Thursday, January 24, 2013

Final Comment Deadline Approaching on WRC-07 Implementation

The FCC's proposals for implementing the final acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) -- including two items of interest to amateurs -- is moving along toward its comment deadlines. The initial comment deadline is February 25 and reply comments will be accepted until March 27. 

According to the ARRL, the items relating to ham radio are proposals to upgrade the amateur radio allocation in the top half of the 160-meter band (1900-2000 kHz) from secondary to primary, and a section seeking comment on whether a new secondary amateur allocation at 135.7-137.8 kHz would be compatible with power line carrier systems used by utilities to monitor and control the power grid. 

The proceeding is ET Docket No. 12-338, and the ARRL says paragraphs 13-24 are the ones relating to ham radio.