• FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Fri Sep 15 19:50:09 2017
    09/15/2017

    The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission's March 29 Report and Order (R&O[1]) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands - 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today's edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify[2] the Utilities Technology Council (UTC[3]), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.



    Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to - in the FCC's words - "provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands."

    Section 97.313(g)(2) of those rules requires that, prior to starting operation in either band, radio amateurs must notify UTC that they intend operate by submitting their call signs, intended band(s) of operation, and the coordinates of their antenna's fixed location. The new rules do not permit any mobile operation.

    "Amateur stations will be permitted to commence operations after a 30-day period, unless UTC notifies the station that its fixed location is located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems operating on the same or overlapping frequencies," the FCC said. PLC systems are unlicensed. "This notification process will ensure that amateur stations seeking to operate [on 630 or 2200 meters] are located beyond a minimum separation distance from PLC transmission lines, which will help ensure the compatibility and coexistence of amateur and PLC operations, and promote shared use of the bands."

    The FCC announced that it is making effective immediately the Part 97 rule amendments, ? 97.3, 97.15(c), 97.301(b) through (d), 97.303(g), 97.305(c), and 97.313(k) and (l), which do not require OMB approval.


    [1] https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-33A1.pdf
    [2] https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/
    [3] http://utc.org/

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