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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). PRS provides for a wide variety of wireless devices that are used by the general public for personal communication uses, which include applications like walkie-talkies, radio controlled model toys, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices and other uses. In addition to the comprehensive review and update of the rules to reflect modern practices, the Commission enhanced the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) to allow new digital applications, allot additional interstitial channels and extend the license term from five to ten years. It also allotted additional channels to the Family Radio Service (FRS) and increased the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 Watts to two Watts. It also updated the CB Radio Service to allow hands-free headsets, removed a restriction on communicating over long distances and removed other outdated requirements. These changes and others outlined below will update PRS rules to be more in line with current public demands for the services and will make the rules easier to read and find information, while also removing outdated requirements and removing unnecessary rules.

DATES:

Effective September 28, 2017. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 28, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Thomas Derenge (technical), (202) 418-2451 or Scot Stone (legal), (202) 418-0638, regarding the Report and Order in WT Docket 10-119. Both contact persons are in the Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and may also be contacted at (202) 418-7233 (TTY).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Report and Order in the part 95 Reform proceeding (part 95 R&O), WT Docket No. 10-119, RM Nos. 10762 and 10844, FCC 17-57, adopted May 18, 2017 and released May 19, 2017. The full text of the part 95 R&O, including the Appendix, is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A157, Washington, DC 20554, or by downloading the text from the Commission's Web site at https://apps.fcc.gov/​edocs_​public/​attachmatch/​DOC-344617A1.pdf.

Alternative formats are available for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), by sending an email to FCC504@fcc.gov or calling the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

The Report and Order, in deleting two of the FCC's rules (47 CFR 95.671 and 95.673), stated that such action would not become effective until after the Federal Register publication of the date that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the resulting modification of the information collections under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and effective date of such modification. Because subsequent review and consultation with OMB has revealed that there is no existing clearance that will be modified by the deletion of these two rules, OMB review is not necessary. Thus, the same effective date applies to all of the rules in the Report and Order.

Therefore, the effective date for the removal of 47 CFR 95.671 and 95.673 is the same as the other rule changes adopted in the action.

The Report and Order moves four provisions that incorporate by reference standards for certain part 95 devices to new rule sections. The Director of the Federal Register previously approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of these standards and has approved moving these standards IBR to new rule sections.

Specifically, the incorporation by reference of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Recommendation ITU-R M.1459, “Protection criteria for telemetry systems in the aeronautical mobile service and mitigation techniques to facilitate sharing with geostationary broadcasting-satellite and mobile-satellite services in the frequency bands 1 452-1 525 and 2 310-2 360 MHz,” May 2000, formerly contained in old section § 95.1223(c)(2) is now set forth in new section § 95.2509(e)(2); the IBR of Radio Technical for Maritime (RTCM) Service standard RTCM 11010.2, “RTCM Standard 11010.2 for 406 MHz Satellite Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs),” with Amendment 1, and with Amendment 2, dated June 8, 2012 (RTCM 11010) formerly contained in old rule section § 95.1402(a) is now set forth in new rule section § 95.2989(b); the IBR of RTCM standard RTCM 11901.1, “Maritime Survivor Locating Devices (MSLD),” dated June 4, 2012, formerly contained in old rule section § 95.1403(b) is now set forth in new rule section § 95.2989(c); and the IBR standard of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard E2213-03, Standard Specification for Telecommunications and Information Exchange Between Roadside and Vehicle Systems—5 GHz Band Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications published in 2003, formerly contained in old rule section § 95.1509 is now set forth in new rule section § 95.3189(a).

The effective language of each IBR, including the IBR approval from the Director of the Federal Register, remains the same, as well as information on how to obtain copies of the standards. Further, the documents are available for inspection at Commission headquarters at 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. Synopsis

I. Report and Order (Part 95 Reform Proceeding, WT Docket No. 10-119)

A. Overall Reorganization of Part 95

1. In the part 95 R&O, the Commission used an organizational structure somewhat different than what it had proposed in recognition that some services were so unique, their technical rules could not easily be integrated into a technical subpart. Consequently, the part 95 R&O eliminated duplication by consolidating identical or essentially similar administrative rules that apply broadly to all or most of the Personal Radio Services into Subpart A, as proposed; and consolidated similar or identical technical rules that apply broadly to all or most of the Personal Radio Services into Subpart A instead of into a new Subpart B. Additionally, all the rules are written in a consistent plain language format and the “Question and Answer” format is removed.

2. To reduce confusion, the new rules will not use the same numbers as the prior rules and even numbers will not be used to allow room for insertion of new rules in the future if needed. The new arrangement of subparts, as compared to the existing arrangement, is as follows:Start Printed Page 41097

SubpartOld topicOld rulesNew topicNew rules
AGeneral Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)1-183Personal Radio Services300-399
BFamily Radio Service (FRS)191-194Family Radio Service (FRS)500-599
CRadio Control (R/C) Radio Service201-225Radio Control Radio Service (RCRS)700-799
DCitizens Band (CB) Radio Service401-428CB Radio Service900-999
ETechnical Regulations601-673General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)1700-1799
F218-219 MHz Service801-861218-219 MHz Service1900-1999
GLow Power Radio Service (LPRS)1001-1019Low Power Radio Service (LPRS)2100-2199
HWireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS)1101-1129Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS)2300-2399
IMedical Device Radiocommunication Service (MedRadio)1201-1225Medical Device Radiocommunication Service (MedRadio)2500-2599
JMulti-Use Radio Service (MURS)1301-1317Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)2700-2799
KPersonal Locator Beacons (PLB)1400-1402Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)2900-2999
LDedicated Short Range Communications Service On-Board Units (DSRCS-OBUs)1501-1511DSRCS On-Board Units (OBUs)3100-3199

3. Additionally, in order to make it easier to find information, the new rules are arranged in each subpart using, to the extent possible, a common template as follows:

Administrative rulesOperating rulesTechnical rulesMarketing rules
1 scope31 permissible uses61 equipment certification91 marketing limitations
3 definitions33 prohibited uses63 frequencies, channels93 labeling
5 authority to operate35 use of certified equip65 frequency accuracy95 disclosures
7 station locations37 modified equipment67 transmitting power limits
9 coordination procedures39 external equipment69 field strength limits
11 FCC correspondence41 antenna height limit71 emission types
13 violations, penalties43 operator responsibility73 emission bandwidths
15 reserved45 remote control75 modulation limits
17 antenna registration47 automatic control77 tones and signals
19 station maintenance49 network connection79 unwanted emissions
21 reserved51 station identification81 voice obscuring features
23 station inspection53 false communications83 reserved
25 interference55 reserved85 RF exposure
27 restricted operation57 duration of transmissions87 additional requirements
29 how to contact FCC59 channel sharing89 industry technical standard

4. Technical Issues. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released June 7, 2010 in the part 95 Reform Proceeding (Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration, WT Docket No. 10-119, 25 FCC Rcd 7651) (part 95 NPRM), proposed several technical changes to the part 95 rules such as to establish channel numbers across the PRS; to use consistent and up-to-date technical units of measure for frequency tolerance, power limits, and unwanted emissions for all PRS; and to conform and clarify the rules pertaining to voice obscuring in PRS devices. The part 95 R&O declined to establish channel numbers across part 95 because the record did not support the change. Similarly, the part 95 R&O did not find sufficient justification to change any particular power limit (with exception of increased power for certain Family Radio Service (FRS) channels as discussed below). The part 95 R&O did update frequency tolerance and stability requirements to express the limits in terms of parts per million and removed the requirement that transmitters use crystal control to keep frequencies stable in recognition that technologic advancements made the requirement unnecessary. Further, the Commission concluded that voice obscuring features are not appropriate for part 95 services. Specifically, the Commission stated that voice obscuring features on services like General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and FRS undermine the “listen-before-talk” etiquette used in these services, prevents self-policing by other device users and hinders communications during emergency calls, without providing true security against eavesdropping. Therefore, part 95 devices that include voice obscuring features will not receive equipment authorization 90 days after the effective date of the rules prohibiting these devices, and the rule also prohibits the manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale of non-compliant devices two years after the effective date of the rule. The Commission did not prohibit the continued use of existing radios with voice-obscuring features to minimize the burden of this rule on consumers, but it suggests that operators refrain from using such features, and advises them not to rely upon such features for security in communicating private information.

B. GMRS

5. GMRS is a long standing service in part 95 with a regulatory structure grounded in the assumption that GMRS systems are designed like traditional land mobile systems, i.e., comprised of handheld portable units, mobile stations, base stations, and repeaters. However, rather than obtaining exclusive authorization for specific channels at specific locations, GMRS users had to obtain an individual license valid for five years, which allowed them to share the GMRS channels with other GMRS licensees. GMRS is allotted sixteen 25 kilohertz main channels (eight main channels in the 462 MHz band and eight main channels in the 467 MHz band). Between (and partially overlapping) the 462 MHz main GMRS channels are seven interstitial channels designated for GMRS use (25 kilohertz bandwidth). The Family Radio Service (FRS) is allotted 14 interstitial channels (12.5 kilohertz bandwidth and only 0.5 Watts power) between (and partially Start Printed Page 41098overlapping) the GMRS main channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz bands.

6. GMRS licensing issues. Given that many part 95 services are “licensed-by-rule” and use low powered devices without the need for an individual license, the part 95 NPRM explored whether the Commission should continue to license GMRS, permit higher powered land mobile operations, or change the structure of the types of devices used under GMRS. Most commenters oppose eliminating the GMRS licensing requirement due to concerns that it would result in a decline in the operating etiquette that is essential to successful channel sharing or due to the unique flexibility that GMRS allows licensees to operate higher powered land mobile systems. Therefore, the part 95 R&O maintained the individual licensing requirement for all GMRS stations. However, as addressed below in the discussion of issues pertaining to the FRS, the part 95 R&O revised the rules to reclassify many GMRS/FRS hand-held combination radios as FRS units that do not require an individual license. Further, to reduce the administrative burden on GMRS licensees and FCC staff, the GMRS license term was changed from five to ten years, which will also reduce the cost because only one application fee is needed every ten years instead of two.

7. GMRS data applications. The part 95 R&O granted a Petition for Rulemaking filed by Garmin which would allow GMRS handheld portable devices to transmit digital data messages. These messages will be limited to location information, requests for location information from other units, and brief text messages to another specific unit; must be initiated by a manual action or command of a user, except that a unit receiving a location request from another unit may automatically respond with its location; must not exceed one second in duration; and must not be sent more frequently than one digital data transmission within any thirty-second period, excluding automatic responses to location requests. Moreover, GMRS transmitters capable of digital data transmissions: Must have integrated (i.e., non-detachable) antennas; and may make digital data transmissions only on the 462 MHz GMRS channels and the new 467 MHz interstitial GMRS channels shared with the FRS. In addition, the part 95 R&O limited the occupied emission bandwidth of digital data transmissions to 12.5 kilohertz on the 462 MHz and 467 MHz interstitial channels, but allow up to 20 kHz on the 462 MHz main GMRS channels to be consistent with other GMRS emissions that may be using those channels. The Commission concluded the benefits of these new digital message capabilities outweighed the risk of increased interference or congestion in the GMRS. Further, the decision not to permit detachable antennas for GMRS portable units is based upon a concern that an in-line amplifier from a detachable antenna port could allow 467 MHz interstitial operations greatly exceeding the 0.5 Watt power limit and could interfere with repeater operations.

8. The part 95 R&O also declined suggestions from recent comments to expand the scope of these data applications to allow them on devices with detachable antennas and on all GMRS channels and to change the duty cycle or response parameters of the data applications (e.g., automatic or periodic data response). Similarly, the Commission declined to expand GMRS capabilities to authorize digital voice modulation techniques, such as time division multiple access (TDMA) (i.e., 7K60FXE 2‐slot DMR TDMA). For similar reasons, it declined to allow GMRS licensees to use equipment certified under part 90 Land Mobile Radio Service rules unless it is also certified for part 95. The Commission declined to create an exclusion for GMRS and FRS devices to communicate with similar devices in Canada due to lack of a complete record. The Commission also declined to change or clarify the rules regarding network connections in the GMRS rules. Finally, the Commission declined to delete the GMRS prohibition on messages that are both conveyed by a wireline control link and transmitted by a GMRS station. In each of these instances, the late filed comments generated insufficient record to make a determination on the requests and evaluate the impact of the requests if allowed. For example, comments addressing digital voice on GMRS are split; some parties suggesting it should be allowed outright, one party suggesting it could be migrated in on a secondary basis, one suggesting new channels be made available for digital voice that avoid existing analog channels, and another suggesting that certain GMRS channels be set aside for “digital only” or “digital primary.” The Commission determined there is insufficient record to determine the impact of a variety of new digital voice operations on the “listen before talk” etiquette, self-policing, and emergency calls that occur on these shared channels. Further, regarding the use of part 90 equipment that is not also certified under part 95, the part 95 R&O noted that many part 90 certified radios have no technical similarity to GMRS, so such a broad exemption to the Commission's standard practice of requiring a part 95 equipment authorization would lead to unknown consequences on the service.

9. Further, the part 95 R&O did not change the power limits on GMRS as it had explored in the part 95 NPRM because commenters did not support the change and because the licensing requirement for GMRS was maintained. Similarly, the part 95 R&O did not implement any narrowbanding of GMRS 25 kHz channels because the interstitial channels are already in use by FRS and any benefit of such narrowbanding would be outweighed by the cost of licensees having to obtain new equipment. The Commission deleted section 95.29(g), which pertains to certain GMRS systems authorized before March 18, 1968 because the rule is obsolete. Additionally, the Commission removed reference to “small” base and control stations and related provision from the GMRS rules because these stations are a remnant of the former site-by-site GMRS licensing regime which is no longer in place.

C. FRS

10. FRS Combination Radios. The part 95 R&O explained that most FRS radios sold today are relatively inexpensive combination GMRS/FRS radios that have the capability to transmit on twenty-two channels (the seven shared GMRS/FRS channels between the GMRS 462 MHz channels, the seven FRS channels between the GMRS 467 MHz channels, and the eight GMRS 462 MHz channels) with an ERP of two Watts on the GMRS channels and 0.5 Watts on the FRS channels. However, the record indicates that the vast majority of people who use these radios do not obtain a GMRS license. To address the public demand for longer range FRS devices and to resolve the issue of noncompliance with the GMRS licensing obligation, the Commission essentially reclassified these FRS/GMRS combination radios as FRS only, if they meet certain technical requirements. Specifically, to accommodate these radios in FRS, the Commission increased the maximum authorized radiated power limit for FRS channels 1-7 from 0.5 Watts to two Watts, and allotted the GMRS 462 MHz main channels to be shared with FRS with a two watt power limit. The new channels will be numbered FRS channels 15 through 22. In addition, the Commission allotted FRS channels 8 through 14 (the interstitial channels between the GMRS 467 MHz channels, which formerly were designated exclusively for FRS) to Start Printed Page 41099GMRS for use on a shared basis with FRS. These channels will be available to GMRS operators under the same technical limits that currently apply to FRS. The Commission retained the five Watts ERP limit for GMRS operation on the 462 MHz interstitial channels. Consequently, all FRS frequencies will now be shared with GMRS, while the eight GMRS 467 MHz main channels (repeater input channels) will remain exclusively GMRS. In other words, existing GMRS/FRS combination radios already in operation will be reclassified as FRS if the power is less than two Watts ERP and they do not use the 467 MHz main channels, so no individual license will be is required. Otherwise, devices not meeting these requirements will be classified as GMRS where an individual license is required. The Commission stated that the two watt limit for FRS is appropriate because many of the existing combination GMRS/FRS radios already operate under that level with no significant complaints about interference or other problems, and it provides a reasonable balance between the desire for increased range over the prior FRS power levels and battery life. Further, the two watt limit is the power used for part 95 MURS devices which are also licensed by rule, both MURS and FRS facilitate various applications (e.g., voice and data) for the general public in the VHF frequency range with comparable spectral environments, and use of this power limit has worked safely and appropriately in this analogous service.

11. To prevent the creep of FRS combination radios into other licensed services, the part 95 R&O adopted a rule forbidding the certification of FRS devices that incorporate GMRS capabilities, as well as other services, other than part 15 unlicensed applications. Operation of FRS units is licensed by rule and they are marketed to and intended to be used by the general public as a simple and inexpensive communications solution. Because FRS units are intended to be operated by anyone, even young children, it is unrealistic to expect FRS users to know the channel assignments and operating procedures for other radio services. Further, because of the open eligibility to operate FRS devices, many businesses use the devices in their warehouses, retail stores and other locations, so widespread use of devices with capabilities to operate in licensed and safety related services could result in unintentional interference to safety communications. Therefore, the Commission amended the FRS equipment authorization rules to limit the technical capabilities of FRS units, especially the channels on which they are capable of transmitting with the exception for part 15 unlicensed devices to continue to allow the incorporation of part 15 features such as WI-FI and Bluetooth headsets into FRS devices. This action removes the confusion of whether a purchaser needs a license or meets eligibility requirements to operate devices in this band because they will be classified as either FRS or a different service, not under both services.

12. The same implementation schedule outlined above for devices with voice obscuring features is used for these changes to FRS. That is, 90 days after the effective date of new sections 95.561(c) and 95.1761(c) adopted in the part 95 R&O, no equipment authorization will be granted for any transmitter type under FRS and any other service, other than part 15. Second, two years after the effective date of new sections 95.587(e), 95.591, 95.1791(a) and (b) adopted in the part 95 R&O, no person shall be permitted to manufacture or import, sell or offer for sale any radio equipment capable of operating under both subpart B (FRS) and any other service, other than part 15. The Commission grandfathered the operation of any existing combination radios as set forth above, and reminded operators of such existing devices that fit within the reclassified GMRS category that they must obtain a license before operating a GMRS device.

D. CB Radio Service

13. The part 95 R&O changed the name of the Citizens Band Radio Service to “CB Radio Service” (CBRS). The public usually refers to this service simply as “CB” or “CB radio.” This change will avoid confusion with the term “citizens band radio services” used in the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which encompasses all of the radio services in part 95 that are licensed by rule except the Radio Control Radio Service. Further, in response to a petition from Omnitronics, LLC, the Commission amended its rules to allow use of cordless microphones with CBRS radios because there is consumer demand for this feature and it will promote safety on the highways by reducing driver distraction for those using CBRS. Specifically, the Commission amended the rules to clarify that the use of part 15-compliant cordless microphones and headsets with CBRS stations is considered to be local control, not remote control, of CB stations. Further, the Commission found that the existing technical parameters in part 15 are appropriate to allow operation within or adjacent to a truck or other vehicle, while not providing so much distance as to be considered remote control, and no additional technical restrictions are currently needed. Cordless microphones and headsets used with CBRS transmitters must be certified to comply fully with part 15 of the Commission's rules, and must not change any of the operating parameters of the CBRS transmitter or adversely affect the CBRS transmission. The Commission also concluded that it is unnecessary to limit the use of hands-free devices to those that are made by or certified to the manufacturer of the CBRS transmitter. To the contrary, such a requirement would seem to unnecessarily reduce competitive options and consumer choice. Finally, the Commission stated that voice operated transmit (VOX) could be used with CBRS cordless microphones. The Commission found that the technology is sufficiently developed that VOX microphones are able to effectively operate in a variety of noisy environments.

14. Review of CB Operating Rules. The part 95 NPRM sought comment on various CBRS operating rules, including rules that limit the duration of conversations, rules restricting the transmission of music or sound effects, and restrictions on communicating when propagation allows long range communications. While the record supported some form of duration limitation on CBRS transmissions, there is no consensus on whether or how the existing limits should be modified, so the existing rules were maintained. Similarly, the record was inconclusive on the rule restricting the transmission of music, whistling, sound effects or any material to amuse or entertain or attract attention, so that rule was retained. However, the Commission removed the restriction on long range conversations when sky wave propagation conditions allow such long range conversations. The record does not contain any convincing evidence that the current level of use of sky wave propagation by CBRS operators creates any increase in risk of harmful interference, or presents any other cause for concern. Accordingly, the Commission retained the current power limit for CB and eliminated the restriction on long-range communications. The Commission declined the request of some commenters to increase the power limit, given the increased potential for interference to other services.

15. Other CB Issues. The Commission agreed with CB radio manufacturers that the rule requiring that the serial number of each CBRS radio be engraved into the transmitter chassis is no longer Start Printed Page 41100necessary and the rule was removed. This requirement was adopted in 1976 to help alleviate difficulties in identifying stolen CBRS equipment, but because theft of mobile CBRS equipment is no longer as large a problem as it once was, the cost of engraving serial numbers on such equipment now appears to exceed any resultant benefits, and the requirement seems to impose needless costs on the manufacturer and therefore on the consumer. Similarly, the Commission removed the requirement that manufacturers include a copy of the FCC operating rules with each new CBRS radio. When this requirement originally was enacted, CBRS licensees were required to maintain a current copy of the rules, but this requirement was removed in 1982. The Commission concluded that such a requirement is no longer necessary for CBRS equipment and noted that CBRS radio operators and other PRS users can obtain information from the FCC Web site and request assistance using the FCC 800 number call center, and encouraged manufacturers to direct users to the FCC Web site www.fcc.gov or call center 888-225-5322 (888-CALL-FCC) to find information about operating requirements.

16. The Commission declined to adopt other changes proposed by commenters that, rather than streamlining the CBRS rules, would expand or substantially change the character of the service. Specifically, the Commission declined to adopt the proposal to allow CBRS radios to transmit data (other than the sub-audible tone squelch and selective calling that is already permitted) for the purpose of short text messaging. The Commission also declined to adopt proposals to allow FM modulation or to add additional channels for FM modulation, or to narrowband and digitize CBRS channels because 10 kilohertz channels are already relatively spectrally efficient and the alternative modulation techniques would be incompatible with the existing equipment base. Further, the Commission declined to adopt the proposal to transition the service to a band and modulation scheme that is more appropriate for short-range communications. Such changes are beyond the scope of this proceeding, and the Commission concluded that the proponents of such changes do not demonstrate sufficient potential for public benefits that would exceed the associated costs to merit further consideration at this time.

E. Radio Control Radio Service

17. The Radio Control Radio Service (RCRS) is a one-way, short-distance, non-voice communications service for the wireless remote control of devices. It is principally used by hobbyists for flying model aircraft and controlling other types of model vehicles such as boats and cars. The Commission changed the abbreviation for the Radio Control Radio Service from “R/C” to “RCRS” to be consistent with our practice for the other Personal Radio Services. The part 95 R&O also removed the rule that limited RCRS device transmissions to three minutes unless the device requires changes at least once per minute remains and replaces it with the more general requirement that transmissions be limited to the minimum practical time. The Commission found the general requirement to limit transmissions to the minimum practical time is more appropriate for the RCRS going forward because it will not unnecessarily limit applications that may not fit within the prior prescribed limitation. RCRS channels will continue to be used on a shared basis, however, and RCRS operators must cooperate in the selection and use of the channels and limit transmissions to the minimum practical time that is necessary.

18. The comments opposed a proposal in the part 95 NPRM to remove the prohibition on receiving payment for transmitting with an RCRS station stating that RCRS operations are primarily recreational, and wireless remote control of models for commercial purposes belongs in the Private Land Mobile Radio Services (part 90 of the FCC Rules). The Commission decided to retain the prohibition in the rules to ensure the RCRS is not overtaken by commercial operations, which should operate in other bands. In response to comments, the part 95 R&O removed the grandfather rule provisions that allowed (1) continued manufacturing and importing of 50 ppm RCRS equipment until March 1, 1992, and (2) continued marketing of 50 ppm RCRS equipment until March 1, 1993, because these dates have long passed. By removing the grandfather rule, however, the Commission did not prohibiting the further use of 50 ppm equipment that was FCC certified and marketed before March 1, 1993, if any still exists. The Commission also incorporated clarifications to the rules suggested by comments addressing permissible actions an RCRS operator may take in regard to servicing an RCRS transmitter. The clarifications are incorporated into the general rule that addresses service and maintenance responsibilities and the RCRS rule that covers user replaceable parts.

F. Personal Locator Beacons

19. Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) provide individuals in remote areas a means to alert others of an emergency situation and to aid search and rescue (SAR) personnel to locate those in distress. 406 MHz PLBs provide worldwide alerting capability with distress alerts automatically routed, through the international COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system, to the SAR authorities for a specific geographic region. The part 95 R&O amends the PLB rules to clarify that beacons marketed or otherwise referred to as Personal Locator Beacons or PLBs must meet the requirements set forth in 47 CFR part 95, subpart K for 406 MHz PLBs to prevent confusion by users as to the level of SAR response the devices provide.

G. Other Part 95 Services

20. While the part 95 NPRM sought comment on changes to other part 95 services, other than the reorganization of the rules to fit the new template, no substantive changes to the MedRadio Service, Low Power Radio Service, and Multi Use Radio Service were made. However, in response to recent comments by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association (ASHE), the part 95 R&O declined to modify new section 95.325 which required part 95 entities to first attempt to resolve interference by means of mutually satisfactory arrangements, so as to limit the mutual resolution efforts to other part 95 licensees, and exclude efforts with unlicensed users causing interference to Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) systems. The Commission rejected the suggestion because it would overly limit the scope of the rule and would not address possible interference between a part 95 device and a primary allocation service in adjacent spectrum. However, the Commission clarified that this rule does not require negotiations between services of unequal status (such as licensed and unlicensed services) to resolve interference. The Commission also rejected a request to exclude WMTS and MedRadio from the requirement in new section 95.319(b) that internal repairs or modifications to part 95 devices be made by technically qualified personnel. The Commission disagreed that anyone should be able to make internal repairs to WMTS and MedRadio transmitters, but modified the rule to make clear that a person Start Printed Page 41101making repairs need not be qualified to repair private land mobile services equipment specifically. Further, the Commission did adopt some editorial and administrative changes to the WMTS rules, such as updating the frequency coordinator mailing address, but declined a suggestion that the rules require manufacturers to include a written notice with WMTS devices stating that prior coordination is required before a WMTS device is activated. As the Commission concluded previously, the rules already set this requirement forth clearly. Moreover, the Office of Engineering and Technology plans to work with ASHE and other parties as necessary to remind hospitals and other health care providers that use WMTS equipment of their obligation to register with the designated frequency coordinator and to ensure that such registration information is accurate.

21. The part 95 R&O reduced the size of the subpart heading for On-Board Units (OBUs) in the Dedicated Short-Range Communications Service (DSRCS) by using only the acronym for the service name. The rules for the DSRCS, a sub-service within the Intelligent Transportation Systems Radio Service, are found in part 90 of the Commission's Rules, but the use of the shorter acronym “OBU” instead of “DSRCS-OBU” in part 95 rules is consistent with the existing part 90 rules.

II. Procedural Matters

A. Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification

22. The Commission issued an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Certification in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding. One commenter raises regulatory flexibility issues in response to our certification. To address these issues, and as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (“RFA”), the Commission has included a Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification (“FRFC”) with the part 95 R&O.

23. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended (RFA), requires that a regulatory flexibility analysis be prepared for rulemaking proceedings, unless the agency certifies that “the rule will not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” The two statutorily-mandated criteria to be applied in determining the need for RFA analysis are (1) whether the proposed rules, if adopted, would have a significant economic effect, and (2) if so, whether the economic effect would directly affect a substantial number of small entities. Upon application of these criteria, the Commission certified in the initial regulatory flexibility certification (IRFC) to the part 95 NPRM that the proposed rules, if adopted, would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities. One commenter, Ross Snyder, objects to the Commission's conclusion that the proposed rules would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities. Mr. Snyder's comments below are addressed below. In addition, the Commission concluded it was appropriate to certify that the final rules adopted in the accompanying part 95 R&O will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities.

24. The Commission reorganizes and revises part 95 of its rules governing Personal Radio Services (PRS). Specifically, it takes the following steps, among others: Reorganizing and revising part 95 by consolidating similar or duplicative rules; placing rules generally unique to each Service in separate subparts; organizing all rule topics, where possible, into four categories (administrative, operating, technical, marketing) and listing them in a consistent pattern in each subpart; reformatting the part 95 rules; replacing, where used before, the “Question and Answer” presentation of certain rules; removing certain rules that have had only an informative role; and deleting or correcting in those rules certain outdated references. Most of the rule changes made in this Report and Order are editorial and organizational in nature rather than substantive, and, as such, will not have any economic effect on any entities, regardless of size.

25. Of the remaining rule changes made in the part 95 R&O, many will directly affect only either certain operators of PRS stations or only certain entities that seek Commission certification of equipment for use in the PRS. As the Commission observed in the IRFC, the former typically are individual persons, which are not considered to be small entities for purposes of the RFA. Snyder argues that individual persons should be considered “small entities” for purposes of the RFA, first because, as SBA notes, some businesses are sole proprietorships. That a sole proprietorship qualifies as a “small entity” does not equate to an SBA determination that a single individual always qualifies as a “small entity,” because sole proprietorships can have any number of employees. Snyder also submits Congress included in the Small Business Act references to “small business concerns” that mention individual “persons.” While Congress passed that Act to improve the economic condition of certain groups of individuals, the Commission did not find any Congressional intent to include “individual persons” within the definition of “small entities.”

26. With respect to entities that seek Commission certification of equipment for use in the PRS, the Commission observed in the IRFC that they typically are large manufacturing organizations, and thus are not considered to be small entities for purposes of the RFA. The PRS equipment market is both large and nationwide and most devices are manufactured and mass-marketed as consumer goods. This necessitates a large-volume manufacturing capability that small entities typically do not have. Snyder argues that this conclusion is inconsistent with the Commission's finding in another proceeding that the majority of firms in the Census Bureau category of “Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing” can be considered to be small. The Commission disagreed with that assessment arguing that the part 95 NPRM noted the involvement of small entities in the PRS, for example, those that make accessory devices. However, the Commission found that none of the proposed rules in the part 95 NPRM would directly affect any of them. Second, the part 95 NPRM, determined that none of its proposed rules would have a significant economic effect on manufacturers of PRS devices regardless of their size. Accordingly, the IRFC in the NPRM, and this FRFC, does not depend solely on a finding that PRS device makers are typically large manufacturing organizations that are not considered to be small. Third, the Commission recognized that changes in the various compliance requirements adopted in the part 95 R&O will necessitate the use of some engineering, technical, operational, accounting, billing, and legal skills. However, the entities affected by those changes already possess these skills. Accordingly, given the nature of those requirements and the skills of the entities to which they will apply, the Commission is unable to find that compliance will result in a significant economic impact on a substantial number of such entities.

27. Snyder also argues that the part 95 NPRM overlooked other affected entities that are small entities, such as those that make accessory devices for PRS radios and sell PRS radios and related equipment, and non-individual entities that the Commission has authorized to Start Printed Page 41102operate PRS radios. Snyder claims the Commission has a statutory duty to address the economic impact of its proposed rules on all small entities affected by any new rule, whether that impact involves reporting, record keeping, or otherwise. However, the Commission found nothing in the comments of Snyder or other items in the record in this proceeding to demonstrate that the rules adopted in the part 95 R&O will have a direct and significant economic effect on individuals or non-individuals, whether licensed individually or by rule. The Commission concludes, therefore, that the rules adopted in the part 95 R&O will not directly affect many, if any, of the small entities identified by Snyder. Thus, even assuming, arguendo, a significant economic effect on some small entities, the Commission concluded that changes adopted will not have such an effect on a substantial number of such entities.

28. Specifically, the part 95 R&O adopts certain rule changes, which Snyder suggests will impact PRS device manufacturers: (1) The prohibition on voice scrambling or other obscuring features, and (2) the FCC no longer certifying part 95 combination radios with transmitting capability in other services licensed under 47 CFR. These rule changes involve the design or testing of future equipment, as currently certified equipment would remain unaffected by this item. However, the Commission reaffirmed its earlier finding that none of these new provisions would have a significant economic impact on device manufacturers.

29. First, the prohibition on equipment with voice scrambling or other obscuring features will not affect a substantial number of small entity device manufacturers. Only “several” GMRS and FRS radios with this capability have been certified, and this prohibition will not impact manufacturers that have already had such equipment certified as the provision is forward looking only. In addition, the rule change will not significantly impact the few affected small entity manufacturers. Because these small entities typically manufacture many types of radios and wireless communications equipment, disallowing just one product, among many, will not significantly impact them. Thus, this small design change, on just one device among the many produced, will not have a significant economic impact on these manufacturers. Moreover, contrary to Snyder's suggestion, this is not a rule change at all, for the Commission only clarified that its rules already prohibit voice-obscuring features in these Personal Radio Services.

30. Similarly, the prohibition on certain combination radios will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The majority of device models produced lack this capability so only a few companies, and an even fewer number of small entities, currently produce these devices. Therefore, because this provision is forward looking—meaning already certified equipment will not be affected—and because few companies even manufacture this product, a substantial number of small entities will not even be affected by this provision. Assuming arguendo, however, that a substantial number of small entities will be affected by future compliance, this prohibition involves just one design change that will not substantially impact device manufacturers. In addition, we believe that changing the design of a PRS device to disallow transmitting capability in the other services is a small change relative to the overall cost of producing the device. As a result, this rule provision will not have a significant economic impact on PRS device manufacturers.

31. With respect to the second statutory criterion, we note that, under the RFA, the Commission and other Federal agencies need only consider the direct economic impact of their proposed rules on a substantial number of small entities regulated under those rules. Accordingly, such agencies need not consider indirect impacts. Snyder identifies a number of indirect economic impacts that might arise from the adoption of certain rule changes in the part 95 R&O. For example, he argues that granting operators in one radio service flexibility to use spectrum in another can burden existing users of that finite allocation of spectrum. In addition, because the forthcoming compliance requirements may prevent new manufactured equipment from meeting users' communication preferences, Snyder speculates that such users may stop purchasing such equipment, such that manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of PRS equipment will suffer lost sales. Because such economic impacts are indirect, it was not necessary to address them in association with the part 95 NPRM. Also, because the final rules adopted in the part 95 R&O do not cause any of these impacts to become more direct, it is not necessary to address them in association with the part 95 R&O.

32. The Commission also found no merit in Snyder's contentions that the Commission failed to comply with Executive Order 13272 by failing to provide the SBA with advance notice of its proposed rules and that the Commission did not satisfy a statutory obligation to identify significant alternatives to those proposals that would accomplish the stated objectives while minimizing any significant economic impact on small entities. Setting aside the question of whether a multi-member, independent Federal agency, such as the Commission, must comply with that Order, the Commission found its proposed rules would not, if adopted, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Where an agency makes such a finding it is not necessary for it, under the RFA or that Order to provide SBA with advance notice of its proposals or to identify significant alternatives.

33. Therefore, the Commission certified that the requirements of the part 95 R&O will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

34. The Commission will send a copy of the part 95 R&O, including a copy of this Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification, in a report to Congress pursuant to the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). In addition, the part 95 R&O and this final certification will be sent to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and will be published in the Federal Register, see 5 U.S.C. 605(b).

B. Paperwork Reduction Analysis

35. The Report and Order identified two rule changes that constituted modified information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13, that required Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before they become effective. After further review, we have found that OMB approval is not required. The Commission noted that, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4), it previously sought specific comment on how it might “further reduce the information collection burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.” In the part 95 R&O, the Commission assessed the potential effects of the various policy changes, and found that they do not change the burden on businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

C. Congressional Review Act

36. The Commission will send a copy of the part 95 R&O to Congress and the Start Printed Page 41103Government Accountability Office, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).

III. Ordering Clauses

37. Accordingly, it is ordered, pursuant to the authority contained in sections 1, 4(i), 4(j), 301, 303, 304, 309, 316, and 332 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 154(j), 301, 303, 304, 309, 316, 332, and 1302, that this report and order in WT Docket No. 10-119 is hereby adopted.

38. It is further ordered that parts 1, 15, 73 and 95 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR parts 1, 15, 73 and 95, are amended as set forth in Appendix, and such rule amendments shall be effective, except as otherwise noted, 30 days after the date of publication of the text thereof in the Federal Register.

39. It is further ordered that, pursuant to section 1.401(e) of the Commission's rules, the petition of James Edwin Whedbee is dismissed without prejudice. It is further ordered that, pursuant to section 1.407 of the Commission's rules, the petitions of Kirk D. Becker, Corey S. Becker, Ricky L. Usinger, Brett Seifert, John Shagath, Mike Waschbisch, and Cole Weiss are granted to the extent described herein and are otherwise denied.

40. It is further ordered that the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Information Center, shall send a copy of this report and order, including the Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

41. It is further ordered that the Commission shall send a copy of this report and order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).

42. It is further ordered that, if no petitions for reconsideration or applications for review are timely filed, this proceeding shall be terminated and the docket closed.

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List of Subjects

47 CFR Part 1

  • Communications equipment
  • Radio

47 CFR Parts 15, 73, and 95

  • Communications equipment
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Radio
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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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Final Rules

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR parts 1, 15, 73 and 95, as follows:

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PART 1—PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

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1. The authority citation for part 1 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 154(j), 155, 157, 160, 201, 225, 227, 303(r), 309, 332, 1403, 1404, 1451, 1452, and 1455.

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2. Section 1.1307 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(2)(iii) and (iv) to read as follows:

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Actions that may have a significant environmental effect, for which Environmental Assessments (EAs) must be prepared.
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(b) * * *

(2) * * *

(iii) Portable transmitting equipment for use in the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) is subject to routine environmental evaluation as specified in §§ 2.1093 and 95.2385 of this chapter.

(iv) Equipment authorized for use in the Medical Device Radiocommunication Service (MedRadio) as a medical implant device or body-worn transmitter (as defined in subpart I of part 95 of this chapter) is subject to routine environmental evaluation for RF exposure prior to equipment authorization, as specified in §§ 2.1093 and 95.2585 of this chapter by finite difference time domain (FDTD) computational modeling or laboratory measurement techniques. Where a showing is based on computational modeling, the Commission retains the discretion to request that supporting documentation and/or specific absorption rate (SAR) measurement data be submitted.

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3. Section 1.4000 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:

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Restrictions impairing reception of television broadcast signals, direct broadcast satellite services or multichannel multipoint distribution services.
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(a) * * *

(2) For purposes of this section, “fixed wireless signals” means any commercial non-broadcast communications signals transmitted via wireless technology to and/or from a fixed customer location. Fixed wireless signals do not include, among other things, AM radio, FM radio, amateur (“HAM”) radio, CB radio, and Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS) signals.

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PART 15—RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES

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4. The authority citation for part 15 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 302a, 303, 304, 307, 336, 544a, and 549.

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5. Section 15.3 is amended by revising paragraph (g) to read as follows:

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Definitions.
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(g) CB receiver. Any receiver that operates in the Personal Radio Services on frequencies designated for CB Radio Service stations, as well as any receiver provided with a separate band specifically designed to receive the transmissions of CB stations in the Personal Radio Services. This includes the following:

(1) A CB receiver sold as a separate unit of equipment;

(2) The receiver section of a CB transceiver;

(3) A converter to be used with any receiver for the purpose of receiving CB transmissions; and

(4) A multiband receiver that includes a band labelled “CB” or “11-meter” in which such band can be separately selected, except that an Amateur Radio Service receiver that was manufactured prior to January 1, 1960, and which includes an 11-meter band shall not be considered to be a CB receiver.

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PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES

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6. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 309, 310, 334, 336, and 339.

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7. Section 73.1207 is amended by revising paragraphs (c)(1) and (3) to read as follows:

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Rebroadcasts.
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(c) * * *

(1) Messages originated by privately-owned non-broadcast stations other than those in the Amateur and CB Radio Services may be broadcast only upon receipt of prior permission from the non-broadcast licensee. Additionally, messages transmitted by common carrier stations may be rebroadcast only Start Printed Page 41104upon prior permission of the originator of the message as well as the station licensee.

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(3) Messages originated by stations in the Amateur and CB Radio Services may be rebroadcast at the discretion of broadcast station licensees.

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8. Revise part 95 to read as follows:

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PART 95—PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES

Subpart A—General Rules for the Personal Radio Services
95.100
Basis and purpose.
95.101-95.299
[Reserved]
95.301
Scope.
95.303
Definitions.
95.305
Authorization to operate Personal Radio Services stations.
95.307
Authorized station locations.
95.309
Coordination procedures and other restrictions for operation in certain locations.
95.311
Correspondence and notices from the FCC.
95.313
Penalties for violations of the Communications Act or FCC rules.
95.315
[Reserved]
95.317
Registration of antenna structures that may constitute a menace to air navigation.
95.319
Malfunctioning transmitting equipment.
95.321
[Reserved]
95.323
FCC inspection of station.
95.325
Interference.
95.327
Restricted operation.
95.329
How to contact the FCC.
95.331
Permissible uses.
95.333
Prohibited uses.
95.335
Operation of non-certified transmitters prohibited.
95.337
Operation of impermissibly modified equipment prohibited.
95.339
Operation of transmitter with external device causing rule violation prohibited.
95.341
[Reserved]
95.343
Station operator responsibility and requirements.
95.345
Remote control.
95.347
Automatic control.
95.349
Network connection.
95.351
Station identification.
95.353
False distress signals.
95.355
[Reserved]
95.357
Duration of transmissions.
95.359
Sharing of channels.
95.361
Transmitter Certification.
95.363
Channels available for use.
95.365
[Reserved]
95.367
Transmitting power.
95.369
[Reserved]
95.371
Emission types.
95.377
Tones and signals.
95.381
Voice obscuring features.
95.385
RF exposure evaluation.
95.391
Manufacturing, importation, and sales of non-certified equipment prohibited.
95.393
Instructions and warnings.
95.395—95.499
[Reserved]
Subpart B—Family Radio Service
95.501
Scope.
95.503
Definitions, FRS.
95.505-95.517
[Reserved]
95.519
FRS replacement parts.
95.521-95.529
[Reserved]
95.531
Permissible FRS uses.
95.533
Prohibited FRS uses.
95.535-95.559
[Reserved]
95.561
FRS transmitter certification.
95.563
FRS channels.
95.565
FRS frequency accuracy.
95.567
FRS transmit power.
95.569
[Reserved]
95.571
FRS emission types.
95.573
FRS authorized bandwidth.
95.575
FRS modulation limits.
95.577
FRS tone requirements.
95.579
FRS unwanted emissions limits.
95.581-95.585
[Reserved]
95.587
FRS additional requirements.
95.589
[Reserved]
95.591
Sales of FRS combination radios prohibited.
95.593 through 95.699
[Reserved]
Subpart C—Radio Control Radio Service
95.701
Scope.
95.703
Definitions, RCRS.
95.705-95.717
[Reserved]
95.719
RCRS replacement parts.
95.721-95.723
[Reserved]
95.725
Interference, RCRS.
95.727-95.729
[Reserved]
95.731
Permissible RCRS uses.
95.733
Prohibited RCRS uses.
95.735
RCRS equipment certification exception.
95.737-95.739
[Reserved]
95.741
RCRS antenna height limit.
95.743
[Reserved]
95.745
Operation of an RCRS transmitter by remote control.
95.747-95.755
[Reserved]
95.757
Duration of RCRS Communications.
95.759
[Reserved]
95.761
RCRS transmitter certification.
95.763
RCRS channel frequencies.
95.765
RCRS frequency accuracy.
95.767
RCRS transmitter power.
95.769
[Reserved]
95.771
RCRS emission types.
95.773
RCRS authorized bandwidth.
95.775-95.777
[Reserved]
95.779
RCRS unwanted emissions.
95.781-95.785
[Reserved]
95.787
RCRS additional requirements.
95.789—95.899
[Reserved]
Subpart D—CB Radio Service
95.901
Scope.
95.903
Definitions, CBRS.
95.905
Authority to operate CBRS stations voided by violation of operating rules.
95.907-95.917
[Reserved]
95.919
CBRS replacement parts.
95.921
[Reserved]
95.923
CBRS station inspection.
95.925
CBRS harmful interference.
95.927
CBRS quiet hours.
95.929
[Reserved]
95.931
Permissible CBRS uses.
95.933
Prohibited CBRS uses.
95.935
Unauthorized use of non-CBRS transmitters.
95.937
[Reserved]
95.939
External radio frequency power amplifiers prohibited.
95.941
CBRS antenna height limits.
95.943
[Reserved]
95.945
Remote control of a CBRS station.
95.947
[Reserved]
95.949
CBRS network connection.
95.951-95.955
[Reserved]
95.957
Duration of CBRS transmissions.
95.959
[Reserved]
95.961
CBRS transmitter certification.
95.963
CBRS channel frequencies.
95.965
CBRS transmit frequency accuracy.
95.967
CBRS transmitter power limits.
95.969
[Reserved]
95.971
CBRS emission types.
95.973
CBRS authorized bandwidth.
95.975
CBRS modulation limits.
95.977
CBRS tone transmissions.
95.979
CBRS unwanted emissions limits.
95.981-95.985
[Reserved]
95.987
CBRS additional requirements.
95.989
[Reserved]
95.991
CBRS marketing limitations.
95.993-95.1699
[Reserved]
Subpart E—General Mobile Radio Service
95.1701
Scope.
95.1703
Definitions, GMRS.
95.1705
Individual license required; eligibility; who may operate; cooperative use.
95.1707-95.1721
[Reserved]
95.1723
GMRS station inspection.
95.1725-95-1729
[Reserved]
95.1731
Permissible GMRS uses.
95.1733
Prohibited GMRS uses.
95.1735-95.1739
[Reserved]
95.1741
GMRS antenna height limits.
95.1743
Minor GMRS operators.
95.1745
GMRS remote control.
95.1747
GMRS automatic control.
95.1749
GMRS network connection.
95.1751
GMRS station identification.
95.1753-95.1559
[Reserved]
95.1761
GMRS transmitter certification.
95.1763
GMRS channels.
95.1765
GMRS frequency accuracy.
95.1767
GMRS transmitting power limits.
95.1769
[Reserved]
95.1771
GMRS emission types.
95.1773
GMRS authorized bandwidths.
95.1775
GMRS modulation requirements.
95.1777
GMRS tone transmissions.
95.1779
GMRS unwanted emissions limits.
95.1781-95.1785
[Reserved]
95.1787
GMRS additional requirements.
95.1789
[Reserved]
95.1791
Sales of GMRS/FRS combination radios prohibited.
95.1793 through 95.1899
[Reserved]
Subpart F—218-219 MHz Service
95.1901
Scope.
95.1903
218-219 MHz Service description.
95.1905
Permissible communications.
95.1907
Requesting regulatory status.
95.1911
License requirements.
95.1912
License term.
95.1913
Eligibility.
95.1915
License application.
95.1916
Competitive bidding proceedings.
95.1919
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95.1923
Geographic partitioning and spectrum disaggregation.
95.1931
Service requirements.
95.1933
Construction requirements.
95.1935
Station identification.
95.1937
Station inspection.
95.1951
Certification.
95.1953
Frequency segments.
95.1955
Transmitter effective radiated power limitation.
95.1957
Emission standards.
95.1959
Antennas.
95.1961
Interference.
95.1963-95.1999
[Reserved]
Subpart G—Low Power Radio Service
95.2101
Scope.
95.2103
Definitions, LPRS
95.2105
LPRS operator eligibility.
95.2107
[Reserved]
95.2109
Notification to affected TV stations required for AMTS use.
95.2111-95.2123
[Reserved]
95.2125
LPRS interference.
95.2127-95.2129
[Reserved]
95.2131
Permissible LPRS uses.
95.2133
Prohibited LPRS uses.
95.2141
LPRS antenna height and directivity requirements.
95.2143-95.2159
[Reserved]
95.2161
LPRS transmitter certification.
95.2163
LPRS channels.
95.2165
LPRS frequency accuracy.
95.2167
LPRS transmitting power.
95.2169-95.2171
[Reserved]
95.2173
LPRS authorized bandwidths.
95.2175-95.2177
[Reserved]
95.2179
LPRS unwanted emissions limits.
95.2181-95.2189
[Reserved]
95.2191
LPRS marketing limitations.
95.2193
LPRS labeling requirements.
95.2195
LPRS disclosures.
95.2197-95.2299
[Reserved]
Subpart H—Wireless Medical Telemetry Service
95.2301
Scope.
95.2303
Definitions, WMTS.
95.2305
WMTS operator eligibility.
95.2307
[Reserved]
95.2309
WMTS frequency coordination.
95.2311-95.2323
[Reserved]
95.2325
WMTS interference.
95.2327-95.2329
[Reserved]
95.2331
Permissible WMTS uses.
95.2333
Prohibited WMTS uses.
95.2335-95.2345
[Reserved]
95.2347
WMTS automatic control.
95.2349-95.2355
[Reserved]
95.2357
WMTS duration of transmissions.
95.2359
[Reserved]
95.2361
WMTS transmitter certification.
95.2363
WMTS frequency bands and channels.
95.2365
WMTS frequency accuracy.
95.2367
[Reserved]
95.2369
WMTS field strength limits.
95.2371-95.2377
[Reserved]
95.2379
WMTS unwanted emissions limits.
95.2381-95.2383
[Reserved]
95.2385
WMTS RF exposure evaluation.
95.2387-95.2391
[Reserved]
95.2393
WMTS labeling requirements.
95.2395
WMTS disclosure.
95.2397-95.2499
[Reserved]
Subpart I—Medical Device Radio Communications Service
95.2501
Scope.
95.2503
Definitions, MedRadio.
95.2505
MedRadio operator eligibility.
95.2507
MBAN devices restricted to indoor operation within a health care facility.
95.2509
MBAN registration and frequency coordination.
95.211-95.2521
[Reserved]
95.2523
MedRadio transmitter inspection.
95.2525
MedRadio interference.
95.2527-95.2529
[Reserved]
95.2531
Permissible MedRadio uses.
95.2533
Prohibited MedRadio uses.
95.2535
MedRadio equipment certification exception.
95.2537-95.2539
[Reserved]
95.2541
MedRadio outdoor antenna restrictions.
95.2543-95.2545
[Reserved]
95.2547
MedRadio automatic control.
95.2549
MedRadio network connection.
95.2551-95.2555
[Reserved]
95.2557
MedRadio duration of transmissions.
95.2559
MedRadio channel access requirements.
95.2561
MedRadio transmitter certification.
95.2563
MedRadio frequency bands.
95.2565
MedRadio frequency accuracy.
95.2567
MedRadio radiated power limits.
95.2569
MedRadio field strength measurements.
95.2571
MedRadio emission types.
95.2573
MedRadio authorized bandwidths.
95.2575-95.2577
[Reserved]
95.2579
MedRadio unwanted emission limits.
95.2581-95.2583
[Reserved]
95.2585
MedRadio RF exposure evaluation.
95.2587
MedRadio additional requirements.
95.2589
[Reserved]
95.2591
MedRadio marketing limitations.
95.2593
MedRadio labeling requirements.
95.2595
MedRadio disclosures.
95.2597 through 95.2699
[Reserved]
Subpart J—Multi-Use Radio Service
95.2701
Scope.
95.2703
Definitions, MURS.
95.2705
Grandfathered MURS stations.
95.2707
Airborne use of MURS not authorized.
95.2709-95.2717
[Reserved]
95.2719
MURS replacement parts.
95.2721-95.2723
[Reserved]
95.2725
MURS interference.
95.2727-95.2729
[Reserved]
95.2731
Permissible MURS uses.
95.2733
Prohibited MURS uses.
95.2735-95.2739
[Reserved]
95.2741
MURS antenna height limit.
95.2743-95.2747
[Reserved]
95.2749
MURS network connection.
95.2751-95.2755
[Reserved]
95.2757
MURS duration of transmissions.
95.2759
[Reserved]
95.2761
MURS transmitter certification.
95.2763
MURS channels.
95.2765
MURS frequency accuracy.
95.2767
MURS transmitting power limit.
95.2769
[Reserved]
95.2771
MURS emission types.
95.2773
MURS authorized bandwidths.
95.2775
MURS audio filter.
95.2777
[Reserved]
95.2779
MURS unwanted emissions limits.
95.2781 through 95.2899
[Reserved]
Subpart K—Personal Locator Beacons and Maritime Survivor Locating Devices
95.2901
Scope.
95.2903
Definitions, PLBs and MSLDs.
95.2905
PLB registration.
95.2907-95.2929
[Reserved]
95.2931
Permissible use of PLBs.
95.2933
Prohibited use of PLBs and MSLDs.
95.2935-95.2959
[Reserved]
95.2961
PLB and MSLD transmitter certification.
95.2963
PLB and MSLD frequency bands.
95.2965-95.2969
[Reserved]
95.2971
PLB emission type.
95.2973-95.2985
[Reserved]
95.2987
Additional PLB and MSLD certification requirements.
95.2989
PLB and MSLD technical standards.
95.2991
PLB and MSLD marketing limitations.
95.2993
PLB identification plate or label and registration card.
95.2995 through 95.3099
[Reserved]
Subpart L—DSRCS On-Board Units
95.3101
Scope.
95.3103
Definitions, OBUs.
95.3105-95.3129
[Reserved]
95.3131
Permissible uses, OBUs.
95.3133-95.3157
[Reserved]
95.3159
OBU channel sharing and priority of use.
95.3161
OBU transmitter certification.
95.3163
OBU channels.
95.3165
[Reserved]
95.3167
OBU transmit power limit.
95.3169-95.3187
[Reserved]
95.3189
OBU technical standard.

Appendix A To Part 95—Cross Reference to Previous Rules

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 307.

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Subpart A—General Rules for the Personal Radio Services

Basis and purpose.

This section contains a concise general statement of the basis and purpose of the rules in this part, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(c).

(a) Basis. These rules are issued pursuant to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151 et. seq.

(b) Purpose. The purpose of these rules is to establish the requirements and conditions under which stations and devices incorporating radio transmitters may be designed, manufactured, certified, marketed, operated and used in the Personal Radio Services.

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Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply generally to all of the Personal Radio Services.

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Definitions.

The following terms and definitions apply only to the rules in this part.

Antenna. A device that converts radio frequency electrical energy from a transmitter to radiated electromagnetic energy.

Authorized bandwidth. The maximum permissible occupied bandwidth of an emission.

Automatic control. Operational control of a Personal Radio Services station by automated means, such that the operator does not have to be located at a control point and monitoring communications in order to share channels and avoid interference and rule violations.

Base station. A station at a fixed location that communicates directly with mobile stations and other base stations.

Carrier power output. The average power supplied at the radio frequency output of a transmitter during one radio frequency cycle, measured under the condition of no modulation.

Certified transmitter. A transmitter of a type for which a grant of equipment certification, pursuant to part 2, subpart J of this chapter, has been issued for the Personal Radio Service(s) in which it is intended to be operated.

Citizens band radio service. Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 307(e)(3), the term “citizens band radio service” means any radio service or other specific classification of radio stations used primarily for wireless telecommunications for which the FCC has determined that it serves the public interest, convenience and necessity to authorize by rule the operation of radio stations in that service or class, without individual licenses, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 307(e)(1).

Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The rules for this service, including technical rules, are contained in part 96 of this chapter. Only Citizens Broadband Radio Service Devices authorized on a General Authorized Access basis, as those terms are defined in section 96.3, are considered part of the Citizens Band Radio Services.

Communications Act. The Communications Act of 1934, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 151 et. seq.

Control point. Any location where the operator of a Personal Radio Services station may reliably operate that station.

Control station. A station at a fixed location that communicates with mobile stations and other control stations through repeater stations, and may also be used to control the operation of repeater stations.

dB. Decibels.

EIRP. Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power. Antenna input power times gain for free-space, or in-tissue measurement configurations required by MedRadio, expressed in Watts, where the gain is referenced to an isotropic radiator.

Emergency messages. Communications concerning the immediate safety of life or protection of property.

Emission. Radiated electromagnetic energy from a station.

External radio frequency power amplifier. Any device which, when used with a transmitter as a signal source, is capable of amplification of that signal, and is not an integral part of a radio transmitter as manufactured. See § 2.815 of this chapter.

FCC. The Federal Communications Commission.

Feedline. A cable or transmission line that conveys radio frequency electrical energy from a transmitter to an antenna.

Fixed station. A station at a fixed location that directly communicates with other fixed stations only.

Frequency accuracy. A technical requirement comprising the frequency tolerance, frequency stability, or both.

Frequency tolerance. A design requirement specifying the maximum amount that carrier frequencies of newly manufactured transmitters may normally differ from the frequency or frequencies set forth in the FCC rules.

Frequency stability. A design requirement specifying the maximum amount that carrier frequencies of transmitters may normally change from their nominal value as a result of changes in ambient temperature, power supply voltages, or other external factors.

Hand-held portable unit. A physically small mobile station that can be operated while being held in the operator's hand.

Harmful interference. Any transmission, radiation, or induction that endangers the functioning of a radionavigation service or of other safety services or seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radiocommunication service operating in accordance with applicable laws, treaties, and regulations.

Individual. A human being, e.g., one man or one woman.

Individual license. An authorization to operate a Personal Radio Service station, granted by the FCC to a specific person.

Interference. The effect of unwanted energy due to one or a combination of emissions, radiations, or inductions upon reception in a radiocommunication system, manifested by any performance degradation, misinterpretation, or loss of information which could be extracted in the absence of such unwanted energy.

Licensee. A person that has been granted an individual license by the FCC.

Mean power output. The average power supplied at the radio frequency output of a transmitter during a time interval of at least 0.1 seconds, taken under normal operating conditions.

Mobile station. A station, intended to be used while in motion or during halts at unspecified locations, that communicates directly with base stations and other mobile stations, and with control stations and other mobile stations through repeater stations.

Modulation. A process of altering the amplitude, frequency and/or phase of a radio frequency carrier wave generated within a Personal Radio Service transmitter, for the purpose of impressing onto the carrier wave information to be transmitted.

Necessary bandwidth. For a given class of emission, the width of the frequency band which is just sufficient to ensure the transmission of information at the rate and with the quality required under specified conditions.

Occupied bandwidth. For an emission, the width of a frequency band such that, below the lower and above the upper frequency limits, the mean powers emitted are each equal to 0.5% of the total mean power of the emission.

One-way communications. Communications where information always flows in one pre-arranged direction through a communications channel.

Operate. Control the functioning of a Personal Radio Service station; in particular, cause a Personal Radio Service station to begin, continue or cease transmitting.

Operator. An individual who operates a Personal Radio Service station.

Out-of-band emissions. Unwanted emissions that result from the modulation process and whose frequencies are immediately outside of the necessary bandwidth.

Person. An individual, a corporation, a partnership, an association, a joint stock company, a trust, a state, territorial or local government unit, or other legal entity.

Personal Radio Services station. Any transmitter, with or without an incorporated antenna or receiver, which is certified by the FCC to be operated in one or more of the Personal Radio Services.

Personal Radio Services. The Personal Radio Services are the citizens band radio services, radio control radio services, the 218-219 MHz Service and Start Printed Page 41107individually licensed services comprising all of the radio services and other classifications of radio stations governed by the rules in this part (47 CFR part 95).

Plain language voice communications. Voice communications without codes or coded messages intended to provide a hidden meaning. Foreign languages and commonly known radio operating words and phrases, such as “ten four” and “roger,” not intended to provide a hidden meaning, are not considered codes or coded messages.

Radio control radio service. Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 307(e)(3), the term “radio control radio service” means any radio service or other specific classification of radio stations used primarily for wireless telecommand and/or wireless telemetry purposes, for which the FCC has determined that it serves the public interest, convenience and necessity to authorize by rule the operation of radio stations in that service or class, without individual licenses, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 307(e)(1).

Remote control. Operation of a Personal Radio Services station from a location that is not in the immediate vicinity of the transmitter. Operation of a Personal Radio Services station from any location on the premises, vehicle or craft where the transmitter is located is not considered to be remote control.

Repeater station. A station in a fixed location used to extend the communications range of mobile stations, hand-held portable units and control stations by receiving their signals on one channel (the input channel) and simultaneously retransmitting these signals on another channel (the output channel), typically with higher transmitting power from a favorable antenna location (typically high above the surrounding terrain).

Spurious emissions. Unwanted emissions, the level of which may be reduced without affecting the corresponding transmission of information, including harmonic emissions, parasitic emissions, intermodulation products and frequency conversion products, but excluding out-of-band emissions.

Network connection. Connection of a Personal Radio Services station to the public switched network, so that operators of other stations in that service are able to make (and optionally to receive) telephone calls through the connected station.

Transmit. Radiate electromagnetic energy.

Transmitter. A device which supplies radio frequency electrical energy to an antenna, either directly or through a feedline.

Transmitter type. A sample transmitter submitted for testing to evaluate compliance with the technical and design rules in this part, for the purpose of FCC certification pursuant to part 2, subpart J of this chapter. The sample transmitter is identical to (as defined in § 2.908 of this chapter) and representative of all other transmitters of the same type.

Two-way communications. Communications where information flows in both directions through a communications channel, either simultaneously (duplex operation) or alternately (simplex operation).

Unwanted emissions. Emissions whose frequencies are outside of the necessary bandwidth; comprising out-of-band emissions and spurious emissions.

User. Any person who uses or benefits from the operation of a Personal Radio Service station.

Voice obscuring feature. A feature incorporated into a Personal Radio Service telephony transmitter that alters the sound of the user's voice in such a way that the communications are intended to be understandable only to individuals using a similar unit that reverses the process on the receiving end, so that the voice again becomes intelligible.

Authorization to operate Personal Radio Services stations

Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 307(e)(1), this rule section authorizes eligible persons to operate part 95 Personal Radio Service stations and part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service stations without individual licenses, except as provided in paragraph (a). Such operation must comply with all applicable rules in this part.

(a) Individual licenses. A valid individual license may be required under this part to operate or use stations in a particular service, certain types of stations, stations transmitting on certain channels or frequency bands, or stations transmitting with power above a certain level. Any such requirements applicable to stations in any of the Personal Radio Services are set forth in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., § 95.1705. Otherwise, the FCC does not require or accept applications for an individual license to operate any type of Personal Radio Service station.

(b) Operator eligibility. Some of the Personal Radio Services have specific operator eligibility requirements, which are set forth in the subparts governing those services. Otherwise, any person is eligible to operate a Personal Radio Service station, except as stated in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section.

(c) Foreign government operator. No entity that is a foreign government or which is acting in its capacity as a representative of a foreign government is authorized by this section to operate Personal Radio Service stations.

(d) Cease and desist order. No person subject to a cease and desist order issued pursuant to § 95.313(d) is authorized by this section to operate Personal Radio Service stations.

(e) Federal station. No person is authorized by this section to operate a United States Government radio station.

(f) Foreign station. No person is authorized by this section to operate a foreign government radio station.

Authorized station locations.

Personal Radio Service stations generally may be operated in any location included within the descriptions in the following paragraphs in this section. In certain specific locations, however, co-ordination procedures or operating restrictions may apply, as set forth in § 95.309. Operation of Personal Radio Service stations in any location outside of those described in the following paragraphs is not authorized by this part.

(a) Within the United States and its territories. Those areas include the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Navassa Island, the United States Virgin Islands (50 islets and cays), American Samoa (seven islands), Baker Island, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands, Guam Island and Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Island (Islets East, Johnston, North and Sand), Kingman Reef, Midway Island (Islets Eastern and Sand), Palmyra Island (more than 50 islets), and Wake Island (Islets Peale, Wake and Wilkes).

(b) Aboard any vessel or aircraft registered in the United States. With the permission of the captain, while the vessel or aircraft is within or over the United States or its territories, U.S. territorial waters, or upon or over international waters.

(c) Aboard any unregistered vessel or aircraft owned or operated by a United States citizen or company. While that vessel or aircraft is within or over the United States or its territories, U.S. territorial waters or upon or over international waters.

(d) Other locations. Any other area of the world, except within the territorial limits of areas where radio services are regulated by:

(1) An agency of the United States other than the FCC. (You are subject to its rules.)Start Printed Page 41108

(2) Any foreign government. (You are subject to its rules.)

Coordination procedures and other restrictions for operation in certain locations.

The operator of a Personal Radio Service station may be required to coordinate operation in advance and/or may be subject to operating restrictions if the station is to be operated in certain locations, described in the following paragraphs in this section.

(a) In a Quiet Zone or near a protected FCC field office. Rules for these locations are set forth in § 1.924 of this chapter.

(b) Near a U.S. border or in an area that is or may be subject to an international treaty or agreement. Treaties and agreements may be viewed or downloaded from the FCC Web site: http://www.fcc.gov/​ib/​sand/​agree/​.

(c) At an environmentally sensitive site, or in a manner that may raise environmental concerns. Rules for these locations are set forth in part 1, subpart I of this chapter (Procedures Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969).

(d) In an area administered by the United States Government. For example, the Department of Defense may impose restrictions on a station transmitting on land under its jurisdiction. Before operating a station at such a point, the operator should consult with the commanding officer in charge of the land.

(e) Near the Arecibo Observatory. Anyone planning to operate a Personal Radio Services station on the islands of Puerto Rico, Desecheo, Mona, Vieques, or Culebra in a manner that could pose an interference threat to the Arecibo Observatory must notify the observatory at least 45 days in advance of the planned operation, by mail or email, to the following address: Interference Office, Arecibo Observatory, HC3 Box 53995, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612; email: prcz@naic.edu.

(1) To determine whether a planned operation could pose an interference threat to the Arecibo Observatory, operators may consult interference guidelines provided by Cornell University.

(2) The notification must include the geographical coordinates of the station, if it is a fixed or base station.

(3) After receipt of such notifications, the FCC will allow the Arecibo Observatory 20 days to comment on or object to the proposed operation. The operator must make reasonable efforts to resolve or mitigate any potential interference concern with the Arecibo Observatory. If the FCC determines that an operator has made reasonable efforts to protect the Observatory from interference, the operator may be allowed to operate the station.

Correspondence and notices from the FCC.

Operators of Personal Radio Service stations must respond to and comply with official communications from the FCC.

(a) The FCC may send a letter to the operator of a Personal Radio Service station requesting specific information about the Personal Radio Service station or its operation. Upon receipt of such a letter, the operator must respond in writing to the FCC office that sent the letter, within the time period stated in the letter. The written response must contain the information requested by the FCC, must be complete in itself, and should not rely on references to other communications or notices.

(b) If it appears to the FCC that the operator of a Personal Radio Services station has violated the Communications Act or the FCC's rules, the FCC may send that operator an official notice concerning the apparent violation. Upon receipt of such official notice, the operator must respond in writing to the FCC office that sent the letter, within the time period stated in the letter and comply with all instructions in the notice concerning the response. The written response must contain a complete written statement that fully addresses each violation, reports any action that the operator has taken to correct the violation and to prevent it from happening again, and any other pertinent information, such as other operators or stations that may have caused the violation.

(c) If the FCC notifies the operator of a Personal Radio Service station that the station is causing interference for technical reasons, the operator must follow all instructions in the official notice. The operator must comply with restricted hours of station operation if so specified in the official notice. The notice may require the operator to stop operating the station until technical adjustments or repairs have been made to the station equipment, such that the technical problem is corrected.

Penalties for violations of the Communications Act or FCC rules.

Operators of Personal Radio Service stations may be assessed penalties for violations of the Communications Act and the FCC Rules.

(a) If a Federal court finds that a Personal Radio Service station operator has willfully and knowingly violated any provision of the Communications Act, that operator may be fined up to $10,000 or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding one year, or both. Upon a subsequent violation, the imprisonment may be for a period not exceeding two years. See § 501 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 501).

(b) If a Federal court finds that a Personal Radio Service station operator has willfully and knowingly violated any FCC rule, the operator may be fined up to $500 for each violation, or in the case of a continuing violation, $500 for each day that the violation continued. See section 502 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 502).

(c) If the FCC finds that a Personal Radio Service station operator has willfully or repeatedly violated one or more sections of the Communications Act or of the FCC Rules, that operator may be liable for forfeiture. See § 1.80 of this chapter for details about the forfeiture procedures and amounts.

(d) If the FCC finds that a Personal Radio Service station operator is using a Personal Radio Service station in a way that violates one or more sections of the Communications Act or of the FCC Rules, the FCC may order the operator to cease and desist (i.e., immediately stop operating the station). See § 312(b) of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 312(b)).

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Registration of antenna structures that may constitute a menace to air navigation.

(a) Each antenna structure used for a Personal Radio Service station is subject to the antenna structure rules set forth in part 17 of this chapter. In particular, the owner of an antenna structure that is more than 60.96 m (200 ft) in height above ground level (see § 17.7 of this chapter for specific criteria) may be required to notify the FAA and register the antenna structure with the FCC.

(b) Further, stations located on or near a military or public-use airport with an antenna structure that is more than 6.10 meters (20 feet) high may have to obey additional restrictions. The highest point of the antenna must not exceed one meter above the airport elevation for every hundred meters of distance from the nearest point of the nearest airport runway. Differences in ground elevation between the antenna and the airport runway may complicate this formula. For stations near an airport, see http://appsint.fcc.gov/​UlsApp/​AsrSearch/​towairSearch.jsp to figure the maximum allowable height of the antenna. Consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

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Malfunctioning transmitting equipment.

If the operator of a Personal Radio Services station becomes aware that the transmitting equipment is no longer functioning properly, he or she must stop making transmissions (except for emergency communications) using the malfunctioning transmitting equipment until it has been adjusted and/or repaired, as necessary, to restore proper operation.

(a) FCC request to discontinue operation. If an FCC representative informs a Personal Radio Services station operator that the technical characteristics of his or her transmitted signals are not in compliance with the applicable rules (e.g., regarding power, unwanted emissions, frequency accuracy), he or she must immediately stop making transmissions with the transmitter producing the non-compliant signals.

(b) Internal repairs. Internal adjustments and repairs to Personal Radio Services transmitters must be performed by or under the supervision of an individual who is qualified to maintain and repair transmitters.

(c) Test transmissions. The operator of any Personal Radio Services station may make brief test transmissions to verify the functional status of the transmitting equipment at any time, provided that such transmissions do not cause interference to the communications of other stations. A qualified individual maintaining or repairing a Personal Radio station transmitter in accordance with paragraph (b) of this section may make test transmissions as necessary to maintain or repair the transmitter, provided that such transmissions do not cause interference to communications of other stations.

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FCC inspection of station.

If an authorized FCC representative requests to inspect any station in the Personal Radio Services, the station operator or licensee must make the station and any applicable records available for inspection.

Interference.

Operators of Personal Radio Service stations experiencing or causing interference must first attempt to eliminate the interference by means of mutually satisfactory arrangements. If the operators are unable to resolve an interference problem, the FCC may impose restrictions including specifying the channels, maximum transmitting power, maximum antenna height and geographic area or hours of operation of the stations concerned.

Restricted operation.

The FCC may deny or restrict the use by any operator(s) of any specified channel(s) in a specified geographic area if, in the judgment of the FCC, such use is not in the public interest. Furthermore, the FCC may restrict the use by any particular operator(s) of any channel as to geographical area of operation, transmitting power, or other operating conditions.

How to contact the FCC.

For information about the Personal Radio Services, see the FCC's internet Web site (www.fcc.gov). To speak with an FCC representative about the Personal Radio Services, call the FCC's information line 888-CALL-FCC (888-225-5322). To write the FCC about these services, address the Federal Communications Commission, Attention: Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

Permissible uses.

Personal Radio Services stations may be used only for the purposes set forth in the rules applicable to each specific Personal Radio Service.

Prohibited uses.

No person shall use a Personal Radio Service station:

(a) In connection with any activity which is against Federal, State or local law;

(b) To transmit advertisements or program material associated with television or radio broadcasting;

(c) To transmit messages for hire or provide a common carrier service;

(d) To intentionally interfere with the communications of another station;

(e) To transmit obscene, profane or indecent words, language or meaning; or

(f) To transmit a false or deceptive communication.

Operation of non-certified transmitters prohibited.

Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this section, no person shall operate a transmitter in any Personal Radio Service unless it is a certified transmitter; that is, a transmitter of a type which has obtained a grant of equipment certification for that service, pursuant to part 2, subpart J of this chapter. Use of a transmitter that is not FCC-certified voids the user's authority to operate that station. See sections 302(a), (b), and (e) of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 302(a), (b), and (e)).

(a) Exceptions. Under certain exceptions, non-certified Personal Radio Service transmitters, or transmitters certified for use in the land mobile radio services may be operated. Any such exceptions applicable to stations in a Personal Radio Service are set forth in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., §§ 95.735 and 95.1735.

(b) Revoked or withdrawn certification. In the event that the FCC revokes or withdraws a grant of equipment certification for a type of Personal Radio Service transmitter, existing transmitters already in service may continue to be operated unless and until the FCC determines otherwise and gives Public Notice of that decision.

(c) Grantee permissible modifications. Only the grantee of the equipment certification may modify the design of a certified Personal Radio Service transmitter type, and then only pursuant to and in full compliance with the requirements and procedures for permissible changes and modifications in part 2 of this chapter. See §§ 2.932 and 2.1043 of this chapter.

Operation of impermissibly modified equipment prohibited.

No person shall modify any Personal Radio Service transmitter in a way that changes or affects the technical functioning of that transmitter such that operation of the modified transmitter results in a violation of the rules in this part. This includes any modification to provide for additional transmit frequencies, increased modulation level, a different form of modulation, or increased transmitter output power (either mean power or peak envelope power or both). Any such modification voids the certified status of the modified transmitter and renders it unauthorized for use in the Personal Radio Services. Also, no person shall operate any Personal Radio Service transmitter that has been so modified.

Operation of transmitter with external device causing rule violation prohibited.

No person shall operate any Personal Radio Service transmitter to which an external device or accessory has been added such that operation of the combination results in a violation of the rules.

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Station operator responsibility and requirements.

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(a) Unless the station is operating under automatic control, the operator of a Personal Radio Services station must be located at a control point and monitoring communications while the station is transmitting.

(b) For Personal Radio Services stations operating under the authority of an individual license, the licensee is responsible for proper operation of the station in compliance with all applicable rules in this part, regardless of who is operating the station.

(c) For Personal Radio Services stations operating under the authority of an individual license, the licensee must maintain station records. If no individual license is required for a particular Personal Radio Service, the station operator must maintain the station records. Station records include copies of any FCC violation notices or other FCC letters received by the licensee or operator, any responses to such letters, each written permission received from the FCC, and other documents as the FCC may require be included.

Remote control.

Operation of Personal Radio Services stations by remote control is prohibited, unless otherwise allowed for a particular Personal Radio Service by rules in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., §§ 95.945 and 95.1745.

Automatic control.

Operation of Personal Radio Services stations under automatic control is prohibited, unless otherwise allowed for a particular Personal Radio Service by rules in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., §§ 95.1747, 95.2347, and 95.2547.

Network connection.

Operation of Personal Radio Services stations connected with the public switched network is prohibited, unless otherwise allowed for a particular Personal Radio Service by rules in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., §§ 95.949 and 95.2749.

Station identification.

Operators of Personal Radio Services stations are not required to transmit any form of station identification, unless otherwise required for a Personal Radio Service by rules in the subpart governing that specific service. See e.g., § 95.1751.

False distress signals.

No person shall transmit or cause to be transmitted by a Personal Radio Services station any false or fraudulent signals of distress, or communication relating thereto. See section 325(a) of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 325(a)).

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Duration of transmissions.

Except as otherwise provided, the operator of a Personal Radio Services station must generally limit transmissions to the minimum duration necessary. See e.g., § 95.2357. Some Personal Radio Services have specific duration limits, which are set forth in the subparts governing those services. See e.g., § 95.957.

Sharing of channels.

Unless otherwise provided in the subparts governing the individual services, all channels designated for use in the Personal Radio Services are available for use on a shared basis, and are not assigned by the FCC for the exclusive use of any person or station. Operators of Personal Radio Service stations must cooperate in the selection and use of channels in order to avoid interference and make efficient use of these shared channels.

Transmitter Certification.

(a) Unless otherwise provided in the subpart governing that service or in other parts of this chapter, each transmitter that operates or is intended to operate in a service of the Personal Radio Service must be certified in accordance with the governing subpart and part 2 of this Chapter.

(b) A copy of the instruction manual specified in § 95.393 must be forwarded to the FCC with each request for certification of the relevant transmitter. If a final copy of that manual is not available when the certification application is submitted, the applicant may include with its application a draft or preliminary copy provided it forwards a final copy to the FCC when such a copy becomes available.

(c) Equipment certification will not be issued for transmitter types where any control, switch or other type of adjustment—which, when manipulated, can result in a violation of the rules—is accessible to the user.

Channels available for use.

Operators of Personal Radio Stations may transmit only on the channels or frequency bands designated for the specific Personal Radio Service being used, as listed in the individual subpart governing that service. Transmissions on any channel or frequency not designated for the service being used constitutes a violation of section 301 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 301).

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Transmitting power.

For transmission of emergency messages, where operators of Personal Radio Services stations have the ability to select transmitting power levels, the highest transmitting power available may be used. In all other circumstances, the minimum amount of transmitting power necessary to carry out the desired communications must be used. See section 324 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 324).

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Emission types.

In general, Personal Radio Services stations may transmit any emission type that is appropriate for the permissible uses of the specific service, provided that it does not exceed the authorized bandwidth for that service and is in full compliance with the modulation limits (if any) and unwanted emission limits for the specific service.

(a) Exceptions. In some of the Personal Radio Services, stations may transmit only certain specific emission types. Any such limits are set forth in the emission types rule in the subpart governing that service. See e.g., §§ 95.971 and 95.2971.

(b) Emission type designators. Emission type designators are defined in § 2.201 of this chapter. Designators for emissions commonly used in the Personal Radio Services are as follows:

DescriptionDesignator
Voice, AMA3E
Voice, SSBJ3E
Voice, FMF3E
Voice, PMG3E
Data, FSKF1D
Data, AFSKF2D
Data, PSKG1D
Test, no modulationN0N
Tones and signals.

Personal Radio Service stations that transmit voice emissions may also transmit audible or subaudible tones or other signals for the purpose of selective calling and/or receiver squelch activation. These tones and signals are ancillary to voice communications and are considered to be included within the voice emission types, e.g., A3E, F3E, and G3E.

(a) Tones that are audible (having a frequency higher than 300 Hertz), must last no longer than 15 seconds at one time.

(b) Tones that are subaudible (having a frequency of 300 Hertz or less), may be transmitted continuously during a communication session.

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Voice obscuring features.

A grant of equipment certification will not be issued for any transmitter type that incorporates one or more voice scrambling or other obscuring features for any of the Personal Radio Services that provide for voice (telephony) communications on shared channels (see § 95.359), if the application for such grant is filed on or after December 27, 2017.

RF exposure evaluation.

(a) Personal Radio Services devices are subject to the radio frequency radiation exposure requirements specified in §§ 1.1307(b), 2.1091 and 2.1093 of this chapter, as appropriate.

(b) FCC certification (see § 95.335) of transmitter types that are “portable devices,” as defined in § 2.1093(b) of this chapter, and are designed to operate in certain Personal Radio Services, is subject to rules requiring radiofrequency radiation exposure routine evaluation pursuant to §§ 1.1307(b) and 2.1093 of this chapter. See §§ 95.2385 and 95.2585.

Manufacturing, importation, and sales of non-certified equipment prohibited.

No person shall manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale non-certified equipment for the Personal Radio Services. See § 302(b) of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 302a(b)). See also part 2, subpart I (§ 2.801 et. seq.) of this chapter for rules governing marketing of radiofrequency devices.

(a) Revoked or withdrawn certification. In the event that the FCC revokes or withdraws a grant of equipment certification for a type of Personal Radio Service transmitter, the FCC will provide specific instructions and dates for cessation of manufacturing, importation and sales of the affected equipment.

(b) External radio frequency power amplifiers. No person shall manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale any external radio frequency power amplifier that is capable of operation on any frequency below 144 MHz and is intended for use in the Personal Radio Services. See also § 2.815 of this chapter.

(c) Voice obscuring radios. Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall manufacture, or import, sell or offer for sale any radio that incorporates one or more voice scrambling or other obscuring features where such radio is intended for use in any of the Personal Radio Services that provide for voice (telephony) communications on shared channels (see § 95.359) regardless of whether the Commission has previously certified that radio.

Instructions and warnings.

(a) A user's instruction manual must be supplied with each transmitter that can be used in a Personal Radio Service.

(b) The manual described in paragraph (a) of this section must contain all information necessary for the proper installation and operation of the transmitter including:

(1) Instructions concerning all controls, adjustments and switches that may be operated or adjusted without resulting in a violation of FCC rules;

(2) Warnings concerning any adjustment that could result in a violation of FCC rules or that is recommended to be performed only by or under the immediate supervision and responsibility of a person certified as technically qualified to perform transmitter maintenance and repair duties in the relevant radio service by an organization or committee representative of users of that service;

(3) Warnings concerning the replacement of any transmitter component (crystal, semiconductor, etc.) that could result in a violation of FCC rules; and

(4) For a transmitter that can only be operated with an FCC license, warnings concerning compliance with applicable licensing requirements and information concerning license application procedures.

Subpart B—Family Radio Service (FRS)

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Family Radio Service (FRS).

Definitions, FRS.

Family Radio Service (FRS). A short-distance two-way voice communication service, with limited data applications, between low power hand-held radios, for facilitating individual, family, group, recreational and business activities.

FRS unit. A transceiver for use in the FRS.

FRS replacement parts.

The operator of a FRS unit may replace the batteries in the FRS unit with batteries of a type specified by the manufacturer. All other internal maintenance and repairs must be carried out in accordance with § 95.319.

Permissible FRS uses.

FRS units are primarily used for short-distance two-way voice communications between individuals.

(a) Digital data. In addition to voice conversations, FRS units may transmit digital data containing location information, or requesting location information from one or more other FRS or GMRS units, or containing a brief text message to another specific GMRS or FRS unit. Digital data transmissions must be initiated by a manual action of the operator, except that a FRS unit receiving an interrogation request may automatically respond with its location. See also § 95.587(c).

(b) One-way communications. FRS units may be used for one-way communications that are emergency messages, traveler assistance communications, voice pages or brief equipment tests.

(c) GMRS stations. FRS units normally communicate with other FRS units, but may also be used to communicate with General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) stations.

Prohibited FRS uses.

FRS units must not be used for one-way communications other than those listed in § 95.531(b). Initial transmissions to establish two-way communications and data transmissions listed in § 95.531(a) are not considered to be one-way communications for the purposes of this section.

FRS transmitter certification.

(a) Each FRS unit (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate in the FRS) must be certficated for use in the FRS in accordance with this subpart and subpart J of part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the FRS will not be issued for any FRS transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

(c) A grant of equipment certification will not be issued for hand-held portable radio units capable of operating under both this subpart (FRS) and under any other subparts of this chapter (except part 15) if the application for such grant is filed on or after December 27, 2017.

FRS channels.

The FRS is allotted 22 channels, each having a channel bandwidth of 12.5 kHz. All of the FRS channels are also allotted to the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) on a shared basis. The Start Printed Page 41112FRS channel center frequencies are set forth in the following table:

Channel No.Center frequency (MHz)
1462.5625
2462.5875
3462.6125
4462.6375
5462.6625
6462.6875
7462.7125
8467.5625
9467.5875
10467.6125
11467.6375
12467.6625
13467.6875
14467.7125
15462.5500
16462.5750
17462.6000
18462.6250
19462.6500
20462.6750
21462.7000
22462.7250
FRS frequency accuracy.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±2.5 parts-per-million of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.563 during normal operating conditions.

FRS transmit power.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that the effective radiated power (ERP) on channels 8 through 14 does not exceed 0.5 Watts and the ERP on channels 1 through 7 and 15 through 22 does not exceed 2.0 Watts.

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FRS emission types.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that it can transmit only the following emission types: F3E, G3E, F2D, and G2D.

FRS authorized bandwidth.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that the occupied bandwidth does not exceed 12.5 kHz.

FRS modulation limits.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that the peak frequency deviation does not exceed 2.5 kHz, and the highest audio frequency contributing substantially to modulation must not exceed 3.125 kHz.

FRS tone requirements.

In addition to the tones permitted under § 95.377, FRS transmitter types may be designed to transmit brief tones to indicate the end of a transmission.

FRS unwanted emissions limits.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the applicable unwanted emissions limits in this paragraph.

(a) Attenuation requirements. The power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the carrier power output in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 25 dB (decibels) in the frequency band 6.25 kHz to 12.5 kHz removed from the channel center frequency.

(2) 35 dB in the frequency band 12.5 kHz to 31.25 kHz removed from the channel center frequency.

(3) 43 + 10 log (P) dB in any frequency band removed from the channel center frequency by more than 31.25 kHz.

(b) Measurement bandwidths. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency range specified in paragraph (a)(3) is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

(c) Measurement conditions. The requirements in this section apply to each FRS transmitter type both with and without the connection of permitted attachments, such as an external speaker, microphone and/or power cord.

FRS additional requirements.

Each FRS transmitter type must be designed to meet the following additional requirements.

(a) Transmit frequency capability. FRS transmitter types must not be capable of transmitting on any frequency or channel other than those listed in § 95.563.

(b) Antenna. The antenna of each FRS transmitter type must meet the following requirements.

(1) The antenna must be a non-removable integral part of the FRS transmitter type.

(2) The gain of the antenna must not exceed that of a half-wave dipole antenna.

(3) The antenna must be designed such that the electric field of the emitted waves is vertically polarized when the unit is operated in the normal orientation.

(c) Digital data transmissions. FRS transmitter types having the capability to transmit digital data must be designed to meet the following requirements.

(1) FRS units may transmit digital data containing location information, or requesting location information from one or more other FRS or GMRS units, or containing a brief text message to another specific FRS or GMRS unit or units.

(2) Digital data transmissions must be initiated by a manual action or command of the operator, except that FRS units may be designed to automatically respond with location data upon receiving an interrogation request from another FRS unit or a GMRS unit.

(3) Digital data transmissions must not exceed one second in duration.

(4) Digital data transmissions must not be sent more frequently than one digital data transmission within a thirty-second period, except that an FRS unit may automatically respond to more than one interrogation request received within a thirty-second period.

(d) Packet mode. FRS transmitter types must not be capable of transmitting data in the store-and-forward packet operation mode.

(e) Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall manufacture or import hand-held portable radio equipment capable of operating under this subpart (FRS) and other licensed or licensed-by-rule services in this chapter (part 15 unlicensed equipment authorizations are permitted if consistent with part 15 rules).

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Sales of FRS combination radios prohibited.

Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall sell or offer for sale hand-held portable radio equipment capable of operating under this subpart (FRS) and under any other licensed or licensed-by-rule radio services in this chapter (devices may be authorized under this subpart with part 15 unlicensed equipment authorizations).

Subpart C—Radio Control Radio Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Radio Control Radio Service (RCRS).

Definitions, RCRS.

Model aircraft. A small imitation of an aircraft, such as an airplane or a helicopter.

Model surface craft. A small imitation of a boat, car, or other type of vehicle for carrying people or objects, other than an aircraft.

Radio Control Radio Service ( RCRS). A non-commercial short-distance radio service for wirelessly controlling the Start Printed Page 41113operation of devices, including, but not limited to, model vehicles such as aircraft and surface craft.

RCRS transmitter. A transmitter that is used or intended to be used in the RCRS.

RCRS replacement parts.

The operator of an RCRS transmitter may replace parts of an RCRS transmitter as indicated in this section. All other internal maintenance and repairs must be carried out in accordance with § 95.319.

(a) A damaged antenna may be replaced by another antenna of the same or a compatible similar type.

(b) Batteries in the RCRS transmitter may be replaced with batteries of a type specified by the manufacturer.

(c) To change plug-in modules which were certified as part of the RCRS transmitter.

Interference, RCRS.

RCRS operations must not cause interference to, and must accept interference from, certain other radio service operations, as follows:

(a) RCRS stations must not cause interference to:

(1) Authorized radio operations in the 72-76 MHz band, including radio remote control of industrial equipment on the same or adjacent channels; or,

(2) Broadcast television reception on TV Channels 4 or 5.

(b) RCRS operations are not afforded protection from interference caused by the operation of:

(1) Industrial, scientific or medical devices (see part 18 of this chapter) operating in the 26-28 MHz band; and,

(2) Fixed and mobile stations in other services operating on the same or adjacent channels.

Permissible RCRS use.

RCRS transmitters may only be used to transmit one-way communications and only for the purposes set forth in this section. (One-way communications are transmissions which are not intended to establish communications with another station.)

(a) Control of model crafts and devices. When an RCRS transmitter is used to control a model craft or device, the RCRS channels in specific frequency bands must be used, based on the type of model craft or device being controlled, as follows:

(1) RCRS channels in the 72 MHz frequency band may be used only to control and operate model aircraft.

(2) RCRS channels in the 75 MHz frequency band may be used only to control and operate model surface craft.

(3) RCRS channels in the 26-28 MHz frequency band may be used to control or operate any kind of device.

(b) Telecommand. Any RCRS channel may be used by the operator to turn on and/or off a device at a remote location.

(c) Telemetry. Any RCRS channel in the 26-28 MHz frequency band may be used to transmit a signal from a sensor at a remote location that turns on and/or off an indicating device for the operator.

Prohibited RCRS use.

The rules in this section restrict certain uses of RCRS transmitters.

(a) Simultaneous use of multiple channels. An RCRS station must not transmit simultaneously on more than one RCRS channel in the 72-76 MHz band when such operation would cause harmful interference to other RCRS operations.

(b) Data transmission. No person shall use a RCRS transmitter to transmit data. Tones or other types of signal encoding are not considered to be data for the purposes of this paragraph, when used only for the purpose of identifying the specific device among multiple devices that the operator intends to turn on/off or the specific sensor among multiple sensors intended to turn on/off an indicating device for the operator.

(c) Pay for operation prohibited. RCRS stations must not be used for commercial purposes. An RCRS operator must not accept direct or indirect payment for operating an RCRS transmitter. An RCRS operator may use an RCRS transmitter to help him or her provide a service and be paid for rendering that service, provided that the payment is only for the service and not for operation of the RCRS transmitter.

(d) Limited transmission. No person shall use an RCRS station to transmit any message other than for the operation of devices at remote locations. Accordingly, the transmission of other messages by an RCRS operator, such as voice, telegraphy, etc. is prohibited.

RCRS equipment certification exception.

Notwithstanding the general requirement of § 95.335, a non-certified RCRS transmitter that transmits only in the 26-28 MHz band and complies with the applicable technical requirements in this subpart may be operated in the RCRS for the purpose of controlling a remote device.

RCRS antenna height limit.

If the antenna of a RCRS station operating on a channel in the 26-28 MHz frequency band (whether receiving, transmitting) is installed at a fixed location, the highest point of the antenna must not be more than 6.10 meters (20 feet) higher than the highest point of the building or tree on which it is mounted; or 18.3 meters (60 feet) above the ground. RCRS station antennas must also meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See 47 CFR 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

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Operation of an RCRS transmitter by remote control.

This section sets forth the conditions under which an RCRS station may be operated by remote control, pursuant to the exception in § 95.345.

(a) Wireless remote control. No person shall operate a RCRS station by wireless remote control.

(b) Wired remote control. Before operating an RCRS station by wired remote control, the operator must obtain specific approval from the FCC. To obtain FCC approval, the operator must explain why wired remote control is needed.

Duration of RCRS Communications.

Communications on RCRS channels shall be limited to the minimum practicable time that is necessary.

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RCRS transmitter certification.

(a) Except as provided in § 95.735, each RCRS transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate as a station in the RCRS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the RCRS will not be issued for any RCRS transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

RCRS channel frequencies.

The channels listed in this section are allotted for shared use in the RCRS. Each RCRS channel is designated by its center frequency in megahertz.

(a) 26-28 MHz frequency band. The 26-28 MHz RCRS channel center frequencies are 26.995, 27.045, 27.095, 27.145, 27.195 and 27.255 MHz.Start Printed Page 41114

(b) 72 MHz frequency band. The 72 MHz RCRS channel center frequencies are 72.01, 72.03, 72.05, 72.07, 72.09, 72.11, 72.13, 72.15, 72.17, 72.19, 72.21, 72.23, 72.25, 72.27, 72.29, 72.31, 72.33, 72.35, 72.37, 72.39, 72.41, 72.43, 72.45, 72.47, 72.49, 72.51, 72.53, 72.55, 72.57, 72.59, 72.61, 72.63, 72.65, 72.67, 72.69, 72.71, 72.73, 72.75, 72.77, 72.79, 72.81, 72.83, 72.85, 72.87, 72.89, 72.91, 72.93, 72.95, 72.97, and 72.99 MHz.

(c) 75 MHz frequency band. The 75 MHz RCRS channel center frequencies are 75.41, 75.43, 75.45, 75.47, 75.49, 75.51, 75.53, 75.55, 75.57, 75.59, 75.61, 75.63, 75.65, 75.67, 75.69, 75.71, 75.73, 75.75, 75.77, 75.79, 75.81, 75.83, 75.85, 75.87, 75.89, 75.91, 75.93, 75.95, 75.97, and 75.99 MHz.

RCRS frequency accuracy.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the frequency accuracy requirements in this section.

(a) Each RCRS transmitter type capable of transmitting on channels in the 72 or 75 MHz frequency band must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±20 parts-per-million (ppm) of the channel center frequencies listed in § 95.763(b) and (c) during normal operating conditions.

(b) Except as allowed under paragraph (c) of this section, each RCRS transmitter type capable of transmitting in the 26-28 MHz frequency band must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±50 ppm of the channel center frequencies listed in § 95.763(a) during normal operating conditions.

(c) Each RCRS transmitter type that transmits in the 26-28 MHz frequency band with a mean transmitter power of 2.5 W or less and is used solely by the operator to turn on and/or off a device at a remote location, other than a device used solely to attract attention, must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±100 ppm of the channel center frequencies listed in § 95.763(a) during normal operating conditions.

RCRS transmitter power.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed such that the transmitter power does not exceed the limits in this section.

(a) 72 and 75 MHz frequency bands. For an RCRS transmitter operating in the 72 and/or 75 MHz frequency bands, the mean transmitter output power must not exceed 0.75 Watts.

(b) 26-28 MHz frequency band. For an RCRS transmitter operating on 27.255 MHz, the mean transmitter output power must not exceed 25 Watts. For an RCRS transmitter operating on 26.995, 27.045, 27.095, 27.145, or 27.195 MHz, the mean transmitter output power must not exceed 4 Watts.

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RCRS emission types.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the emission limitations in this section.

(a) Permitted emission types. RCRS transmitter types may transmit any type of non-voice emission that is technically appropriate for radio control use.

(b) Voice emissions prohibited. RCRS transmitter types must be incapable of transmitting telephony (voice communications).

RCRS authorized bandwidth.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed such that the occupied bandwidth does not exceed 8 kHz for any emission type.

RCRS unwanted emissions.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the applicable unwanted emissions limits in this paragraph.

(a) 26-28 MHz frequency band. For an RCRS transmitter operating in the 26-28 MHz frequency band, the power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 25 dB (decibels) in the frequency band 4 kHz to 8 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(2) 35 dB in the frequency band 8 kHz to 20 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(3) 43 + 10 log (P) dB in any frequency band removed from the channel center frequency by more than 20 kHz.

(b) 72 and 75 MHz frequency bands. For an RCRS transmitter operating in the 72 and/or 75 MHz frequency bands, the power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 25 dB (decibels) in the frequency band 4 kHz to 8 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(2) 45 dB in the frequency band 8 kHz to 10 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(3) 55 dB in the frequency band 10 kHz to 20 kHz removed from the channel center frequency; and

(4) 56 + 10 log (P) dB in any frequency band removed from the channel center frequency by more than 20 kHz.

(c) Measurement bandwidths. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) and (b)(1) through (3) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency ranges specified in paragraphs (a)(3) and (b)(4) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

RCRS additional requirements.

Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy all of the following additional requirements:

(a) The antenna of an RCRS station transmitting in the 72 and/or 75 MHz frequency bands must meet the following requirements:

(1) The antenna must be an integral part of the transmitter;

(2) The gain of the antenna must not exceed that of a half-wave dipole; and

(3) The antenna must be designed such that the electric field of the emitted radio waves is vertically polarized when the transmitter is held in the normal orientation.

(b) Each RCRS transmitter type must be designed to transmit only on one or more of the channels listed in § 95.763.

(c) For RCRS transmitter types incorporating plug-in frequency-determining modules that are intended to be changed by the operator, the modules must be submitted for certification together with the transmitter type. Each module must contain all of the frequency determining circuitry including the oscillator. Plug-in crystals are not considered modules and must not be accessible to the user.

Subpart D—CB Radio Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the CB Radio Service.

Definitions, CBRS.

CB Radio Service (CBRS). A mobile and fixed two-way voice communication service for facilitating personal, business or voluntary public service activities, including communications to provide assistance to highway travelers.

CBRS station. Any transmitter, with or without an incorporated antenna or receiver, which is certified by the FCC to be operated in the CBRS.

Conversation. An exchange of transmissions between two CBRS stations.

Wireless remote control. Operation of a CBRS station from a remote location using a wireless link.

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Authority to operate CBRS stations voided by violation of operating rules.

A person's authorization to operate a CBRS station without an individual license pursuant to § 95.305 is voided if that person violates any of the operating rules in this subpart, this part, or other parts of this chapter.

CBRS replacement parts.

The operator of a CBRS transmitter may replace parts of the CBRS transmitter as stated in this section. All other internal maintenance and repairs must be carried out in accordance with § 95.319.

(a) A damaged antenna on a hand-held portable CBRS transmitter may be replaced by another antenna of the same or a compatible similar type.

(b) Batteries in a hand-held portable CBRS transmitter may be replaced with batteries of a type specified by the manufacturer.

(c) A detachable external microphone may be replaced with any external microphone that does not alter the modulation characteristics in a way that results in a violation of §§ 95.967, 95.973, 95.975 or 95.979.

(d) Changing plug-in modules which were certified as part of the CBRS transmitter.

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CBRS station inspection.

If an authorized FCC representative requests to inspect a CBRS station, the operator must make the station and any station records available for inspection.

(a) A CBRS station includes all of the equipment used in connection with that station.

(b) Station records include the following documents, as applicable:

(1) A copy of each response to an FCC violation notice or an FCC letter.

(2) Each written permission received from the FCC.

CBRS harmful interference.

If harmonic or other spurious emissions result in harmful interference, the FCC may require appropriate technical changes in the CBRS station equipment to alleviate the interference, including the use of a low pass filter between the transmitter antenna terminals and the antenna feed line.

CBRS quiet hours.

If a CBRS station causes harmful interference to broadcast or communications services received by the public, and such harmful interference can not be eliminated by technical means (i.e., filters), the FCC may, by written notice to the CBRS station operator, impose limits on the hours of operation of the CBRS station.

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Permissible CBRS uses.

The operator of a CBRS station may use that station to transmit two-way plain language voice communications to other CBRS stations and to other stations that are authorized to transmit on CBRS frequencies.

(a) Emergency communications. Any CBRS channel may be used for emergency communications or for traveler assistance.

(1) Operators of CBRS stations must, at all times and on all channels, give priority to emergency communications.

(2) CBRS Channel 9 may be used only for emergency communications or traveler assistance. It must not be used for any other purpose.

(b) One-way communications. The operator of a CBRS station may use that station to transmit one-way communications for the following purposes:

(1) To call for help or transmit other emergency communications;

(2) To provide warnings of hazardous road conditions to travelers;

(3) To make brief test transmissions (“radio checks”); or,

(4) To transmit voice paging.

(c) Travelers assistance communications. The operator of a CBRS station may transmit communications necessary to assist a traveler to reach a destination or to receive necessary services.

Prohibited CBRS uses.

In addition to the prohibited uses set forth in § 95.333, the operator of a CBRS station must not use a CBRS station:

(a) To transmit one-way communications other than those permitted in § 95.931(b) (transmissions to seek to initiate two-way communications with another station are not considered to be one-way communications);

(b) To advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services;

(c) To advertise a political candidate or political campaign (a CBRS station may be used for the business or organizational aspects of a campaign);

(d) To communicate with stations in other countries, except General Radio Service stations in Canada;

(e) To transmit communications for live or delayed broadcast on a radio or television broadcast station (a CBRS station may be used to gather news items or to prepare programs);

(f) To transmit music, whistling, sound effects or any other audio material to amuse or entertain; or

(g) To transmit any sound effects solely to attract attention.

Unauthorized use of non-CBRS transmitters.

The operator of a CBRS station must not use a non-CBRS transmitter to communicate with or attempt to communicate with stations in the CBRS.

(a) Non-CBRS transmitters. For the purposes of this section, “non-CBRS transmitters” are transmitters that are technically capable of operation in the 26-30 MHz frequency range, but are intended for use in the Amateur Radio Service (see part 97 of this chapter) or other government or non-government radio services, and are not certified for use in the CBRS.

(b) Unlicensed operation. The operation of non-CBRS transmitters on the CBRS channels is not authorized by § 95.305 of this part. Accordingly, the FCC considers any such operation to be a violation of section 301 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 301).

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External radio frequency power amplifiers prohibited.

The operator of a CBRS station must not use an external radio frequency power amplifier to increase the transmitting power of that CBRS station under any circumstances. There are no exceptions to this rule.

(a) The FCC will presume that the operator of a CBRS station has used an external radio frequency power amplifier in violation of this section if it is in the operator's possession or on the operator's premises and there is other evidence that the CBRS station has been operated with more transmitting power than allowed by § 95.967.

(b) The operator of a CBRS station must not attach an external radio frequency power amplifier to a certified CBRS transmitter.

CBRS antenna height limits.

The operator of a CBRS station must ensure that the transmitting antenna for the station is not higher than 18.3 meters (60 feet) above the ground, or 6.1 meters (20 feet) higher than the highest point of the building or tree on which it is mounted, whichever is higher. CBRS station antennas must also meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See § 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information.

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Remote control of a CBRS station.

This section sets forth the conditions under which a CBRS station may be operated by remote control, pursuant to the exception in § 95.345. Operation of a CBRS station using a hands-free or other type of cordless microphone or headset authorized under part 15 is not considered to be remote control.

(a) Wireless remote control. No person shall operate a CBRS station by wireless remote control.

(b) Wired remote control. Before operating an CBRS station by wired remote control, the operator must obtain specific approval from the FCC. To obtain FCC approval, the operator must explain why wired remote control is needed. See § 95.329 regarding contacting the FCC.

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CBRS network connection.

A CBRS station may be connected, acoustically or electrically, to the public switched network, subject to the rules in this section. The purpose of this is to allow operators of other CBRS stations to speak to and hear individuals on the telephone through the connected CBRS station.

(a) The operator of the connected CBRS station must:

(1) Manually make the connection;

(2) Continue to control the station while it is connected;

(3) Listen to each conversation during the connection; and

(4) Stop transmissions immediately if any violation of the CBRS rules occurs.

(b) If a CBRS station is directly (electrically) connected to the public switched network, the connection, including the interface device used, must be in full compliance with all applicable rules in part 68 of this chapter.

Duration of CBRS Transmissions.

(a) Except as specified in (b) and (c) of this section, the operator of a CBRS station must limit each on-air conversation with the operators of other CBRS stations to no more than five minutes. After an on-air conversation has ended, the operator of a CBRS station must not transmit again on the same channel for at least one minute.

(b) When a CBRS operator is directly participating in emergency communications, it does not have to comply with paragraph (a) of this section regarding length of transmissions and pauses between transmissions. However, the operator must obey all other rules.

(c) When an operator is using its CBRS station to assist a traveler, it does not have to comply with paragraph (a) of this section regarding length of transmissions and pauses between transmissions. However, the operator must obey all other rules.

[Reserved]
CBRS transmitter certification.

(a) Each CBRS transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate at a station in the CBRS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the CBRS will not be issued for any CBRS transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

CBRS channel frequencies.

The channels listed in this section are allotted for shared use in the CBRS. Each CBRS channel is designated by its center frequency in Megahertz (MHz).

CBRS channel No.Center frequency (MHz)
126.965
226.975
326.985
427.005
527.015
627.025
727.035
827.055
927.065
1027.075
1127.085
1227.105
1327.115
1427.125
1527.135
1627.155
1727.165
1827.175
1927.185
2027.205
2127.215
2227.225
2327.255
2427.235
2527.245
2627.265
2727.275
2827.285
2927.295
3027.305
3127.315
3227.325
3327.335
3427.345
3527.355
3627.365
3727.375
3827.385
3927.395
4027.405
CBRS transmit frequency accuracy.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed such that the transmit carrier frequency (or in the case of SSB transmissions, the reference frequency) remains within 50 parts-per-million of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.963 under all normal operating conditions.

CBRS transmitter power limits.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed such that the transmitter power can not exceed the following limits:

(a) When transmitting amplitude modulated (AM) voice signals, the mean carrier power must not exceed 4 Watts.

(b) When transmitting single sideband (SSB) voice signals, the peak envelope power must not exceed 12 Watts.

CBRS emission types.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed such that its capabilities are in compliance with the emission type rules in this section.

(a) Permitted emission types. CBRS transmitter types may transmit only AM voice emission type A3E and SSB voice emission types J3E, R3E, or H3E.

(b) SSB requirements. Each CBRS transmitter type that transmits emission type J3E, R3E, or H3E must be capable of transmitting only the upper sideband with suppressed, reduced or full carrier, respectively, but may additionally be capable of transmitting only the lower sideband, with suppressed, reduced or full carrier, respectively.

CBRS authorized bandwidth.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed such that the occupied bandwidth does not exceed the authorized bandwidth for the emission type under test.

(a) AM. The authorized bandwidth for emission type A3E is 8 kHz.

(b) SSB. The authorized bandwidth for emission types J3E, R3E, and H3E is 4 kHz.

CBRS modulation limits.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed such that the modulation characteristics are in compliance with the rules in this section.

(a) When emission type A3E is transmitted with voice modulation, the modulation percentage must be at least 85%, but not more than 100%.

(b) When emission type A3E is transmitted by a CBRS transmitter having a transmitter output power of more than 2.5 W, the transmitter must contain a circuit that automatically prevents the modulation percentage from exceeding 100%.

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CBRS tone transmissions.

In addition to the tones permitted under § 95.377, CBRS transmitter types may be designed to transmit brief tones to indicate the beginning or end of a transmission.

CBRS unwanted emissions limits.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed to comply with the applicable unwanted emissions limits in this section.

(a) Attenuation requirements. The power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) as specified in the applicable paragraphs listed in the following table:

Emission typeParagraph
A3E(1), (3), (5), (6)
H3E, J3E, R3E(2), (4), (5), (6)

(1) 25 dB (decibels) in the frequency band 4 kHz to 8 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(2) 25 dB in the frequency band 2 kHz to 6 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(3) 35 dB in the frequency band 8 kHz to 20 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(4) 35 dB in the frequency band 6 kHz to 10 kHz removed from the channel center frequency;

(5) 53 + 10 log (P) dB in any frequency band removed from the channel center frequency by more than 250% of the authorized bandwidth.

(6) 60 dB in any frequency band centered on a harmonic (i.e., an integer multiple of two or more times) of the carrier frequency.

(b) Measurement bandwidths. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (4) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency ranges specified in paragraphs (a)(5) and (6) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

(c) Measurement conditions and procedures. Subject to additional measurement standards and procedures established pursuant to part 2, subpart J, the following conditions and procedures must be used.

(1) The unwanted emissions limits requirements in this section must be met both with and without the connection of permitted attachments, such as external speakers, microphones, power cords and/or antennas.

(2) Either mean power output or peak envelope power output may be used for measurements, as appropriate for the emission type under test, provided that the same type of power measurement is used for both the transmitter output power and the power of the unwanted emissions.

CBRS additional requirements.

Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy all of the additional requirements in this section.

(a) Transmit frequency capability. Each CBRS transmitter type must be designed to transmit only on one or more of the channels listed in § 95.963. No CBRS transmitter type will be certified for use in the CBRS service if it is capable of transmitting on any frequency or channel other than those listed in § 95.963, unless such transmitter type is also certified for use in another radio service for which the frequency capability is authorized and for which FCC certification is also required.

(b) Frequency determining circuitry. All frequency determining circuitry (including crystals) and programming controls in each CBRS transmitter type must be internal to the transmitter and must not be accessible from the operating panel or from the exterior of the transmitter enclosure.

(c) Final amplifier component ratings. The dissipation rating of all the semiconductors or electron tubes which supply RF power to the antenna terminals of each CB transmitter must not exceed 10 Watts. For semiconductors, the dissipation rating is the greater of the collector or device dissipation value established by the manufacturer of the semiconductor. These values may be temperature de-rated by no more than 50 °C. For an electron tube, the dissipation rating is the Intermittent Commercial and Amateur Service plate dissipation value established by the manufacturer of the electron tube.

(d) External controls. Only the external transmitter controls, connections or devices listed in this paragraph are allowed to be incorporated in a CBRS transmitter type. The FCC, however, may authorize additional controls, connections or devices after considering the functions to be performed by such additions.

(1) Primary power connection. External power supplies may be used.

(2) Microphone connection.

(3) Antenna connection.

(4) Headphone and speaker output connections and related selector switch.

(5) On-off switch for primary power to the transmitter. This switch may be combined with receiver controls such as the receiver on-off switch and volume control.

(6) Upper/lower sideband selector switch (for a transmitter that is capable of transmitting SSB emissions).

(7) Carrier level selector control (for a transmitter that is capable of transmitting SSB emissions). This control may be combined with the sideband selector switch.

(8) Channel selector switch.

(9) Transmit/receive selector switch.

(10) Meter(s) and selector switch(es) for monitoring transmitter performance.

(11) Pilot lamp(s), meter(s), light emitting diodes, liquid crystal devices or other types of visual display devices to indicate the presence of RF output power or that the transmitter control circuits are activated to transmit.

[Reserved]
CBRS marketing limitations.

Marketing of devices that could be used with CBRS stations resulting in violation of the rules in this part is prohibited.

(a) External radio frequency power amplifiers. No person shall manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale any external radio frequency power amplifier capable of operation below 144 MHz and intended for use in the CBRS. See § 2.815 of this chapter.

(b) External frequency determining devices. No person shall manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale, any add-on device, whether internal or external, the function of which is to extend the transmitting frequency capability of a CBRS transmitter beyond that allowed by §§ 95.963 and 95.965.

Subpart E—General Mobile Radio Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS).

Definitions, GMRS.

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). A mobile two-way voice communication service, with limited data applications, for facilitating activities of individual licensees and their family members, including, but not limited to, voluntary provision of assistance to the public during emergencies and natural disasters.

Grandfathered GMRS license. A GMRS license held by a non-individual person (i.e., a partnership, corporation, association or governmental unit) as a result of renewals of a GMRS license issued prior to July 31, 1987.

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Individual licenses required; eligibility; who may operate; cooperative use.

A valid individual license is required to operate a GMRS station. To obtain an individual license, an applicant must be eligible and follow the applicable rules and procedures set forth in this subpart and in part 1 of this chapter, and must pay the required application and regulatory fees as set forth in part 1, subpart G of this chapter.

(a) Eligibility. This paragraph contains eligibility requirements for individual licenses in the GMRS.

(1) Only an individual who is at least 18 years old and who meets the requirements of § 95.305 is eligible to obtain a new individual GMRS license.

(2) Any person that holds a valid individual license is eligible to obtain a renewed license, or a modified license to reflect a change of name or address.

(b) Individual licensee responsibility. The holder of an individual license to operate GMRS stations is responsible at all times for the proper operation of the stations in compliance with all applicable rules in this part.

(c) Individuals who may operate a GMRS station. This paragraph establishes who may operate a GMRS station under the authority of an individual license.

(1) Any individual who holds an individual license may operate his or her GMRS stations.

(2) Any individual who holds an individual license may allow his or her immediate family members to operate his or her GMRS station or stations. Immediate family members are the licensee's spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

(3) Any individual who holds an individual license may allow anyone to operate his or her GMRS station if necessary to communicate an emergency message.

(4) Any non-individual person that holds a grandfathered GMRS license may allow individuals to operate its grandfathered GMRS station(s) only in accordance with the following paragraphs:

(i) A partnership may allow its partners and employees to operate its GMRS station(s).

(ii) A corporation may allow its officers, directors, members and employees to operate its GMRS station(s).

(iii) An association may allow its members and employees to operate its GMRS station(s).

(iv) A governmental unit may allow its employees to operate its GMRS station(s).

(d) Individual licensee duties. The holder of an individual license:

(1) Shall determine specifically which individuals, including family members, are allowed to operate (i.e., exercise operational control over) its GMRS station(s) (see paragraph (c) of this section);

(2) May allow any person to use (i.e., benefit from the operation of) its GMRS repeater, or alternatively, may limit the use of its GMRS repeater to specific persons;

(3) May disallow the use of its GMRS repeater by specific persons as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section.

(e) Individual license term. Each individual license in the GMRS will normally have a term of ten years from the date of grant or renewal, and may be renewed pursuant to the procedures in part 1 of this chapter. The FCC may grant a shorter license term at renewal as a sanction for violation of the FCC rules.

(f) Cooperative use of GMRS stations. GMRS licensees may share the use of their stations with other persons eligible in the GMRS, subject to the conditions and limitations in this paragraph.

(1) The GMRS station to be shared must be individually owned by the licensee, jointly owned by the participants and the licensee, leased individually by the licensee, or leased jointly by the participants and the licensee.

(2) The licensee must maintain access to and control over all stations authorized under its license.

(3) A station may be shared only:

(i) Without charge;

(ii) On a non-profit basis, with contributions to capital and operating expenses including the cost of mobile stations and paging receivers prorated equitably among all participants; or

(iii) On a reciprocal basis, i.e., use of one licensee's stations for the use of another licensee's stations without charge for either capital or operating expenses.

(4) All sharing arrangements must be conducted in accordance with a written agreement to be kept as part of the station records.

(g) Limitations on grandfathered GMRS licenses. GMRS licenses that were issued prior to July 31, 1987 authorized GMRS station operation at specified locations, on specified channels, and with specified antenna height and transmitter power. Grandfathered GMRS licenses authorize only continued operation of those specific stations by these licensees, at the specified locations, channels, antenna heights and transmitting power. The FCC does not accept applications to modify, assign, or transfer grandfathered GMRS licenses (other than administrative updates to change contact information).

GMRS station inspection.

If an authorized FCC representative requests to inspect a GMRS station, the operator must make the station and any station records available for inspection.

(a) A GMRS station includes all of the equipment used in connection with that station.

(b) Station records include the following documents, as applicable:

(1) A copy of each response to an FCC violation notice or an FCC letter.

(2) Each written permission received from the FCC.

(3) Any written agreement regarding sharing arrangements pursuant to § 95.1705(f)(4) of this part.

Permissible GMRS uses.

The operator of a GMRS station may use that station for two-way plain language voice communications with other GMRS stations and with FRS units concerning personal or business activities.

(a) Emergency communications. Any GMRS channel may be used for emergency communications or for traveler assistance. Operators of GMRS stations must, at all times and on all channels, give priority to emergency communications.

(b) One-way communications. The operator of a GMRS station may use that station to transmit one-way communications:

(1) To call for help or transmit other emergency communications;

(2) To provide warnings of hazardous road conditions to travelers; or,

(3) To make brief test transmissions.

(c) Travelers assistance. The operator of a GMRS station may transmit communications necessary to assist a traveler to reach a destination or to receive necessary services.

(d) Digital data. GMRS hand-held portable units may transmit digital data containing location information, or requesting location information from one or more other GMRS or FRS units, or containing a brief text message to another specific GMRS or FRS unit.

Prohibited GMRS uses.

(a) In addition to the prohibited uses outlined in § 95.333 of this chapter, GMRS stations must not communicate:Start Printed Page 41119

(1) Messages in connection with any activity which is against Federal, State, or local law;

(2) False or deceptive messages;

(3) Coded messages or messages with hidden meanings (“10 codes” are permissible);

(4) Music, whistling, sound effects or material to amuse or entertain;

(5) Advertisements or offers for the sale of goods or services;

(6) Advertisements for a political candidate or political campaign (messages about the campaign business may be communicated);

(7) International distress signals, such as the word “Mayday” (except when on a ship, aircraft or other vehicle in immediate danger to ask for help);

(8) Messages which are both conveyed by a wireline control link and transmitted by a GMRS station;

(9) Messages (except emergency messages) to any station in the Amateur Radio Service, to any unauthorized station, or to any foreign station;

(10) Continuous or uninterrupted transmissions, except for communications involving the immediate safety of life or property; and

(11) Messages for public address systems.

(12) The provision of § 95.333 apply, however, if the licensee is a corporation and the license so indicates, it may use its GMRS system to furnish non-profit radio communication service to its parent corporation, to another subsidiary of the same parent, or to its own subsidiary.

(b) GMRS stations must not be used for one-way communications other than those listed in § 95.1731(b). Initial transmissions to establish two-way communications and data transmissions listed in § 95.1731(d) are not considered to be one-way communications for the purposes of this section.

GMRS antenna height limits.

GMRS station antennas must meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See § 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

Minor GMRS operators.

Operators under the age of 18 will not be held personally responsible, pursuant to § 95.343, for improper operation of a GMRS repeater or base station. The holder of the individual license under which the minor operates is solely responsible for any improper operation that occurs while an individual under the age of 18 is operating the station.

GMRS remote control.

Notwithstanding the prohibition in § 95.345, GMRS repeater, base and fixed stations may be operated by remote control.

GMRS automatic control.

Notwithstanding the prohibition in § 95.347, GMRS repeater stations may be operated by automatic control.

GMRS network connection.

Operation of a GMRS station with a telephone connection is prohibited, as in § 95.349. GMRS repeater, base and fixed stations, however, may be connected to the public switched network or other networks for the sole purpose of operation by remote control pursuant to § 95.1745.

GMRS station identification.

Each GMRS station must be identified by transmission of its FCC-assigned call sign at the end of transmissions and at periodic intervals during transmissions except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section. A unit number may be included after the call sign in the identification.

(a) The GMRS station call sign must be transmitted:

(1) Following a single transmission or a series of transmissions; and,

(2) After 15 minutes and at least once every 15 minutes thereafter during a series of transmissions lasting more than 15 minutes.

(b) The call sign must be transmitted using voice in the English language or international Morse code telegraphy using an audible tone.

(c) Any GMRS repeater station is not required to transmit station identification if:

(1) It retransmits only communications from GMRS stations operating under authority of the individual license under which it operates; and,

(2) The GMRS stations whose communications are retransmitted are properly identified in accordance with this section.

GMRS transmitter certification.

(a) Each GMRS transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate in the GMRS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the GMRS will not be issued for any GMRS transmitter type that fails to comply with the applicable rules in this subpart.

(c) No GMRS transmitter will be certified for use in the GMRS if it is equipped with a frequency capability not listed in § 95.1763, unless such transmitter is also certified for use in another radio service for which the frequency is authorized and for which certification is also required. No GMRS transmitter will be certified for use in the GMRS if it is equipped with the capabilities to operate in services that do not require equipment certification, such as the Amateur Radio Service. All frequency determining circuitry (including crystals) and programming controls in each GMRS transmitter must be internal to the transmitter and must not be accessible from the exterior of the transmitter operating panel or from the exterior of the transmitter enclosure.

(d) Effective December 27, 2017, the Commission will no longer issue a grant of equipment authorization for hand-held portable unit transmitter types under both this subpart (GMRS) and subpart B of this part (FRS).

(e) Effective December 27, 2017, the Commission will no longer issue a grant of equipment authorization under this subpart (GMRS) for hand-held portable units if such units meet the requirements to be certified under subpart B of this part (FRS).

GMRS channels.

The GMRS is allotted 30 channels—16 main channels and 14 interstitial channels. GMRS stations may transmit on any of the channels as indicated below.

(a) 462 MHz main channels. Only mobile, hand-held portable, repeater, base and fixed stations may transmit on these 8 channels. The channel center frequencies are: 462.5500, 462.5750, 462.6000, 462.6250, 462.6500, 462.6750, 462.7000, and 462.7250 MHz.

(b) 462 MHz interstitial channels. Only mobile, hand-held portable and base stations may transmit on these 7 channels. The channel center frequencies are: 462.5625, 462.5875, 462.6125, 462.6375, 462.6625, 462.6875, and 462.7125 MHz.

(c) 467 MHz main channels. Only mobile, hand-held portable, control and fixed stations may transmit on these 8 channels. Mobile, hand-held portable and control stations may transmit on these channels only when communicating through a repeater station or making brief test transmissions in accordance with § 95.319(c). The channel center frequencies are: 467.5500, 467.5750, 467.6000, 467.6250, 467.6500, 467.6750, 467.7000, and 467.7250 MHz.

(d) 467 MHz interstitial channels. Only hand-held portable units may transmit on these 7 channels. The channel center frequencies are: Start Printed Page 41120467.5675, 467.5875, 467.6125, 467.6375, 467.6625, 467.6875, and 467.7125 MHz.

GMRS frequency accuracy.

Each GMRS transmitter type must be designed to comply with the frequency accuracy requirements in this section under normal operating conditions. Operators of GMRS stations must also ensure compliance with these requirements.

(a) The carrier frequency of each GMRS transmitter transmitting an emission with an occupied bandwidth greater than 12.5 kHz must remain within 5 parts-per-million (ppm) of the channel center frequencies listed in § 95.1763 under normal operating conditions.

(b) The carrier frequency of each GMRS transmitter transmitting an emission with an occupied bandwidth of 12.5 kHz or less must remain within 2.5 ppm of the channel center frequencies listed in § 95.1763 under normal operating conditions.

GMRS transmitting power limits.

This section contains transmitting power limits for GMRS stations. The maximum transmitting power depends on which channels are being used and the type of station.

(a) 462/467 MHz main channels. The limits in this paragraph apply to stations transmitting on any of the 462 MHz main channels or any of the 467 MHz main channels. Each GMRS transmitter type must be capable of operating within the allowable power range. GMRS licensees are responsible for ensuring that their GMRS stations operate in compliance with these limits.

(1) The transmitter output power of mobile, repeater and base stations must not exceed 50 Watts.

(2) The transmitter output power of fixed stations must not exceed 15 Watts.

(b) 462 MHz interstitial channels. The effective radiated power (ERP) of mobile, hand-held portable and base stations transmitting on the 462 MHz interstitial channels must not exceed 5 Watts.

(c) 467 MHz interstitial channels. The effective radiated power (ERP) of hand-held portable units transmitting on the 467 MHz interstitial channels must not exceed 0.5 Watt. Each GMRS transmitter type capable of transmitting on these channels must be designed such that the ERP does not exceed 0.5 Watt.

[Reserved]
GMRS emission types.

Each GMRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the emission capability rules in this section. Operation of GMRS stations must also be in compliance with these rules.

(a) Each GMRS transmitter type must have the capability to transmit F3E or G3E emissions.

(b) Only emission types A1D, F1D, G1D, H1D, J1D, R1D, A3E, F3E, G3E, H3E, J3E, R3E, F2D, and G2D are authorized for use in the GMRS. Equipment for which certification is sought under this subpart may have capabilities to transmit other emission types intended for use in other services, provided that these emission types can be deactivated when the equipment is used in the GMRS.

GMRS authorized bandwidths.

Each GMRS transmitter type must be designed such that the occupied bandwidth does not exceed the authorized bandwidth for the channels used. Operation of GMRS stations must also be in compliance with these requirements.

(a) Main channels. The authorized bandwidth is 20 kHz for GMRS transmitters operating on any of the 462 MHz main channels (see § 95.1763(a)) or any of the 467 MHz main channels (see § 95.1763(c)).

(b) Interstitial channels. The authorized bandwidth is 20 kHz for GMRS transmitters operating on any of the 462 MHz interstitial channels (see § 95.1763(b)) and is 12.5 kHz for GMRS transmitters operating on any of the 467 MHz interstitial channels (see § 95.1763(d)).

(c) Digital data transmissions. Digital data transmissions are limited to the 462 MHz main channels and interstitial channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz bands.

GMRS modulation requirements.

Each GMRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the modulation requirements in this section. Operation of GMRS stations must also be in compliance with these requirements.

(a) Main channels. The peak frequency deviation for emissions to be transmitted on the main channels must not exceed ± 5 kHz.

(b) 462 MHz interstitial channels. The peak frequency deviation for emissions to be transmitted on the 462 MHz interstitial channels must not exceed ± 5 kHz.

(c) 467 MHz interstitial channels. The peak frequency deviation for emissions to be transmitted on the 467 MHz interstitial channels must not exceed ± 2.5 kHz, and the highest audio frequency contributing substantially to modulation must not exceed 3.125 kHz.

(d) Overmodulation. Each GMRS transmitter type, except for a mobile station transmitter type with a transmitter power output of 2.5 W or less, must automatically prevent a higher than normal audio level from causing overmodulation.

(e) Audio filter. Each GMRS transmitter type must include audio frequency low pass filtering, unless it complies with the applicable paragraphs of § 95.1779 (without filtering).

(1) The filter must be between the modulation limiter and the modulated stage of the transmitter.

(2) At any frequency (f in kHz) between 3 and 20 kHz, the filter must have an attenuation of at least 60 log (f/3) dB more than the attenuation at 1 kHz. Above 20 kHz, it must have an attenuation of at least 50 dB more than the attenuation at 1 kHz.

GMRS tone transmissions.

In addition to audible and subaudible tones used for receiver squelch activation and selective calling, to establish or maintain communications with specific stations or to access repeater stations (see § 95.377), GMRS transmitters may also transmit audio tones for station identification (see § 95.1751).

GMRS unwanted emissions limits.

Each GMRS transmitter type must be designed to comply with the applicable unwanted emissions limits in this section.

(a) Emission masks. Emission masks applicable to transmitting equipment in the GMRS are defined by the requirements in the following table. The numbers in the attenuation requirements column refer to rule paragraph numbers under paragraph (b) of this section.

Emission types filterAttenuation requirements
A1D, A3E, F1D, G1D, F2D, F3E, G3E with audio filter(1), (2), (7)
A1D, A3E, F1D, G1D, F3E, G3E without audio filter(3), (4), (7)
H1D, J1D, R1D, H3E, J3E, R2E(5), (6), (7)

(1) Filtering noted for GMRS transmitters refers to the requirement in § 95.1775(e).

(2) Unwanted emission power may be measured as either mean power or peak envelope power, provided that the transmitter output power is measured the same way.

(b) Attenuation requirements. The power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 25 dB (decibels) on any frequency removed from the center of the Start Printed Page 41121authorized bandwidth by more than 50% up to and including 100% of the authorized bandwidth.

(2) 35 dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by more than 100% up to and including 250% of the authorized bandwidth.

(3) 83 log (fd ÷ 5) dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by a displacement frequency (fd in kHz) of more than 5 kHz up to and including 10 kHz.

(4) 116 log (fd ÷ 6.1) dB or 50 + 10 log (P) dB, whichever is the lesser attenuation, on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by a displacement frequency (fd in kHz), of more than 10 kHz up to and including 250% of the authorized bandwidth.

(5) 25 dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by more than 50% up to and including 150% of the authorized bandwidth.

(6) 35 dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by more than 150% up to and including 250% of the authorized bandwidth.

(7) 43 + 10 log (P) dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by more than 250%.

(c) Measurement bandwidths. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (4) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency range specified in paragraph (b)(5) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

(d) Measurement conditions. The requirements in this section apply to each GMRS transmitter type both with and without the connection of permitted attachments, such as an external speaker, microphone, power cord and/or antenna.

GMRS additional requirements.

Each hand-held portable unit transmitter type submitted for certification under this subpart is subject to the rules in this section.

(a) Digital data transmissions. GMRS hand-held portable units that have the capability to transmit digital data must be designed to meet the following requirements.

(1) Digital data transmissions must only be initiated by a manual action by the operator, except that GMRS units may automatically respond with location data upon receiving an interrogation request from another GMRS or FRS unit.

(2) Digital data transmissions must not exceed one second in duration.

(3) Digital data transmissions must not be sent more frequently than one digital data transmission within a thirty-second period, except that a GMRS unit may automatically respond to more than one interrogation request received within a thirty-second period.

(4) The antenna must be a non-removable integral part of the GMRS unit.

(5) GMRS units must not be capable of transmitting digital data on the 467 MHz main channels.

(b) [Reserved]

[Reserved]
Sales of GMRS/FRS combination radios prohibited.

(a) Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall be permitted to manufacture or import, sell or offer for sale any radio equipment capable of operating under both this subpart (GMRS) and subpart B (FRS) of this chapter.

Subpart F—218-219 MHz Service

Scope.

This subpart sets out the regulations governing the licensing and operation of a 218-219 MHz system. This subpart supplements part 1, subpart F of this chapter, which establishes the requirements and conditions under which commercial and private radio stations may be licensed and used in the Wireless Telecommunications Services. The provisions of this subpart contain additional pertinent information for current and prospective licensees specific to the 218-219 MHz Service.

218-219 MHz Service description.

(a) The 218-219 MHz Service is authorized for system licensees to provide communication service to subscribers in a specific service area.

(b) The components of each 218-219 MHz Service system are its administrative apparatus, its response transmitter units (RTUs), and one or more cell transmitter stations (CTSs). RTUs may be used in any location within the service area. CTSs provide service from a fixed point, and certain CTSs must be individually licensed as part of a 218-219 MHz Service system. See § 95.1911.

(c) Each 218-219 MHz Service system service area is one of the cellular system service areas as defined by the Commission, unless modified pursuant to § 95.1923.

Permissible communications.

A 218-219 MHz Service system may provide any fixed or mobile communications service to subscribers within its service area on its assigned spectrum, consistent with the Commission's rules and the regulatory status of the system to provide services on a common carrier or private basis.

Requesting regulatory status.

(a) Authorizations for systems in the 218-219 MHz Service will be granted to provide services on a common carrier basis or a private (non-common carrier and/or private internal-use) basis.

(1) Initial applications. An applicant will specify on FCC Form 601 if it is requesting authorizations to provide services on a common carrier, non-common carrier or private internal-use basis, or a combination thereof.

(2) Amendment of pending applications. Any pending application may be amended to:

(i) Change the carrier status requested; or

(ii) Add to the pending request in order to obtain both common carrier and private status in a single license.

(3) Modification of license. A licensee may modify a license to:

(i) Change the carrier status authorized; or

(ii) Add to the status authorized in order to obtain both common carrier and private status in a single license. Applications to change, or add to, carrier status in a license must be submitted on FCC Form 601 in accordance with § 1.1102 of this chapter.

(4) Pre-existing licenses. Licenses granted before April 9, 2001 are authorized to provide services on a private (non-common carrier) basis. Licensees may modify this initial status pursuant to paragraph (a)(3) of this section.

(b) An applicant or licensee may submit a petition at any time requesting clarification of the regulatory status required to provide a specific communications service.

License requirements.

(a) Each 218-219 MHz Service system must be licensed in accordance with part 1, subpart F of this chapter.

(b) Each CTS where the antenna does not exceed 6.1 meters (20 feet) above ground or an existing structure (other than an antenna structure) and is outside the vicinity of certain receiving locations (see § 1.924 of this chapter) is Start Printed Page 41122authorized under the 218-219 MHz System license. All other CTSs must be individually licensed.

(c) All CTSs not meeting the licensing criteria under paragraph (b) of this section are authorized under the 218-219 MHz Service system license.

(d) Each component RTU in a 218-219 MHz Service system is authorized under the system license or, if associated with an individually licensed CTS, under that CTS license.

(e) Each CTS (regardless of whether it is individually licensed) and each RTU must be in compliance with the Commission's environmental rules (see part 1, subpart I of this chapter) and the Commission's rules pertaining to the construction, marking and lighting of antenna structures (see part 17 of this chapter).

License term.

(a) The term of each 218-219 MHz service system license is ten years from the date of original grant or renewal.

(b) Licenses for individually licensed CTSs will be issued for a period running concurrently with the license of the associated 218-219 MHz Service system with which it is licensed.

Eligibility.

(a) An entity is eligible to hold a 218-219 MHz Service system license and its associated individual CTS licenses if:

(1) The entity is an individual who is not a representative of a foreign government; or

(2) The entity is a partnership and no partner is a representative of a foreign government; or

(3) The entity is a corporation organized under the laws of the United States of America; or

(4) The entity is a trust and no beneficiary is a representative of a foreign government.

(b) An entity that loses its 218-219 MHz Service authorization due to failure to meet the construction requirements specified in § 95.1933 of this part may not apply for a 218-219 MHz Service system license for three years from the date the Commission takes final action affirming that the 218-219 MHz Service license has been canceled.

License application.

(a) In addition to the requirements of part 1, subpart F of this chapter, each application for a 218-219 MHz Service system license must include a plan analyzing the co- and adjacent channel interference potential of the proposed system, identifying methods being used to minimize this interference, and showing how the proposed system will meet the service requirements set forth in § 95.1931 of this part. This plan must be updated to reflect changes to the 218-219 MHz Service system design or construction.

(b) In addition to the requirements of part 1, subpart F of this chapter, each request by a 218-219 MHz Service system licensee to add, delete, or modify technical information of an individually licensed CTS (see § 95.1911(b) of this part) must include a description of the system after the proposed addition, deletion, or modifications, including the population in the service area, the number of component CTSs, and an explanation of how the system will satisfy the service requirements specified in § 95.1931 of this part.

Competitive bidding proceedings.

(a) Competitive bidding. Mutually exclusive initial applications for 218-219 MHz Service licenses are subject to competitive bidding. The general competitive bidding procedures set forth in part 1, subpart Q of this chapter will apply unless otherwise provided in this part.

(b) Installment payments. Eligible Licensees that elect resumption pursuant to Amendment of part 95 of the Commission's Rules to Provide Regulatory Flexibility in the 218-219 MHz Service, Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 99-239 (released September 10, 1999) may continue to participate in the installment payment program. Eligible Licensees are those that were current in installment payments (i.e., less than ninety days delinquent) as of March 16, 1998, or those that had properly filed grace period requests under the former installment payment rules. All unpaid interest from grant date through election date will be capitalized into the principal as of Election Day creating a new principal amount. Installment payments must be made on a quarterly basis. Installment payments will be calculated based on new principal amount as of Election Day and will fully amortize over the remaining term of the license. The interest rate will equal the rate for five-year U.S. Treasury obligations at the grant date.

(c) Eligibility for small business provisions. (1) A small business is an entity that, together with its affiliates and controlling interests, has average gross revenues not to exceed $15 million for the preceding three years.

(2) A very small business is an entity that, together with its affiliates and controlling interests, has average gross revenues not to exceed $3 million for the preceding three years.

(d) Bidding credits. A winning bidder that qualifies as a small business, as defined in this subsection, or a consortium of small businesses may use the bidding credit specified in § 1.2110(f)(2)(ii) of this chapter. A winning bidder that qualifies as a very small business, as defined in this section, or a consortium of very small businesses may use the bidding credit specified in accordance with § 1.2110(f)(2)(i) of this chapter.

(e) Auction No. 2 winning bidders. Winning bidders in Auction No. 2, which took place on July 28-29, 1994, that, at the time of auction, met the qualifications under the Commission's rules then in effect, for small business status will receive a twenty-five percent bidding credit pursuant to Amendment of part 95 of the Commission's Rules to Provide Regulatory Flexibility in the 218-219 MHz Service, Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 99-239 (released September 10, 1999).

License transferability.

(a) A 218-219 MHz Service system license, together with all of its component CTS licenses, may be transferred, assigned, sold, or given away only in accordance with the provisions and procedures set forth in § 1.948 of this chapter. For licenses acquired through competitive bidding procedures (including licenses obtained in cases of no mutual exclusivity), designated entities must comply with §§ 1.2110 and 1.2111 of this chapter (see § 1.948(a)(3) of this chapter).

(b) If the transfer, assignment, sale, or gift of a license is approved, the new licensee is held to the construction requirements set forth in § 95.1933.

Geographic partitioning and spectrum disaggregation.

(a) Eligibility. Parties seeking Commission approval of geographic partitioning or spectrum disaggregation of 218-219 MHz Service system licenses shall request an authorization for partial assignment of license pursuant to § 1.948 of this chapter.

(b) Technical standards—(1) Partitioning. In the case of partitioning, requests for authorization of partial assignment of a license must include, as attachments, a description of the partitioned service area and a calculation of the population of the partitioned service area and the licensed geographic service area. The partitioned service area shall be defined by coordinate points at every 3 seconds along the partitioned service area unless Start Printed Page 41123an FCC-recognized service area (i.e., Economic Areas) is utilized or county lines are followed. The geographic coordinates must be specified in degrees, minutes, and seconds, to the nearest second of latitude and longitude, and must be based upon the 1983 North American Datum (NAD83). In the case where an FCC-recognized service area or county lines are utilized, applicants need only list the specific area(s) (through use of FCC designations or county names) that constitute the partitioned area.

(2) Disaggregation. Spectrum may be disaggregated in any amount.

(3) Combined partitioning and disaggregation. The Commission will consider requests for partial assignments of licenses that propose combinations of partitioning and disaggregation.

(c) Provisions applicable to designated entities—(1) Parties not qualified for installment payment plans. (i) When a winning bidder (partitionor or disaggregator) that elected to pay for its license through an installment payment plan partitions its license or disaggregates spectrum to another party (partitionee or disaggregatee) that would not qualify for an installment payment plan, or elects not to pay for its share of the license through installment payments, the outstanding principal balance owed by the partitionor or disaggregator shall be apportioned according to § 1.2111(e)(3) of this chapter. The partitionor or disaggregator is responsible for accrued and unpaid interest through and including the consummation date.

(ii) The partitionee or disaggregatee shall, as a condition of the approval of the partial assignment application, pay its entire pro rata amount of the outstanding principal balance on or before the consummation date. Failure to meet this condition will result in cancellation of the grant of the partial assignment application.

(iii) The partitionor or disaggregator shall be permitted to continue to pay its pro rata share of the outstanding balance and, if applicable, shall receive loan documents evidencing the partitioning and disaggregation. The original interest rate, established pursuant to § 1.2110(g)(3)(i) of this chapter at the time of the grant of the initial license in the market, shall continue to be applied to the partitionor's or disaggregator's portion of the remaining government obligation.

(iv) A default on the partitionor's or disaggregator's payment obligation will affect only the partitionor's or disaggregator's portion of the market.

(2) Parties qualified for installment payment plans. (i) Where both parties to a partitioning or disaggregation agreement qualify for installment payments, the partitionee or disaggregatee will be permitted to make installment payments on its portion of the remaining government obligation.

(ii) Each party may be required, as a condition to approval of the partial assignment application, to execute loan documents agreeing to pay its pro rata portion of the outstanding principal balance due, as apportioned according to § 1.2111(e)(3) of this chapter, based upon the installment payment terms for which it qualifies under the rules. Failure by either party to meet this condition will result in the automatic cancellation of the grant of the partial assignment application. The interest rate, established pursuant to § 1.2110(f)(3)(i) of this chapter at the time of the grant of the initial license in the market, shall continue to be applied to both parties' portion of the balance due. Each party will receive a license for its portion of the partitioned market.

(iii) A default on an obligation will affect only that portion of the market area held by the defaulting party.

(d) Construction requirements—(1) Partitioning. Partial assignors and assignees for license partitioning have two options to meet construction requirements. Under the first option, the partitionor and partitionee would each certify that they will independently satisfy the applicable construction requirements set forth in § 95.1933 of this part for their respective partitioned areas. If either licensee failed to meet its requirement in § 95.1933 of this part, only the non-performing licensee's renewal application would be subject to dismissal. Under the second option, the partitionor certifies that it has met or will meet the requirement in § 95.1933 of this part for the entire market. If the partitionor fails to meet the requirement in § 95.1933 of this part, however, only its renewal application would be subject to forfeiture at renewal.

(2) Disaggregation. Partial assignors and assignees for license disaggregation have two options to meet construction requirements. Under the first option, the disaggregator and disaggregatee would certify that they each will share responsibility for meeting the applicable construction requirements set forth in § 95.1933 of this part for the geographic service area. If parties choose this option and either party fails to do so, both licenses would be subject to forfeiture at renewal. The second option would allow the parties to agree that either the disaggregator or the disaggregatee would be responsible for meeting the requirement in § 95.1933 of this part for the geographic service area. If parties choose this option, and the party responsible for meeting the construction requirement fails to do so, only the license of the non-performing party would be subject to forfeiture at renewal.

(3) Certification. All applications requesting partial assignments of license for partitioning or disaggregation must include the above-referenced certification as to which of the construction options is selected.

(4) Supporting documents. Responsible parties must submit supporting documents showing compliance with the respective construction requirements within the relevant time periods set forth in § 95.1933 of this part.

Service requirements.

Subject to the initial construction requirements of § 95.1933 of this subpart, each 218-219 MHz Service system license must demonstrate that it provides substantial service within the service area. Substantial service is defined as a service that is sound, favorable, and substantially above a level of service which might minimally warrant renewal.

Construction requirements.

(a) Each 218-219 MHz Service licensee must make a showing of “substantial service” within ten years of the license grant. A “substantial service” assessment will be made at renewal pursuant to the provisions and procedures contained in § 1.949 of this chapter.

(b) Each 218-219 MHz Service licensee must file a report to inform the Commission of the service status of its system. The report must be labeled as an exhibit to the renewal application. At minimum, the report must include:

(1) A description of its current service in terms of geographic coverage and population served;

(2) An explanation of its record of expansion, including a timetable of new construction to meet changes in demand for service;

(3) A description of its investments in its 218-219 MHz Service systems;

(4) A list, including addresses, of all component CTSs constructed; and

(5) Copies of all FCC orders finding the licensee to have violated the Communications Act or any FCC rule or policy; and a list of any pending proceedings that relate to any matter described in this paragraph.

(c) Failure to demonstrate that substantial service is being provided in the service area will result in forfeiture Start Printed Page 41124of the license, and will result in the licensee's ineligibility to apply for 218-219 MHz Service licenses for three years from the date the Commission takes final action affirming that the 218-219 MHz Service license has been canceled pursuant to § 95.1913 of this part.

Station identification.

No RTU or CTS is required to transmit a station identification announcement.

Station inspection.

Upon request by an authorized Commission representative, the 218-219 MHz Service system licensee must make any component CTS available for inspection.

Certification.

Each CTS and RTU transmitter must be certified for use in the 218-219 MHz Service in accordance with subpart J of part 2 of this chapter.

Frequency segments.

There are two frequency segments available for assignment to the 218-219 MHz Service in each service area. Frequency segment A is 218.000-218.500 MHz. Frequency segment B is 218.501-219.000 MHz.

Transmitter effective radiated power limitation.

The effective radiated power (ERP) of each CTS and RTU shall be limited to the minimum necessary for successful communications. No CTS or fixed RTU may transmit with an ERP exceeding 20 Watts. No mobile RTU may transmit with an ERP exceeding 4 Watts.

Emission standards.

(a) All transmissions by each CTS and by each RTU shall use an emission type that complies with the following standard for unnecessary radiation.

(b) All spurious and out-of-band emissions shall be attenuated:

(1) Zero dB on any frequency within the authorized frequency segment.

(2) At least 28 dB on any frequency removed from the midpoint of the assigned frequency segment by more than 250 kHz up to and including 750 kHz;

(3) At least 35 dB on any frequency removed from the midpoint of the assigned frequency segment by more than 750 kHz up to and including 1250 kHz;

(4) At least 43 plus 10 log (base 10) (mean power in Watts) dB on any frequency removed from the midpoint of the assigned frequency segment by more than 1250 kHz.

(c) When testing for certification, all measurements of unnecessary radiation are performed using a carrier frequency as close to the edge of the authorized frequency segment as the transmitter is designed to be capable of operating.

(d) The reference bandwidth of the instrumentation used to measure the emission power shall be 100 Hz for measuring emissions up to and including 250 kHz from the edge of the authorized frequency segment, and 10 kHz for measuring emissions more than 250 kHz from the edge of the authorized frequency segment. If a video filter is used, its bandwidth shall not be less than the reference bandwidth. The power level of the highest emission within the frequency segment, to which the attenuation is referenced, shall be remeasured for each change in reference bandwidth.

Antennas.

(a) The overall height from ground to topmost tip of the CTS antenna shall not exceed the height necessary to assure adequate service. Certain CTS antennas must be individually licensed to the 218-219 MHz System licensee (see § 95.1911(b) of this part). CTS antennas must also meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See 47 CFR 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

(b) [Reserved]

(c) The RTU may be connected to an external antenna not more than 6.1 m (20 feet) above ground or above an existing man-made structure (other than an antenna structure). Connectors that are used to connect RTUs to an external antenna shall not be of the types generally known as “F-type” or “BNC type.” Use of an external antenna is subject to § 95.1961.

Interference.

(a) When a 218-219 MHz Service system suffers harmful interference within its service area or causes harmful interference to another 218-219 MHz Service system, the licensees of both systems must cooperate and resolve the problem by mutually satisfactory arrangements. If the licensees are unable to do so, the Commission may impose restrictions including, but not limited to, specifying the transmitter power, antenna height or area, duty cycle, or hours of operation for the stations concerned.

(b) The use of any frequency segment (or portion thereof) at a given geographical location may be denied when, in the judgment of the Commission, its use in that location is not in the public interest; the use of a frequency segment (or portion thereof) specified for the 218-219 MHz Service system may be restricted as to specified geographical areas, maximum power, or other operating conditions.

(c) A 218-219 MHz Service licensee must provide a copy of the plan required by § 95.1915 (a) of this part to every TV Channel 13 station whose Grade B predicted contour overlaps the licensed service area for the 218-219 MHz Service system. The 218-219 MHz Service licensee must send the plan to the TV Channel 13 licensee(s) within 10 days from the date the 218-219 MHz Service licensee submits the plan to the Commission, and the 218-219 MHz Service licensee must send updates to this plan to the TV Channel 13 licensee(s) within 10 days from the date that such updates are filed with the Commission pursuant to § 95.1915.

(d) Each 218-219 MHz Service system licensee must provide upon request, and install free of charge, an interference reduction device to any household within a TV Channel 13 station Grade B predicted contour that experiences interference due to a component CTS or RTU.

(e) Each 218-219 MHz Service system licensee must investigate and eliminate harmful interference to television broadcasting and reception, from its component CTSs and RTSs, within 30 days of the time it is notified in writing, by either an affected television station, an affected viewer, or the Commission, of an interference complaint. Should the licensee fail to eliminate the interference within the 30-day period, the CTS(s) or RTU(s) causing the problem(s) must discontinue operation.

(f) The boundary of the 218-219 MHz Service system, as defined in its authorization, is the limit of interference protection for that 218-219 MHz Service system.

Subpart G—Low Power Radio Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Low Power Radio Service (LPRS).

Definitions, LPRS.

Automated maritime telecommunications system (AMTS). An automatic maritime communications system administered under part 80 of this chapter.

Individuals with disabilities. Individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individuals. See section 3(2)(A) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102(2)(A)).

Low Power Radio Service (LPRS). A short-distance voice and data Start Printed Page 41125communication service for providing auditory assistance to persons with disabilities (and others), health care related communications, law enforcement tracking, and for certain other purposes.

LPRS operator eligibility.

Subject to the requirements of §§ 95.305 and 95.307, any person is eligible to operate a station in the Low Power Radio Service, except that only a person that holds an AMTS license issued under part 80 of this chapter may operate an LPRS station for AMTS purposes (see § 95.2131(d)).

[Reserved]
Notification to affected TV stations required for AMTS use.

Prior to operating a LPRS transmitter with an AMTS, the AMTS licensee must notify, in writing, each television station that may be affected by such operations, as defined in § 80.215(h) of this chapter. The notification provided with the station's license application (under part 80 of this chapter) is sufficient to satisfy this requirement if no new television stations would be affected.

LPRS interference.

Operation of LPRS stations must not cause harmful interference to the United States Air Force Space Surveillance system (operating in the 216.88-217.08 MHz frequency band) or to reception within the service contour of any type of DTV or TV Broadcast station operating on Channel 13.

Permissible LPRS uses.

LPRS stations may be used to transmit voice, data, or tracking signals, as appropriate, to provide:

(a) Auditory assistance communications (including, but not limited to, applications such as assistive listening devices, audio description for the blind, and simultaneous language translation) for:

(1) Individuals with disabilities;

(2) Individuals who require language translation; or

(3) Individuals who may otherwise benefit from auditory assistance communications in educational settings.

(b) Health care related communications for the ill;

(c) Law enforcement tracking signals (for homing or interrogation) including the tracking of persons or stolen goods under authority or agreement with a law enforcement agency (Federal, state, or local) having jurisdiction in the area where the transmitters are placed;

(d) Point-to-point network control communications for AMTS licensed under part 80 of this chapter.

Prohibited LPRS uses.

LPRS stations must not be used for two-way voice communications.

LPRS antenna height and directivity requirements.

LPRS operators must ensure that their stations satisfy the antenna requirements in this section.

(a) For LPRS units where the antenna is an integral part of the unit, and for LPRS stations operating entirely within an enclosed structure, e.g., a building, there is no limit on antenna height.

(b) For all other LPRS units, the tip of the antenna must not exceed 30.5 meters (100 feet) above ground level. If harmful interference occurs, the FCC may require that the LPRS station antenna height be reduced.

(c) Directional transmit antennas must be used for LPRS stations used with AMTS.

(d) LPRS antennas must also meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See 47 CFR 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

LPRS transmitter certification.

(a) Each LPRS transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate in the LPRS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the LPRS will not be issued for any LPRS transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

LPRS channels.

LPRS transmitters may operate on any channel listed in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this section. Channels 19, 20, 50, and 151-160 are available exclusively for law enforcement tracking purposes. AMTS transmissions are limited to the 216.750-217.000 MHz frequency band for low power point-to-point network control communications by AMTS coast stations. Other AMTS transmissions in the 216-217 MHz frequency band are prohibited.

(a) Standard band channels. The following table lists the standard band channel numbers and corresponding center frequencies in Megahertz.

Channel No.Center frequency (MHz)
1216.0125
2216.0375
3216.0625
4216.0875
5216.1125
6216.1375
7216.1625
8216.1875
9216.2125
10216.2375
11216.2625
12216.2875
13216.3125
14216.3375
15216.3625
16216.3875
17216.4125
18216.4375
19216.4625
20216.4875
21216.5125
22216.5375
23216.5625
24216.5875
25216.6125
26216.6375
27216.6625
28216.6875
29216.7125
30216.7375
31216.7625
32216.7875
33216.8125
34216.8375
35216.8625
36216.8875
37216.9125
38216.9375
39216.9625
40216.9875

(b) Extra band channels. The following table lists the extra band channel numbers and corresponding center frequencies in Megahertz.

Channel No.Center frequency (MHz)
41216.025
42216.075
43216.125
44216.175
45216.225
46216.275
47216.325
48216.375
49216.425
50216.475
51216.525
52216.575
53216.625
54216.675
55216.725
56216.775
57216.825
58216.875
59216.925
60216.975
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(c) Narrowband channels. The following table lists the narrowband channel numbers and corresponding center frequencies in Megahertz.

Channel No.Center frequency (MHz)
61216.0025
62216.0075
63216.0125
64216.0175
65216.0225
66216.0275
67216.0325
68216.0375
69216.0425
70216.0475
71216.0525
72216.0575
73216.0625
74216.0675
75216.0725
76216.0775
77216.0825
78216.0875
79216.0925
80216.0975
81216.1025
82216.1075
83216.1125
84216.1175
85216.1225
86216.1275
87216.1325
88216.1375
89216.1425
90216.1475
91216.1525
92216.1575
93216.1625
94216.1675
95216.1725
96216.1775
97216.1825
98216.1875
99216.1925
100216.1975
101216.2025
102216.2075
103216.2125
104216.2175
105216.2225
106216.2275
107216.2325
108216.2375
109216.2425
110216.2475
111216.2525
112216.2575
113216.2625
114216.2675
115216.2725
116216.2775
117216.2825
118216.2875
119216.2925
120216.2975
121216.3025
122216.3075
123216.3125
124216.3175
125216.3225
126216.3275
127216.3325
128216.3375
129216.3425
130216.3475
131216.3525
132216.3575
133216.3625
134216.3675
135216.3725
136216.3775
137216.3825
138216.3875
139216.3925
140216.3975
141216.4025
142216.4075
143216.4125
144216.4175
145216.4225
146216.4275
147216.4325
148216.4375
149216.4425
150216.4475
151216.4525
152216.4575
153216.4625
154216.4675
155216.4725
156216.4775
157216.4825
158216.4875
159216.4925
160216.4975
161216.5025
162216.5075
163216.5125
164216.5175
165216.5225
166216.5275
167216.5325
168216.5375
169216.5425
170216.5475
171216.5525
172216.5575
173216.5625
174216.5675
175216.5725
176216.5775
177216.5825
178216.5875
179216.5925
180216.5975
181216.6025
182216.6075
183216.6125
184216.6175
185216.6225
186216.6275
187216.6325
188216.6375
189216.6425
190216.6475
191216.6525
192216.6575
193216.6625
194216.6675
195216.6725
196216.6775
197216.6825
198216.6875
199216.6925
200216.6975
201216.7025
202216.7075
203216.7125
204216.7175
205216.7225
206216.7275
207216.7325
208216.7375
209216.7425
210216.7475
211216.7525
212216.7575
213216.7625
214216.7675
215216.7725
216216.7775
217216.7825
218216.7875
219216.7925
220216.7975
221216.8025
222216.8075
223216.8125
224216.8175
225216.8225
226216.8275
227216.8325
228216.8375
229216.8425
230216.8475
231216.8525
232216.8575
233216.8625
234216.8675
235216.8725
236216.8775
237216.8825
238216.8875
239216.8925
240216.8975
241216.9025
242216.9075
243216.9125
244216.9175
245216.9225
246216.9275
247216.9325
248216.9375
249216.9425
250216.9475
251216.9525
252216.9575
253216.9625
254216.9675
255216.9725
256216.9775
257216.9825
258216.9875
259216.9925
260216.9975

(d) AMTS network control communications. LPRS stations operating as part of an AMTS may use the 216.750-217.000 MHz frequency range as a single 250 kHz bandwidth channel.

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LPRS frequency accuracy.

Each LPRS transmitter type must be designed to satisfy the frequency accuracy requirements in this section.

(a) LPRS transmitters operating on standard band (25 kHz) or extra band (50 kHz) channels must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±50 ppm of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.2163(a) and (b), respectively, during normal operating conditions.

(b) LPRS transmitters operating on narrowband (5 kHz) channels must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±1.5 ppm of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.2163(c) during normal operating conditions.

LPRS transmitting power.

Each LPRS transmitter type not intended for use with an AMTS station must be designed to satisfy the transmitting power limits in paragraph (a) of this section. The licensee of each AMTS station is responsible for compliance with paragraph (b) of this section.

(a) The ERP of an LPRS transmitter, other than an LPRS transmitter used with an AMTS station, must not exceed 100 mW.

(b) The ERP of an LPRS transmitter used with an AMTS station must not exceed 1 Watt.

LPRS authorized bandwidths.

Each LPRS transmitter type must be designed such that the occupied bandwidth does not exceed the authorized bandwidth for the channel bandwidth used.

(a) The authorized bandwidth for emissions transmitted on the narrowband channels listed in § 95.2163(c) is 4 kHz.

(b) The occupied bandwidth for emissions transmitted on the standard band, extra band or AMTS channels listed in § 95.2163(a), (b), or (d), respectively, is limited through compliance with the unwanted emissions rule (§ 95.2179).

LPRS unwanted emission limits.

The requirements in this section apply to each LPRS transmitter type both with and without the connection of attachments, such as an external microphone, power cord and/or antenna.

(a) Emission masks. Emission masks applicable to transmitting equipment in the LPRS are defined by the requirements in the following table. The numbers in the paragraphs column refer to attenuation requirement rule paragraph numbers under paragraph (b) of this section.

ChannelsParagraphs
narrowband 5 kHz(1), (2)
standard band 25 kHz(3), (4)
extra band 50 kHz(5), (6)
AMTS 250 kHz(7), (8)

(b) Attenuation requirements. The power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 30 + 20(fd − 2) dB, 55 + 10 log (P) dB, or 65 dB, whichever is the least attenuation, on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by a displacement frequency (fd, in kHz) of more than 2 kHz, up to and including 3.75 kHz.

(2) 55 + 10 log (P) dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by more than 3.75 kHz.

(3) 30 dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by 12.5 kHz to 22.5 kHz.

(4) 43 + 10 log (P) dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 22.5 kHz.

(5) 30 dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by 25 kHz to 35 kHz.

(6) 43 + 10 log (P) dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 35 kHz.

(7) 30 dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by 125 kHz to 135 kHz.

(8) 43 + 10 log (P) dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 135 kHz.

(c) Measurement conditions and procedures. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (b)(1), (3), (5), and (7) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency ranges specified in paragraphs (b)(2), (4), (6), and (8) is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

LPRS marketing limitations.

Transmitters intended for operation in the LPRS may be marketed and sold only for those uses described in § 95.2131.

LPRS labeling requirements.

Each LPRS transmitting device must be labeled with the following statement in a conspicuous location on the device:

This device may not interfere with TV reception or Federal Government radar.

(a) Where the LPRS device is constructed in two or more sections connected by wire and marketed together, the statement specified in this section is required to be affixed only to the main control unit.

(b) When the LPRS device is so small or for such use that it is not practicable to place the statement specified in this section on it, the statement must be placed in a prominent location in the instruction manual or pamphlet supplied to the user or, alternatively, must be placed on the container in which the device is marketed.

LPRS disclosures.

Manufacturers of LPRS transmitters used for auditory assistance, health care assistance, and law enforcement tracking purposes must include with each transmitting device the following statement:

This transmitter is authorized by rule under the Low Power Radio Service (47 CFR part 95) and must not cause harmful interference to TV reception or to the United States Air Force Space Surveillance System operating in the 216.88-217.08 MHz band. With the exception of automated maritime telecommunications system (AMTS) devices, you do not need an FCC license to operate this transmitter. This transmitter may only be used to provide: auditory assistance to persons with disabilities, persons who require language translation, or persons in educational settings; health care services to the ill; law enforcement tracking services under agreement with a law enforcement agency; or AMTS network control communications. Two-way voice communications and all other types of uses not mentioned above are expressly prohibited.

Subpart H—Wireless Medical Telemetry Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) operating in the 608-614 MHz, 1395-1400 MHz and 1427-1432 MHz frequency bands.

Definitions, WMTS.

Authorized health care provider. A physician or other individual authorized under state or Federal law to provide health care services, or any other health care facility operated by or employing individuals authorized under state or Federal law to provide health care services, or any trained technician operating under the supervision and control of an individual or health care facility authorized under state or Federal law to provide health care services.Start Printed Page 41128

Health care facility. A health care facility includes hospitals and other establishments that offer services, facilities and beds for use beyond a 24-hour period in rendering medical treatment, and institutions and organizations regularly engaged in providing medical services through clinics, public health facilities, and similar establishments, including government entities and agencies such as Veterans Administration hospitals; except the term health care facility does not include an ambulance or other moving vehicle.

Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS). A short-distance data communication service for the transmission of physiological parameters and other patient medical information via radiated electromagnetic signals.

Wireless medical telemetry. The measurement and recording of physiological parameters and other patient-related information via radiated bi-or unidirectional electromagnetic signals in the 608-614 MHz, 1395-1400 MHz and 1427-1432 MHz frequency bands.

WMTS operator eligibility.

Only the following persons are eligible to operate transmitters in the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service:

(a) Authorized health care providers are eligible to operate transmitters in the WMTS without an individual license issued by the FCC provided the coordination requirements in § 95.2309 have been met.

(b) Manufacturers of wireless medical telemetry devices and their representatives are eligible to operate WMTS transmitters solely for the purpose of demonstrating such equipment to, or installing and maintaining such equipment for, authorized health care providers.

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WMTS frequency coordination.

Operation of WMTS devices is subject to the frequency coordination procedures in this section.

(a) Frequency coordinators. The FCC designates one or more frequency coordinators to manage WMTS use of the frequency bands designated for the operation of WMTS devices.

(1) Contact information for the frequency coordinator can be obtained from the FCC's Web site at: https://www.fcc.gov/​encyclopedia/​wireless-medical-telemetry-service-wmts or by calling the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

(2) The duties of the frequency coordinators are to:

(i) Review and process coordination requests submitted by authorized health care providers as required by this section;

(ii) Maintain a database of WMTS use;

(iii) Notify users of potential conflicts;

(iv) Coordinate WMTS operation with radio astronomy observatories and Federal Government radar systems as specified in paragraphs (f) and (g).

(v) Notify licensees operating pursuant to § 90.259(b) of this chapter of the need to comply with the field strength limit of § 90.259(b)(11) prior to initial activation of WMTS equipment in the 1427-1432 MHz band.

(vi) Notify licensees operating in the 1392-1395 MHz band (pursuant to subpart I of part 27 of this chapter) of the need to comply with the field strength limit of § 27.804 prior to initial activation of WMTS equipment in the 1395-1400 MHz band.

(b) Initial registration. Prior to first use of a WMTS device for wireless medical telemetry in a health care facility, the authorized health care provider shall register the device with a designated frequency coordinator. After April 14, 2010, no registrations may be accepted for frequencies where WMTS does not have primary status. Previously registered secondary facilities may continue to operate as registered.

(c) Maintaining current information. The authorized health care provider shall maintain the information contained in each registration current in all material respects, and shall notify the frequency coordinator when any material change is made in the location or operating parameters previously reported.

(d) Discontinuation. The authorized health care provider shall notify the frequency coordinator whenever a medical telemetry device is permanently taken out of service, unless the device is replaced with another transmitter utilizing the same technical characteristics as those reported on the effective registration.

(e) Registration information. Each registration includes the following information:

(1) The specific frequency range(s);

(2) The modulation scheme and/or emission type (including bandwidth);

(3) The effective radiated power;

(4) The number of WMTS devices in use at the health care facility as of the date of registration, including manufacturer name(s) and model numbers;

(5) The legal name of the authorized health care provider;

(6) The location of the WMTS device (e.g., coordinates, street address, building, as appropriate); and,

(7) Contact information for the authorized health care provider (e.g., name, title, office address, telephone number, fax number, email address).

(f) Specific requirements for WMTS devices in the 608-614 MHz frequency band. For a wireless medical telemetry device operating within the frequency range 608-614 MHz that will be located near the radio astronomy observatories listed below, operation is not permitted until a WMTS frequency coordinator referenced in § 95.2309 has coordinated with, and obtained the written concurrence of, the director of the affected radio astronomy observatory before the equipment can be installed or operated—

(1) Within 80 kilometers of:

(i) National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo, Puerto Rico: 18°-20′-38.28″ North Latitude, 66°-45′-09.42″ West Longitude;

(ii) National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico: 34°-04′-43″ North Latitude, 107°-37′-04″ West Longitude; or

(iii) National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, West Virginia: 38°-26′-08″ North Latitude, 79°-49′-42″ West Longitude.

(2) Within 32 kilometers of any of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) facilities (Very Long Baseline Array Stations) centered on the following geographical coordinates:

NRAO facilitiesN. lat.W. long.
Pie Town, NM34°-18′108°-07′
Kitt Peak, AZ31°-57′111°-37′
Los Alamos, NM35°-47′106°-15′
Fort Davis, TX30°-38′103°-57′
North Liberty, IA41°-46′91°-34′
Brewster, WA48°-08′119°-41′
Owens Valley, CA37°-14′118°-17′
Saint Croix, VI17°-46′64°-35′
Mauna Kea, HI19°-49′155°-28′
Hancock, NH42°-56′71°-59′

(3) The National Science Foundation point of contact for coordination is: Spectrum Manager, Division of Astronomical Sciences, NSF Room 1045, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; telephone: 703-292-8820.

(g) Specific requirements for WMTS devices in the 1395-1400 and 1427-1432 MHz bands. Due to the critical nature of communications transmitted under this part, the frequency coordinator in consultation with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will determine whether there are any Federal Government systems whose operations could affect, or could be affected by, proposed WMTS operations in the 1395-1400 MHz and 1427-1432 MHz bands. The locations of government Start Printed Page 41129systems in these bands are specified in footnotes US351 and US352 of § 2.106 of this chapter.

WMTS interference.

Authorized health care providers, in conjunction with the equipment manufacturers, must cooperate in the selection and use of frequencies in order to reduce the potential for interference with other wireless medical telemetry devices, or other co-primary users. However, WMTS operations in the 608-614 MHz band are not entitled to protection from adjacent band interference from broadcast television stations transmitting on TV Channels 36 and 38.

Permissible WMTS uses.

WMTS transmitters are used to transmit wireless medical telemetry, on a unidirectional or bidirectional basis. All transmissions must be related to the provision of medical care.

Prohibited WMTS uses.

Operators of WMTS transmitters must not use them for any purpose not set forth in § 95.2331 or in a manner prohibited in this section.

(a) WMTS transmitters must not be operated in moving vehicles, such as ambulances, even if the vehicles are associated with a health care facility.

(b) The operation of a wireless medical telemetry transmitter under this part is authorized anywhere within a health care facility provided the facility is located anywhere Personal Radio Service station operation is permitted under §§ 95.307 and 95.309. Operation in any other area outside of such health care facilities is prohibited.

(c) WMTS transmitters must not be used to transmit voice or video communications. Medical waveforms, such as electrocardiograms, are not considered to be video for the purpose of this section.

WMTS automatic control.

Notwithstanding the provisions of § 95.347, WMTS operations may be conducted under manual or automatic control.

WMTS duration of transmissions.

WMTS operations may be conducted on a continuous basis, notwithstanding the provisions of § 95.357.

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WMTS transmitter certification.

(a) WMTS transmitters (transmitters that operate or are intended to operate in the WTMS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and the provisions of part 2, subpart J of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the WMTS will not be issued for any WMTS transmitter type that fails to comply with the applicable rules in this subpart.

WMTS frequency bands and channels.

The channels listed in this section are allotted for shared use in the WMTS and channels will not be assigned for exclusive use of any entity.

(a) WMTS transmitter types must operate in one or more of these frequency bands:

(1) 608-614 MHz (co-primary);

(2) 1395-1400 MHz (co-primary); or,

(3) 1427-1429.5 MHz (co-primary) and 1429.5-1432 MHz (secondary), except at the locations listed in § 90.259(b)(4) of this chapter where WMTS transmitters may operate in the 1429-1431.5 MHz frequency band on a primary basis and in the 1427-1429 MHz and 1431.5-1432 MHz bands on a secondary basis. See note US350 to the Table of Frequency Allocations in § 2.106 of this chapter for additional details.

(b) WMTS transmitter types utilizing broadband technologies (such as spread spectrum modulation) in the 608-614 MHz frequency band must be capable of using one or more of the following 1.5 MHz bandwidth channels (a maximum of 6 MHz bandwidth). Such transmitter types must be designed to use the minimum number of channels necessary to avoid harmful interference to other WMTS devices.

(1) 608.0-609.5 MHz

(2) 609.5-611.0 MHz

(3) 611.0-612.5 MHz

(4) 612.5-614.0 MHz

(c) In the 1395-1400 MHz and 1427-1432 MHz bands, no specific channels are specified. Wireless medical telemetry devices may operate on any channel within the bands authorized for wireless medical telemetry use in this part.

WMTS frequency accuracy.

Manufacturers of wireless medical telemetry devices are responsible for ensuring frequency accuracy such that all emissions are maintained within the designated bands of operation under all of the manufacturer's specified conditions.

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WMTS field strength limits.

Each WMTS transmitter type must satisfy the field strength limits in this section.

(a) For WMTS transmitter types operating in the 608-614 MHz band, the field strength of the transmitted signal must not exceed 200 mV/m, measured at a distance of 3 meters, using instrumentation with a CISPR quasi-peak detector.

(b) For WMTS transmitter types operating in the 1395-1400 MHz and 1427-1432 MHz bands, the field strength of the transmitted signal must not exceed 740 mV/m, measured at 3 meters, using instrumentation with an averaging detector and a 1 MHz reference bandwidth.

WMTS unwanted emissions limits.

Each WMTS transmitter type must be designed to comply with the requirements in this paragraph.

(a) Unwanted emissions on frequencies below 960 MHz must not exceed 200 μ V/m, measured at a distance of 3 meters using measuring instrumentation with a CISPR quasi-peak detector.

(b) Unwanted emissions on frequencies above 960 MHz must not exceed 500 μ V/m, measured at a distance of 3 meters using measuring equipment with an averaging detector and a 1 MHz measurement bandwidth.

WMTS RF exposure evaluation.

Portable devices as defined in § 2.1093(b) of this chapter operating in the WMTS are subject to radio frequency radiation exposure requirements as specified in §§ 1.1307(b) and 2.1093 of this chapter. Applications for equipment authorization of WMTS devices must contain a statement confirming compliance with these requirements. Technical information showing the basis for this statement must be submitted to the Commission upon request.

WMTS labeling requirements.

Each WMTS device must be labeled with the following statement: “Operation of this equipment requires the prior coordination with a frequency coordinator designated by the FCC for the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service.”

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WMTS disclosure.

Manufacturers, installers and users of WMTS equipment are cautioned that the operation of this equipment could result in harmful interference to other nearby medical devices.

Subpart I—Medical Device Radio Communications Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Medical Device Radio Communications (MedRadio) Service.

Definitions, MedRadio.

Duly authorized health care professional. A physician or other individual authorized under State or Federal law to provide health care services.

Medical Body Area Network (MBAN). An MBAN is a low power network consisting of a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter and one or more medical body-worn devices all of which transmit or receive non-voice data or related device control commands for the purpose of measuring and recording physiological parameters and other patient information or performing diagnostic or therapeutic functions via radiated bi-directional or uni-directional electromagnetic signals

Medical body-worn device. Apparatus that is placed on or in close proximity to the human body (e.g., within a few centimeters) for the purpose of performing diagnostic or therapeutic functions.

Medical body-worn transmitter. A MedRadio transmitter intended to be placed on or in close proximity to the human body (e.g., within a few centimeters) used to facilitate communications with other medical communications devices for purposes of delivering medical therapy to a patient or collecting medical diagnostic information from a patient.

Medical Device Radio Communications (MedRadio) Service. An ultra-low power radio service for the transmission of non-voice data for the purpose of facilitating diagnostic and/or therapeutic functions involving implanted and body-worn medical devices.

Medical implant device. Apparatus that is placed inside the human body for the purpose of performing diagnostic or therapeutic functions.

Medical implant event. An occurrence or the lack of an occurrence recognized by a medical implant device, or a duly authorized health care professional, that requires the transmission of data from a medical implant transmitter in order to protect the safety or well-being of the person in whom the medical implant transmitter has been implanted.

Medical implant transmitter. A MedRadio transmitter in which both the antenna and transmitter device are designed to operate within a human body for the purpose if facilitating communications from a medical implant device.

Medical Micropower Network (MMN). An ultra-low power wideband network consisting of a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter and medical implant transmitters, all of which transmit or receive non-voice data or related device control commands for the purpose of facilitating functional electric stimulation, a technique using electric currents to activate and monitor nerves and muscles.

MedRadio channel. Any continuous segment of spectrum that is equal to the MedRadio emission bandwidth of the device with the largest bandwidth that is to participate in a MedRadio communications session.

MedRadio communications session. A collection of transmissions, that may or may not be continuous, between MedRadio system devices.

MedRadio emission bandwidth. The difference in frequency between the nearest points on either side of the carrier center frequency where the emission power is at least 20 dB below the maximum level of the modulated carrier power, measured using instrumentation employing a peak detector function and a resolution bandwidth approximately equal to 1% of the emission bandwidth.

MedRadio equivalent isotropically radiated power (M-EIRP). Antenna input power times gain for free-space or in-tissue measurement configurations required for MedRadio equipment, expressed in Watts, where the gain is referenced to an isotropic radiator.

MedRadio programmer/control transmitter. A MedRadio transmitter that operates or is designed to operate outside of a human body for the purpose of communicating with a receiver, or for triggering a transmitter, connected to a medical implant device or to a medical body-worn device used in the MedRadio Service; and which also typically includes a frequency monitoring system that initiates a MedRadio communications session.

MedRadio operator eligibility.

Only the following persons are eligible to operate transmitters in the MedRadio Service:

(a) Duly authorized health care professionals are permitted to operate MedRadio transmitters.

(b) Individuals may also operate MedRadio transmitters that they use at the direction of a duly authorized health care professional. This includes medical devices that have been implanted in or placed on the body of the individual by, or under the direction of, a duly authorized health care professional.

(c) Manufacturers of medical devices that include MedRadio transmitters, and their representatives, are eligible to operate MedRadio transmitters for the purpose of demonstrating such equipment to duly authorized health care professionals.

MBAN devices restricted to indoor operation within a health care facility.

Use of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices in the 2360-2390 MHz band is restricted to indoor operation within a health care facility registered with the MBAN frequency coordinator under § 95.2509. For the purposes of this subpart, health care facilities are limited to hospitals and other establishments, both Federal and non-Federal, that offer services, facilities and beds for use beyond a 24 hour period in rendering medical treatment.

MBAN registration and frequency coordination.

Operation of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices is subject to the frequency coordination procedures in this section.

(a) The FCC will designate a frequency coordinator(s) to manage the operation of medical body area networks by eligible health care facilities.

(b) The frequency coordinator shall perform the following functions:

(1) Register health care facilities that operate MBAN transmitters, maintain a database of these MBAN transmitter locations and operational parameters, and provide the FCC with information contained in the database upon request;

(2) Determine if an MBAN is within line-of-sight of an Aeronautical Mobile Telemetry (AMT) receive facility in the 2360-2390 MHz band and coordinate MBAN operations with the designated AMT frequency coordinator, as specified in § 87.305 of this chapter;

(3) Notify a registered health care facility when an MBAN has to change frequency within the 2360-2390 MHz band or to cease operating in the band, consistent with a coordination agreement between the MBAN and AMT frequency coordinators;

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(5) Identify the MBAN that is the source of interference in response to a complaint from the AMT coordinator and notify the health care facility of alternative frequencies available for MBAN use or to cease operation consistent with the rules.

(c) Registration. Prior to operating MBAN devices that are capable of operation in the 2360-2390 MHz band, a health care facility must register with a frequency coordinator designated under § 95.2509. Operation of MBAN devices in the 2360-2390 MHz band is prohibited prior to the MBAN coordinator notifying the health care facility that registration and coordination (to the extent coordination is required under paragraph (e) of this section) is complete. The registration must include the following information:

(1) Specific frequencies or frequency range(s) within the 2360-2390 MHz band to be used, and the capabilities of the MBAN equipment to use the 2390-2400 MHz band;

(2) Equivalent isotropically radiated power;

(3) Number of MedRadio programmer/control transmitters in use at the health care facility as of the date of registration, including manufacturer name(s) and model number(s) and FCC identification number(s);

(4) Legal name of the health care facility;

(5) Location of MedRadio programmer/control transmitters (e.g., geographic coordinates, street address, building);

(6) Point of contact for the health care facility (e.g., name, title, office address, phone number, fax number, email address); and,

(7) In the event that an MBAN has to cease operating in all or a portion of the 2360-2390 MHz band due to interference under § 95.2525 or changes in coordination under paragraph (e) of this section, a point of contact (including contractors) for the health care facility that is responsible for ensuring that this change is effected whenever it is required (e.g., name, title, office address, phone number, fax number, email address). The health care facility also must state whether, in such cases, its MBAN operation is capable of defaulting to the 2390-2400 MHz band and that it is responsible for ceasing MBAN operations in the 2360-2390 MHz band or defaulting traffic to other hospital systems.

(d) Notification. A health care facility shall notify the MBAN frequency coordinator whenever an MBAN programmer/control transmitter in the 2360-2390 MHz band is permanently taken out of service, unless it is replaced with transmitter(s) using the same technical characteristics as those reported on the health care facility's registration, which will cover the replacement transmitter(s). A health care facility shall keep the information contained in each registration current and shall notify the MBAN frequency coordinator of any material change to the MBAN's location or operating parameters. In the event that the health care facility proposes to change the MBAN's location or operating parameters, the MBAN coordinator must first evaluate the proposed changes and comply with paragraph (e) of this section as appropriate before the health care facility may operate the MBAN in the 2360-2390 MHz band under changed operating parameters.

(e) Coordination procedures. The MBAN coordinator will determine if an MBAN is within the line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility in the 2360-2390 MHz band and notify the health care facility when it may begin MBAN operations under the applicable procedures below.

(1) If the MBAN is beyond the line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility, it may operate without prior coordination with the AMT coordinator, provided that the MBAN coordinator provides the AMT coordinator with the MBAN registration information and the AMT frequency coordinator concurs that the MBAN is beyond the line-of-sight prior to the MBAN beginning operations in the band.

(2) If the MBAN is within line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility, the MBAN coordinator shall achieve a mutually satisfactory coordination agreement with the AMT coordinator prior to the MBAN beginning operations in the band. Such coordination agreement shall provide protection to AMT receive stations consistent with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Recommendation ITU-R M.1459, “Protection criteria for telemetry systems in the aeronautical mobile service and mitigation techniques to facilitate sharing with geostationary broadcasting-satellite and mobile-satellite services in the bands 1 452-1 525 and 2 310-2 360 MHz,” May 2000, as adjusted using generally accepted engineering practices and standards that are mutually agreeable to both coordinators to take into account the local conditions and operating characteristics of the applicable AMT and MBAN facilities, and shall specify when the device shall limit its transmissions to segments of the 2360-2390 MHz band or must cease operation in the band. This ITU document is incorporated by reference into this section with the approval of the Director of the Federal Register under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 5 1. To enforce any edition other than that specified in this section, the Federal Communications Commission must publish a document in the Federal Register and the material must be available to the public. Copies of the recommendation may be obtained from ITU, Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, or online at http://www.itu.int/​en/​publications/​Pages/​default.aspx. You may inspect a copy at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA call 202-741-6030 or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html. “Generally accepted engineering practices and standards” include, but are not limited to, engineering analyses and measurement data as well as limiting MBAN operations in the band by time or frequency.

(3) If an AMT operator plans to operate a receive site not previously analyzed by the MBAN coordinator to determine line-of-sight to an MBAN facility, the AMT operator shall consider using locations that are beyond the line-of-sight of a registered health care facility. If the AMT operator determines that non-line-of-sight locations are not practical for its purposes, the AMT coordinator shall notify the MBAN coordinator upon no less than 7 days notice that the registered health care facility must cease MBAN operations in the 2360-2390 MHz band, unless the parties can achieve a mutually satisfactory coordination agreement under paragraph (e)(2) of this section.

(f) Coordinator functions. The MBAN frequency coordinator shall:

(1) Provide registration and coordination of MBAN operations to all eligible health care facilities on a non-discriminatory basis;

(2) Provide MBAN registration and coordination services on a not-for-profit basis;

(3) Notify the FCC of its intent to no longer serve as frequency coordinator at least six months prior to ceasing to perform these functions; and

(4) Transfer the MBAN registration data in usable form to a frequency coordinator designated by the FCC if it ceases to be the coordinator.

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MedRadio transmitter inspection.

Any non-implanted MedRadio transmitter must be made available for inspection upon request by an authorized FCC representative. Persons operating implanted or body-worn MedRadio transmitters shall cooperate reasonably with duly authorized FCC representatives in the resolution of interference.

MedRadio interference.

(a) To reduce interference and make the most efficient use of the authorized facilities, MedRadio transmitters must share the spectrum in accordance with § 95.2559.

(b) MedRadio operations must not cause harmful interference to, and must accept any interference from, stations operating in the 400.150-406.000 MHz band in the Meteorological Aids, Meteorological Satellite or Earth Exploration Satellite Services, and other authorized stations operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, 451-457 MHz, and 2360-2400 MHz bands. MedRadio programmer/control transmitters must have the ability to operate in the presence of primary and secondary users in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, 451-457 MHz, and 2360-2400 MHz bands.

Permissible MedRadio uses.

MedRadio programmer/control transmitters may be operated only for the uses set forth in this section.

(a) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters may transmit only non-voice data containing operational, diagnostic and therapeutic information associated with a medical implant device or medical body-worn device that has been implanted or placed on the person by or under the direction of a duly authorized health care professional.

(b) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters may be operated for the purposes of testing and demonstrating MedRadio operation to health care professionals.

Prohibited MedRadio uses.

MedRadio Service transmitters must not be operated for uses other than those set forth in § 95.2531.

(a) Voice communications are prohibited in the MedRadio Service.

(b) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters may not be used to relay information in the 401-406 MHz band to a receiver that is not included with a medical implant or medical body-worn device. Wireless retransmission of information intended to be transmitted by a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter or information received from a medical implant or medical body-worn transmitter shall be performed using other radio services that operate in spectrum outside of the 401-406 MHz band.

(c) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters and medical implant transmitters may not be used to relay information in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands to a receiver that is not a part of the same Medical Micropower Network (MMN). Wireless retransmission of information to a receiver that is not part of the same MMN must be performed using other radio services that operate in spectrum outside of the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands. Notwithstanding the above restrictions, a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter of an MMN may communicate with a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter of another MMN to coordinate transmissions, so as to avoid interference between the two MMNs.

(d) Medical body-worn transmitters may relay only information in the 2360-2400 MHz band to a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter or another medical body-worn transmitter device that is part of the same Medical Body Area Network (MBAN). A MedRadio programmer/control transmitter must not be used to relay information in the 2360-2400 MHz band to other MedRadio programmer/control transmitters. Wireless retransmission of all other information from an MBAN transmitter to a receiver that is not a part of the same MBAN shall be performed using other radio services that operate in spectrum outside of the 2360-2400 MHz band. Notwithstanding the above restriction, a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter in the 2360-2400 MHz band may communicate with another MedRadio programmer/control transmitter in the 2360-2400 MHz band to coordinate transmissions so as to avoid interference between the two MBANs.

(e) Except as provided in § 95.2559(b), no MedRadio implant or body-worn transmitter shall transmit except in response to—

(1) A transmission from a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter; or

(2) A non-radio frequency actuation signal generated by a device external to the body with respect to which device the MedRadio implant or body-worn transmitter is used.

MedRadio equipment certification exception.

Non-certified medical implant or medical body-worn transmitters that are not marketed for use in the United States, but which otherwise comply with the technical requirements in this subpart, may be used by individuals who travel to the United States.

MedRadio outdoor antenna restrictions.

The antenna for a MedRadio transmitter, other than a MedRadio transmitter operating in the 2390-2400 MHz band, must not be configured for permanent outdoor use. Furthermore, except for MedRadio operations in the 2390-2400 MHz band, any MedRadio antenna used outdoors must not be affixed to any structure for which the height to the tip of the antenna would exceed three meters (9.8 feet) above ground level.

MedRadio automatic control.

Notwithstanding the provisions of § 95.347, MedRadio transmitters may be operated under automatic control or manual control.

MedRadio network connection.

MedRadio programmer/control transmitters may be interconnected with other telecommunications systems including the public switched network.

MedRadio duration of transmissions.

For the purpose of facilitating MedRadio system operation during a MedRadio communications session, the duration of transmissions is to be limited in accordance with this section.

(a) MedRadio transmitters may transmit in the 401-406 MHz band in accordance with the provisions of § 95.2559(a) for no more than 5 seconds without the communications of data.

(b) MedRadio transmitters may transmit in the 401-406 MHz band in accordance with the provisions of § 95.2559(b)(2) and (3) for no more than 3.6 seconds in total within a one hour time period without the communications of data.

(c) MedRadio transmitters may transmit in the 401-406 MHz band in accordance with the provisions of § 95.2559(b)(4) for no more than 360 milliseconds in total within a one hour Start Printed Page 41133time period without the communications of data.

(d) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands shall not transmit with a duty cycle greater than 3 percent.

MedRadio channel access requirements.

To reduce interference and make the most effective use of the MedRadio frequency bands, MedRadio transmitter types must be designed to operate in accordance with the rules in this section.

(a) Frequency monitoring in the 401-406 MHz band. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, all MedRadio programmer/control transmitters operating in the 401-406 MHz band must operate under the control of a monitoring system that incorporates a mechanism for monitoring the channel or channels that the MedRadio system devices intend to occupy. The monitoring system antenna shall be the antenna normally used by the programmer/control transmitter for a MedRadio communications session. Before the monitoring system of a programmer/control transmitter initiates a MedRadio communications session, the following access criteria must be met:

(1) The monitoring system bandwidth, measured at its 20 dB down points, must be equal to or greater than the MedRadio emission bandwidth of the intended transmission.

(2) Within 5 seconds prior to initiating a MedRadio communications session, circuitry associated with a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter must monitor the channel or channels the system devices intend to occupy for a minimum of 10 milliseconds per channel.

(3) The monitoring threshold power level, PMT, in dBm, is calculated using the following formula.

PMT = 10 log B−150 (dBm/Hz) + G

Where:

(i) B is the MedRadio emission bandwidth in Hertz of the MedRadio communications session transmitter having the widest emission; and,

(ii) G is the MedRadio programmer/control transmitter monitoring system antenna gain, in decibels, relative to the gain of an isotropic antenna (dBi).

(4) For the purposes of showing compliance with the above provisions, the above calculated threshold power level must be increased or decreased by an amount equal to the monitoring system antenna gain above or below the gain of an isotropic antenna, respectively.

(5) If no signal above the monitoring threshold power level is detected in a MedRadio channel, the MedRadio programmer/control transmitter may initiate on that channel a MedRadio communications session involving transmissions to and from a medical implant or medical body-worn device. The MedRadio communications session may continue as long as any silent period between consecutive data transmission bursts does not exceed 5 seconds. If no channel meeting the requirements in paragraphs (a)(3) and (4) of this section is available, MedRadio transmitters that are capable of operating on multiple channels may transmit on the alternate channel accessible by the device with the lowest monitored ambient power level.

(6) When a channel is selected prior to a MedRadio communications session, it is permissible to select an alternate authorized channel for use if communications are interrupted, provided that the alternate channel selected is the next best choice using the above criteria. The alternate channel may be accessed in the event a communications session is interrupted by interference. The following criteria must be met:

(i) Before transmitting on the alternate channel, the channel must be monitored for a period of at least 10 milliseconds.

(ii) The detected power level during this 10 millisecond or greater monitoring period must be no higher than 6 dB above the power level detected when the channel was chosen as the alternate channel.

(iii) In the event that this alternate channel provision is not used by the MedRadio system, or if the criteria in paragraphs (a)(6)(i) and (ii) of this section are not met, any alternate authorized channel must be selected using the access criteria specified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (5) of this section.

(7) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, MedRadio transmitters that operate on a single channel and thus do not have the capability of operating on alternate channels may not transmit unless no signal on the single channel of operation exceeds the monitoring threshold power level.

(b) Exceptions to frequency monitoring in the 401-406 MHz band. MedRadio devices or communications sessions that meet any one of the following criteria are not required to be operated in accordance with the access rules set forth in paragraph (a) of this section:

(1) MedRadio communications sessions that are initiated by a medical implant event.

(2) MedRadio devices operating in either the 401-401.85 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands, provided that the transmit power is not greater than 250 nanowatts EIRP and the duty cycle for such transmissions does not exceed 0.1%, based on the total transmission time during a one-hour interval, and a maximum of 100 transmissions per hour.

(3) MedRadio devices operating in the 401.85-402 MHz band, provided that the transmit power is not greater than 25 microwatts EIRP and the duty cycle for such transmissions does not exceed 0.1%, based on the total transmission time during a one-hour interval, and a maximum of 100 transmissions per hour.

(4) MedRadio devices operating with a total emission bandwidth not exceeding 300 kHz, centered at 403.65 MHz, provided that the transmit power is not greater than 100 nanowatts EIRP and the duty cycle for such transmissions does not exceed 0.01%, based on the total transmission time during a one-hour interval and a maximum of 10 transmissions per hour.

(c) Shared access. The provisions of this section shall not be used to extend the range of spectrum occupied over space or time for the purpose of denying fair access to spectrum for other MedRadio systems.

(d) Frequency monitoring in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands. MedRadio programmer/control transmitters must incorporate a mechanism for monitoring the authorized bandwidth of the frequency band that the MedRadio transmitters intend to occupy. The monitoring system antenna shall be the same antenna used by the programmer/control transmitter for a communications session.

(1) The MedRadio programmer/control transmitter shall be capable of monitoring any occupied frequency band at least once every second and monitoring alternate frequency bands within two seconds prior to executing a change to an alternate frequency band.

(2) The MedRadio programmer/control transmitter shall move to another authorized frequency band within one second of detecting a persistent (i.e., lasting more than 50 milliseconds) signal level greater than −60 dBm as received by a 0 dBi gain antenna in any 12.5 kHz bandwidth within the authorized bandwidth.

(3) The MedRadio programmer/control transmitter shall be capable of monitoring the authorized bandwidth of Start Printed Page 41134the occupied frequency band to determine whether either direction of the communications link is becoming degraded to the extent that communications is likely to be lost for more than 45 milliseconds. Upon making such a determination the MedRadio programmer/control transmitter shall move to another authorized frequency band.

(e) System shutdown. MedRadio transmitters shall incorporate a programmable means to implement a system shutdown process in the event of communication failure, on command from the MedRadio programmer/control transmitter, or when no authorized alternate frequency band is available. The shutdown process shall commence within 45 milliseconds after loss of the communication link or receipt of the shutdown command from the MedRadio programmer/control transmitter. This requirement does not apply to MedRadio operations in the 401-406 MHz band.

(f) Requirements for MBAN Networks. A MedRadio programmer/control transmitter and its associated medical body-worn transmitters shall not commence operating in, and shall automatically cease operating in, the 2360-2390 MHz band if the programmer/control transmitter does not receive, in accordance with the protocols specified by the manufacturer, a control message permitting such operation. Medical body-worn transmitters shall cease operating in 2360-2390 MHz if they lose communication with their associated programmer/control transmitter. Additionally, a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter and its associated medical body-worn transmitters operating in the 2360-2390 MHz band shall comply with a control message that notifies the devices to limit transmissions to segments of the 2360-2390 MHz band or to cease operation in the band.

MedRadio transmitter certification.

(a) Except as provided § 95.2535, each MedRadio transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate as a station in the MedRadio Service) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for the MedRadio Service will not be issued for any MedRadio transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

MedRadio frequency bands.

MedRadio transmitters operate in the 401-406 MHz, 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, 451-457 MHz, and 2360-2400 MHz bands. The FCC does not specify a channeling scheme for MedRadio systems.

(a) MedRadio transmitters associated with medical implant devices, which incorporate a frequency monitoring system as set forth in § 95.2559(a), may transmit on any frequency in the 401-406 MHz band.

(b) MedRadio transmitters associated with medical implant devices, which do not incorporate a frequency monitoring system as set forth in § 95.2559(a), may transmit on any frequency in the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands, or on the frequency 403.65 MHz in the 402-405 MHz band.

(c) MedRadio transmitters associated with medical body-worn devices, regardless of whether a frequency monitoring system as set forth in § 95.2559(a) is employed, may transmit on any frequency in the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands.

(d) MedRadio transmitters that are used externally to evaluate the efficacy of a more permanent medical implant device, regardless of whether a frequency monitoring system as set forth in § 95.2559(a) is employed, may operate on any frequency in the 402-405 MHz band, provided that:

(1) Such external body-worn operation is limited solely to evaluating with a patient the efficacy of a fully implanted permanent medical device that is intended to replace the temporary body-worn device;

(2) RF transmissions from the external device must cease following the patient evaluation period, which may not exceed 30 days, except where a health care practitioner determines that additional time is necessary due to unforeseen circumstances;

(3) The maximum output power of the temporary body-worn device must not exceed 200 nW EIRP; and

(4) The temporary body-worn device must comply fully with all other MedRadio rules applicable to medical implant device operation in the 402-405 MHz band.

(e) Only MedRadio transmitters that are part of a Medical Micropower Network (MMN) may operate in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands. Each MedRadio transmitter that is part of an MMN must be capable of operating in each of the following bands: 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz. All MedRadio transmitters that are part of a single MMN must operate in the same band.

(f) Only MedRadio transmitters that are part of a Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) may operate in the 2360-2400 MHz band.

MedRadio frequency accuracy.

Each MedRadio transmitter type must be designed to maintain a frequency stability of ±100 ppm of the operating frequency over the applicable temperature range set forth in this section. Frequency stability testing shall be performed over the appropriate temperature range.

(a) 25 °C to 45 °C in the case of medical implant transmitters; and

(b) 0 °C to 55 °C in the case of MedRadio programmer/control transmitters and medical body-worn transmitters.

MedRadio radiated power limits.

Each MedRadio transmitter type must be designed such that the MedRadio equivalent isotropically radiated power (M-EIRP) does not exceed the limits in this section. Compliance with these limits must be determined as set forth in § 95.2569.

(a) Transmitters subject to frequency monitoring—401-406 MHz. For MedRadio transmitters that are not excepted under § 95.2559(b) from the frequency monitoring requirements of § 95.2559(a):

(1) The M-EIRP within any 300 kHz bandwidth within the 402-405 MHz band must not exceed 25 microwatts.

(2) The M-EIRP within any 100 kHz bandwidth within the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands must not exceed 25 microwatts.

(b) Transmitters excepted from frequency monitoring—401-402 MHz and 405-406 MHz. For MedRadio transmitters that are excepted under § 95.2559(b)(2) or (3) from the frequency monitoring requirements of § 95.2559(a):

(1) The M-EIRP of any transmitter operating in the 401-401.85 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands must not exceed 250 nanowatts in any 100 kHz bandwidth.

(2) The M-EIRP of any transmitter operating in the 401.85-402 MHz band must not exceed 25 microwatts in any 150 kHz bandwidth.

(c) Transmitters excepted from frequency monitoring—403.65 MHz. For MedRadio transmitters that are excepted under § 95.2559(b)(4) from the frequency monitoring requirements of § 95.2559(a), the M-EIRP must not exceed 100 nanowatts in the 300 kHz bandwidth centered at 403.65 MHz.

(d) Transmitters—other frequency bands. For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, or 451-457 MHz bands:

(1) The peak M-EIRP over the frequency bands of operation must not Start Printed Page 41135exceed the lesser of zero dBm (1 mW) or 10 log (B)−7.782 dBm, where B is the MedRadio 20 dB emission bandwidth in megahertz.

(2) The peak power spectral density must not exceed 800 microwatts per megahertz in any one megahertz band.

(e) Transmitters—2360-2390 MHz band. For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 2360-2390 MHz band, the M-EIRP over the bands of operation must not exceed the lesser of zero dBm (1 mW) or 10 log (B) dBm, where B is the MedRadio 20 dB emission bandwidth in megahertz.

(f) Transmitters—2390-2400 MHz band. For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 2390-2400 MHz band, the M-EIRP over the bands of operation must not exceed the lesser of 13 dBm (20 mW) or 16 + 10 log (B) dBm, where B is the MedRadio 20 dB emission bandwidth in megahertz.

MedRadio field strength measurements.

Compliance with MedRadio equivalent isotropic radiated power (M-EIRP) limits can be determined by measuring the radiated field strength from the transmitter type, in accordance with the rules in this section.

(a) Radiated field strength values corresponding to the M-EIRP limits in § 95.2567 are given in the table in this paragraph, for an open area test site, and for a test site equivalent to free space, such as a fully anechoic test chamber. Field strength is measured at a distance of 3 meters from the equipment under test.

M-EIRP limitOpen area (mV/m)Free space (mV/m)
1 mW115.157.55
25 μW18.29.1
250 nW1.80.9
100 nW1.20.6

(b) Compliance with the maximum transmitter power requirements in § 95.2567 is based on measurements using a peak detector function and measured over an interval of time when transmission is continuous and at its maximum power level. In lieu of using a peak detector function, measurement procedures that have been found to be acceptable to the FCC in accordance with § 2.947 of this chapter may be used to demonstrate compliance.

(c) For a MedRadio transmitter intended to be implanted in a human body, radiated emissions and M-EIRP measurements for transmissions by stations authorized under this section may be made in accordance with an FCC-approved human body simulator and test technique. Guidance regarding SAR measurement techniques dielectric parameters for the tissue-equivalent material can be found in the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Laboratory Division Knowledge Database (KDB).

MedRadio emission types.

A MedRadio station may transmit any emission type appropriate for communications in this service. Voice communications, however, are prohibited.

MedRadio authorized bandwidths.

Each MedRadio transmitter type must be designed such that the MedRadio emission bandwidth does not exceed the applicable authorized bandwidth set forth in this section.

(a) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 402-405 MHz band, the maximum authorized bandwidth is 300 kHz. Such transmitters must not use more than 300 kHz of bandwidth (total) during a MedRadio communications session. This provision does not preclude full duplex or half duplex communications provided that the total bandwidth of all of the channels employed in a MedRadio communications session does not exceed 300 kHz.

(b) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 401-401.85 MHz band or the 405-406 MHz band, the maximum authorized bandwidth is 100 kHz. Such transmitters must not use more than 100 kHz of bandwidth (total) during a MedRadio communications session. This provision does not preclude full duplex or half duplex communications provided that the total bandwidth of all of the channels employed in a MedRadio communications session does not exceed 100 kHz.

(c) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 401.85-402 MHz band, the maximum authorized bandwidth is 150 kHz. Such transmitters must not use more than 150 kHz of bandwidth (total) during a MedRadio communications session. This provision does not preclude full duplex or half duplex communications, provided that the total bandwidth of all of the channels employed in a MedRadio communications session does not exceed 150 kHz.

(d) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz or 451-457 MHz bands, the maximum 20 dB authorized bandwidth is 6 MHz.

(e) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 2360-2400 MHz band, the maximum authorized bandwidth is 5 MHz.

(f) Lesser emission bandwidths may be employed, provided that the unwanted emissions are attenuated as provided in § 95.2579. See also § 95.2567 regarding maximum radiated power limits, § 95.2565 on frequency accuracy, § 95.2569 on field strength measurements, and § 95.2585 on RF exposure.

MedRadio unwanted emissions limits.

Unwanted emission field strength limits and attenuation requirements apply to each MedRadio transmitter type, as set forth in this section and part 2.

(a) Field strength limits. The field strengths of unwanted emissions from each MedRadio transmitter type, measured at a distance of 3 meters, must not exceed the field strength limits shown in the table in this paragraph for the indicated frequency ranges, if the frequencies of these emissions are:

(1) More than 250 kHz outside of the 402-405 MHz band (for devices designed to operate in the 402-405 MHz band);

(2) More than 100 kHz outside of either the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands (for devices designed to operate in the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands);

(3) In the 406.000-406.100 MHz band (for devices designed to operate in the 401-402 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands); or

(4) More than 2.5 MHz outside of the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz or 451-457 MHz bands (for devices designed to operate in these four bands).

(5) More than 2.5 MHz outside of the 2360-2400 MHz band (for devices designed to operate in the 2360-2400 MHz band).

Frequency range (MHz)Field strength (μV/m)
30-88100
88-216150
216-960200
960 and above500

Note to table in paragraph (a)(5): At the boundaries between frequency ranges, the tighter limit (lower field strength) applies. Below 1 GHz, field strength is measured using a CISPR quasi-peak detector. Above 1 GHz, field strength is measured using an average detector with a minimum reference bandwidth of 1 MHz. See also part 2, subpart J of this chapter.Start Printed Page 41136

(b) Harmonic emissions. Radiated unwanted emissions from a MedRadio transmitter type must be measured to at least the tenth harmonic of the highest fundamental frequency emitted.

(c) Attenuation requirements, 402-405 MHz. For MedRadio transmitter types designed to operate in the 402-405 MHz band, unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the maximum permitted transmitter output power by at least:

(1) 20 dB, on any frequency within the 402-405 MHz band that is more than 150 kHz away from the center frequency of the occupied bandwidth;

(2) 20 dB, on any frequency between 401.750 MHz and 402.000 MHz, and on any frequency between 405 MHz and 405.250 MHz.

(d) Attenuation requirements, 401-402 MHz, 405-406 MHz. For MedRadio transmitter types designed to operate in the 401-402 MHz band or 405-406 MHz band, the power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power by at least:

(1) 20 dB, on any frequency within the 401-401.85 MHz or 405-406 MHz bands that is:

(i) More than 75 kHz away from the center frequency of the occupied bandwidth if the MedRadio transmitter type is operating on a frequency between 401.85 and 402 MHz; or,

(ii) More than 50 kHz away from the center frequency of the occupied bandwidth and 100 kHz or less below 401 MHz or above 406 MHz.

(2) 20 dB, on any frequency between 400.900 MHz and 401.000 MHz, and on any frequency between 406.000 MHz and 406.100 MHz.

(e) Attenuation requirements, 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz. For MedRadio transmitter types designed to operate in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz and 451-457 MHz bands: In the first 2.5 megahertz above or below any of the frequency bands authorized for Medical Micropower Network operation, the EIRP of any unwanted emission must be attenuated within a 1 megahertz bandwidth by at least 20 dB relative to the maximum EIRP within any 1 megahertz bandwidth of the fundamental emission.

(f) Attenuation requirements, 2360-2400 MHz. For MedRadio transmitter types designed to operate in the 2360-2400 MHz band: In the first 2.5 megahertz above or below any of the frequency bands authorized for MBAN operation, the EIRP of any unwanted emission must be attenuated within a 1 megahertz bandwidth by at least 20 dB relative to the maximum EIRP within any 1 megahertz bandwidth of the fundamental emission.

(g) Measurements. Compliance with the limits in paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of this section is based on the use of measurement instrumentation using a peak detector function with an instrument reference bandwidth approximately equal to 1.0 percent of the emission bandwidth of the device under measurement.

MedRadio RF exposure evaluation.

A MedRadio medical implant device or medical body-worn transmitter is subject to the radiofrequency radiation exposure requirements specified in §§ 1.1307(b) and 2.1093 of this chapter, as appropriate. Applications for equipment authorization of devices operating under this section must demonstrate compliance with these requirements using either finite difference time domain (FDTD) computational modeling or laboratory measurement techniques. Where a showing is based on computational modeling, the Commission retains the discretion to request that supporting documentation and/or specific absorption rate (SAR) measurement data be submitted.

MedRadio additional requirements.

(a) The antenna associated with any MedRadio transmitter must be supplied with the transmitter and is considered part of the transmitter subject to equipment authorization.

(b) MedRadio transmitters shall be tested for frequency stability, radiated emissions and EIRP limit compliance in accordance with applicable rules.

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MedRadio marketing limitations.

Transmitters intended for operation in the MedRadio Service may be marketed and sold only for the use in accordance with § 95.2531.

MedRadio labeling requirements.

MedRadio transmitters must be labeled in accordance with the requirements in this section.

(a) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters operating in the 401-406 MHz band shall be labeled as provided in part 2 of this chapter and shall bear the following statement in a conspicuous location on the device:

This device may not interfere with stations operating in the 400.150-406.000 MHz band in the Meteorological Aids, Meteorological Satellite, and Earth Exploration Satellite Services and must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

(b) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands shall be labeled as provided in part 2 of this chapter and shall bear the following statement in a conspicuous location on the device:

This device may not interfere with stations authorized to operate on a primary basis in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands, and must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

(c) MedRadio programmer/control transmitters operating in the 2360-2400 MHz band shall be labeled as provided in part 2 of this chapter and shall bear the following statement in a conspicuous location on the device:

This device may not interfere with stations authorized to operate on a primary basis in the 2360-2400 MHz band, and must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

(d) If it is not feasible to place the statement specified by paragraph (a), (b), or (c) of this section on the device, it may be placed in the instruction manual for the transmitter instead.

(e) If a MedRadio programmer/control transmitter is constructed in two or more sections connected by wire and marketed together, the statement specified in this section is required to be affixed only to the main control unit.

(f) MedRadio transmitters shall be identified with a serial number on each device, except as noted in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section.

(1) For MedRadio transmitters that operate in the 2360-2400 MHz band, only the programmer/control transmitter shall be identified with a serial number.

(2) The FCC ID number associated with a medical implant transmitter and the information required by § 2.925 of this chapter may be placed in the instruction manual for the transmitter and on the shipping container for the transmitter, in lieu of being placed directly on the transmitter.

MedRadio disclosures.

Manufacturers of MedRadio transmitters must include with each transmitting device the statement set forth in this section that applies to the frequency bands in use.

(a) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 401-406 MHz band, the following statement applies:

This transmitter is authorized by rule under the Medical Device Start Printed Page 41137Radiocommunication Service (in part 95 of the FCC Rules) and must not cause harmful interference to stations operating in the 400.150-406.000 MHz band in the Meteorological Aids (i.e., transmitters and receivers used to communicate weather data), the Meteorological Satellite, or the Earth Exploration Satellite Services and must accept interference that may be caused by such stations, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This transmitter shall be used only in accordance with the FCC Rules governing the Medical Device Radiocommunication Service. Analog and digital voice communications are prohibited. Although this transmitter has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, there is no guarantee that it will not receive interference or that any particular transmission from this transmitter will be free from interference.

(b) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz and 451-457 MHz bands, the following statement applies:

This transmitter is authorized by rule under the MedRadio Service (47 CFR part 95). This transmitter must not cause harmful interference to stations authorized to operate on a primary basis in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands, and must accept interference that may be caused by such stations, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This transmitter shall be used only in accordance with the FCC Rules governing the MedRadio Service. Analog and digital voice communications are prohibited. Although this transmitter has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, there is no guarantee that it will not receive interference or that any particular transmission from this transmitter will be free from interference.

(c) For MedRadio transmitters operating in the 2360-2400 MHz band, the following statement applies:

This transmitter is authorized by rule under the MedRadio Service (47 CFR part 95). This transmitter must not cause harmful interference to stations authorized to operate on a primary basis in the 2360-2400 MHz band, and must accept interference that may be caused by such stations, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This transmitter shall be used only in accordance with the FCC Rules governing the MedRadio Service. Analog and digital voice communications are prohibited. Although this transmitter has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, there is no guarantee that it will not receive interference or that any particular transmission from this transmitter will be free from interference.

Subpart J—Multi-Use Radio Service

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS).

Definitions, MURS.

MURS. A two-way, short distance voice or data communication service for facilitating personal or business activities of the general public.

Grandfathered MURS stations.

MURS stations that were licensed under part 90 of this chapter to operate on MURS frequencies as of November 13, 2000, are authorized by this rule to continue to operate under terms identical to those of such nullified part 90 authorizations, including any associated rule waivers.

Airborne use of MURS not authorized.

Notwithstanding the provisions of § 95.307, MURS operation is not authorized aboard aircraft in flight.

MURS replacement parts.

The operator of an MURS transmitter may replace parts of an MURS transmitter as indicated in this section. All other internal maintenance and repairs must be carried out in accordance with § 95.319.

(a) A damaged antenna may be replaced by another antenna of the same or a compatible similar type.

(b) Batteries in the MURS transmitter may be replaced with batteries of a type specified by the manufacturer.

MURS interference.

MURS station operators must take reasonable precautions to avoid causing harmful interference. This includes monitoring the transmitting frequency for communications in progress before transmitting, and other measures as may be necessary to minimize the potential for causing interference.

Permissible MURS uses.

The operator of a MURS station may use it for the purposes listed in this section.

(a) MURS stations may be used to transmit voice, data or image signals.

(b) MURS stations may be used for telecommand and telemetry functions.

Prohibited MURS uses.

MURS stations must not be operated as repeater stations or signal boosters. This prohibition includes store-and-forward packet operation.

MURS antenna height limit.

The highest point of any MURS station antenna must not be more than 18.3 meters (60 feet) above the ground or 6.10 meters (20 feet) above the highest point of the structure on which it is mounted. MURS station antennas must also meet the requirements in § 95.317 regarding menaces to air navigation. See 47 CFR 95.317 and consult part 17 of the FCC's Rules for more information (47 CFR part 17).

MURS network connection.

MURS stations are prohibited from interconnection with the public switched network. Interconnection Defined. Connection through automatic or manual means of multi-use radio stations with the facilities of the public switched telephone network to permit the transmission of messages or signals between points in the wireline or radio network of a public telephone company and persons served by multi-use radio stations. Wireline or radio circuits or links furnished by common carriers, which are used by licensees or other authorized persons for transmitter control (including dial-up transmitter control circuits) or as an integral part of an authorized, private, internal system of communication or as an integral part of dispatch point circuits in a multi-use radio station are not considered to be interconnection for purposes of this rule part.

MURS duration of transmissions.

MURS stations may not be operated in the continuous carrier transmit mode.

[Reserved]
MURS transmitter certification.

(a) Each MURS transmitter (a transmitter that operates or is intended to operate in MURS) must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification will not be issued for any MURS transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

(c) A grant of equipment certification will not be issued for MURS transmitters capable of operating under both this subpart (MURS) and under any other subparts of this chapter (except part 15).

MURS channels.

Five VHF channels are allotted for shared use in the MURS. These channels, designated by their center frequencies in megahertz, are as follows: 151.820, 151.880, 151.940, 154.570, and 154.600 MHz. Each MURS transmitter Start Printed Page 41138type must be designed to transmit on one or more of these channels.

MURS frequency accuracy.

Each MURS transmitter type must be designed to meet the applicable frequency tolerance and stability requirements of this section.

(a) MURS transmitters that operate with an emission bandwidth of 6.25 kHz or less must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±2.0 parts-per-million (ppm) of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.2763 during normal operating conditions.

(b) MURS transmitters that operate with an emission bandwidth greater than 6.25 kHz must be designed such that the carrier frequencies remain within ±5.0 ppm of the channel center frequencies specified in § 95.2763 during normal operating conditions.

MURS transmitting power limit.

Each MURS transmitter type must be designed such that the transmitter power output does not exceed 2 Watts under normal operating conditions.

[Reserved]
MURS emission types.

A MURS transmitter must transmit only emission types A1D, A2B, A2D, A3E, F2B, F1D, F2D, F3E, and G3E. Emission types A3E, F3E and G3E may include selective calling or tone-operated squelch tones to establish or continue voice communications. MURS transmitters are prohibited from transmitting in the continuous carrier mode.

MURS authorized bandwidths.

Each MURS transmitter type must be designed to meet the emission bandwidth limitations in this section.

(a) The occupied bandwidth of emissions transmitted on the center frequencies 151.820 MHz, 151.880 MHz, and 151.940 MHz must not exceed 11.25 kHz.

(b) The occupied bandwidth of emissions transmitted on the center frequencies 154.570 MHz and 154.600 MHz must not exceed 20.0 kHz.

(c) The occupied bandwidth of type A3E emissions must not exceed 8.0 kHz.

MURS audio filter.

The audio filter referenced in § 95.2779 must satisfy the requirements in this section.

(a) The audio filter must be between the modulation limiter and the modulated stage of the transmitter.

(b) At any frequency (f in kHz) between 3 and 15 kHz, the filter must have an attenuation of at least 40 log (f/3) dB more than the attenuation at 1 kHz. Above 15 kHz, it must have an attenuation of at least 28 dB more than the attenuation at 1 kHz.

[Reserved]
MURS unwanted emissions limits.

The requirements in this section apply to each MURS transmitter type both with and without the connection of attachments, such as an external microphone, power cord and/or antenna.

(a) Emission masks. Emission masks applicable to transmitting equipment in the MURS are defined by the requirements in the following table. The numbers in the paragraphs column refer to attenuation requirement rule paragraph numbers under paragraph (b) of this section. The words “audio filter” refer to the audio filter described in § 95.2775.

Channel center frequencies (MHz)Paragraphs
151.820, 151.880 and 151.940(1), (2).
154.570 & 154.600, with audio filter(3), (4), (7).
154.570 & 154.600, without audio filter(5), (6), (7).

(1) Each MURS transmitter type that transmits F3E or G3E emissions on 154.570 MHz or 154.600 MHz and incorporates an audio filter satisfying the requirements of § 95.2775 in its design may comply with the less stringent unwanted emissions attenuation requirements set forth in paragraphs (b)(3), (4), and (7) of this section.

(2) Each MURS transmitter type that transmits on 154.570 MHz or 154.600 MHz, but does not incorporate an audio filter satisfying the requirements of § 95.2775 in its design, must comply with the unwanted emissions attenuation requirements set forth in paragraphs (b)(5) through (7) of this section.

(b) Attenuation requirements. The power of unwanted emissions must be attenuated below the transmitter output power in Watts (P) by at least:

(1) 7.27(fd−2.88 kHz) dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by a displacement frequency (fd in kHz) that is more than 5.625 kHz, but not more than 12.5 kHz.

(2) 50 + 10 log (P) dB or 70 dB, whichever is the lesser attenuation, on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 12.5 kHz.

(3) 25 dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 10 kHz, but not more than 20 kHz.

(4) 35 dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 20 kHz, but not more than 50 kHz.

(5) 83 log (fd ÷ 5) dB on any frequency removed from the center of the authorized bandwidth by a displacement frequency (fd in kHz) that is more than 5 kHz, but not more than 10 kHz.

(6) 29 log (fd2 ÷ 11) dB or 50 dB, whichever is the lesser attenuation on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by a displacement frequency (fd in kHz) that is more than 10 kHz, but not more than 50 kHz.

(7) 43 + 10 log(P) dB on any frequency removed from the channel center frequency by more than 50 kHz.

(c) Measurement bandwidths. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency bands specified in paragraphs (b)(1) and (3) through (6) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of 300 Hz. The power of unwanted emissions in the frequency ranges specified in paragraphs (b)(2) and (7) of this section is measured with a reference bandwidth of at least 30 kHz.

Subpart K—Personal Locator Beacons and Maritime Survivor Locating Devices

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Maritime Survivor Locating Devices (MSLDs).

Definitions, PLBs and MSLDs.

Identification code. An identification code issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish a unique identification for each PLB.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The U.S. Government Agency that is the United States Program Manager for the 406 MHz COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system.

Maritime Survivor Locating Device (MSLD). A device intended to aid in the location of persons in the water.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). A small portable transmitter, compliant with all of the rules in this subpart, that is intended to provide individuals in remote areas a means to alert others of an emergency situation and to aid search and rescue personnel to locate those in distress.

PLB registration.

Each PLB owner must initially register their PLB with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Start Printed Page 41139(NOAA) and must advise NOAA of any subsequent change of ownership or other change in the registration information. Each PLB is registered by its identification code (see § 95.2987(b)).

(a) PLB owners are encouraged to register their PLBs through the internet using the following Web site: http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov

(b) PLB owners may also register their PLBs by mailing a completed registration card to the following address: NOAA SARSAT Beacon Registration, NSOF, E/SPO53, 1315 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910-9684.

Permissible use of PLBs and MSLDs.

(a) PLBs may be used only for transmission of distress and safety of life communications.

(b) MSLDs may be used only to aid in the location of persons in the water.

Prohibited use of PLBs and MSLDs.

(a) PLBs must not be used for any purpose other than transmission of distress and safety of life communications.

(b) Use of MSLDs on land is not authorized.

PLB and MSLD transmitter certification.

(a) Each PLB and MSLD transmitter must be certified in accordance with this subpart and part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification will not be issued for any PLB or MSLD transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

PLB and MSLD frequency bands.

(a) The frequency band 406.0-406.1 MHz is an emergency and distress frequency band available for use by Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). Use of these frequencies must be limited to transmission of distress and safety of life communications.

(b) MSLDs must:

(1) Transmit on at least one of the following frequencies: 121.5 MHz, 156.525 MHz, 156.750 MHz, 156.800 MHz, 156.850 MHz, 161.975 MHz, or 162.025 MHz; or

(2) Include a function intended to send a distress message directly to the U.S. Coast Guard or any other search and rescue organization.

PLB emission type.

PLB transmitter types must be designed to use emission type G1D on the frequency band 406.0-406.1 MHz.

Additional PLB and MSLD certification requirements.

(a) To be certified for use under this subpart, 406 MHz PLB transmitter types must be designed to satisfy the following additional requirements.

(1) Certifications. Beginning January 17, 2018, before submitting an application for FCC certification of a 406 MHz PLB transmitter type, the applicant must obtain:

(i) Certification from a test facility recognized by one of the COSPAS/SARSAT Partners that the PLB transmitter type satisfies the standards in RTCM 11010; and,

(ii) Certification from an independent test facility that the PLB transmitter type complies with the electrical and environmental standards associated with RTCM 11010.

(2) Identification code. An identification code, recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Program Manager for the 406 MHz COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system, must be programmed into each PLB to establish a unique identification for that PLB.

(b) To be certified for use under this subpart, MSLD transmitter types must be designed to satisfy the following additional requirements.

(1) A test report from a test laboratory which shows that the MSLD complies with the electrical and environmental standards associated with RTCM 11901. The test laboratory must be accredited to ISO-IEC 17025 with a scope covering the applicable requirements and test procedures.

(2) After the MSLD has been certified by a test laboratory, the following information must be submitted in duplicate to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126:

(i) The name of the manufacturer or grantee and model number of the MSLD;

(ii) Copies of the test report and test data showing that the MSLD complies with the electrical and environmental standards associated with RTCM 11901; and

(iii) Instruction manuals associated with the MSLD, description of the test characteristics of the MSLD including assembly drawings, electrical schematics, description of parts list, specifications of materials and the manufacturer's quality assurance program.

(3) After reviewing the information described in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the U.S. Coast Guard will issue a letter stating whether the MSLD satisfies all RTCM Recommended Standards. In the case of an MSLD that includes a function intended to send a distress message directly to the U.S. Coast Guard or any other search and rescue organization, the letter will also state whether the U.S. Coast Guard endorses that function.

(4) A certification application for an MSLD must contain a copy of the U.S. Coast Guard letter stating that the device satisfies all RTCM Recommended Standards, a copy of the technical test data, and the instruction manual(s).

PLB and MSLD technical standards.

(a) PLB transmitter types must be designed to comply with technical standard RTCM 1010.2. MSLD transmitter types must be designed to comply with technical standard RTCM 11901.1.

(b) The standards required in this section are incorporated by reference into this section with the approval of the Director of the Federal Register under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. All approved material is available for inspection at FCC headquarters at 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, and is available from the sources indicated in this paragraph (b). It is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA call 202-741-6030 or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

(1) The following standards are available from the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, 1611 N. Kent St., Suite 605, Arlington, Virginia 22209-2128.

(i) RTCM 11010.2, “406 MHz Satellite Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs),” including Amendments 1 and 2, dated June 8, 2012 (RTCM 11010).

(ii) RTCM 11901.1, “Maritime Survivor Locating Devices (MSLD),” dated June 4, 2012.

(2) [Reserved].

PLB and MSLD marketing limitations.

(a) No device may be marketed or sold in the United States as a “PLB” or “Personal Locator Beacon” unless it is compliant with all of the rules in this subpart. Previously approved PLBs that do not meet the requirements of RTCM Start Printed Page 4114011010 shall not be manufactured, imported, or sold in the United States beginning January 17, 2020.

(b) No device may be marketed or sold in the United States as a “MSLD” or “Maritime Survivor Locating Device” unless it complies with the requirements of RTCM 11901. Previously approved devices intended to aid in the location of persons in the water that do not meet the requirements of this subpart shall not be manufactured, imported, or sold in the United States beginning January 17, 2018.

PLB identification plate or label and registration card.

To enhance protection of life and property, it is mandatory that each 406 MHz PLB be registered with NOAA and that information be kept up-to-date.

(a) Identification plate or label. In addition to the identification plate or label requirements contained in §§ 2.925 and 2.926 of this chapter, each 406 MHz PLB must be provided on the outside with a clearly discernable permanent plate or label.

(1) The plate or label must contain the following statement:

The owner of this 406 MHz PLB must register the identification code on this label with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) whose address is: NOAA/SARSAT Beacon Registration, NSOF, E/SPO53, 1315 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910-9684.

(2) For PLBs with identification codes that can be changed after manufacture, the identification code shown on the plate or label must be easily replaceable using commonly available tools.

(b) Registration card. With each marketable PLB unit, the manufacturer or equipment certification grantee must include a postage pre-paid registration card.

(1) The identification code of the PLB (see § 95.2987(c)) must be printed on the registration card.

(2) The registration card must be addressed to: NOAA SARSAT Beacon Registration, NSOF, E/SPO53, 1315 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910-9684.

(3) The registration card must request the owner's name, address, telephone number and alternate emergency contact.

(4) The registration card must include the following statement:

WARNING—failure to register this PLB with NOAA could result in a monetary forfeiture order being issued to the owner.

Subpart L—DSRCS On-Board Units

Scope.

This subpart contains rules that apply only to On-Board Units (OBUs) transmitting in the 5850-5925 MHz frequency band in the Dedicated Short-Range Communications Services (DSRCS) (see § 90.371 of this chapter).

Definitions, OBUs.

Dedicated Short-range Communications Services (DSRCS). A service providing for data transfer between various mobile and roadside transmitting units for the purposes of improving traffic flow, highway safety and performing other intelligent transportation functions. See § 90.7 of this chapter for a more detailed definition.

On-Board Unit (OBU). OBUs are low-power devices on vehicles that transfer data to roadside units in the Dedicated Short-Range Communications Service (see §§ 90.371-90.383 of this chapter), to improve traffic flow and safety, and for other intelligent transportation system purposes. See § 90.7 of this chapter.

Roadside Unit (RSU). See § 90.7 of this chapter.

Permissible uses, OBUs.

On-Board Units (OBUs) may transmit signals to other OBUs and to Roadside Units (RSUs), which are authorized under part 90 of this chapter.

OBU channel sharing and priority of use.

In general, the provisions of §§ 95.359, 95.325, and 95.327 apply to OBU operation, subject to the rules in this section governing access priority.

(a) Priority communications. OBU communications described in this paragraph are priority communications.

(1) OBU communications involving the safety of life have access priority over all other OBU communications.

(2) Subject to a Control Channel priority system management strategy (see ASTM E2213-03 DSRC Standard at § 4.1.1.2(4)), OBU communications involving public safety have access priority over all other OBU communications except those involving safety of life. OBUs operated by state or local governmental entities are presumed to be engaged in public safety (priority) communications.

(b) Non-priority communications. All OBU communications other than those described in paragraph (a) are non-priority communications. Disputes concerning non-priority OBU communications associated with Roadside Units (RSUs) are governed by the provisions of § 90.377(e) and (f) of this chapter. Disputes concerning non-priority OBU communications not associated with RSUs are governed by §§ 95.325, 95.327, and 95.359.

OBU transmitter certification.

(a) Each Dedicated Short Range Communications On-Board Unit IDSRCS-OBU) that operates or is intended to operate in the DSRCS must be certified in accordance with this subpart and subpart J of part 2 of this chapter.

(b) A grant of equipment certification for this subpart will not be issued for any OBU transmitter type that fails to comply with all of the applicable rules in this subpart.

OBU channels.

The following table lists the channels allotted for use by On-Board Units (OBUs):

Channel No.Channel useFrequency range (MHz)
170Reserved5850-5855
172Service5855-5865
174Service5865-5875
175Service5865-5885
176Service5875-5885
178Control5885-5895
180Service5895-5905
181Service5895-5915
182Service5905-5915
184Service5915-5925

(a) Channels 174 and 176 may be combined to create a 20 MHz bandwidth channel designated as Channel 175.

(b) Channels 180 and 182 may be combined to create a 20 MHz bandwidth channel designated as Channel 181.

(c) Channels 172 and 184 are designated for public safety applications involving safety of life and property.

[Reserved]
OBU transmit power limit.

The maximum output power for portable On-Board Unit transmitter types is 1.0 mW. For purposes of this paragraph, a portable is a transmitting device designed to be used so that the radiating structure(s) of the device is/are within 20 centimeters of the body of the user.

OBU technical standard.

On-Board Unit transmitter types operating in the 5850-5925 MHz band must be designed to comply with the technical standard ASTM E2213-03, Start Printed Page 41141Standard Specification for Telecommunications and Information Exchange Between Roadside and Vehicle Systems—5 GHz Band Dedicated Short-range Communications (DSRC) Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications published 2003 (ASTM E2213-03). ASTM E2213-03 is incorporated by reference into this section with the approval of the Director of the Federal Register under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. To enforce any edition other than that specified in this section, the Federal Communications Commission must publish a document in the Federal Register and the material must be available to the public. The material is available for inspection at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554 and may be obtained from ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.: http://www.astm.org. It is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030 or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

Appendix A to Part 95—Cross Reference to Previous Rules

This table in this appendix to part 95 shows the current subpart or section number(s) (or “removed” if the section was eliminated) of the CFR unit containing the corresponding subject material, for each of the part 95 subparts, rules and appendices that, in general, were in effect prior to September 28, 2017.

Previous CFR unitCurrent CFR unit
Subpart A—General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)Part 95, Subpart E.
95.1 The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)95.1703.
95.3 License required95.1705.
95.5 Licensee eligibility95.1705.
95.7 Channel sharing95.325, 95.327, 95.359.
95.21 GMRS system descriptionRemoved.
95.23 Mobile station descriptionRemoved.
95.25 Land station descriptionRemoved.
95.27 Paging receiver descriptionRemoved.
95.29 Channels available95.1763.
95.33 Cooperative use of radio stations in the GMRS95.1705(f).
95.45 Considerations on Department of Defense land and in other circumstances95.309.
95.51 Antenna height95.317.
95.101 What the license authorizes95.307, 95.331, 95.333, 95.1705, 95.1731.
95.103 Licensee duties95.1705.
95.105 License term95.1705(e).
95.115 Station inspection95.323.
95.117 Where to contact the FCC95.329.
95.119 Station identification95.1751.
95.129 Station equipment95.335, 95.1761.
95.135 Maximum authorized transmitting power95.367, 95.1767.
95.139 Adding a small base station or a small control stationRemoved.
95.141 Interconnection prohibited95.349, 95.1749.
95.143 Managing a GMRS system in an emergency95.1705(c), 95.1731.
95.171 Station operator duties95.305, 95.1705.
95.179 Individuals who may be station operators95.305, 95.1705.
95.181 Permissible communications95.331, 95.377, 95.381, 95.1731.
95.183 Prohibited communications95.333, 95.377, 95.381, 95.1733.
Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 95—Locations Where GMRS Is Regulated by the FCC95.307.
Subpart B—Family Radio Service (FRS)Part 95, Subpart B.
95.191 (FRS Rule 1) Eligibility and responsibility95.305, 95.359.
95.192 (FRS Rule 2) Authorized locations95.307, 95.309.
95.193 (FRS Rule 3) Types of communications95.331, 95.333, 95.349, 95.377, 95.531, 95.533, 95.577, 95.587.
95.194 (FRS Rule 4) FRS units95.335, 95.337, 95.339, 95.519, 95.561, 95.587.
Subpart C—Radio Control (R/C) Radio ServicePart 95, Subpart C.
95.201 (R/C Rule 1) What is the Radio Control (R/C) Radio Service?95.703.
95.202 (R/C Rule 2) How do I use these rules?Removed.
95.203 (R/C Rule 3) Am I eligible to operate an R/C station?95.305.
95.204 (R/C Rule 4) Do I need a license?95.305.
95.205 (R/C Rule 5) Where may I operate my R/C station?95.307.
95.206 (R/C Rule 6) Are there any special restrictions on the location of my R/C station?95.309
95.207 (R/C Rule 7) On what channels may I operate?95.359, 95.725, 95.733, 95.763.
95.208 (R/C Rule 8) How high may I put my antenna?95.317, 95.741.
95.209 (R/C Rule 9) What equipment may I use at my R/C station?95.335, 95.337, 95.361, 95.735, 95.761.
95.210 (R/C Rule 10) How much power may I use?95.337, 95.767.
95.211 (R/C Rule 11) What communications may be transmitted?95.731, 95.771.
95.212 (R/C Rule 12) What communications are prohibited?95.333, 95.733, 95.745.
95.213 (R/C Rule 13) May I be paid to use my R/C station?95.333, 95.733(c ).
95.214 (R/C Rule 14) Who is responsible for R/C communications I make?95.343.
95.215 (R/C Rule 15) Do I have to limit the length of my communications?95.357, 95.757.
95.216 (R/C Rule 16) Do I identify my R/C communications?95.351.
95.217 (R/C Rule 17) May I operate my R/C station transmitter by remote control?95.345, 95.745.
95.218 (R/C Rule 18) What are the penalties for violating these rules?95.313.
95.219 (R/C Rule 19) How do I answer correspondence from the FCC?95.311.
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95.220 (R/C Rule 20) What must I do if the FCC tells me that my R/C station is causing interference?95.311, 95.319.
95.221 (R/C Rule 21) How do I have my R/C transmitter serviced?95.319, 95.719.
95.222 (R/C Rule 22) May I make any changes to my R/C transmitter?95.319, 95.337.
95.223 (R/C Rule 23) Do I have to make my R/C station available for inspection?95.323.
95.224 (R/C Rule 24) What are my station records?95.311.
95.225 (R/C Rule 25) How do I contact the FCC?95.329.
Subpart D—Citizens Band (CB) Radio ServicePart 95, Subpart D.
95.401 (CB Rule 1) What are the Citizens Band Radio Services?95.303, 95.503, 95.903, 95.2103, 95.2503, 95.2303, 95.2703, 95.3103.
95.402 (CB Rule 2) How do I use these rules?95.305, 95.307.
95.403 (CB Rule 3) Am I eligible to operate a CB station?95.305, 95.905.
95.404 (CB Rule 4) Do I need a license?95.305.
95.405 (CB Rule 5) Where may I operate my CB station?95.307, 95.309.
95.406 (CB Rule 6) Are there any special restrictions on the location of my CB station?95.309.
95.407 (CB Rule 7) On what channels may I operate?95.359, 95.363, 95.931, 95.963.
95.408 (CB Rule 8) How high may I put my antenna?95.317, 95.941.
95.409 (CB Rule 9) What equipment may I use at my CB station?95.337, 95.361, 95.935, 95.939, 95.961.
95.410 (CB Rule 10) How much power may I use?95.337, 95.967.
95.411 (CB Rule 11) May I use power amplifiers?95.939.
95.412 (CB Rule 12) What communications may be transmitted?95.377, 95.931, 95.933.
95.413 (CB Rule 13) What communications are prohibited?95.333, 95.933.
95.414 (CB Rule 14) May I be paid to use my CB station?95.333, 95.933.
95.415 (CB Rule 15) Who is responsible for communications I make?95.343.
95.416 (CB Rule 16) Do I have to limit the length of my communications?95.357, 95.359, 95.957.
95.417 (CB Rule 17) Do I identify my CB communications?95.351.
95.418 (CB Rule 18) How do I use my CB station in an emergency or to assist a traveler?95.357, 95.931, 95.957.
95.419 (CB Rule 19) May I operate my CB station transmitter by remote control?95.303, 95.345, 95.945.
95.420 (CB Rule 20) May I connect my CB station transmitter to a telephone?95.949.
95.421 (CB Rule 21) What are the penalties for violating these rules?95.313.
95.422 (CB Rule 22) How do I answer correspondence from the FCC?95.311.
95.423 (CB Rule 23) What must I do if the FCC tells me that my CB station is causing interference?95.311, 95.319.
95.424 (CB Rule 24) How do I have my CB transmitter serviced?95.319, 95.919.
95.425 (CB Rule 25) May I make any changes to my CB transmitter?95.337, 95.919.
95.426 (CB Rule 26) Do I have to make my CB station available for inspection?95.323.
95.427 (CB Rule 27) What are my station records?95.311, 95.343.
95.428 (CB Rule 28) How do I contact the FCC?95.329.
Subpart E—Technical RegulationsDistributed.
95.601 Basis and PurposeDistributed.
95.603 Certification required95.335, 95.561, 95.761, 95.961, 95.1761, 95.1951, 95.2161, 95.2361, 95.2561, 95.2761, 95.2961, 95.3161.
95.605 Certification procedures95.335, 95.2961, 95.3161.
95.607 CB transmitter modification95.335, 95.337, 95.339, 95.935, 95.939, 95.987.
95.621 GMRS transmitter channel frequencies95.363, 95.1763. 95.1765.
95.623 R/C transmitter channel frequencies95.363, 95.763, 95.765.
95.625 CB transmitter channel frequencies95.359, 95.363, 95.931, 95.963, 95.965.
95.626 FRS unit channel frequencies95.363, 95.563, 95.565.
95.627 Medradio transmitters in the 401-406 MHz band95.2503, 95.2525, 95.2559, 95.2563, 95.2565, 95.2567, 95.2569, 95.2573, 95.2579, 95.2587.
95.628 Medradio transmitters in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz, and 451-457 MHz bands95.2525, 95.2559, 95.2563(e), 95.2565, 95.2567, 95.2569, 95.2573, 95.2587.
95.629 LPRS transmitter frequencies95.2163, 95.2565.
95.630 WMTS transmitter frequencies95.2363.
95.631 Emission types95.371, 95.571, 95.771, 95.971, 95.1771, 95.1775, 95.2133, 95.2179, 95.2333, 95.2379, 95.2533, 95.2571, 95.2771, 95.2779, 95.2971.
95.632 MURS transmitter frequencies95.2763, 95.2765, 95.2773.
95.633 Emission bandwidth95.573, 95.773, 95.973, 95.1773, 95.2173, 95.2173, 95.2179, 95.2363, 95.2503, 95.2565, 95.2573, 95.2773.
95.635 Unwanted radiation95.579, 95.779, 95.979, 95.1779, 95.2179, 95.2379, 95.2579, 95.2779.
95.637 Modulation standards95.575, 95.971, 95.975, 95.1775.
95.639 Maximum transmitter power95.367, 95.567, 95.767, 95.967, 95.1767, 95.2167, 95.2369, 95.2567, 95.2587, 95.2767, 95.3167.
95.643 DSRCS-OBU certification95.3161.
95.645 Control accessibility95.361, 95.761, 95.787.
95.647 FRS unit and R/C transmitter antennas95.587(b), 95.787(a).
95.649 Power capability95.367, 95.567, 95.767, 95.967, 95.1767, 95.2167, 95.2369, 95.2567, 95.2767, 95.3167.
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95.651 Crystal control requiredRemoved.
95.653 Instructions and warnings95.361, 95.393.
95.655 Frequency capability95.987(a), 95.987(b), 95.1761, 95.1787, 95.2763.
95.667 CB transmitter power95.967, 95.987(c).
95.669 External controls95.987(d).
95.671 Serial numberRemoved.
95.673 Copy of rulesRemoved.
Appendix 1 to Subpart E of Part 95—Glossary of Terms95.303, 95.503, 95.703, 95.903, 95.1703, 95.2103, 95.2303, 95.2503, 95.2703, 95.2903, 95.3103.
Subpart F—218-219 MHz ServiceSubpart F.
95.801 Scope95.1901.
95.803 218-219 MHz Service description95.1903.
95.805 Permissible communications95.1905.
95.807 Requesting regulatory status95.1907.
95.811 License requirements95.1911.
95.812 License term95.1912.
95.813 Eligibility95.1913.
95.815 License application95.1915.
95.816 Competitive bidding proceedings95.1916.
95.819 License transferability95.1919.
95.823 Geographic partitioning and spectrum disaggregation95.1923.
95.831 Service requirements95.1931.
95.833 Construction requirements95.1933
95.835 Station identification95.1935.
95.837 Station inspection95.1937.
95.851 Certification95.1951.
95.853 Frequency segments95.1953.
95.855 Transmitter effective radiated power limitation95.1955.
95.857 Emission standards95.1957.
95.859 Antennas95.1959.
95.861 Interference95.1961.
Subpart G—Low Power Radio Service (LPRS)Part 95, Subpart G.
95.1001 Eligibility95.2105.
95.1003 Authorized locations95.307.
95.1005 Station identification95.351.
95.1007 Station inspection95.323.
95.1009 Permissible communications95.2131.
95.1011 Channel use policy95.309, 95.359, 95.2125.
95.1013 Antennas95.2141, 95.2167.
95.1015 Disclosure policies95.2109, 95.2191, 95.2195.
95.1017 Labeling requirements95.2193.
95.1019 Marketing limitations95.2191, 95.2193, 95.2195.
Subpart H—Wireless Medical Telemetry ServicePart 95, Subpart H.
95.1101 Scope95.2301.
95.1103 Definitions95.2303.
95.1105 Eligibility95.305, 95.2305.
95.1107 Authorized locations95.307, 95.309, 95.2333.
95.1109 Equipment authorization requirement95.335, 95.2361, 95.2393.
95.1111 Frequency coordination95.2309.
95.1113 Frequency coordinator95.2309(a).
95.1115 General technical requirements95.371, 95.2369, 95.2379, 95.2333(c), 95.2363, 95.2365.
95.1117 Types of communications95.2331, 95.2333, 95.2347, 95.2357.
95.1119 Specific requirements for wireless medical telemetry devices operating in the 608-614 MHz band95.2309(f).
95.1121 Specific requirements for wireless medical telemetry devices operating in the 1395-1400 and 1427-1432 MHz bands95.2309(g).
95.1123 Protection of medical equipment95.2395.
95.1125 RF safety95.2385.
95.1127 Station identification95.351.
95.1129 Station inspection95.323.
Subpart I—Medical Device Radiocommunication Service (MedRadio)Part 95, Subpart I.
95.1201 Eligibility95.305, 95.2503, 95.2505, 95.2547.
95.1203 Authorized locations95.307, 95.2507.
95.1205 Station identification95.351.
95.1207 Station inspection95.323, 95.2523.
95.1209 Permissible communications95.2531, 95.2533, 95.2549, 95.2557, 95.2559(c).
95.1211 Channel use policy95.359, 95.2525.
95.1213 Antennas95.2541.
95.1215 Disclosure policies95.2595.
95.1217 Labeling requirements95.2593.
95.1219 Marketing limitations95.2591.
95.1221 RF exposure95.2585.
95.1223 Registration and frequency coordination in the 2360-2390 MHz Band95.2509.
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95.1225 Frequency coordinator95.2509.
Subpart J—Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)Part 95, Subpart J.
95.1301 Eligibility95.305.
95.1303 Authorized locations95.307, 95.309, 95.2707.
95.1305 Station identification95.351.
95.1307 Permissible communications95.359, 95.371, 95.2725, 95.2731.
95.1309 Channel use policy95.359.
95.1311 Repeater operations and signal boosters prohibited95.2733.
95.1313 Interconnection prohibited95.2749.
95.1315 Antenna height restriction95.2741.
95.1317 Grandfathered MURS stations Subpart K—Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)95.2705 Part 95, Subpart K.
95.1400 Basis and purpose95.100, 95.2903.
95.1401 Frequency95.2931, 95.2963, 95.2971.
95.1402 Special requirements for 406 MHz PLBs95.2987, 95.2989, 95.2993.
Subpart L—Dedicated Short-Range Communications Service On-Board Units (DSRCS-OBUs)Part 95, Subpart L.
95.1501 Scope95.3101.
95.1503 Eligibility95.305.
95.1505 Authorized locations95.307.
95.1507 Station identification95.351.
95.1509 ASTM E2213-03 DSRC Standard95.3189.
95.1511 Frequencies available95.325, 95.359, 95.3159, 95.3163, 95.3167.
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