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Aguilar, Joyce Aguilar, Luis Applegate, Charles Barreras, Mary Grace Barreras, Jr., Felix Bateman, Jean Bateman, Monte Baudoin, Louis Bauman, Jeri Bauman, Tom Blamey, Nigel Braun, Al Braun, Sandy Braun, Trever Broadwell, Brenda Broadwell, Chuck Brundage, Bill Chaves, Eliseo Combs, Frank Combs, Jan Finley, Dave Fitch, Michael Fitch, Polly Fitch, Tom Frank, Matthew Frawley, Tom Greenberg, Joseph Halls, Agnes Halls, Ray Harden, Paul Harrison, James Hase, Neil Janes, Clint Johnson, David Junor, Bill Lareau, Jim Lareau, Vinita Lilie, Paul Mathews, Chauncey Mauger, Glenn McMahon, Dennis Mills, James Mills, Vivian Olinger, Miles Oravecz, Kalman Oty, Alice Oty, Gary Oty, Jim Padget, Karl Peavey, Howard Rader, Al Reasner, Ray Rehnert, Tom Reiss, Rebecca Rhodes, Gayle Rhodes, Paul Romero, David Roy, Alan Ryan, Kevin Ryan, Pat Schumacher, Mike Seagraves, Clarence Shannon, Cathy Sittler, Arthur Sittler, Benjamin Snyder, Ryan Spargo, Jonathan Sparks, Bob Sparks, Norma Staley, Doug Standefer, Ralph Thurber, Ron Weinman, Jimmy Weinman, Kathy West, Doug White, Thurman Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, John Wolf, Ken
As part of their flexible allocation strategy, Little LEO interests last month proposed including 219-225 MHz in their list of desired allocations for the nonvoice, nongeostationary (NVNG) mobile-satellite service. Little LEO targets now include 146 to 148, 219 to 225 and 430 to 450 MHz. The ARRL and AMSAT were among those objecting. The Little LEO flexible allocation strategy for WRC-97--submitted as IWG-2A/86 (Rev. 6)--is to propose broad allocations. The apparent theory is that most administrations would find reasons to oppose Little LEO use of specific bands in the crowded spectrum below 1 GHz, but that a broad allocation would permit different implementations in different countries, depending on local circumstances. At a February 13 IWG-2A meeting, a coalition of spectrum interests--including land mobile, amateur, broadcasting, and military--opposed the flexible allocation concept on several grounds.
IAC Chairman Scott Harris told participants at the March 5 meeting that the committee was only advisory, and that the government will make the final decision on its ultimate WRC-97 positions. The Final Report of the Industry Advisory Committee is expected to go to the FCC in about two weeks (ARRL Letter Vol. 16, No. 10 March 7, 1997).
Ham Radio Volunteer Services Bill Introduced - Good news for ham radio volunteers: the amateur radio volunteer services act of 1997 (HR 1013)--introduced this week by US Rep Anna Eshoo of California. If enacted, the bill would place volunteers in the volunteer examination program and the amateur auxiliary under the protections of the federal tort claims act by affording them the same legal protections as employees of the federal government while they're carrying out such volunteer duties. "This bill would help protect the personal liability of volunteer amateur radio operators while performing duties on behalf of the federal government," Eshoo said in introducing the measure. As she explained it on the house floor, it's simply a question of fairness for volunteers, who risk damaging lawsuits while saving the government time and money. the bill was introduced with 21 cosponsors hailing from both parties.
HR 1013 is nearly identical to a bill introduced last year but not enacted and similar to a unanimously accepted amendment to the FCC reauthorization bill that Eshoo herself offered last year in the commerce committee.
On the house floor, Eshoo outlined the rationale behind the Amateur Radio Volunteer Services Act of 1997 in these words, and urged her colleagues to support the bill: "amateur radio operators are self-regulated, with volunteer operators monitoring the airwaves for violations and administering licensing exams. This volunteer corps saves countless hours of staff time and resources for the federal communications commission; however, because they are not federal employees, they put their personal assets at risk in the event of actions taken against them as a result of their volunteer service to the government."
"It is simply unfair that these volunteers who are saving the government time and resources should have to risk their personal assets in carrying out their service. the amateur radio volunteer services act would classify those individuals donating their time and expertise to maintaining the quality of the amateur radio airwaves as federal employees only for the purpose of actions taken against them in the performance of their duties as self-regulators. this action will ensure the continued viability of the amateur radio community and continue to save the FCC and the federal government time and money that would otherwise need to be expended." (The ARRL Letter vol. 16, no. 11 March 14, 1997)
Ham radio excluded from CB enforcement bill - At the request of the ARRL, Amateur Radio has been specifically exempted from a bill submitted April 17 by US Sen Russell Feingold (D-Wisconsin) that would give states and municipalities authority to enforce the FCC's CB regulations. Feingold's bill, designated as Senate Bill 608, originated with efforts by the Beloit, Wisconsin, City Council--responding to long-standing CB interference complaints--to pass an ordinance allowing local authorities to enforce FCC regulations. The bill is aimed at reducing radio frequency interference stemming from the use of unauthorized equipment or frequencies by CBers.
In presenting his bill, Feingold told his Senate colleagues that he has received RFI complaints over the past several years from numerous Wisconsin communities ''in which whole neighborhoods are experiencing persistent radio frequency interference.''
If approved by Congress, Feingold's bill would amend the Communications Act to allow state or local governments to enforce regulations that prohibit the use of CB equipment not authorized by the FCC (such as high-power linear amplifiers). As it now stands, no license is required to operate on the 11-meter Citizens Band, but the FCC does have strict requirements on the type of equipment that CBers can legally use. Feingold's bill would preserve the federal preemption of all other telecommunications matters. It would exclude FCC-licensed services, including Amateur Radio, from state or local oversight.
Also at the ARRL's request, the bill calls upon the FCC to provide ''technical guidance'' to states and municipalities in detecting and determining violations. Those affected by a state or local enforcement decision would be able to appeal to the FCC. ARRL asked Feingold to add this provision as final safeguard for amateurs who might be erroneously prosecuted despite the bill's other exemptions for amateurs. Feingold's bill also would not preclude the FCC from enforcing its own regulations as they apply to CB.
Feingold called his bill ''a common-sense solution to a very frustrating and real problem which cannot be addressed under existing law (ARRL Bulletin 21; April 18, 1997).''
HAARP Test Results - Ed Kennedy, K3NS, reports that preliminary HAARP listening test results and reports are available at http://server5550.itd.nrl.navy.mil/projects/haarp/hhtest.html on the Web. The reports suggest that best reception of the 6.99-MHz signal was on the West Coast and in Alaska (The ARRL Letter, Vol 16, No 15; April 11, 1997).
The other programs include a frequency search program for 929 and 931 MHz and the database transaction downloads. The three applications will be available until May the 12th at: http://gullfoss.fcc.gov/beta.htm. (Amateur Radio Newsline #1027, 18 Apr 1997; Via FCC)
No More Date Of Birth - Want to find out how old a ham is? Well, the FCC has now made it a little bit harder. Effective February 21 the FCC no longer will distribute date of birth information as part of its Amateur Radio license data.
No reason has been given for the change, but the field has been physically removed from the data stream. At least some call Several call sign look up systems could be affected by this change (Via FCC Press Release; Amateur Radio Newsline #1020 28 Feb 1997).
New FCC Ham Phone - Also, the FCC has designated a new, toll-free number for Amateur Radio license inquiries. This includes inquiries about vanity and new call signs. The number is (888) 225-5322.
This number will actually connect you to the FCC National Call Center, handled by the FCC's Consumer Information Bureau. From there, you will be steered to the information that you need.
Again, that number is (888) 225-5322 and it is toll free (Via FCC release, ARRL; Amateur Radio Newsline #1021 07 Mar 1997).
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