REC Networks, a company best known for its work on and for Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast stations, has submitted a petition to the FCC requesting the allocation of an 8m amateur radio band. This band has already been opened to amateur use in some countries, such as Ireland, Slovenia, South Africa, the UK, and Denmark. The enhanced propagation characteristics of this band could enable APRS tracking over longer distances and in more hilly and mountainous terrain than is currently feasible on the 2m band. They would also make the band extremely useful for weak signal, limited bandwidth simplex digital modes such as FT8 and FT4. To view the petition and submitted comments, go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=RM-11843 in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System. To submit your own comment, click the "+ Express" button in the box at the upper left of the page. If enough hams chime in, there's a good chance that this spectrum - which consists largely of a little used ISM band - could be made available to us for experimentation, emergency communications, APRS, and other beneficial uses.