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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB016 (2010)

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ARLB016 FCC Seeks Comments on Newly Proposed Rules

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ARRL Bulletin 16  ARLB016
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 19, 2010
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB016 FCC Seeks Comments on Newly Proposed Rules 

In March, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
that proposed to amend Part 97 to facilitate the use of spread
spectrum communications technologies by eliminating the requirement
that amateur stations use automatic power control (APC) to reduce
transmitter power when the station transmits a spread spectrum (SS)
emission, and reducing the maximum transmitter power output when
transmitting a SS emission (WT Docket No 10-62).

On May 14, a summary of the NPRM and the Order was published in the
Federal Register; the FCC is seeking comments on the NPRM. Comments
must be filed on or before June 14, 2010 (30 days after publication
in the Federal Register); reply comments must be filed on or before
June 28, 2010 (45 days after publication in the Federal Register).

Instructions on how to file comments are listed beginning on page 5
of the NPRM, available on the web at,
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-38A1.pdf.

The Commission also attached an Order to the NPRM that makes certain
non-substantive revisions to Part 97. According to the FCC, the
rules are necessary to amend the Amateur Service rules or conform
them to prior Commission decisions, enhancing the usefulness of the
Amateur Service rules by making them conform with other Commission
rules, thereby eliminating licensee confusion when applying the
rules to Amateur Service operations. The new rules will take effect
July 13, 2010.
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