Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ARRL to Strongly Oppose Withdrawal of 3-GHz Band

The ARRL is in the process of preparing a "strong response" in opposition to an FCC proposal to reallocate the current 3.3-3.5-GHz amateur band for 5G wireless use. While the band is shared and the current amateur allocation is secondary, hams are making varied uses of the spectrum, according to the ARRL Letter. The FCC has asked for comments about current amateur uses and possibilities for relocation. 

The ARRL response is expected to include uses for EME (moonbounce), terrestrial DXing, satellite communication, mesh networks and amateur television, and that some of these activities cannot be moved to other bands because of the international nature of frequency allocations. Initial comments on WT Docket 19-348 were due on February 21, with reply comments due by March 23.