[FSG-public] 5.9 GHz is open for commercial users

Thomas Schaefer toms at xmission.com
Sat Mar 28 02:56:52 UTC 2020

Hi Bryan,

I was just asking about the STA. I read it and the STA does not grant authority within 75 km of this area. I was not commenting on how it is can be a foot in the door with the potential for an STA to become permanent.

When I asked what I was missing, it was about that the STA did not seem to impact this area because of the 75km restriction near government sites. Given a literal reading of the STA, I was not inferring all you put in your reply so you must have further information on those motives I missed—hence the question of what I was missing.

Am I reading this STA wrong and it does allow operation within 75 miles of the sites like MacDill and Anclote?


Tom NY4I

> On Mar 27, 2020, at 10:48 PM, Bryan Fields <bryan at flscg.org> wrote:
> On 3/27/20 6:22 PM, Tom Schaefer wrote:
>> I must be missing something. The letter states the STA does not authorize operation within 75 km of MacDill or Anclote. 
> No, what are you missing?  This is an attack on the only non-ISM portion of
> our 5 ghz band.  This has been an ongoing wet dream of WISPs and the wireless
> providers for some time.  Even in the filing they refer to it as U-NII-4!
> Mimosa networks had a firmware update out within 4 hours of this being
> authorized.  (you may recall Mimosa is run by a former ham using his former
> status as credibility with the commission.)  There's nothing in here limiting
> interference to other licensed users other than Part 90.
> This is the camel's nose under the tent, once they have these bands, they will
> not give them back.  WISP's have a track record of non-compliance with the
> part 15 rules, and named providers in this STA have been cited by the FCC
> before.  Understand WISP's combine an ignorance of RF and ignorance of
> networking into a profit driven enterprise.  These are not entities compatible
> with sharing our spectrum.
> As Machiavelli said, "Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis."
> 73's
> -- 
> Bryan Fields, W9CR
> Florida Simulcast Group, Inc.
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