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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB030 (2000)

ARLB030 ARRL asks for primary status at 2400-2402 MHz

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ARRL Bulletin 30  ARLB030
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 21, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB030 ARRL asks for primary status at 2400-2402 MHz

The ARRL has asked the FCC to elevate the domestic status of Amateur
and Amateur-Satellite services from secondary to primary in the band
2400 to 2402 MHz. The League filed a Petition for Rule Making with
the FCC on July 17.

Amateurs already are primary at 2390 to 2400 and from 2402 to 2417
MHz. The ARRL says it's necessary to secure the intervening spectrum
slice ''to provide some assurances of future occupancy of the band
segments for the next generation of amateur satellites,'' including
Phase 3D.

''It is urgent to protect the 2400-2402 MHz band due to the extensive
reliance by the Amateur-Satellite Service on the future development
of satellite uplinks and downlinks in that segment in particular,''
the League said.

Hams have shared their other 2.4 GHz spectrum on a secondary basis
with government users. The League said it wants an allocation that's
not subject to reallocation or use by ''an incompatible sharing
partner.'' The City of Los Angeles recently was granted an
experimental license to operate a TV downlink system in the
2402-2448 MHz band. The ARRL has protested that grant as well as a
similar application from Los Angeles County.