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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB013 (1995)

ARLB013 Changes to 902-MHz band
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ARRL Bulletin 13  ARLB013
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  February 9, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
ARLB013 Changes to 902-MHz band
The FCC has adopted rules for the future licensing and continued
development of a number of services, including Amateur Radio, in the
902 to 928 MHz band.  The new rules set standards for what had
previously been called automatic vehicle monitoring (AVM) systems
but which the Commission now refers to as the Location and
Monitoring Service (LMS).
Amateurs will continue to have access to 902 to 928 MHz, on a
secondary basis, to the new LMS systems; to industrial, scientific,
and medical (ISM) systems; and to government users.   Unlicensed low
power ''Part 15'' users are on a secondary basis to all the above,
including amateurs.
The FCC said it would adopt a plan to afford both amateurs and Part
15 users ''a greater degree of protection to their operations'' (from
interference from other services).  It also said it would clarify
what constitutes harmful interference to LMS licensees by Part 15
devices and by amateurs.  ''Operational restrictions should be
imposed to maintain the coexistence of the many varied users of the
band,'' the Commission said.
The FCC also said it would use a ''negative definition'' to clearly
establish the parameters under which amateurs and Part 15 users may
operate without risk of being considered sources of interference to
services with a higher allocation status.
In a petition in January 1994 the ARRL requested primary allocations
for amateurs at 902 to 904 and 912 to 918 MHz.  The FCC accepted
this petition as comments in its AVM proceeding but denied it,
saying that insufficient ''quantitative support'' for the petition had
been shown.  More information was in March 1994 QST, page 94.  (FCC
report and order in PR Docket 93-61).


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