Wednesday, November 11, 2020

ARRL Urges No Changes in International Allocations for 3 and 10 GHz

Maintain the status quo --- that's the gist of the ARRL's comments to the FCC's advisory committee for the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23), which issued two draft recommendations in October. The League urged the committee to propose no changes to the international allocations for either the 3.3-GHz band or the 10-GHz band, each of which currently grants amateurs secondary access (worldwide for 10 GHz; the Americas, Asia and Oceania for 3.3 GHz). 

This despite the FCC's recent action to remove the domestic amateur allocation at 3.3-3.5 GHz to open up more spectrum for 5G wireless services. The comments acknowledged this move, according to the ARRL Letter, but urged no changes in the international allocations "until more is known about the technical characteristics of equipment that will be used by new services and the extent of geographic build-out." 

There is also pressure to reallocate the 10-GHz band for international mobile telecommunications; the ARRL argued that hams are good neighbors to current primary users of that band and will continue to be in the future.