FCC Grants VHF TV Spectrum Experimental Licenses
Last week the FCC issued its list of experimental licenses granted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1, 2014 and while there was only one that fell within broadcast spectrum, there were a few others that will likely be of interest to ham radio operators using the shared 420-450 MHz band.
Boeing received experimental license WG2XZQ to operate in the 54-72 MHz (TV Channels 2-4), 76-87 MHz (TV channels 5 & 6) and 173.28-173.40 MHz bands for radio testing. According to Boeing's application, the testing will use military ARC-210 and URC-200 radios and consist of a simple "Check One, Check Two" radio test between two attached radios at any two frequencies in these bands. Testing will take place "on the flight line" in St. Louis, Mo. In its application Boeing said this license would replace STA WG9XIE.
Ham radio operators in the area north of Denver may notice transmissions from Detect, Inc. on 449 MHz in connection with the testing of wind profiler radar and remote sensing technology mobile around Longmont, Colo.