FCC Refuses To Modify The Petition For Amateur Radio Identification Rules

Date:Oct 28, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States rejected the petition for rulemaking to modify the site identification rules in Section 97 to better accommodate and simplify site identification during emergency networks, exercises, or activation. Robert A. Dukish, an ARRL member of Canfield, Ohio, filed his petition in December 2018, seeking changes to rule 97.119(a) to allow for single-point transmission of the site's ID in this case. He suggested allowing the network control station or other designated participants to use the automatic CW recognition function to announce the call sign of each station participating in the network or exercise every 10 minutes, often using the tactical call sign.

Scot Stone, deputy director of the FCC's mobile division, rejected Dukish's petition, saying that the majority of commentators opposed the proposal.

Stone wrote: "They believe that the current regulations strike the right balance between determining the need for communication sources and facilitating communication." "Commenters say that based on their years of amateur emergency communications experience, there is no proof of station identification requirements. It is a burden or an obstacle, and the current procedure clearly indicates that the communication has ended and actually helps to improve operational efficiency. The channel is available."

Stone said that some commentators asserted that Dukesh's proposed procedure was not feasible and would cause confusion, while other commentators identified Dukesh's proposal as a solution to the problem.

Stone wrote: "The purpose of the station identification requirement is to make those who receive these transmissions aware of the source of the transmission." "The separation of the call sign from each transmission will not achieve this goal." In addition, he said, there is no evidence. Indicates that the current station ID requirement is preventing the amateur radio emergency communication.