The FCC fights back!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W5TXR, Sep 25, 2018.

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  1. WA1ZMS

    WA1ZMS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FCC's advisory is years over due at this point in time. That said, never saying anything about Rules being openly violated can imply they don't care about the Rules or that the Rules are out dated. Better late than never some will say. However you can't un-ring a bell.

    It's mixed bag.

    Those of us in the RF industy can hope for better FCC Enforcement actions going forward, but given the issues of late with HF/VHF RF noise from modern LED lighting (both Part 15 & Part 18) there are many battles the FCC has to fight with. And funding is but still a large one.
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  2. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    The biggest problem isn't Baofengs... it is the proliferation of unlicensed RFI-generating lighting, powerline RF modems, power supplies, and induction power devices.

    There is a prioritization of Part 15 devices (and other devices that don't even meet Part 15) to the detriment of licensed services.

    Devices which even comply with the low level emission limits of Part 15, if proliferated everywhere, create a high noise level everywhere.

    Part 15 was written in the past century, without expectation that every home would have dozens of emitters with harmonics and spurious emissions over a broad spectrum of LF-HF-VHF-UHF-microwave.

    "This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
    Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
    (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
    (2) this device must accept any interference received,
    including interference that may cause undesired operation."

    How do you tell all your neighbors that they must remove all their new LED bulbs from their home lighting?

    How do you tell your entire town that their new LED street lights need to be removed because they cause harmful interference?

    FCC, if you want to actually enforce a rule, please go out and enforce Part 15.
    That will make the biggest difference to the most licensed services.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
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  3. N2SUB

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    This is not an action by the FCC, it's an enforcement advisory. Nothing has been confiscated, nobody has been arrested, and this will probably never happen. Yes, the regulations are cited, that's not the point. There is no application of the law, just a PUBLIC NOTICE that the laws are on the books. So, hooray for our side!! But while this PUBLIC NOTICE may help you sleep better at night, the companies producing the devices already knew the law and have no doubt already planned their next move. This is kind of like putting up a No Trespassing sign in your back yard because kids are cutting through....they'll keep cutting through despite the sign until the police show up, and then they simply take the long way home.
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  4. K1LKP

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  5. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did read it. It says you must comply and be type accepted. Nowhere did it show that " Baofeng, Leixen, TYT, Wouxon and all the other cheap Chinese stuff and the copy cat transceivers will be banned!"

    There are a lot of radios out there that don't have acceptance, but a blanket statement such as I quoted is what I am referring to.
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  6. AA8GK

    AA8GK Ham Member QRZ Page

    HERE! HERE!!!!! Well done, FCC!!!!
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  7. AE8W

    AE8W Ham Member QRZ Page

    The one statement that is missing is that amateur radio operators, being Federally licensed, are ulitmately responsible for using radios that are compliant.

    Add that statement and things would change.
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  8. AA8GK

    AA8GK Ham Member QRZ Page

    They're Part 90 certified? Good for you. Too bad they're not PART 97 CERTIFIED!!!!! Are you sure you're licensed?
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  9. NN4RH

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    Oh boy. Who wants first crack at this one?
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  10. M6ENP

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    would it not be simpler, to examine all ht radios enters the US ??, here in the uk theres a tv programme called "border force US" which follows umpteen different federal groups ,intercepting drugs/guns/and all other manner of contraband goods, surely these radios enter the US via containers, why are they examined/seized at port of docking ??, shutting the door after the proverbial horse has bolted methinks, just my 2 pence worth

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