Comet GP-15 Tri-Band VHF/UHF Base Vertical Antennas provide good gain figures on the 6-meter, 2-meter, and 70-centimeter bands in a compact 7.9 foot package. These superior-quality base station antennas feature a one-piece, heavy duty, UV-s... Read more
The FCC has again used a consent decree to resolve an enforcement matter. The FCC Enforcement Bureau recently concluded a radio interference investigation with “a negotiated settlement” and $90,000 civil penalty. The case against AFX Inc. involved the marketing of unauthorized RF devices that interfered with AM/FM radio reception. After the company’s NLL Series LED […] Read more
What was the first telegraph message? Sent by inventor Samuel F.B. Morse on May 24, 1844, over an experimental line from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, the message said: “What hath God wrought?” Taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, and recorded on a paper tape, the phrase had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellsworth, the […] Read more
The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NUO) to a Texas man for causing interference to a VHF public safety communications system in Dallas County. The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued the Notice to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas on May 17. On April 3, agents from the FCC’s Dallas Enforcement Bureau Office responded […] Read more
By Dana SmithXENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – An amateur radio convention is expected to pump millions into the Greene County economy. The event – known as Hamvention – is being held in Xenia for the first time, this up coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kathleen Wright of the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau said event […] Read more
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For Immediate Release
FCC MODERNIZES PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES RULES — WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 – Today, the FCC took steps to update the Personal Radio Services rules, also known as Part 95 of the Commission’s rules, in order to modernize them, remove outdated requirements, and reorganize them to make it easier to find information. Significantly, as part of this effort, the FCC addressed more than two dozen proposals submitted by interested parties. Today’s action will result in a more consistent, clear, and concise set of rules that will better serve the needs of the public.
The FCC Personal Radio Services rules cover a wide variety of wireless devices that are used by the general public. These devices generally use low power levels, communicate over shared radio frequencies, and usually do not require an individual FCC license for each user. Some common examples of Personal Radio Services devices are walkie-talkies; radio control toy cars, boats, and planes; hearing assistance devices; CB radios; medical implant devices; and Personal Locator Beacons. The revisions adopted today reflect a comprehensive reform that will simplify, streamline, and update these rules. These changes will ensure that these rules reflect technological advances, recognize the 21st century uses of the Personal Radio Services, and are easy for the public to use and understand.
Specific reforms adopted in today’s Report and
Order include: GMRS/FRS Reform: The Commission will increase the number of communications channels for both General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and Family Radio Service (FRS), expand digital capabilities to GMRS, and increase the power/range for certain FRS channels to meet consumer demands for longer range communications.
CB Reform: The Commission will update the Citizens Band (CB) rules, which are decades old and contain outdated requirements that are no longer needed, including labeling requirements and a limit on use of channels when conditions allow long range communications. The Commission will also clarify that hands-free devices can be used with CB radios.
Overall rule reform: The Commission will remove outdated and unnecessary rules, change other rules to increase clarity and reduce potential confusion, and reorganize and streamline all Part 95 rules to make them easier to understand.
The Commission will also convert rules to plain language format to make them more user-friendly. Action by the Commission May 18, 2017 by Report and Order (FCC 17-57). Chairman Pai, and Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly approving and issuing separate statements. WT Docket No. 10-119; RM No. 10762; RM No. 10844 ### Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500 TTY: (888) 835-5322
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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974)
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