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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB069 (1995)

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ARLB069 5 GHz petition opposed
 
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ARRL Bulletin 69  ARLB069
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 13, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLB069 5 GHz petition opposed
 
The ARRL has filed comments on a petition for rule making that would
allocate 300 MHz of spectrum in the 5-GHz band, an action that would
affect the Amateur Radio Service.
 
The petition, by Apple Computer, Inc, seeks 150 MHz, at 5150 to 5300
MHz, and 5725 to 5875 MHz.   Amateurs currently have access to the
entire range 5650 to 5925 MHz on a shared basis.
 
The Apple petition, RM 8653, seeks the spectrum for a new,
unlicensed radio service that the League called ''essentially
unregulated, save for certain technical rules,'' and that proposes
the use of directional antennas and relatively high power, and
protected allocation status in shared bands by ''non-technical
persons.''
 
And in defense of the Amateur Radio allocation in the 5-GHz band the
ARRL cited activity in a number of metropolitan areas around the US.
 
The League said the petition doesn't show why 300 MHz is necessary
for such a service (and why existing allocations are not
sufficient); why existing wireless and wireline services aren't
sufficient; and why a proceeding such is this should not wait until
current proposals on such services are resolved.
 
The ARRL also said the petition fails to consider compatibility
between the proposed new radio service and other services (including
Amateur).
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