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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB024 (2012)

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ARLB024 FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Amateur Licensing
Rules, Emission Types

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ARRL Bulletin 24  ARLB024
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 26, 2012
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB024 FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Amateur Licensing
Rules, Emission Types

Earlier this month, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(NPRM) -- WT Docket No. 12-283 -- proposing to amend the Part 97
rules governing the Amateur Radio Service. On October 24, a summary
of the NPRM was published in the Federal Register and the FCC is
seeking comments on it.

Specifically, the Commission is proposing to modify the Amateur
Radio Service rules to grant examination credit for expired and
beyond-the-grace-period-for-renewal Amateur Radio operator licenses;
to shorten the grace period during which an expired amateur license
may be renewed; to revise the time a call sign is not available to
the vanity call sign system correspondingly, and to reduce the
number of volunteer examiners needed to administer an amateur
license examination. The NPRM also asks for comment on amending the
rules to permit remote test administration, and proposes to amend
the Amateur Radio Service rules to allow amateur stations to
transmit certain additional emission types.

Comments must be filed on or before December 24, 2012 (60 days after
publication in the Federal Register); reply comments must be filed
on or before January 22, 2013 (90 days after publication in the
Federal Register). Instructions on how to file comments are listed
beginning on page 12 of the NPRM.

The NPRM can be found on the web in PDF format at,
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db1002/FCC-12-121A1.pdf.
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