REC operational status (updated June 14, 2024 8:00 AM EDT) - For Friday June 14 and most of next week, REC anticipates being in normal operations. Wednesday June 19 is Juneteenth National Independence Day, which is a federal holiday and the FCC is closed. While REC will be "closed" on that day like with all other federal holidays, I will be checking emails throughout the day but phones will be closed. Upcoming reduced operations days: 6/24 and 6/26, both due to family priority.

Rant from Riverton: My thoughts on the LPFM NPRM

The FCC has finally made public, the draft of the "technical NPRM" that I had been hearing about.  The NPRM (notice of proposed rulemaking) will be considered at the FCC's August 1, 2019 open meeting.  Let's take a look at what we may be getting so far...

19-193: FCC proposes some technical changes to LPFM, eliminates Channel 6 protection requirements, avoids addressing the real issues facing LPFM stations for the sake of simplicity and to avoid controversy.

The Federal Communications Commission has released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to propose several technical changes to the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service, many of these changes were originally proposed by REC Networks and were subject to public comment in the past.

As part of a regular policy that has been put into place at the FCC since Ajit Pai has been Chairman, draft releases of agenda items being considered at the upcoming open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission are made public.

REC files FCC petition to address NCE access for smaller communities through reverse "Raleigh" waivers.

REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rulemaking, or in the alternate, Petition for Declaratory Ruling with the Federal Communications Commission to address the issue of smaller communities being denied their first broadcast station because of lack of availability caused by higher powered stations centered around larger urbanized areas.

REC/KU3N 8 meter band FAQ

Greetings from Riverton.  

I have been reviewing the various articles, Facebook posts and yes, even QRZ.com for discussion on the 8-meter proposal.  Now with that said, here's some answers to some questions, comments and concerns made in the various channels...

RM-11843: REC proposes new amateur allocation at 40 MHz to encourage transatlantic experimentation

Today, the FCC has assigned a rulemaking (RM) number to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC Networks, through its founder, Michelle Bradley, KU3N as RM-11843.  

Rant from Riverton: Why didn't REC change to a rainbow logo for Pride Month?

This is a difficult personal blog for me to write, but I do feel that it is worth an explanation.  Today’s REC is about diversity.  We even have the root word “diverse” in our current slogan “a leading advocate for a diverse dial.”  When you visit REC’s website or call up by phone, you hear that slogan.

FEMA schedules next EAS National Test for August 7 and it will be entirely over the air.

Details are starting to come in about the next national EAS Test will be held on August 7 (backup, August 21) at 2:20PM EDT.

This test will be different than previous tests as IPAWS will not be used. The tests will originate from the Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations. This test will focus on over-the-air reception of alerts in the event that the internet is not available. This test will use the all-zeros (000000) FIPS code.

Video: A Potential Amateur Radio Allocation At 8 Meters?

Michelle Bradley, KU3N on behalf of REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to open an inquiry to request a new amateur radio allocation in the 8 meter band at 40.51 to 40.70 MHz.

This spectrum was recently awarded to amateurs in Ireland and several Region 1 nations currently have allocations or specially authorized beacons in this band.

See the REC filing on our filings page: https://recnet.com/filings

View the proposed bandplan for Ireland: https://www.irts.ie/dnloads/Irish_8m_5m_band_plans.pdf 

Once an RM number is assigned (if they assign one), then comments will be accepted for 30 days.

This proposal will get pushback from the NTIA. I expect this, but if we can get an understanding on this band similar to like what we have on 60 meters, we have an opportunity for a new band for transatlantic digital modes between 10 and 6 meters.

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