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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB034 (2001)

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ARLB034 ARRL to FCC: Stop the Encroachments!

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ARRL Bulletin 34  ARLB034
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 17, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB034 ARRL to FCC: Stop the Encroachments!

The ARRL has called on the FCC to put an end to commercial
encroachment on amateur allocations at 2.3 and 2.4 GHz. The League
included the request in its reply comments, filed August 16, on a
petition by AeroAstro to share co-primary status with the Amateur
Service at 2300 to 2305 MHz. The ARRL reiterated its stance that the
company's petition represents ''a Trojan Horse'' and that there is
no way that Amateur Radio and AeroAstro's position monitoring system
could share the same spectrum.

''It is time for the Commission to stop those encroachments, because
they have gone too far already,'' the ARRL said.

The League said AeroAstro's petition for a commercial Miscellaneous
Wireless Communication Service allocation at 2300 to 2305 MHz not
only would impose ''preclusive operating conditions'' on hams but
represents ''yet another in the continuing series of encroachments''
into amateur allocations between 2300 and 2450 MHz. The ARRL
asserted that AeroAstro has failed to back up its claim that hams
and low-power commercial operations can share the band on a
co-primary basis without interfering with each other. An
interference study prepared by the ARRL Lab and attached to the
League's comments predicts ''intolerable'' interference, especially
to weak signals, if the AeroAstro petition were granted.

ARRL has petitioned to elevate the Amateur Service from secondary to
primary status on the band and requested that no commercial
operations be introduced. AeroAstro seeks co-primary status with the
Amateur Service to accommodate its Satellite Enabled Notification
System (SENS) position-monitoring system under MWCS rules. The FCC
put both petitions on public notice last month, and both parties
filed comments earlier this month. There is no primary occupant at
2300-2305 MHz.

The League asked the FCC to dismiss the AeroAstro petition as
defective and to grant the League's petition for primary amateur
status at 2300 to 2305 MHz.

A copy of ARRL's reply comments are available on the ARRL Web site
http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/rm-10166/rm-10166-reply.html
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