RM-11828: FCC invites comments on ARRL petition to give Technicians HF phone privileges.

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by K4KYV, Mar 15, 2019.

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  1. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    FCC has invited public comments on ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rulemaking, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40 and 15 m.

    The proposal would grant Technician Class operators phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz, plus RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80m, 40m, 15m and 10 m.

    The proposed phone privileges would
    exclude AM (See the final paragraph, page 30):

    §97.307 Emission standards.

    (16) A station having a control operator holding a Technician Class operator license may transmit a CW emission using the international Morse code or phone emissions J3E and R3E
    (SSB suppressed or reduced carrier).

    Interested parties have 30 days to comment.

    https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1022823795806/2018 Entry Level License PRM FINAL.pdf
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  2. W2VW

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    Maybe the thinking is the current exclusion of AM for technicians on 10 meter phone would be problematic if AM were allowed elsewhere.
  3. WA5VGO

    WA5VGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good plan. Let’s dumb this hobby down some more. The ARRL needs to rename themselves “CB International” and rename their magazine “10-4”. They sicken me.

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  4. AF7XT

    AF7XT Ham Member QRZ Page

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with 11m Citizens Band. Further this petition was authored by the previous board membership.
    11m is for the most part dead as Canasta here. There are a few SSB stalwarts that for the most part are already licensed. The AM contingent could care less about licensed operation.

    I won't even bother with a subjective opinion here. I'll save that for a response to the FCC.
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  5. WB2GCR

    WB2GCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    IS the Technician test the same or different than the General test?
    At one time they were the same, minus the code.
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  6. AF7XT

    AF7XT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Different question pool entirely.
  7. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That was changed in March 1987, IIRC. The general was divided into two parts, the first part became the tech written, and the second part became the general written, pretty much as it is today. What used to be a single 50 question test was changed into two 35 question tests, again, as I recall.
  8. WA5VGO

    WA5VGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    It seems that a large number of the current crop of amateurs come from illegal activities in as well as somewhat below and above the CB band. I hear them regularly reminiscing about it on the amateur bands. They all want something for nothing and apparently, over the years, they’ve managed to largely take over the leadership of the ARRL. Many of them aren’t even capable of properly operating their own radios. I recently listened to two extra class operators operating on exactly 7300 KC. As far as they were concered, 7300 KC is within the 40 meter band. They had no concept of carrier frequencies and sidebands.

    The general class license is extremely easy to earn. All you need to do is memorize some canned questions and answers. Just where is all of this dumbing down supposed to end?

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  9. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually, if their carrier and upper sideband are suppressed, they can legally operate on 7300. The rules only require that all of your emissions be contained in the amateur band. They don't specify how far from the band edge you have to be. Many radios have excellent carrier and opposite sideband suppression.
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  10. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has anyone calculated a deadline from the 30-day Comment period?

    This proposal could help position AM as a "premium" mode, not available to lower class licensees. Is there anything in the wording beyond the proposed modification to the rule that provides a basis for restricting to SSB these expanded phone privileges for Technican Class? Sometimes the ARRL's proposals have included a ponderous, suspiciously obscure way of "discussion" that buries their intent.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
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