US Radio Hams May Retain Full 76-81 GHz band

The ARRL appear hopeful that Amateur Radio will retain the full 76-81 GHz Band, sharing with vehicular radars

 ARRL Hopefull hams will retain full access to 76-81 GHz

ARRL Hopefull hams will retain full access to 76-81 GHz

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its 13th July 2017 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis.

The FCC also reduced Amateur Radio’s status from primary to secondary in the 77-77.5 GHz segment, to match the rest of the 76-81 GHz band, and it imposed a uniform power level limit for users of the band. The draft Report and Order (R&O) concludes that Amateur Radio and vehicular radars will be able to successfully share the millimeter-wave band with minor adjustments in the Amateur Service rules.

ARRL Story - http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-poised-to-retain-full-76-81-ghz-band-sharing-with-vehicular-radars