December 2019 NABRC Monthly Newsletter

North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

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December Meeting

WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2019
6:30 PM - Christmas Party

WHERE: Golden Corral
2265 Whiskey Rd,
Aiken, SC 29803
TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (- PL 156.7)

Program: This is our Annual Christmas Party and installation of officers. Please come enjoy a good time with your Ham Radio Club!

Upcoming Events

December 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.


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ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3 - 3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation

At its December 12 open meeting, the FCC will consider adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to remove the amateur radio 9-centimeter allocation at 3.3 - 3.5 GHz. ARRL plans to comment in opposition to the proposed action.

According to an FCC "Fact Sheet," the proceeding WT Docket 19-348, "Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1 - 3.55 GHz Band," is a follow-on from the MOBILE NOW Act, approved by the 115th Congress, which requires the FCC and the US Department of Commerce to make available new spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. It also requires the FCC to work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to evaluate whether commercial wireless services and federal incumbents could share spectrum between 3.1 and 3.55 GHz. NTIA manages spectrum allocated to federal government users.

"This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would propose to remove the existing non-federal allocations in the 3.3 - 3.55 GHz band as a step towards potential future shared use between federal incumbents and commercial users," the FCC Fact Sheet explains. "By taking the initial step needed to clear the band of allocations for non-federal incumbents, the Commission furthers its continued efforts to make more mid-band spectrum potentially available to support next generation wireless networks."

The NPRM proposes to clear the 3.3 - 3.55 GHz band of existing non-federal users by removing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations [emphasis added] in the 3.3 - 3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal users out of the band. The FCC would seek comment on relocation options and "transition mechanisms" for incumbent non-federal users, either to the 3.1 - 3.3 GHz band or to other frequencies.

Regarding the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service allocations, the FCC NPRM asks whether existing amateur spectrum in other bands might support operations currently conducted in the 3.3 - 3.5 GHz band. The 3.40 - 3.41 GHz segment is designated for amateur satellite communication. "We seek comment on the extent to which the band is used for this purpose, whether existing satellites can operate on other amateur satellite bands, and on an appropriate timeframe for terminating these operations in this band," the FCC NPRM says.

Also at its December 12 meeting, the FCC will consider another NPRMin WT Docket 19-138 that would "take a fresh and comprehensive look" at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band. The amateur radio 5-centimeter allocation is 5650.0 - 5925.0 MHz, and the NPRM, if approved, would address the top 75 MHz of that amateur secondary band. ARRL will also file comments opposing any changes affecting the 5-centimeter amateur allocation.

Both draft FCC proposals are subject to change prior to a vote at the December 12 FCC meeting. Read more.

From the ARRL Letter for December 5, 2019.


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