple
Computer, both of whom suggested ways of coexisting with amateurs.
 
The ARRL called the use of competitive bidding in this case ''a means
of avoiding specific allocation planning by the Commission'' and said
it was inappropriate. The FCC's ''flexible allocation'' plan would be,
on its face, the League said, ''in lieu of making any public interest
determination at all as to the highest and best use of the
spectrum.'' That highest and best use, the League said, was Amateur
Radio.
 
More information was in January 1995 QST, page 91.
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