FCC Approves Two New Amateur Bands

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The FCC has just published Order 17-33A1 that adopts rules to implement certain radio frequency allocation decisions from the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2012) (WRC-12) and conforms the United States  rules to the WRC-12 Final Acts.

The FCC order addresses five band changes including one that has added two new bands to our Amateur Radio Service.

The one provision that pertains to the Amateur Service is to:

Allocate the 472-479 kHz band to the amateur service on a secondary basis and amend
Part 97 to provide for amateur service use of this band and of the 135.7-137.8 kHz band.

There are some restrictions that apply. To read the entire FCC 10-33 order in pdf format and see the details of the new band allocations just click this link: FCC 10-33A1