ARRL seeks FCC probe of long-range cordless telephone sales

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    From the ARRL...

    The ARRL has asked the FCC to investigate and ''take appropriate
    action'' against several companies it alleges have been marketing
    so-called ''long-range cordless telephones'' via the Internet. The
    ARRL took the action in the wake of an interference complaint and
    numerous reports from the amateur community about sales of the
    devices, some operating on amateur VHF and UHF frequencies.

    ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the League was seeking
    the FCC probe because the apparently uncertificated devices operate
    on amateur bands and are capable of interfering with amateur
    communication. He also noted that the devices are not likely to meet
    maximum permissible exposure levels for RF.

    ''ARRL has not been able to locate any FCC certification for these
    devices and, based on the advertised frequency bands and ranges, it
    is believed that none of these devices could be certificated, or
    legally marketed or sold, under FCC rules,'' Imlay wrote.

    Imlay said the ARRL also is looking into the marketing of products
    such as 434-MHz video surveillance equipment and other ''apparently
    non-certificated devices'' that use amateur frequencies but are being
    marketed in the US to non-amateurs.

    ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI, said he's received at least one
    report of actual harmful interference from a long-range cordless
    telephone to amateur communication. The amateur reporting it tracked
    the telephone to the home of a neighbor, who said he'd bought the
    device on eBay.

    Hare said some long-range devices are legally certificated to
    operate on the 900 MHz or 2450 MHz Part 15 bands. ''These legal
    devices are only an issue if they cause actual harmful interference
    to the Amateur Service,'' he said.

    Hare requests reports of unlicensed devices causing actual harmful
    interference to Amateur Radio operation. Reports may be sent to
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