FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON LIFETIME LICENSES, 80/75 METER CHANGES If you have thoughts on the ARRL's petition for the FCC to make changes to 80 and 75 meters, now is the time to share them. Or if you want to weigh in a proposal that the FCC issue lifetime amateur radio licenses, take care of that now too. On the bands, the ARRL has asked the commission to fix what it calls a shortfall in available spectrum for RTTY and data, following the bands' reapportionment by the FCC a decade ago. The ARRL would like to see the boundary shifted between the 75 meter phone/image subband and the 80 meter RTTY/data subband - a proposal that the league's Board of Directors adopted as policy in July of last year. The ARRL would like the phone/image subband to extend from 3650 kHz to 4000 kHz and the RTTY/data subband to extend from 3500 kHz to 3650 kHz. The ARRL would also like 3600 kHz to 3650 kHz made available for General and Advanced Class licensees - as it had been before 2006. The FCC is also considering a request made last year for lifetime licenses to replace the 10-year term. In his petition, Mark F. Krotz, N7MK, of Mesa, Arizona, pointed out that the General Radiotelephone Operator License sets a precedent because it is already valid for a lifetime. Using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), select RM11759 for the 80 and 75 meter issue, and RM11760 for the lifetime license issue. Let your voice be heard.