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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB015 (1997)

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ARLB015 1x1 call signs put on ice

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ARRL Bulletin 15  ARLB015
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  March 14, 1997
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB015 1x1 call signs put on ice

The FCC won't be authorizing any more 1x1 Amateur Radio call signs
under Special Temporary Authority (STA) any time soon. That was the
word this week from David Horowitz, the acting chief of the FCC's
Private Wireless Division. Horowitz--who's an attorney--said he felt
the FCC should not have issued STAs for any 1x1 call signs while a
rulemaking proceeding regarding formal rules for 1x1 call signs, FCC
Docket WT 95-57, was in the works. Action in that proceeding might
not happen for several months.

Horowitz' decision effectively denied a half dozen or so pending
requests for 1x1 call sign STAs. Some two dozen written STA requests
for 1x1 call signs were routinely granted over the past year or so
by former Private Wireless Division Chief Robert McNamara. That
number does not include the 52 1x1 call signs issued for use by
contestants in last summer's World Radiosport Team Championship 96
(WRTC-96) event in the San Francisco Bay area.

The League has been assured by the FCC Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau that it will move expeditiously toward concluding the docket
proceeding that includes the 1x1 call sign rules matter.
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