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The super rain the other night washed my driveway rocks out to sea, so I’ve been down with a hoe pulling the rocks into piles and using a coal shovel to put them back in the trenches so the tires don’t fall into a deep crevice.
Within sight of being finished, this is a break at the computer.
In FCC Lingo the “Certification Process for Part 15 Transmitters” works this way…
The rules prohibit selling fully-made transmitters if they haven’t been “certified” in FCC terms.
This is done when a transmitter maker hires an independent but FCC recognized engineering firm to laboratory test and measure the transmitter to verify that it indeed meets the limitations of 15.239. The engineering firm submits to the FCC a model of the transmitter and the official paperwork showing the measurements and “proofs” that the transmitter meets 15.239.
The FCC reviews the “Submission for Certification” and if it concurs with the results, the FCC issues a valid FCC Certification for the specified transmitter.
The transmitter maker now has the legal right to sell the transmitter.
That’s where the certification ends.
To repeat, the FCC Certification legally allows the transmitter maker to sell copies of the particular transmitter that was lab tested.
The FCC Certification for selling transmitters does not confer any special rights to the consumer who buys the transmitter.
The end-user, the customer with his FM transmitter is separately and independently inspected without regard to whether his transmitter is certified or not.
A part 15 hobbyist IS ALLOWED by Part 15 rules to design and build his own transmitter, which cannot legally be sold because it’s not certified, but it can be used.
A part 15 hobbyist is ALLOWED by Part 15 rules to build a kit, but he cannot build kits to sell to others.
In my book a kit is exactly the same as a self-built transmitter, but some have other opinions.
Despite the strong difference between what “FCC Certified” really means, and what so many people falsely believe it means, my message now will be forgotten, ignored, not understood or disbelieved.
Someday I’ll have enough good sense not to keep explaining it.
This other thing is key to the discussion…
There are known and suspected instances where transmitter manufacturers may have “cheated” on their certifications and sold transmitters that were not the same as the ones that were lab tested.
Perhaps some members have knowledge or opinions about certified cheats.
Apart from FCC rules, the words “certify”, “verify”, “assert”, “swear”, “testify” and “promise” are interchangable.