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My suggestion is to stop harping on this topic– it isn’t helping our community. Remember that FCC agents comb this website every day. If you buy a Rangemaster transmitter and operate it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, I don’t think you would get into trouble with the FCC. If you did, then you would certainly want to take that up with the manufacturer. If you are using another brand of transmitter or one of your own design, then you would be well advised to stick pretty closely to the FCC Rules if you want to avoid any problems. Keep in mind that a very significant portion of the FCC’s operating budget comes from fines. Go check the FCC web site if you want to see how much they fine people (especially licensed stations) for rather minor infractions!
Remember, this is supposed to be a hobby, not a replacement for licensed radio services. If the FCC allowed a higher power level for unlicensed operation, then there would be tremendous competition for the few available frequencies. All kinds of stations would be put on the air– electronic billboards, real estate transmitters; you name it. Probably nothing YOU would be interested in! Realize that in most communities, there are really only one or two usable “open” frequencies, so it wouldn’t take long before those would be snatched up by the first taker. And, by the way, who would arbitrate the disputes between competing interests claiming that they had a right to use a particular frequency? That’s why licensed radio exists, and frankly that’s why the FCC exists.
All of that said, as I indicated earlier, the FCC does have an official duplicating contractor that has exclusive access to all FCC documents. If you want to, you can contact them and obtain copies for a fee. Here is the link: BCPI FCC Services Official Contractor
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