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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB074 (2002)

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ARLB074 FCC seeks comments on Amateur Radio-related petitions

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ARRL Bulletin 74  ARLB074
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 30, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB074 FCC seeks comments on Amateur Radio-related petitions

The FCC is inviting comments on two Amateur Radio-related petitions
for rule making. Both have been put on public notice and are
available for public review and comment.

In his petition, designated RM-10620, Dale Reich, K8AD, has asked
the Commission to automatically upgrade Novice and Advanced license
holders to the next license class if the licensee has 20 or more
years of operating experience. Among other proposed changes in his
''merit and service upgrade'' schedule, Reich asks that Novice phone
privileges in the 2-meter band be reinstated for those still holding
that license.

In his petition, Reich asserts that the proposed changes could
augment public service abilities on the part of the affected
licensees.

In petition RM-10621, AMSAT-NA has asked the FCC to drop its
presently required 27-month pre-space notification to the FCC's
international branch for Amateur Satellite launches and substitute a
pre-space notification within 30 days of a launch commitment.

The comment deadline for both petitions is January 17, 2003.
Interested parties may view the Reich and AMSAT petitions and file
comments via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System on the web
at, http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html . Commenters should include
full name, US Postal Service mailing address and the applicable
rulemaking number.
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