CURRENT STATUS OF RM-11769, RM-11759, RM-11708, WT 16-239,
ARRL HF 75 METER PHONE REDUCTION AND FREE DIGITAL EMAIL PETITIONS

The FCC has not yet issued a Report and Order on any of these Rule Making Proceedings. This is an update to my web site to provide most current information as of August 31, 2017. I monitor the FCC and other sources daily and will post any developments here as they happen. My hope is that the efforts of all the people who filed comments overwhelmingly rejecting these ill advised measures will soon come to fruition.

RM-11769 "eliminate CW" proposal has been mostly withdrawn by the original filer, Whedbee. He still hopes to implement part of it on 6 & 2 meters, which could harm satellite, moonbounce, and other weak signal work. It would be nice if Whedbee would spend some time on the air, instead of pursuing his primary hobby of tampering legally with legitimate amateur radio. Hopefully, RM-11769 is DOA now.

RM-11759 (75 meter phone band reduction by ARRL) comment period has ended without FCC generating a NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making). They still have time to withdraw it, but it is unlikely. ARRL plans to file a new petition for "Entry Level License" soon, to hedge their bet on the "free upgrade" hidden in the fine print of RM-111759.

RM-11708 FCC generated a NPRM, WT 16-239. The comment period for both has ended. The NPRM WT 16-239 has been on the books for over a year now, without a final Report and Order. This whole proceeding is a rehash of the original ARRL Petition which resulted in the wildly unpopular RM-11306, which was rejected years ago. I hope the "Stay" Petition noted below has delayed forward motion until further study by the FCC. Their decision to abolish all band width limits on HF would be a disaster for amateur radio, unless appropriately confined to special segments of any HF band.

The WT 16-239 reflects the FCC's legitimate frustration with these repetitive initiatives to commercialize amateur HF spectrum. I truly believe that FCC is at the point they were with CB years ago, when they stopped issuing licenses and gave up enforcement because abuse was so pervasive it cost too much. In the current amateur radio case, it would have been more productive if FCC were to institute a moratorium on these filings, and prevent serial abusers of the FCC electronic systems from generating petitions without some kind of screening before issuing an automatic rulemaking.

ARRL has apparently adopted the mind set "If it ain't broke, fix it til it is". There is NOTHING wrong with HF or amateur population growth that cannot be fixed without these major upheavals. WT 16-239 as FCC has written it is a NUKE that will destroy amateur radio for a large segment of the population; specifically, it will ruin any chances of NARROW BAND innovations in digital modes. A current example of this is FT8 or WSJT-X. The "Squeaky Wheel" approach the ARRL has pursued only takes you so far. Then somebody decides to replace the bad wheel bearing. Or maybe they get a whole new car. This may be ARRL's last chance to focus regulatory initiatives on UHF/microwave (which will be lost to smartphones in the next few years) before they ruin it permanently for everyone. Over 80% of the existing amateur community has decided (by not joining) that ARRL IS IRRELEVANT; ARRL needs to reinvent itself to fix THAT, instead of tinkering with FCC rules to get marginal gains of newcomers who may join once, then move on. If ARRL can limit itself only to rational meaningful reform petitions with the FCC, the FCC can probably screen out petitions from individuals who habitually file repetitive counterproductive petitions on issues that have been settled long ago. Are you listening, James? PLEASE give it a rest. Take up knitting, stamp collecting, volunteer for a legal aid society and do some real good for people who cannot afford legal help.

I'm not the only one who has readched this conclusion: http://www.kb6nu.com/the-arrl-really-needs-to-reach-out-more-effectively/.

The bad news is that the ARRL is not done tinkering with HF yet. I believe ARRL is speculating that the "free upgrade" for Novice and Tech operators hidden in RM-11759 fine print may be dismissed, even if the 75 meter phone band reduction is adopted in some form. I hope the FCC dismisses the entire RM-11759 "with prejudice" to prevent any further repetition of this waste of time. ARRL plans to reintroduce their old initiatives in a new petition for an "Entry Level HF License" soon. They have conducted their "survey". There is no petition with the FCC as of today, but you can count on something before 2017 ends. There is nothing new in the current ARRL effort that was not already dismissed during the NO CODE and "Novice HF Band Refarming" FCC actions nearly 20 years ago, even after their petition to reconsider it at the time. The FCC is opposed to increasing the number of amateur classes; as a VE, I have had to deal with half a dozen different flavors or Tech license, trying to figure out how to fairly give them credit for their previous tests. We do not need another "flavor" of Technician license to figure out.

FCC stated then in https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-178A1.pdf:

Additionally, we are declining ARRL's request that Novice and Technician Class licensees be given voice and image privileges in certain segments of the 80, 40, 15 and 10 m bands.... However, we are concerned that giving Novice and Technician class licensees voice privileges in the other HF bands would be a disincentive for these licensees to improve their knowledge and skills and attain a higher class license. Passing the thirty-five question written examination for the intermediate class of license --the General Class-- is well within the capability of most, if not all, Technician and Technician Plus licensees, particularly given the study guides and other aids available from, among others, the ARRL.. ARRL requests and removing most of the "reward" for passing the examination..
Here is why that "new" ARRL petition to change the Technician class license should never get issued a rulemaking number by the FCC: /ARRL_EntryLevelLicence.html

These are my filings on the HF petitions of the ARRL and Whedbee, as part of the FCC record.

Wayne Green, W2NSD, and 73 Magazine, we miss you.....

These are the EX PARTE filings of the respected author, Ted Rappaport, N9NB and the joint efforts of The Ad Hoc Committee on Preservation of Narrow Band Short Wave Amateur Radio Communication, and the CW Operators' Club (CWOps.org):
  ●  Ex Parte PowerPoint™ Presentation:  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10925839109476/FCCNPRM Docket 16-239 Final.pptx
  ●  Ex Parte Letter: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10925839109476/FCC exparte letter 9 25 2016.docx
  ●  Winlink Info Part 1: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10925839109476/Winlink compilation pt1.pdf
  ●  Handout given to FCC: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10925839109476/K7NHV Winlink Handout.pdf
  ●  Winlink Info Part 2: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1092719005718/Winlink Compilation pt2.pdf
  ●  Letter Covering Above Part 2: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1092719005718/exparte September 26 2016 attachment.docx


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