FCC Report and Order Posted on New Rules

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  1. K4JF

    K4JF Ham Member QRZ Page

    It began as telegrapher's jargon, and using it outside of telegraphy is exactly appropriate on amateur radio, due to its long-standing acceptance by all hams. It has special meaning among hams, and is a cordial greeting. More cordiality is much needed these days.
     
  2. W9MKA

    W9MKA Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is now in the Federal Register:
    http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7....729.htm

    [Federal Register: January 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 15)]
    [Rules and Regulations]
    [Page 3081-3082]
    From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
    [DOCID:fr24ja07-22]

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    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

    47 CFR Part 97

    [WT Docket No. 04-140, WT Docket No. 05-235; FCC 06-178]


    Amateur Service Rules

    AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION: Final rule.

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    SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission amends its Amateur Radio
    Service rules to remove the requirement that an individual must pass a
    Morse code telegraphy examination to qualify for a General Class or an
    Amateur Extra Class amateur radio service operator license. The
    Commission also revises the frequency segment of the 80 meter amateur
    service High Frequency (HF) band on which amateur stations are
    authorized to be automatically controlled when transmitting RTTY and
    data emission types, and it make other conforming amendments to the
    amateur service rules.

    DATES: Effective February 23, 2007.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William T. Cross, Wireless
    Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-0620, or TTY (202) 418-7233.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's Report
    and Order and Order on Reconsideration, in WT Docket Nos. 04-140 and
    05-235; FCC 06-178, adopted December 15, 2006 and released December 19,
    2006. The complete text of this document is available for inspection
    and copying during normal business hours in the FCC's Reference
    Information Center, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC.
    Alternative formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio
    format) are available for people with disabilities by sending an e-mail
    to FCC504@fcc.gov or, calling the Consumer and Government Affairs
    Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). The Order also
    may be downloaded from the Commission's Web site at http://www.fcc.gov/
    .

    1. In this Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration the
    Commission adopts changes to its part 97 rules to revise the
    examination requirements for obtaining a General Class or Amateur Extra
    Class amateur radio operator license, revises the operating privileges
    for Technician Class licensees to include the operating privileges that
    are authorized to Novice Class licensees, and authorizes automatically
    controlled digital stations to operate in the 3585-3600 kHz frequency
    segment. The overall effect of this action is to further the public
    interest by encouraging individuals who are interested in
    communications technology, or who are able to contribute to the
    advancement of the radio art, to become amateur radio operators; and
    eliminating a requirement that is now unnecessary and may discourage
    amateur service licensees from advancing their skills in the
    communications and technical phases of amateur radio. The changes
    adopted in this Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration were
    proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at 70 FR 51705, August
    31, 2005. Over 3800 comments on the proposed rule changes were received
    and changes to the proposed rules based on these comments are included
    in this Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration.
    2. Specifically, the Commission (1) removes the five wpm telegraphy
    examination from the examination requirements for the General Class and
    Amateur Extra Class operator licenses; (2) revises the operating
    privileges for Technician Class licensees to include the High Frequency
    operating privileges that are authorized to Novice Class and Technician
    Plus Class licensees; and (3) authorizes automatically controlled
    digital stations to transmit in the 3585-3600 kHz segment of the 80 m
    band. The effect of these revisions are to eliminate unnecessary
    requirements from the amateur service license examination system and to
    provide licensees with greater flexibility in the utilization of
    amateur service frequencies.

    I. Procedural Matters

    A. Paperwork Reduction Act Analysis

    3. This document does not contain any new or modified information
    collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
    (PRA), Public Law 104-13. Therefore, it does not contain any new or
    modified ``information collection burden for small business concerns
    with fewer than 25 employees,'' pursuant to the Small Business
    Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C.
    3506©(4).

    B. Report to Congress

    4. The Commission will send a copy of the Report and Order and
    Order on Reconsideration, including this Final Regulatory Flexibility
    Certification, in a report to be sent to Congress and the Congressional
    Budget Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act. In addition,
    the Commission will send a copy of the Report and Order and Order on
    Reconsideration, including the Final Regulatory Flexibility
    Certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the SBA and the
    Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification will also be published in
    the Federal Register.

    C. Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification

    5. In this Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, we amend
    the rules that specify how an individual who has qualified for an
    amateur service operator license can use an amateur radio station
    consistent with the basis and furthering the purpose of the amateur
    service. The amended rules apply exclusively to individuals who are
    licensees in the amateur radio service. Given the definition of a
    ``small entity,'' none of these individuals are small entities as the
    term is used in the RFA. Therefore, we certify that the rules reflected
    in this Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration will not have a
    significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    [[Page 3082]]

    D. Ordering Clauses

    6. Pursuant to sections 4(i), 303(f), 303®, and 332 of the
    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154 (i), 303(f),
    303® and 332, the rules are amended as specified below.

    List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 97

    Radio.

    Federal Communications Commission.
    Marlene H. Dortch,
    Secretary.

    Rule Changes

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    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications
    Commission amends 47 CFR part 97 as follows:

    PART 97--AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE

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    1. The authority citation for part 97 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 48 Stat. 1066, 1082, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154, 303.
    Interpret or apply 48 Stat. 1064-1068, 1081-1105, as amended; 47
    U.S.C. 151-155, 301-609, unless otherwise noted.


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    2. Section 97.3 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(12) to read as
    follows:


    Sec. 97.3 Definitions.

    (a) * * *
    (12) CEPT radio amateur license. A license issued by a country
    belonging to the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications
    Administrations (CEPT) that has adopted Recommendation T/R 61-01 (Nice
    1985, Paris 1992, Nicosia 2003).
    * * * * *

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    3. Section 97.221 is amended by revising paragraph (b) to read as
    follows:


    Sec. 97.221 Automatically controlled digital station.

    * * * * *
    (b) A station may be automatically controlled while transmitting a
    RTTY or data emission on the 6 m or shorter wavelength bands, and on
    the 28.120-28.189 MHz, 24.925-24.930 MHz, 21.090-21.100 MHz, 18.105-
    18.110 MHz, 14.0950-14.0995 MHz, 14.1005-14.112 MHz, 10.140-10.150 MHz,
    7.100-7.105 MHz, or 3.585-3.600 MHz segments.
    * * * * *

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    4. Section 97.301 is amended by revising the introductory text of
    paragraphs (a), (b) and (e) to read as follows:


    Sec. 97.301 Authorized frequency bands.

    * * * * *
    (a) For a station having a control operator who has been granted a
    Technician, Technician Plus, General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra Class
    operator license, who holds a CEPT radio amateur license, or who holds
    any class of IARP:
    * * * * *
    (b) For a station having a control operator who has been granted an
    Amateur Extra Class operator license, who holds a CEPT radio amateur
    license, or who holds a Class 1 IARP license:
    * * * * *
    (e) For a station having a control operator who has been granted an
    operator license of Novice Class, Technician Class, or Technician Plus
    Class:
    * * * * *

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    5. Section 97.501 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and (b) to read
    as follows:


    Sec. 97.501 Qualifying for an amateur operator license.

    * * * * *
    (a) Amateur Extra Class operator: Elements 2, 3, and 4;
    (b) General Class operator: Elements 2 and 3;
    * * * * *


    Sec. 97.503 [Amended]

    0
    6. Section 97.503 is amended by removing paragraph (a), redesignating
    paragraph (b) as an undesignated introductory paragraph, and
    redesignating paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(3) as paragraphs (a)
    through ©.

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    7. Section 97.505 is amended by revising paragraphs (a)(1), (2), (3),
    (4), and (5) to read as set forth below, and by removing paragraphs
    (a)(6), (7), (8), and (9).


    Sec. 97.505 Element credit.

    (a) * * *
    (1) An unexpired (or expired but within the grace period for
    renewal) FCC-granted Advanced Class operator license grant: Elements 2
    and 3.
    (2) An unexpired (or expired but within the grace period for
    renewal) FCC-granted General Class operator license grant: Elements 2
    and 3.
    (3) An unexpired (or expired but within the grace period for
    renewal) FCC-granted Technician or Technician Plus Class operator
    (including a Technician Class operator license granted before February
    14, 1991) license grant: Element 2.
    (4) An expired FCC-issued Technician Class operator license
    document granted before March 21, 1987; Element 3.
    (5) A CSCE: Each element the CSCE indicates the examinee passed
    within the previous 365 days.
    * * * * *
    [FR Doc. E7-729 Filed 1-23-07; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
     
  3. KD5YOV

    KD5YOV Ham Member QRZ Page

    UPDATE!! Those who qualified as Technician licensees under the examination regime in place from March 21, 1987, until April 15, 2000, "DO NOT get General class Element 3 credit on that basis." That's because the ''old'' Element 3 is not the same as the current Element 3.
     
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