FCC Opens 630/2200 Meters Amateur Band; Pre-Registration Required!

FCC OPENS 630/2200 METERS TO AMATEUR USE AS OF OCTOBER 16, 2017; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Yes, the headlines read, “FCC OPENS 630/2200 METERS TO AMATEUR USE AS OF OCTOBER 16, 2017; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.”

The FCC has authorized amateur radio use of the 630 and 2200-meter bands, effective October 16, 2017, providing registration procedures have been followed and no objections are received within 30 days.

The PLC (Power Line Communications) database is live and hams may begin registering immediately. They may begin operating on 472 kHz (630 meters) and 137 kHz (2200 meters) as early as October 16 if they register today and receive no objection in the next 30 days. Hams may not operate on the bands without going through this process.

Please fill out the UPC Form, today, to register your station, even if you don’t have any plans on transmitting on these new bands.

It is imperative that all amateurs register, even if they don’t plan to use these bands in the near future, as the FCC rules prohibit UTC (the Utilities Technology Council) from deploying PLC in these bands closer than one (1) kilometer from registered stations. Registration now will protect your ability to use our new MF/LF bands in the future.

News report link.

Tomas Hood, NW7US, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Nebraska, USA. Tomas is the Space Weather and Radio Propagation Contributing Editor to 'CQ Amateur Radio Magazine', 'The Spectrum Monitor', and 'RadioUser UK Magazine'.

5 Responses to “FCC Opens 630/2200 Meters Amateur Band; Pre-Registration Required!”

  • Art Roberts W1AER:

    Happy to have the new bands. I registered as soon as this was posted. No transmitter yet, but sure looks like fun. I started liking the LOW bands while in Northern Japan and listening to great music, on 200 kHz, from Russia.

    On to lower frequencies!
    Art W1AER

  • Walt n5eqy:

    All done, better have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
    Always be prepared, just in case the fertilizer gets in the ventilators.

  • Noji KNØJI:

    Thanks for providing this registration! BTW, this form could use some help, as in

    – it’s not clear whether a person should register for both bands with one submission, so I submitted twice, once per band
    – it’s not clear whether the longitude is relative or absolute, so I entered the Google coords using negative longitude degrees
    – it’s not obvious whether I could use Ø as a zero in my call sign instead of 0, so I submitted Ø like I usually do
    – it’s not clear what the “Date” is for: date of form submission or date of request, so I back-dated mine to 09-07-2017

  • Bil K1ATV:

    I registered for both frequencies on the same form.

    —————————————————————-
    I’m not an expert but I play one – on HAM TV.
    Bil Munsil
    K1ATV HAM TV
    Mesa AZ
    Hams should be seen as well as heard.
    More than 30 years on and off HAM TV in Arizona.
    —————————————————————-

  • Neil w0yse:

    One great source of information about 630 m is at
    http://njdtechnologies.net/
    Check out all of John’s pages, especially the links page.

    73, Neil w0yse

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