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New Rules for 5 MHz 60-Meters

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ARLB002 New Rules for 5 MHz (60 Meters) To Go Into Effect March 5



ARRL Bulletin 2 ARLB002

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT February 3, 2012

To all radio amateurs


ARLB002 New Rules for 5 MHz (60 Meters) To Go Into Effect March 5

On November 18, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O), defining

new rules for the 60 meter (5 MHz) band. These rules are in response

to a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) filed by the ARRL more than five

years ago and a June 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In

the February 3 edition of the Federal Register, the FCC announced

that these new rules will go into effect on March 5, 2012.

Details can be found at,

In summarizing the new rules, the FCC explained that the new rules

amend the current rules to facilitate more efficient and effective

use by the Amateur Radio Service of five channels in the

5330.5-5406.4 kHz band (the 60 meter band): "Specifically, and

consistent with our proposals in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

in this proceeding, the Commission replaces one of the channels with

a less encumbered one, increases the maximum authorized power

amateur stations may transmit in this band and authorizes amateur

stations to transmit three additional emission designators. The

Commission also adopts an additional operational rule that prohibits

the use of automatically controlled digital stations and makes

editorial revisions to the relevant portions of the Table of

Frequency Allocations and our service rules."

The Amateur Radio Service in the United States has a secondary

allocation on 60 meters. Only those amateurs who hold General,

Advanced or Amateur Extra class licenses may operate on this band.

Amateur stations must not cause harmful interference to -- and must

accept interference from -- stations authorized by any

administration in the fixed service, as well as mobile (except

aeronautical mobile) stations authorized by the administrations of

other countries.