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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB027 (2006)

ARLB027 "Omnibus" Amateur Radio Report and Order Takes Effect 
December 15

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ARRL Bulletin 27  ARLB027
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 22, 2006
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB027 "Omnibus" Amateur Radio Report and Order Takes Effect 
December 15

With publication in the Federal Register November 15, the
long-awaited changes to the amateur rules are set to take effect 30
days later, at 12:01 AM EST December 15. The so-called "Omnibus"
Amateur Radio proceeding, WT Docket 04-140, includes a significant
expansion of the 75 meter phone band and a variety of other changes.
The highlights:

*  For Amateur Extra class licensees, the 75 meter phone band will
start at 3600 kHz, while Advanced class licensees start at 3700 kHz
and Generals at 3800 kHz. The high end of the CW/RTTY/Digital band
is now 3600 kHz (although CW is allowed on the entire band).

*  On 40 meters, Amateur Extra and Advanced licensees will be able
to operate phone beginning at 7125 kHz, while Generals start at 7175
kHz. The top end of the CW/RTTY/Digital band will be 7125 kHz
(although CW is allowed on the entire band).

*  There are no changes to the 20 meter band.

*  On 15 meters, the General class phone band now starts at 21275

*  On 10 meters, Novice and Technician Plus licensees can now
operate CW/RTTY/Digital from 28000 kHz to 28300 kHz.

*  In addition, Novices and Tech Plus licensees can use CW only on
the same frequencies as General and Advanced licensees on the 80, 40
and 15 meter bands: 3525 kHz-3600 kHz; 7025 kHz-7125 kHz and 21025
kHz-21200 kHz.

The Report&Order as published in the Federal Register clarified two
items that had raised some concerns when it was first released
October 10: That the 80/75 meter band split applies to all three
IARU Regions, and that FCC licensees in Region 2, which includes
North America, can continue to use RTTY/data emissions in the
7075-7100 kHz band.

Several controversial aspects of the proceeding are still to be
resolved, although the FCC is working on an erratum for the
inadvertent elimination of J2D emissions of more than 500 Hz
bandwidth. The Commission intends to release the erratum by the
December 15 effective date.

The FCC also took several other miscellaneous actions.


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