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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB013 (2017)

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

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

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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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