Symbol Rate Discussion Open Until October

Due to not being published in The Federal Register, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239, the FCC proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules in response to the ARRL's so-called 'Symbol Rate' Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708) will be open for consultation until at least October 2016.

ARRL had asked the FCC to change the Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limits in Part 97.307(f) and replace them with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz.

In its NPRM, the FCC proposed to eliminate the current baud rate limitations for data emissions, consistent with ARRL's Petition, but it declined to propose a bandwidth limitation for data emissions in the MF and HF bands to replace the baud rate limitations.

The ARRL plans to comment in the proceeding

The NPRM can be found on the web in PDF format -