US amateurs respond to 3.4GHz threat

| February 28, 2020

A proposal by the FCC in the USA to remove the entire amateur 3.4GHz allocation without compensation has seen strong opposition as ARRL, AMSAT and hundreds of individual amateurs have filed comments in response to a current consultation.

The ARRL highlighted decades of active usage and experimentation including mesh networks, amateur television, weak signal long-distance communication, Earth-Moon-Earth or moonbounce communication, propagation research and emerging amateur satellite developments.

In its comments, ARRL argued that it would therefore be premature to remove the current secondary amateur radio allocation.

The FCC is also inviting comments on changes to the 5.9GHz band that has an amateur allocation in the USA.

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