[AMRadio] FCC Proceeding warrants attention

Donald Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Thu Dec 12 20:18:11 EST 2013

ARRL has submitted its promised petition to the FCC to eliminate the Baud
rate limit for digital data, and replace it with a maximum bandwidth limit
of 2.8 kHz. This would allow digital modes that operate in the CW bands to
transmit signals with bandwidths equivalent to that of SSB phone signals.

The FCC received the petition on 21 November, 2013, and has assigned it
Proceeding Number RM-11708. Interested persons may file statements opposing
or supporting the Petition for Rulemaking within 30 days, which means the
filing deadline is 20 December, 2013. As of this reading, 438 comments have
been filed.

Although the petition does not directly address AM, it bears attention from
the AM community, since bandwidth regulation could ultimately affect our
operating privileges. Already, one of the commenters has suggested imposing
an 8 kHz bandwidth limit for AM in his submission, and many other comments,
both pro and con, suggest resurrecting the defunct Regulation by Bandwidth
proposal. An issue of concern would be the precedent of establishing
specific bandwidth limits for any mode of operation on HF, other than what
already exists on the channels in the 60m pseudo-band. I would suggest
carefully reading over the proposal and comments, and submitting your own as
you might deem appropriate.

The Public Notice can be viewed at

Comments may be viewed at
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/input?z=896ij   Type in  RM-11708
in the box at the top labelled "Proceeding Number" and then click on "Search
for Comments" at the bottom of the page.

To file your own comments, go to

A shortcut to file a brief comment may be found at

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