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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB054 (1998)

ARLB054 ARRL Board July meeting actions

ARRL Bulletin 54  ARLB054
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  July 21, 1998
To all radio amateurs

ARLB054 ARRL Board July meeting actions

The ARRL Board of Directors met July 16-18 in Rocky Hill,
Connecticut. Details of the Board's proposal to restructure Amateur
Radio licensing are in ARLB052 and on the ARRLWeb site, Among the Board's other actions:

* The Board resolved that the League will seek to prevent additional
nongovernmental sharing partners access to the residual segments at
5.650 to 5.725 or 5.825 to 5.850 GHz. The FCC has authorized
Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices at
5.725 to 5.825 GHz with relatively high power and antenna gain. The
FCC also has proposed to allocate 5.850 to 5.925 GHz on a coprimary
basis for dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) systems as
part of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) architecture. The
Board said the FCC's actions ''will undoubtedly have an adverse
effect on the utility of the band 5.650 to 5.925 GHz.''

* In response to concerns about possible ''millennium bug'' (or Y2K)
problems that could disrupt key services or communications, the
Board asked the Volunteer Resources Committee to recommend to the
Board at its 1999 annual meeting ''various options for Amateur Radio
preparedness to provide emergency communication support during the
year 2000 rollover period.''

* The Board asked Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, to
develop and implement a marketing plan to recruit new League
members, using the theme of the year 2000.

* The Board also agreed to make ARRL ''vanity'' e-mail addresses
available to former League elected officials who request them and
agree to abide by rules for such use.