Adopted: By the Commission: 8/29/72

1. The Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the matter of Amendment of Pari 97 of the Commission's Rules concerning the licensing and operation of Repeater stations in the Amateur Radio Service on February 26, 1970, which was published in the Federal Register on March 5, 1970, (35 FR 41381. Interested parties were invited to file comments on or before May 15, 1970, and reply comments on or before June 1, 1970. The time for filing comments and reply comments was subsequently extended to June 15, 1970 and July 7, 1970, respectively.

2. The Notice proposed to specifically provide rules for the operation of amateur stations which receive and automatically repeat the radio signals of other amateur stations. Atthough the rules have not specifically referred to amateur repeater stations, per se. the Commission has licensed hundreds of repeater stations to operate under the rules applicable to amateur radio stations in general. We are of the opinion that this activity is in keeping with the fundamental purpose of the Amateur Radio Service expressed in the principles set forth in Settion 97.1 of the Rules, particularly with respect to paragraphs 97.1(b) and (c):

"(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

{ci Encouragement and improvement of the amateur radio service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art."

The high quality of the technical content of the comments received is evidence that the basis and purpose of this Service are being served by this amateur repeater activity.

3. Both formal and informal comments were received from numerous individuals and amateur radio organizations. Since the comments received were so numerous, it is not practicable to discuss each herein. However, every comment has been given careful consideration by the Commission. Many include statements describing the value of repeater stations to the Service and predict further technological developments and increasing benefits

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