Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Report and Order

The FCC issued a Report and Order statement, making significant changes to Part 97 , the rules which govern the Amateur Radio Service.

I won't comment on them for now; as I have not had the time to read and review the entire document (which is 50+ pages long!). If you would like to read it yourself, here is the link:

Significantly, at this time, no changes have been made regarding the requirements for learning and knowing the Morse Code to earn HF operating privileges. It does look like the traditional "CW Subbands" will be getting squeezed a bit, with the expansion of phone operating privileges. In fairness, though, the use of CW is permitted anywhere on the Amateur Radio spectrum, save the 60 Meter band.

More to follow after some reading and rumination.

73 de Larry W2LJ

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