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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB056 (2002)

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ARLB056 FCC Declares Communications Emergency for Gulf Coast

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ARRL Bulletin 56  ARLB056
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 24, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB056 FCC Declares Communications Emergency for Gulf Coast

At the request of ARRL Mississippi Section Manager Malcolm Keown,
W5XX, the FCC has declared that a general communications emergency
exists for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Forecasters believe that tropical storm Isidore could regain
hurricane strength over the Gulf of Mexico and reach landfall
September 26.

Technical and Public Safety Division Chief Joseph P. Casey of the
FCC Enforcement Bureau issued a declaration that requires amateurs
to refrain from using 3873 kHz during hours of darkness and 7285 kHz
during hours of daylight effective immediately and until rescinded.
The FCC said the communications emergency could last as long as 14
days. Both frequencies are to be protected plus or minus 3 kHz
unless amateurs are taking part in the handling of emergency
traffic.
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