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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB014 (2015)

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ARLB014 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

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ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 9, 2015
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB014 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

“The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” – H.R.1301 – has been
introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would
direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable
accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use
restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill March
4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle – seven
Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored “The
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th
Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of
legislation.

“The introduction of H.R. 1301 with so many original co-sponsors, so
early in this session of Congress, is very encouraging,” said ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “Several additional members of Congress
already have agreed to be co-sponsors. This bill has momentum, but
introduction is only the first step. Many of the next steps will be
taken as ARRL members contact their US Representatives urging
co-sponsorship and thanking them as they sign on to the bill.”

If Congress approves the legislation, and it is signed by the
president, H.R. 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97
Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1
federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association
regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants,
conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only
applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has
been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such
private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce
Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s
Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the
measure. The League had worked with Walden on the 2014 bill during
the 113th Congress.

Among H.R. 1301 initial co-sponsors is Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who
attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention last summer to
speak with League officials and those attending the event about the
earlier bill.

Craigie encouraged ARRL members to urge their US House members to
sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. The ARRL has an H.R. 1301
resources page on its website at, http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301 . If
the House member is already a co-sponsor, call the member’s local
office or send an e-mail via the member’s official website to
express their thanks. She called on League members to encourage
other hams to do the same, and to be sure to refer to the bill by
its number, H.R. 1301.

“Remember what those pile-ups on the W1AW portable stations sounded
like last year?” Craigie said. “Let’s be that avid in calling for
even greater support in Congress for this essential legislation.”
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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB008 (2015)

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ARLB008 ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF
Ham Activity

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ARRL Bulletin 8 ARLB008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 17, 2015
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB008 ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF
Ham Activity

The ARRL has asked a Massachusetts company that plans to conduct
experimental transmissions over wide portions of the HF spectrum
either to avoid Amateur Radio allocations or to announce the times
and frequencies of their transmissions in advance. The FCC last fall
granted MITRE Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, a 2-year Part 5
Experimental License, WH2XCI, to operate 21 transmitters at 10 fixed
New York and Massachusetts sites. MITRE plans to test wideband HF
communication techniques on a variety of bands between 2.5 MHz and
16 MHz.

t will not be possible for MITRE to operate these transmitters
within the Amateur Radio Service allocations…without causing
harmful interference to a large number of Amateur Radio operators on
an ongoing basis,” ARRL Chief Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said in a
February 12 letter to MITRE.

Imlay said that if MITRE does not agree to avoid ham radio bands or
to announce times and frequencies of transmissions ahead of time, it
will ask the FCC to rescind the company’s Experimental License or to
impose a prior notification requirement “in real time for each and
every use of the transmitters authorized at each site.”

The WH2XCI Experimental License authorizes maximum bandwidths of 5
kHz, 500 kHz, and 1 MHz at effective radiated power levels of 6 W,
24 W, or 122 W. MITRE has indicated that most bandwidths would be
between 100 and 300 kHz.

“At these power levels with the operating parameters proposed, it
will be impossible to conduct your tests at any time within the
Amateur Radio allocations and, at the same time, avoid harmful
interference,” Imlay said. He noted that MITRE already conceded this
point in a technical exhibit submitted to the FCC with respect to
its 1 MHz bandwidth mode.

Imlay said that when interference from MITRE’s wide-bandwidth
transmitters “inevitably occurs in the narrow-bandwidth, sensitive
receivers” hams use, amateur licensees will have no way to determine
the source of the interference or know to whom they might complain.
“Thus, your assurance of operation on a ‘non-interference basis’ is
meaningless under the circumstances, and yet that is both a special
condition of operation” of the WH2XCI license and under FCC Part 5
regulations, Imlay told MITRE.

“It is ARRL’s intention to ensure that this experimental
authorization, improvidently granted to the extent that it includes
heavily used Amateur Radio allocations, is not permitted to cause
interference to ongoing Amateur Radio HF communications,” Imlay
concluded.

MITRE obtained the Experimental License to investigate high data
rate wideband HF communication systems that exploit polarization
diversity multiple input, multiple output concepts to expand the
bandwidth of the communication channel.
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