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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB002 (2012)

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ARLB002 New Rules for 5 MHz (60 Meters) To Go Into Effect March 5

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ARRL Bulletin 2  ARLB002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 3, 2012
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB002 New Rules for 5 MHz (60 Meters) To Go Into Effect March 5

On November 18, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O), defining
new rules for the 60 meter (5 MHz) band. These rules are in response
to a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) filed by the ARRL more than five
years ago and a June 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In
the February 3 edition of the Federal Register, the FCC announced
that these new rules will go into effect on March 5, 2012.

Details can be found at,
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/02/03/2012-2477/amateur-radio-use-of-the-allocation-at-5-mhz

In summarizing the new rules, the FCC explained that the new rules
amend the current rules to facilitate more efficient and effective
use by the Amateur Radio Service of five channels in the
5330.5-5406.4 kHz band (the 60 meter band): "Specifically, and
consistent with our proposals in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
in this proceeding, the Commission replaces one of the channels with
a less encumbered one, increases the maximum authorized power
amateur stations may transmit in this band and authorizes amateur
stations to transmit three additional emission designators. The
Commission also adopts an additional operational rule that prohibits
the use of automatically controlled digital stations and makes
editorial revisions to the relevant portions of the Table of
Frequency Allocations and our service rules."

The Amateur Radio Service in the United States has a secondary
allocation on 60 meters. Only those amateurs who hold General,
Advanced or Amateur Extra class licenses may operate on this band.
Amateur stations must not cause harmful interference to -- and must
accept interference from -- stations authorized by any
administration in the fixed service, as well as mobile (except
aeronautical mobile) stations authorized by the administrations of
other countries.
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