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FCC Fines Some Spectrum Abusers


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His biggest error was "broadcasting". It was probably on a VHF band, but don't know for sure.

The noted violations involve Grinton engaging in the transmission of

one-way communications

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Yeah, I saw that part. And that's exactly what we do, having a video transmitter onboard the airplane.

But he was also not IDing.. that was two sins, and the main thing, your video trans. is not going through a repeater or causing interference to anyone and the range is limited.

I can't remember the rule pertaining to video links, and my rule book is over 30 YO so it wouldn't do me any good to look it up.

Suffice it to say that since the range is limited and there's no interference to anyone, chances are that the only one who is going to complain would be someone from your immediate group that was "POed" about something. So I don't think anything to worry about.

But that's just a personal opinion.....

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And that's exactly what we do, having a video transmitter onboard the airplane.

I never one-way (broadcast). I end my transmissions with the usual call sign, then I turn off the Tx and watch the Rx's snowy video to see if another ATV'er responds (none so far). This procedure satisfies the Part-97 rules, or so I believe. Plus, when a data rich OSD is in-use, the telemetry rules may apply, which allows one-way transmissions.

The ham community is made up of sane and cooperative folks. They will embrace any other licensed ham that is cooperative and does an honest attempt to follow the rules. And for sure, if something you did ends up as a letter from the FCC in your mail box, don't ignore it or be uncooperative. That is where all the bozos {that earned a fine} made their mistakes.

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Yeah. That was in the ARRL bulletin this morning.. About time the FCC starts doing something...

They've been doing nothing for decades up until 2 years ago..

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USA retailer earns a $7K FCC fine and another citation for selling non-certified RF gear to the consumer market. In this case it was a CB radio, but the FCC has fined retailers of other RF products too. These sort of actions all begin by a field report from a consumer.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:80/edocs_public/a...DA-08-597A1.pdf

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The FCC wants to cut staff by 50% and close most of their offices. It appears that about 30 agents would cover the entire USA. Enforcement is nearly non-existent now, so organized hobby groups such as the ARRL (a USA Ham organization) are a bit concerned about a possible increase in spectrum abuse. Details:

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-enforcement-bureau-field-resources-poised-to-shrink

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The FCC announced that they have revised their dramatic closure plans and will keep 15 of their 24 offices open. That's better than what they threatened to do. But managing/protecting the RF spectrum with so few people seems like an impossible task.

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-chairman-lawmakers-announce-agreement-to-scale-back-field-office-shutdowns

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Yesterday (Nov-17-2016) the FCC released enforcement action details against HobbyKing. It targets the unlawful marketing (in the USA) of the HobbyKing OrangeRX DSMX/DSM2 compatible R/C transmitter module and the OrangeRX T-Six 2.4 GHz DSM2 Compatible 6CH transmitter.

The FCC warns, "If HobbyKing fails to comply it may be liable for significant fines of up to $18,936 per day and other sanctions."

When HobbyKing's owner responded to the FCC's January 2016 letter of investigation, the reply stated that HobbyKing is a small company that would “soon be ceasing operations entirely.” The FCC was also informed that the company ceased selling the OrangeRX Transmitters.

But let's break down HobbyKing's official defense. First, Hobbyking is not a tiny company that will soon cease operations and go out of business. Second, as of today they are still marketing both devices specifically named in the complaint on their web site.

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/orangerx-t-six-2-4ghz-dsm2-compatible-6ch-transmitter-w-10-model-memory-and-3-pos-switch-mode-2.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/orangerx-dsmx-dsm2-devo-2-4ghz-selectable-transmitter-module-jr-turnigy-compatible.html

Like many other Chinese made products, the T-Six instruction manual even shows an FCC logo. This gives the illusion of FCC approval.

t-six.jpg

Full details to the FCC enforcement action: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1290A1.pdf

 

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The FCC isn't happy with HobbyKing again. This time it's a "1.2GHz" vTx that is marketed to the FPV / amateur radio market; But it has several frequencies that are not ham legal.

Here's the vTx: 1.2GHz MG-500mW 8ch A/V Wireless Transmitter Module

From what I have seen in past enforcement actions it appears that when a hobby FPV retailer eagerly cooperates with the FCC's letter of inquiry they often avoid an expensive fine. But HobbyKing has so far ignored the FCC's written inquiries, so I think that opportunity has been lost. I could be wrong, but I suspect the citation will grow into five-figure penalty by the time the dust settles in a few months.

Full FCC Details: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0927/DA-17-936A1.pdf

 

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Attention FPV retailers that advertise/sell to the USA, the FCC would like to remind you: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-581A1.pdf

A key passage in their advisory explains that RF compliance of our hobby is possible with a ham license:
If a device is only capable of operating on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by amateur licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorization, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate model craft. However, many AV transmitters that purport to operate on amateur frequencies also operate on frequencies that extend beyond the designated amateur frequency bands. If an AV transmitter is capable of operating outside of the amateur frequency bands, it cannot be advertised, sold, or operated within the United States without an FCC equipment certification. Even if an AV transmitter operates solely within the amateur frequencies, the operator is required to have an amateur license to operate the device and must otherwise comply with all applicable rules.

None of this is new information. Their Drone Transmitter Equipment advisory is just a reminder about the existing regulations. I think it's safe to assume that the recent HobbyKing mess has put a spotlight on our drone's RF related gear.

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On July-23-2020 the FCC concluded their investigation by issuing a fine against Hobby King's marketing of illegal FPV (drone) transmitters. $2.8 million USD!

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-fines-hobbyking-nearly-3-million-for-marketing-unauthorized-drone-transmitters
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-101A1.pdf

 

 

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