Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ARRL Pushes FCC for Middle Course on 5-MHz Petition

Commenting on its own petition for expanded frequency privileges at 5 MHz, the ARRL in March told the FCC that its proposal comprises the best balance between added privileges for hams and continued protection of the 60-meter band's primary users. According to the ARRL Letter, the League said neither the final decision of the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference nor proposals for more frequencies or higher power than it proposed will meet the needs of all users. 
The WRC-15 action created a worldwide secondary amateur allocation on the band at 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz, with a maximum effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) of 15 watts. The ARRL asked that the FCC add those frequencies, but keep the four currently allocated channels that are not in the WRC band segment, as well as the current US power limit of 100 watts EIRP. 

The League said reducing permitted power to 15 watts "would render the band unsuitable for emergency communications, especially between the US mainland and the Caribbean Basin during summer storms and the hurricane season."