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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB035 (1996)

ARLB035 Band threat - part 4

ARRL Bulletin 35  ARLB035
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 30, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLB035 Band threat - part 4

Amateurs Mobilize Against Threat to 2 meters, 70 cm - Part 4 of 4

The response we received was unsatisfactory. In effect, we were told
the little LEO industry would consider our views but that until
their spectrum needs are satisfied, all bands must remain under

So, this is a call to action. We must get across to the industry and
government participants in IWG-2A that the 144-148 MHz and 420-450
MHz bands cannot be considered as candidates for mobile-satellite
services. We need to drive the point home so forcefully, with so
many grassroots responses, that no one is ever tempted to try this
again.  Which brings us back to that invitation for ''interested
parties'' to send input ''at any time.'' There's no time like the
present. Here are the key addresses, including those of the
mobile-satellite industry folks who seem to have started the ruckus:

Cecily C. Holiday, International Bureau, FCC, Washington, DC 20554,, fax 202-418-0748.

Warren G. Richards, Chair, IWG-2A, Department of State, CIP 2529,
Washington, DC 20520,, fax

Tracey Weisler, FCC Rep, IWG-2A, International Bureau, FCC,
Washington, DC 20554,, fax 202-418-2824.

Mary Kay Williams, Final Analysis, Inc, 7500 Greenway Center, Suite
1240, Greenbelt, MD 20770, fax 301-474-3228.

Do comment. But be civil. Don't abuse people who are simply doing
their jobs. We have to get across that casting covetous eyes on
amateur bands is counterproductive, and contrary to the public
interest. To accomplish this we need a lot of comments, including
yours. But remember that the objective is to educate and persuade,
not to intimidate. We don't need to. The facts are on our side.

To monitor the FCC's ongoing WRC-97 preparations, visit its WRC-97
home page at: Write now. Right now.

David Sumner, K1ZZ