Thursday, August 23, 2012

FCC Says No to Nationwide Emergency Frequency

The FCC has denied a petition by two hams to designate 146.55 MHz as a national emergency calling frequency, essentially saying their proposal was a solution in search of a problem. The Commission said the current flexibility in frequency use serves the amateur service well, and noted that the ham community - if it wished - could designate an emergency calling frequency through voluntary band planning without official FCC action.