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Narrowbanding is Coming 2013
150-512 MHz DEADLINE 01/01/2013!
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!! Important Alert !!
The Narrowbanding deadline is coming January 1, 2013 and action needs to be taken now by licensees to plan on changing out non-compliant equipment. Most VHF and UHF equipment older than 8-10 years may no longer be legal to use after the deadline.
||From the FCC Narrowbanding Notice, Released 12-23-04
||FCC establishes January 1, 2013 deadline for migration to 12.5 KHz technology.
||The order affects systems on VHF and UHF channels between 150 and 512 MHz.
||Applications for wideband operations (25 KHz channels) will NOT be accepted after January 1, 2011.
||Application for modification of operations that expand the authorized contour of an existing station using 25 KHz channels will NOT be accepted after January 1, 2011. (Also applies to "new" systems submitted for licensing.).
||Part 90 “paging-only” frequencies are exempt from this ruling.
Executive summary of the FCC order:
||What this means to Licensees
All existing Part 90 radio systems operating on frequencies between 150-512 MHz have to convert those systems either to 12.5 kHz bandwidth or to a technology that provides one voice path per 12.5 kHz of bandwidth or provides a data rate of 4800 bps/6.25 kHz.
This Deadline is not expected to be extended any further by the FCC, having done so once already.
Licensees will be required to certify to the Commission that they have made the technical necessary changes and are using narrowband equipment.
Licensees that do not meet this deadline will be cancelled by the FCC and relicensing of cancelled systems will become very difficult.