• Commercial Interests Petition FCC for High Power Allocation on Shortwave Spectrum

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Friday, August 18, 2023 20:50:49
    07/18/2023

    [Updated 7/18/2023]

    7/11/2023

    The ad hoc group "Shortwave Modernization Coalition" petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow data communications on multiple bands within the HF 2 - 25 MHz range with up to 20 KW, including in bands immediately adjacent to spectrum allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. This group appears to represent high-speed stock trading interests. 

    ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio[1]Ę is treating the petition as a subject of concern for its members and the greater Amateur Radio Service. ARRL Laboratory staff are studying the matter from a technical standpoint, including analysis of transmitted signals potentially interfering with Amateur Radio communications on Amateur Radio spectrum. The results from this expert review are being finalized and will inform ARRL's filed comments on the matter.

    The FCC has assigned the petition RM-11953. Comments are due by July 31, 2023, and reply comments by August 15. While the petitioners exclude the amateur bands, high power operations on immediately adjacent bands are proposed.

    A copy of the petition is at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/1042840187330/[2]1 (PDF).


    [1] http://www.arrl.org/
    [2] https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/1042840187330/1

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  • From Phigan@VERT/TACOPRON to ALL on Saturday, August 19, 2023 05:49:48
    Re: Commercial Interests Petition FCC for High Power Allocation on Shortwa
    By: ARRL de WD1CKS to QST on Fri Aug 18 2023 08:50 pm

    The ad hoc group "Shortwave Modernization Coalition" petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow data communications on multiple bands within the HF 2 - 25 MHz range with up to 20 KW, including in bands immediately adjacent to spectrum allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. This group appears to represent high-speed stock trading interests. 

    Man, the nerve of these guys. I can totally picture some old dudes in a "study" sitting on leather couches, holding cigars and brandy glasses, saying things like "nobody talks on the radio anymore!". That's probably influence from cartoons and TV :). Srs, though, the slightest bit of RF interferes with HF reception and communication. Like, you can't use amateur radio equipment on such frequencies with a bunch of power supplies anywhere near the antenna, for example. And they want to blast twenty freakin' kilowatts with some super wide band operations? It's nuts!

    More of us should be outraged! :)

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