FCC Releases New Rules for 60 Meters

On November 18, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O), defining new rules for the 60 meter (5 MHz) band. These rules are in response to a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) filed by the ARRL more than five years ago and a June 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).  In the R&O, the FCC replaced one of the channels in the band, increased the maximum authorized power amateur stations may transmit in this band, and authorized amateur stations to transmit three additional emission designators in the five channels in the 5330.6-5406.4 kHz band (60 meters).

The Amateur Radio Service in the United States has a secondary allocation on 60 meters.  Only those amateurs who hold General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra class licenses may operate on this band.

Amateur stations must not cause harmful interference to — and must accept interference from — stations authorized by any administration in the fixed service, as well as mobile (except aeronautical mobile) stations authorized by the administrations of other countries.

For a complete reading of the rule, please refer to http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-releases-new-rules-for-60-meters.  Please note that these changes have not yet taken effect. These new rules will take effect 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register.

The ARRL will announce on its website when the rules are published.

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