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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The folks over at the The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) direct our attention to the fact that Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has introduced HR 607 -- the he "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011." The bill is one of several simultaneous efforts to finally create a useful nationwide emergency services broadband network for first responders. Why is the ARRL upset about this? According to the group, the bill would free up a significant chunk of "D-Block" spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use. However, to offset the auction losses, the bill marks the paired bands 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz for auction within ten years of the bill passing. The ARRL isn't pleased:
The inclusion of most of the Amateur 70-cm spectrum as one of the replacement bands is a major problem. The 420-440 MHz band is not Public Safety spectrum and should not be included in any spectrum swap of Public Safety allocations. While the ARRL and all Amateurs support the work of Public Safety and recognize their need for dedicated spectrum which would promote interoperability, the ARRL vigorously opposes HR 607 in its present form. HR 607 is a direct threat to our limited spectrum and the ARRL encourages all amateurs to appropriately voice their opposition to this bill.

As broadband over powerline operators learned when they tried to foist interference-prone broadband hardware into residential neighborhoods, ham afficianados aren't a bunch you want to make mad. Still, one of our commenters always seems willing to try, arguing that ham radio is a useless relic -- despite the fact it always seems to be at the center of most community emergency responses when more modern communications technologies collapse under the frightened hordes. By the way, we have a forum dedicated to ham radio enthusiasts (where a few members are ironically busy discussing their dislike of the ARRL).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Great read, iv been wondering what was going to happen to the unused band that analog tv use to be broadcast on. the nation wide emergency spectrum sounds like a good idea, but i was under the impression that it was already created. i wasnt able to find it, but this gives an interesting imag for what it looks like http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/05/wireless-spectrum---a-precious-1.html there's also a pdf version on that site.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:37 am Reply with quote Back to top

FCC is really putting hte heat on and consume anything they can get there hands on. Its all revenue to them but talking with a local ham radio store ARO Hams are increacing in number almost double the applicants then last year this will give us more fight power in the long haul. Im glad to see it to much in this world is being taken away and used for profit.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:28 am Reply with quote Back to top

At first the FCC took away channels 70 to 83, or 806MHz to 860MHz for public safety. The same public safety bands that were used in 2001 in the world trade center, that they said didn't work and ended up suing Motorola. Then they took away 52 to 69 or all of the 700MHz band back in 2006 to 2008 for something. At one time they wanted to cut the bandwidth in half for each frequency. If you have a trunking frequency of 835MHz, your radio will have to be adjusted to only deviate 2.5KHz instead of 5KHz. They were also talking about doing away with over-the-air TV and selling off the frequencies.

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