Re: [802SEC] ***SEC Five Day Review*** RR-TAG Comments on FCC RM-11325, Amendment of Amateur Service Rules
I'm not sure if we're voting on this.... or not... (our practices on
what constitutes a "duly approved email ballot" still confuse me).
I'd be one to approve.
Like Carl, as an amateur radio operator, I too think the ARRL is off
base here. While automatic power management may be challenging it is not
impossible, but moreover, it is key to successful cohabitation on the
Perhaps my thinking is too simplistic, but I think 802 is a great case
study in how this is so. We have first hand experience with trying to
run a bunch of spread spectrum radios in close proximity. Automatic
power level management has been the key to getting our plenary network
running reliably. True, it has taken us (and our vendors) a few years to
figure it out, but we did. I hope we don't have to contend with some
distant source of high-powered interference (that RM-11325 would allow)
at our future sessions.
Amateurs do a lot of good in this country and around the world,
including experimentation with radio technology which frequently results
in innovations for mainstream markets. But on this one, they are
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[mailto:STDS-802-SEC@ieee.org] On Behalf Of Carl R. Stevenson
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: [802SEC] ***SEC Five Day Review*** RR-TAG Comments on FCC
RM-11325, Amendment of Amateur Service Rules
Dear EC Colleagues,
I also reviewed and voted approve in .18 on this filing and urge you to
allow it to go forward in a timely manner.
As an amateur radio operator, I cannot and do not support the ARRL's
petition ... It is unnecessary and "supported" by specious arguments in
an attempt to remove a requirement that is simply good engineering
practice and which, if removed, would allow misuse of 802.11 (b/g in
particular) by amateurs in a way that could cause widespread, massive
disruption of personal and enterprise networks over large areas (imagine
blanketing an entire metro area with a single "LAN" from a high site at
exceedingly high radiated powers ...)
The ARRL proposal is unnecessary and deserves our opposition.
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> [mailto:STDS-802-SEC@ieee.org] On Behalf Of Michael Lynch
> Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:37 AM
> To: STDS-802-SEC@listserv.ieee.org
> Subject: [802SEC] ***SEC Five Day Review*** RR-TAG Comments on FCC
> RM-11325, Amendment of Amateur Service Rules
> Dear SEC Members,
> Attached are comments that the RR-TAG proposes to file with the FCC.
> The subject of RM-11325 is "Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to
> Facilitate Use of Spread Spectrum Communications Technology". The ARRL
> is requesting that the FCC remove the require for ATPC. ATPC is meant
> to insure that only the minimum required power to successfully
> communicate is used by amateur operators. While there are several
> frequency bands that the rule change would impact the one of greatest
> interest currently is the 2.4 GHz frequency band. It is feasible that,
> without the ATPC requirement, an amateur operator could radiate as
> much as 4 kW in that band. The amateurs make the argument that ATPC is
> too complicated to implement. That seems to contradict the widespread
> use of ATPC by a number of technologies. Additionally it was the
> amateurs that originally requested to use ATPC. The potential impact
> on unlicensed technologies in the 2.4 GHz band could be severe. The
> RR-TAG believes that ATPC can be implemented without imposing undue
> hardship on the amateur service.
> The RR-TAG developed these comments during its May interim in
> Jacksonville. A quorum was present and these comments were approved by
> a vote of 9 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain.
> The comment period for RM-11325 closes 30 May. I propose that the EC
> review begins today (24 May) and closes at midnight CDT 29 May.
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