[AMRadio] ARRL Petitions FCC to Reduce 75/80m Phone Allocation from 3600-4000 to 3650-4000

W1KSZ w1ksz at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 13 17:03:50 EST 2016

That begs the question ... how many folks use ACDS Mode ?
3, 4 ?? What is it really used for ??

73, Dick, W1KSZ

On 1/13/2016 12:27 PM, Donald Chester wrote:
> Regardless of your opinion of this proposal, I would urge everyone to submit
> comments to the FCC as soon as (or if) the FCC assigns it a RM- number. Most
> importantly, please read the entire text of the League's petition before
> formulating comments.
> While the ARRL's Petition points out that the proposed change has received
> "strong support from the ARRL membership", it must be remembered that the
> ARRL membership comprises a minority of licensed amateurs, so this petition
> does not necessarily represent the wishes of the greater amateur community.
> Apparently the main impetus behind this petition is to benefit users of
> Automatically Controlled Digital Station modes; "the most substantial
> adverse effect of the unexpected and vast expansion of the 75 meter
> phone/image (to 3600 kHz) was the elimination of access to 3620-3635 kHz by
> ACDS" says the League.
> For those unfamiliar with ACDS, see Part 97 : Sec. 97.221 of the rules:
> Automatically controlled digital station
> (a) This rule section does not apply to an auxiliary station, a beacon
> station, a repeater station, an earth station, a space station, or a space
> telecommand station.
> (b) A station may be automatically controlled while transmitting a RTTY or
> data emission on the 6 m or shorter wavelength bands, and on the
> 28.120-28.189 MHz, 24.925-24.930 MHz, 21.090-21.100 MHz, 18.105-18.110 MHz,
> 14.0950-14.0995 MHz, 14.1005-14.112 MHz, 10.140-10.150 MHz, 7.100-7.105 MHz,
> or 3.585-3.600 MHz segments.
> (c) A station may be automatically controlled while transmitting a RTTY or
> data emission on any other frequency authorized for such emission types
> provided that:
> (1) The station is responding to interrogation by a station under local or
> remote control; and
> (2) No transmission from the automatically controlled station occupies a
> bandwidth of more than 500 Hz.
> [60 FR 26001, May 16, 1995, as amended at 72 FR 3082, Jan. 24, 2007]
> The League likely started out on the wrong foot with this petition from the
> outset, referring to the FCC's original expansion of the phone band down to
> 3600 as a "Reapportioning Error" and "a very substantial and unjustifiable
> departure" from what had been originally proposed. Regulatory agencies like
> the FCC rarely admit they were in error in a recent rulemaking decision,
> which would amount to officially acknowledging that their wisdom might be
> less than infinite.
> http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-asks-fcc-for-minimal-but-necessary-changes-to-
> correct-reapportioning-error
> (note: the above link will probably appear truncated with a line-break, so
> you may have to copy and paste the complete URL into your browser's address
> bar.)	
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