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DoD release Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy

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  1. M5AKA

    M5AKA Ham Member QRZ Page

    On Thursday, February 20, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the release of its Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy (EMS) to increase available spectrum in order to meet growing demand from the commercial wireless industry.

    The strategy follows the release of a memorandum issued in 2010 by President Obama titled “Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution,” which requires 500 MHz of spectrum be made available for commercial use by 2020.

    Amateur UHF and Microwave spectrum is shared with DoD. The release of 500 MHz may result in more intensive use by the DoD of the remaining shared spectrum.

    DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy document

    DoD Announcement

    The UK has already been through this process. Some of the impact on the Amateur Services can be seen at

    73 Trevor M5AKA
  2. WA8ZYT

    WA8ZYT Ham Member QRZ Page

    2500 to 3000 Mhz. There is your 500 Mhz. No high priced consulatant needed. Done! Your welcome!
  3. KE5EUA

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    All this talk about losing spectrum makes me wonder a little. There is a reason fire / police services moved from low band to 800 then 700. Wireless is in the GHz range for a reason, could you imagine wifi being in the 100 mhz area, you wouldn't get a few feet from your router.

    Also look at the cell service, started in VHF/UHF, went to 800-900 GSM and now in ghz on other types of modes to allow more users per channel. Yes some countries still utilize 900 and it works for them.

    Personally I believe further wireless will be in the ghz area, and public safety capitalizing on the 700-900 mhz area.

    DoD already has hf, vhf/uhf spectrum that is hardly used anyway. Most bases in the US are on shared systems with the state for on base communications. The sincgars use 30-88 mhz frequency hopping so we don't have to worry about that except for the occasional times they go single channel in the 50-54 range, which I have had to complain about in the Fort Hood area. HF is used mainly overseas and most operators don't know how to use it so they give up on the ALE.

    275 MHz additional for wireless broadband, are we expanding to 100+ wireless channels, that is going to make it much harder for me to sniff when I have to do pen tests.

    For wireless, let's go spread spectrum frequency hopping with your hop based off your ssid so everyone has a unique hop with minimal overlaps so we can still utilize the spectrum we already have with a greater demand.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014
  4. W6RZ

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    2495 to 2690 MHz is already allocated to Sprint/Clearwire.
  5. N1RKW

    N1RKW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why is the DoD concerned with commercial use of the spectrum anyway?

    Am I the only one who thinks they need to start minding their own business (for once)?
  6. W5LMM

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    Almost as bad as the stupid idea of putting the FCC under the Dept of Commerce.
  7. M5AKA

    M5AKA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because it's the DoD's spectrum (some of it currently shared with amateurs) that will be sold off by Government to commercial enterprises (4G cellphone etc)

    73 Trevor M5AKA
  8. KA0HCP

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    Go back to the first post. Pres. Obama directed them to do so. And BTW, other governments are doing the exact same thing.
  9. K5CO

    K5CO Ham Member QRZ Page

    IF the U.S. government will allow illegals to stream across our borders by the millions and over many years, why should we feel obligated to follow law when using the spectrum? Chaos seems to be acceptable to our government and if they don't enforce order in one area, perhaps they should see what it is like for other areas to follow suite.
  10. KH6DC

    KH6DC Ham Member QRZ Page

    The same thing why through an executive order, we have to allow cellphone companies (Verizon, AT&T, etc..) to put cell towers on Army Installations for little or no rent, i.e. for free while they rake in billions in profit at taxpayer's expense.
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