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FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Marketing Unauthorized Radios

(From the ARRL) The FCC has issued a Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng handheld transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices. The FCC asserts that Amcrest marketed Baofeng model UV-5R-series FM handheld radios capable of transmitting on “restricted frequencies.” The Baofeng models UV-5R and UV-5R V2+ were granted an FCC equipment authorization in 2012 to operate under Part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio Service (Land Mobile) rules.

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July 18 Meeting: Frequency Coordination 2018

To date, the best spectrum for studio and field wireless microphones and IFBs has been unused TV channels. With the recent FCC spectrum auction, much of that spectrum disappears next April in San Diego. But there remain a few places to use your wireless devices, and we’ll cover that.

Gary Stigall, contract broadcast engineer for Signal Wiz and NFL frequency coordinator since 2012, spoke about the disappearing spectrum and gave some solutions you can use for your TV or radio station.

Many thanks to iHeart Media for the meeting space and to Chapter 36 for the lunch.

Update Your EAS IPAWS Certificate

Regardless of the brand of EAS device you use, you need to update the IPAWS certificate authority file to keep your incoming CAPS notifications valid. Here are some links to help you update your IPAWS CA:

As of this writing, Gorman-Redlich and Trilithic had not posted notifications about updating IPAWS certifications.