[amsat-bb] Re: 50 MHz (was S band and Eagle: an appeal for a higherleveldiscussion)

Tom Clark, K3IO K3IO at verizon.net
Tue Sep 12 12:49:51 PDT 2006

Trevor, M5AKA asked

> What are peoples views on trying to get an Amateur Satellite Service allocation
> at 50-51 MHz ? 
On time scales of 10 years (i.e. soon enough to be applicable to any of
the ongoing decisions), IMHO the chances are somewhere between
"microscopically slim" and "no way in hell". Any change like this has to
be proposed to the ITU (usually by the IARU) by some national delegation
(BTW -- the head of delegation has Ambassadorial status) at a WRC.

If the proposal isn't laughed out of the house instantly, it will be
referred to the ITU's Study Groups for presentation at a subsequent WRC.
Then the topic might be placed in front of the ITU, where it it might be

The ITU's recommendations must then be ratified as a treaty by the
nations involved. Here in the USA, it is offered up by the President (if
he/she cares) to be ratified by the Senate (a political process that
hasn't been going too swiftly on this side of the pond -- witness Kyoto).

To squeeze out spectrum for Galileo (& the other proposed new GNSS
systems) -- which involves gigaEuro financial issues -- took at least 3
WRC cycles (if I count right) -- i.e. 10++ years.

BTW -- Since we'd have to have the first fight just in the IARU in order
to have the chance of getting the ideas considered by the ITU/WRC cycle,
the initial fight would be 6M vs more world-wide 40M spectrum; and I
note that the IARU has a heavy pro-HF bias.

Personally, if we were going to fight a battle, I'd rather see us fight
for an S2 = 3400-3410 MHz allocation in R1.

73, Tom

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