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 email@example.com.