MRA Gains Access to VHF Frequency Pairs in 4 States (1/29/14)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Comments

The FCC granted waiver requests and will process applications filed by Mobile Relay Associates (MRA) for waiver of Sections 2.106 and 90.35 of the FCC’s rules to permit MRA to operate on frequency pairs 462/467.5375 MHz and 462/467.7375 MHz at locations in California, Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

The frequencies are allocated for land mobile operations, but are not designated for use by the industrial/business pool or any other commission service. Rather, they are on the band edges between I/B pool spectrum and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) spectrum.

MRA requested assignment of these frequencies with a 4-kilohertz emission designator, which it contends will present no risk of harmful interference because its requested channels will not overlap any designated frequencies on either side, in light of the implementation of narrowbanding by private land mobile radio (PLMR) licensees in the 150 – 174 MHz and 421 – 470 MHz bands. Further, MRA contends that there is widespread and increasing PLMR congestion in the areas in which it seeks relief.

The FCC granted a similar waiver request to the city of Burbank, Calif., for a narrowband frequency pair that was allocated for land mobile operations, but not designated for use by the public-safety pool or any other service. Rather, the frequencies were offset between Part 90 PLMR spectrum and Part 22 paging control spectrum.

The commission said it was not persuaded by the commenters, including P. Randall Knowles and Personal Radio Steering Group, with concerns regarding interference to adjacent-channel GMRS operations. Because MRA proposes to operate with a 4-kilohertz emission, there is no spectral overlap with adjacent-channel GMRS operations, the FCC said.

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