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Questions tagged [fcc]

Questions about the practices of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a US government agency that regulates communications, including amateur radio. For questions not about the FCC per se, use [united-states] and either [license] or [legal] as appropriate, instead.

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2018/2019 proposed expansion of technician privileges

I read that arrl is petitioning the FCC to expand the privileges of the technician license. Can you summarize those changes with the schedule?
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Are old USA amateur radio licenses in the public FCC database?

My old man worked in avionics for 30+ years and taught me nearly everything I know about radios, like how a superheterodyne receiver works, how the ionosphere refracts signals, etc. He grew up only a ...
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Is there any point to keep the CSCE after the FCC registers the upgrade?

Is there any point to keeping the CSCE form after the FCC registers the exam/upgrade in its database? I'm trying to go paperless in my old age and if there's no reason not to have the paper copy, into ...
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What changes are being made to the Technician question pool in 2018?

On 2018 July 1, the FCC's question pool for the Technician class license will be changing. Has anyone written up a summary of the updates or made a list of differences from the previous pool? What ...
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Who should announce the call sign when an unlicensed operator is transmitting?

If an unlicensed operator is operating phone on an amateur frequency under the direct supervision of a licensed operator for, say, longer than ten minutes, should the unlicensed operator say the call ...
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How to get professional or official clarification of FCC Part 97 rules for specific complicated situations?

I'm specifically focusing this question on methods to get official clarification where one doesn't currently exist. I am not asking this audience for interpretations. As part of my volunteer work ...
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Can you request a vanity call sign when passing the exam?

In the US, just after passing your exam for Technician, General and/or Extra if you didn't have a call sign to begin with, can you request a vanity one right away or do you have to wait until one is ...
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Why is this requirement in 60m in the US?

According to the FCC, if you are using an antenna other than a dipole, in 60 meters, you must keep a record of the transmission and gain of the antenna. I don't remember seeing any other requirement ...
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Section 15.23 “Home-built devices” No license required… to build? Just to Transmit. But…?

Title 47 › Chapter I › Subchapter A › Part 15 › Subpart A › Section 15.23 Home-built devices §15.23 Home-built devices. (a) Equipment authorization is not required for devices that are not ...
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What are FCC/Industry Canada certification requirements for amateur radio related products?

I know for part 15 licensed devices, there's special FCC certification, and something similar on the Canadian side. What about for amateur radio transmitters? They follow part 97 laws, and it's the ...
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How do I apply for a vanity callsign online?

ARRL indicates that you can apply for vanity callsigns online by "by connecting to the FCC's web site[ and clicking] on the icon entitled “Online Filing LOG IN”". I can't seem to see any mention of ...
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legal - Do FCC regulations only apply in U.S.A?

I currently do not live in the USA. I would like to find out if I still have to abide by FCC regulations.
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How is the PRC-152 able to achieve such a wide frequency range?

I am referring to the Harris Falcon III designed for military. It has a frequency range from 30MHz - 870MHz. However, when I look at commercial radios, their frequency ranges are usually limited to ...
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What are the FCC's bandwidth restrictions for the various amateur bands?

Does the FCC restrict how much bandwidth an amateur radio operator can transmit? I've seen restrictions for transmitting data, like packet and ATV, but, for example, could I legally use a huge ...
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What does the FCC do with confiscated equipment?

When a station is repeatedly violating FCC rules, transmitting out of band etc, equipment may be confiscated in addition to the fine. I am sure they have collected a large chunk of inventory from ...
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FCC tracking of unlicensed FRS/GMRS transmissions

If a transceiver such as the BaoFeng UV-5R is used to transmit over FRS/GMRS frequencies (unlicensed), it is illegal in the United States due to FCC regulations that state that the power must be <0....
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How can I know whether a radio is FCC approved?

I'm considering buying a new HT radio (Hong Ying HX-860UV Handheld) from China. The company says the model is approved by the FCC. Since I can't see it in person (only a photograph), I can't confirm....
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Technical Questions on the FCC Technician Exam?

What type of technical questions are on the FCC Technician Exam? I am asking because I have been reading the FCC Rules as a study guide for the Technician Exam and I don't want there to be any ...
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Renewing, how do I transmit legally with the new certification process (USA)?

So, from what I hear, the FCC has done away with mailing out paper certificates. The way I read the regs, I'm required to have an official paper certificate either on my person or at the station I'm ...
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What's the unlicensed power limit for 5.8 GHz (5 cm) transmissions?

5.8 GHz NTSC video transmitters are popular for FPV (first person view) model aircraft flying. However, because the 5.8 GHz band is also available for ISM (unlicensed) use, it's not clear to me at ...
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Are hashes (such as md5) legal in the US

If I were to implement a remote computer control system using amateur radio, would using hashes (such as md5, sha-*, etc...) for authentication be permissible under the United States rules?
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When will my new license appear in the FCC database?

I tested and passed my Technician's test on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Approximately how long will my license take to appear in the FCC database?
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Is it possible to transfer an area-specific call sign from a deceased relative?

I passed my Technician exam today and my grandma, who's been a ham for decades, suggested that I could try to get my grandpa's call sign. He passed away several years ago, but his FCC registration is ...
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Is it legal to monitor police and weather channels without a license?

I have two HT's that I bought from Baofeng for emergency use and I don't have a license. I was wondering: is it perfectly legal in the USA for me to be monitoring police and weather channels without a ...
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What FCC rule allows Skywarn and other spotters to restrict repeater use?

When amateur radio operators associated with the national weather service "close the net" on a repeater and request only severe weather reports on that frequency, what FCC ruling is in effect, given ...
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Why does the FCC publish station address information?

How do hams deal with the privacy and security concern of your station location (usually a home) having the information published for everyone to see? It seems hams do not have proper concern for ...
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Is it legal to put IRLP on a 2 meter repeater?

I heard that it is illegal to put IRLP linking onto a repeater on 2 meters in the USA. I was wondering if this was actually the case.
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How do I change my registered address with the FCC?

I just moved, and I want to change my registered address with my call-sign. Is there a form or something somewhere that I can fill out? Do I have to mail it, or can I turn it in to the FCC or ...
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What is the difference between FCC station and operator licenses?

I an studying for my technician class examination, and I came across this question: What may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to ...
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How do I notify and publish information on experimental modes?

I'm considering tinkering with a new mode. Of course I'll stick to experimental channels and low power for now, but as people notice my transmissions they won't immediately understand what is being ...
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What is the body of knowledge the U.S. written exams test?

I'm considering getting a U.S. amateur radio operator license. If you want to study to pass a license test, there are many resources to learn the answers to the entirety of the question pool: online ...
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How do I renew my FCC amateur license?

I have a technician class license, and my license expires in March 2014. How do I renew my license? I received a notification in the mail from W5YI-VEC informing me that I could renew my license ...
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What defines music, per amateur radio regulations?

Sometimes when I access IRLP nodes, they have a very short melody telling you that you are connected; or when my local repeater's net begins, it does the famous doorbell 8-note sequence. What is the ...