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Offline N6BLU

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H.R. 607 threatens our repeater! ACTION NEEDED!
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:25:31 AM »
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On February 10, 2011, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 607, the “Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,” which has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which handles telecommunications legislation).  The bill addresses certain spectrum management issues including the creation and maintenance of a nationwide Public Safety broadband network.

As part of that network, the Bill provides for the allocation of the so-called “D-Block” of spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use. HR 607 uniquely, provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to commercial users, in order to offset the loss of revenue that would occur as the result of the allocation of the D-Block to Public Safety instead of commercial auction. H.R. 607 lists, among the bands to be reallocated for commercial auction within ten years of the passage of the Bill, the paired bands 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz.

The inclusion of most of the Amateur 70-cm spectrum as one of the replacement bands is a major problem. The 420-440 MHz band is not Public Safety spectrum and should not be included in any spectrum swap of Public Safety allocations.

While the ARRL and all Amateurs support the work of Public Safety and recognize their need for dedicated spectrum which would promote interoperability, the ARRL vigorously opposes HR 607 in its present form. HR 607 is a direct threat to our limited spectrum and the ARRL encourages all amateurs to appropriately voice their opposition to this bill.

The Link we use to connect our repeater with the W6SCR repeater is on the 420Mhz band. If this bill passes, many linked repeater and all UHF Repeater Frequencies in the Ham Band will be sold off to the highest commercial bidder by the F.C.C. in the next ten years.

This Bill is currently in committee and has 11 co sponsors and is gaining momentum to pass! We need Letters to your congressman now to defeat this bill before it even gets to the house floor!

This link will take you to a form letter that all you have to do is put in your ham call sign and it personalizes the letter for you.

After you do that you will have the option to print the letter out. Please sign and mail it to:

John Chwat, Chwat & Co.
Suite 103
625 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314 

They will hand deliver the letter to your congressman and it will get their much faster and easier than sending it directly yourself, and is much more effective than an e-mail.

I cannot stress enough how important this is to defeat! This bill has the potential to cost hams around the US millions of dollars and would leave our repeater without the link option and make getting a phone patch link up there impossible.
Gary N6BLU
K6FHL Repeater 146.700(-) PL 110.9 for coverage in the High Lakes and beyond, is linked to the W6SCR Repeater 145.290(-) PL 110.9 on Platte Mtn. for coverage into the Sacramento Valley.

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Re: H.R. 607 threatens our repeater! ACTION NEEDED!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2011, 02:26:29 PM »

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