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FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands;
Stations Must Notify UTC Before OperatingThe FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission's March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands -- 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). Notice of the action appeared in the September 15 edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) that they plan to do so. If UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.
On March 27, 2017, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to -- in the FCC's words -- "provide for frequency-sharing requirements" in the two bands. Section 97.313(g)(2) of the new rules requires that, prior to starting operation in either band, radio amateurs must notify UTC that they intend to operate by submitting their call signs, the intended band(s) of operation, and the coordinates of their antenna's fixed location. The new rules do not permit any mobile operation.
"Amateur stations will be permitted to commence operations after a 30-day period, unless UTC notifies the station that its fixed location is located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems operating on the same or overlapping frequencies," the FCC said. PLC systems are unlicensed. "This notification process will ensure that amateur stations seeking to operate [on 630 or 2200 meters] are located beyond a minimum separation distance from PLC transmission lines, which will help ensure the compatibility and coexistence of amateur and PLC operations, and promote shared use of the bands."
ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, advised radio amateurs who anticipate using either band to read the Federal Register posting "to understand frequencies, power limitations, and operating modes permitted." Experimental Group participant Ed Cole, KL7UW, has been operating as WD2XSH/45 with 100 W into a 43 Ã— 122-foot base-loaded inverted L, achieving about 3 W ERP. In a message to the Topband Reflector, Eric Tichansky, NO3M, noted that during his operations as part of the ARRL Experimental Group and with his own FCC Part 5 Experimental license, he enjoyed "many cross-country QSOs at QRP power levels" using a 67-foot top-loaded vertical that shares the radial field for his 160-meter antenna. The Antennas by N6LF website offers more information.
New Hampshire and NTS Traffic Net frequencies and times
Granite State Traffic Net (FM) 149.94 Concord Daily 9p local PL114.8
Vermont/New Hampshire CW Traffic Net 3539 khz Daily 7p local
NH Slow Net (CW) 3539 khz Wed and Thurs 7:15p
1RN C2 Early (LSB) 3948 khz Daily 2:30p local
Eastern Area Net (LSB) 7248 khz Daily 3:15p local
1RN C2 Late (LSB) 3948 khz Daily 4:00p local
1RN C4 Early (CW) 3598 khz Daily 7:45p
Eastern Area Net (EAN) CW 3575 khz Daily 8:30p
1RN C4 late (CW) 3598 khz Daily 9:30p
NH ARES Section Net (LSB) 3973 khz Sun 8:00p
Granite State Phone Net (LSB) 3973 khz Mon -Fri 8:00p local
Hello NH Radio Amateurs
The Amateur Radio we know today owes its existence primarily to the lobbying efforts by the ARRL in the early part of the 20th century. After the creation of the Amateur Radio Service by the Federal Radio Commission (predecessor to the FCC), the US government quickly realized how valuable a resource Amateur Radio is to the public, especially during emergencies. In the Northeast in 1936, nearly 200 people lost their lives during February floods that inundated most towns where major rivers flowed and without the services of the Amateur Radio operator, according to League historian Clinton DeSoto, fatalities would have been much greater.
As was the case in 1936 and since then, Amateurs have been engaged in relaying messages and providing communication when conventional means fail during times of emergencies. It is important to realize this resource is a major reason our government continues to acknowledge and recognize the need for the Amateur Radio Service. As it did in the early part of the 20th century, the League today continues to advocate for the Amateur Radio Service and our continued use of the RF spectrum.
If you are new to Amateur Radio (or even a seasoned operator), and looking for a new challenge, why not join the over 200 NH Amateurs currently using their radio skills with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service also known as ARES. ARES operators are “Radio Minutemen” who make their stations available for public service events and during times of emergencies. Typically, ARES groups meet together once a month and most have weekly on air meetings to discuss various aspects of emergency communications and message handling. These activities help hone their skills for the time when they may be called to serve during an emergency.
NH has 12 ARES groups, roughly divided up by county. Each group is led by an Emergency Coordinator (EC). Each EC may have an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) whose focus may be on specified tasks within the group. An Amateur Radio license and willingness to participate are the usual prerequisites to join. A listing of the ARES group nearest you can be found at the NH ARES web site www.nh-ares.org
Now is a great time to become actively involved. NH ARES needs you! Go to www.nh-ares.org and click on the NH ARES needs you link, fill out the application and the EC in your area will contact you. If you have questions feel free to contact the Section Manager, email is email@example.com or you can contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, Wayne Santos, N1CKM. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
NH Section Manager
NH Amateur Radio Clubs
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Contoocook Valley Radio Club
Central NH Amateur Radio Club
Granite State Amateur Radio Association
CCDX Amateur Radio Club
Port City Amateur Radio Club
Lakes Region Repeater Society
Great Bay Radio Association
Twin State Radio Club
Nashua Area Radio Society
Littleton Amateur Radio Klub
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Androscoggin Valley Amateur Radio Club
Interstate Repeater Society
Capital Area Repeater Society
NH ARES Groups