(T1A03) Governing Amateur Radio Service

Which part of the FCC rules contains the rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service?

  • Part 73
  • Part 95
  • Part 90
  • Part 97

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States federal government agency established by the Communications Act of 1934. It is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. Its jurisdiction covers all 50 states, Washington DC, and all U.S. possessions.

The FCC establishes rules for the regulation of communications by the means listed above. The agency organizes communications rules by “parts,” each part defining rules and regulations associated with a specific area of communications. For example, Part 0 defines the organization of the FCC itself, and Part 11 outlines the Emergency Alert System of the United States. Radio broadcast services are governed by Part 73, and the Amateur Radio Service is established and governed by Part 97.

Part 97 is divided into seven subparts, and each subpart contains multiple paragraphs, each specifically numbered and addressing specific rules of the Amateur Radio Service. All regulation paragraph numbers related to the Amateur Radio Service will begin with “97” and a decimal addition will follow. For example, paragraph 97.113(a)(4) identifies music using phone emissions as a prohibited transmission, along with communications to facilitate a criminal act, encoding to obscure meaning, deceptive or false messages, and obscene or indecent words or language. General operating standards are listed under 97.101, and 97.101(d) specifies that maliciously causing interference to any radio communication is prohibited. There are many more from which many of the Technician exam pool questions have been derived and that are covered in the HamRadioSchool.com Technician License Course book, Chapter 2.0.
The seven subparts of Part 97 are:

Subpart A — General Provisions
Subpart B — Station Operation Standards
Subpart C — Special Operations
Subpart D — Technical Standards
Subpart E — Providing Emergency Communications
Subpart F — Qualifying Examinations Systems

You can find a convenient listing of all Part 97 rules at the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

The answer to Technician question T1A03, “Which part of the FCC rules contains the rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service?” is D: Part 97.