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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB022 (2000)

ARLB022 FCC says Generals not allowed in Advanced subbands

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ARRL Bulletin 22  ARLB022
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 19, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB022 FCC says Generals not allowed in Advanced subbands

The FCC says newly upgraded General class licensees may not operate
in the current Advanced class subbands under the new amateur rules.
Bill Cross, W3TN, of the FCC's Public Safety and Private Wireless
Division notes that no privileges changed for any license class.

The Advanced class license continues to exist under restructuring,
which became effective April 15, although the FCC no longer accepts
applications for Novice or Advanced class licenses. Current Generals
do not earn Advanced class privileges until they upgrade to Amateur
Extra class, when they earn both Advanced and Extra privileges.

The FCC also says General class operators may hold only Group C
(1x3) or Group D (2x3) call signs, as it was under the old rules.
Generals remain ineligible to apply for or hold Group B (2x2) call

Newly upgraded licensees were cautioned to check the revised Part 97
rules carefully to make sure they're not operating beyond their
privileges. FCC Part 97 rules are available on the ARRL Web site at

The FCC today released the Errata to its December 30, 1999, Report
and Order on restructuring. The Errata incorporate minor errors
contained in the original R&O and already made in the version of the
new rules that appeared in The Federal Register earlier this year.