Revolutionizing the Airwaves: How FCC's Latest Rules Unleash Potential in Amateur Radio

This article explores the FCC's recent decision to modernize amateur radio by removing outdated transmission rate limits, paving the way for enhanced digital communication and innovation. It highlights the community's positive response and the potential for these changes to bolster emergency communications and technological experimentation.


2/17/20241 min read

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented new regulations that remove existing speed restrictions for certain amateur radio frequencies.

A Report and Order from the Commission has introduced these new regulations, removing old speed restrictions based on baud rates for data transmissions in specific frequencies, and setting a new limit of 2.8 kHz bandwidth. The Commission believes these updates align with its approach to managing other radio communication services and will enhance the efficiency of amateur radio operations, particularly for emergency communication efforts.

This decision received immediate support from the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio, which sees the updated rules as a way to encourage further innovation and exploration in amateur radio frequencies by allowing for the use of advanced digital technologies.

In addition, the FCC is looking for feedback on a proposal to eliminate baud rate restrictions for the VHF and UHF frequencies, along with the 2200-meter and 630-meter bands, through a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This proposal also asks for input on what the new speed limits should be for these bands.