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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB025 (2003)

ARLB025 ARRL Executive Committee Updated on FCC, Legislative 

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ARRL Bulletin 25  ARLB025
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 21, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB025 ARRL Executive Committee Updated on FCC, Legislative 

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, told the League's Executive
Committee at its March 15 meeting in Irving, Texas, that he expects
the FCC to release an ''omnibus'' Amateur Radio Notice of Proposed
Rule Making (NPRM) sometime in May.
Because the comment period for the omnibus NPRM could expire before
the ARRL Board of Directors meets in July, the EC discussed several
issues it's anticipated the NPRM will contain. The EC did not adopt
any positions as ARRL policy, since it's not yet clear which
proposals the NPRM might include.
Imlay also told the EC that it may not be necessary to request
temporary relief from spread-spectrum automatic power control
requirements at 2.4 GHz for a group of amateur High Speed Digital
and Multimedia experimenters, as the group could achieve its
objectives within existing Part 97 regulations.

Committee members also discussed issues raised in a draft report on
options to better protect and deploy Amateur Radio in the bands
between 902 MHz and 24.25 GHz. The EC concluded that the final
report should include an analysis of the concept of ''strategic
partnering'' with nonamateur interests.

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, told the Committee that reintroduction
in the US House of Representatives of the Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Consistency Act was expected to happen soon. The EC
also agreed to a plan of work for 2003 that included completing a
review of the League's standing committees.