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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB038 (1996)

ARLB038 FCC closes sites

ARRL Bulletin 38  ARLB038
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  June 11, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLB038 FCC closes sites

FCC closes monitoring stations, field offices

As part of a previously announced restructuring of its Compliance
and Information Bureau, the FCC has closed 12 HF spectrum monitoring
stations and six district offices, effective May 29.

The monitoring stations shut down were in Belfast, Maine, Powder
Springs, Georgia, Vero Beach, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Allegan, Michigan, Kingsville, Texas, Grand Island, Nebraska,
Anchorage, Alaska, Douglas, Arizona, Livermore, California,
Honolulu, Hawaii, and Ferndale, Washington.

District offices closed were in Buffalo, New York, Norfolk,
Virginia, Miami, Florida, Houston, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and St
Paul (Maplewood), Minnesota.

The FCC says ''a downsized professional staff'' will remain in
Buffalo, Norfolk, Miami, Houston, Portland, St Paul, Anchorage,
Honolulu and San Juan.

The FCC is replacing its HF monitoring stations with ''advanced,
automated equipment'' that will remotely control monitoring sites
from an operations center in Maryland. The FCC also plans to install
a nationwide toll-free call center, and service is scheduled to
begin on a regional basis this month. Until the nationwide toll-free
service is available, the FCC says people may call one of the
remaining district offices for assistance. Here's a list of service
facilities for localities where FCC offices have been closed:

Allegan, Michigan: Detroit District Office, 810-471-5924.

Anchorage, Alaska, Ferndale, Washington, Portland, Oregon: Seattle
District Office, 206-821-9037.

Belfast, Maine: Boston District Office, 617-770-4023.

Douglas, Arizona: San Diego District Office, 619-467-0549.

Grand Island, Nebraska, Norfolk, Virginia: Kansas City District
Office, 816-353-3773.

Honolulu, Hawaii, Livermore, California: San Francisco District
Office, 510-732-9046.

Houston, Texas, Kingsville, Texas: Dallas District Office,

Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vero Beach, Florida: Tampa
District Office, 813-348-1508.

Powder Springs, Georgia: Atlanta District Office, 770-279-4621.

St Paul, Minnesota: Chicago District Office, 847-298-5401.

Individuals needing FCC forms or other documents should call the
FCC's Forms Distribution Center at 800-418-3676.


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