Coincidental to the Marathon bombing, a Massachusetts ham has asked the FCC to permit amateurs to encrypt certain sensitive information in emergency and emergency-preparedness communications. The ARRL Letter reports that the petition was filed by Don Rolph, AB1PH, of East Walpole, and requests the change to permit hams to transmit personal medical information without running afoul of privacy laws. The proceeding is RM-11699. Comment deadline was July 8.
A second petition, by the Toledo Mobile Radio Association in Ohio, requests expanding 10-meter privileges for Technicians to include the repeater subband at 29.52-29.7 MHz. At press time, the FCC has not taken any action on this request. See the "Zero Bias" editorial in the August issue of CQ for a discussion of this petition.