Tuesday, September 14, 2021

FCC Grants 60-Day Waiver to HF Data Rate Rules for Hurricane Relief Traffic

Amateurs participating in hurricane relief communications between August 30 and October 29 may use HF digital modes at speeds faster than normally allowed under FCC rules. 

The ARRL Letter reports that the FCC has granted a 60-day waiver to the usual data rate limits of 300 baud for frequencies below 28 MHz (except 60 meters) and 1200 baud on the 10-meter band in order to permit more efficient transmission of hurricane-related traffic. The waiver applies only to those amateurs in FCC-regulated areas who are directly involved in hurricane relief communications.