Will this petition before the FCC bring an end to amateur radio as we know it? I am an avid listener of Jim, W6LG and his YouTube channel
and that’s where I got the heads up from. There is a newly released FCC news bulletin out regarding a petition to re-write Part 90 of the rules. It will put high power stations right up against the 20 Meter band edge. Long story, short, it will make the 20 Meter band almost unusable.
Here is a link to the petition. Be patient it will show up: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/1042840187330/1
End To Amateur Radio As We Know It?
The Petition fails to provide complete disclosure regarding the Effective Radiated Power of the transmitters, which will exceed 200kw rather than a mere 20kw.
The Petition asserts that the level of -35dB is satisfactory in addressing the issue of interference from adjacent channels, including the Amateur Radio Service. However, at ERP wattages ranging from 100kw to 200kw, a level of -35dB is inadequate. Therefore, the SMC's assertion of interference below the noise floor is incorrect. It is important to highlight that amateur radio operators utilize computer technology to communicate with stations whose signals are significantly below the noise floor by many tens of Decibels.
The Spectrum Modernization initiative seems to be a group of bitcoin traders with the objective of allocating significant portions of the HF bands to bitcoin trading activities globally. It's not only bitcoin, but stocks and commodities. Their position is we are only using it for a hobby and their use will be for the financial industry, but Ham Radio is more than a hobby. Ham radio has historically been a hub of technological advancement, inspiring individuals to delve into and experiment with radio communication. The significance of ham radio operators in emergency communication services cannot be overstated. When all else fails, Ham Radio works! In addition Ham radio has played a crucial role in facilitating global communication, allowing individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect and share ideas. Individuals and Ham Radio clubs participate in a variety of community events and provide much needed communications free of charge. Ensuring the preservation of the current FCC regulations for ham radio is essential in maintaining the cherished tradition and numerous advantages that this hobby has provided for generations.
Please, feel free to copy and paste the above into your comment to the FCC.
Time Is Of The Essence
We don't have much time left to make comments. July 31, 2023 is the deadline. Here are two links to file comments:
Express short form comment, easy https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
Long form with PDF comment https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/standard
When it asks for "Zip+4", just enter the extension.
I am not an alarmist, but the source of the money for this group is concerning. The end to amateur radio as we know it could be in the near future if we allow others to use their money and influence to change the airwaves.
Speak up and submit a comment to the FCC.
73 and Good DX!
The Elecraft K3S at the Home QTH