Ham Operators Get Waiver for Hurricane Florence Relief Communications
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Comments

The FCC granted a request from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than is permitted by FCC’s rules to facilitate hurricane relief communications relating to Hurricane Florence.

The waiver is limited to amateur radio operators using PACTOR 4 emissions in the continental United States who are directly involved with HF hurricane relief communications.

In 2016, in response to an ARRL petition for rulemaking, the commission proposed removing symbol rate limitations, which it tentatively concluded had become unnecessary because of advances in modulation techniques and no longer served a useful purpose. That proceeding is pending, but there is consensus among submitted comments for eliminating the symbol rate limits.

The full order is here.

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