ARRL 20th October 2018 Executive Committee Minutes

The minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting held 20th October 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota have been published

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting. During his opening comments, President Roderick said his membership contacts have indicated that strong support exists for the Entry-Level License Enhancement petition to the FCC as well as for the Volunteer Monitor Program that would supplant the current Official Observers.

The EC also was told that the FCC has yet to reply to ARRLs concerns regarding a recent FCC Enforcement Advisory that addressed the importation and use of non-certified radios, which have been marketed to the general public. ARRL officials recently conferred with FCC officials about the Advisory, expressing concerns about a portion of the notice that called on radio amateurs possessing such radios not to use them. ARRL officials believe there was no valid legal basis for that assertion in the notice. The EC directed General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, to prepare a “white paper” explaining ARRL’s position on the issue to inform members in response to inquiries.

In another FCC matter, ARRL officials met with the chief and staff members of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to urge more rapid FCC resolution of a series of long-pending rulemaking proceedings now before the Bureau. Most urgent are the long-delayed “symbol rate” petition (WT Docket 16-239) and the ARRL’s Entry-Level License Enhancement petition. The FCC has not yet put the latter petition on public notice for comment.

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