FCC Allows Vehicular Repeaters at 173 MHz, Requests Comment (9/17/13)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Comments

The FCC granted an amended petition in part and initiated a rulemaking that proposes to allow vehicular repeater systems (VRS) on six remote control and telemetry channels at 173 MHz, subject to coordination procedures. However, the FCC denied the portion of the amended petition that sought to initiate a rulemaking to permit VRS operations on nine federal and forest firefighting channels in the 170 – 172 MHz band.

The FCC adopted the order and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in response to an amended petition for rulemaking filed by Pyramid Communications in 2011. Pyramid filed the request in 2010 and supplied additional information in 2011. The FCC asked for comments on the petition in 2011.

The commission solicited comment on whether to amend Part 90 of the commission’s rules to allow the licensing and operation of VRS and other mobile repeaters by public-safety licensees on certain frequencies in the VHF band.

“Given the importance of mobile repeaters to public safety, the purpose of this proceeding is to explore whether there is a need to make additional spectrum available to support mobile repeater capability,” the order said.

Comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, with reply comments due 90 days after Federal Register publication. The full order and NPRM is here.

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