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“For us in the Part 15 community I think we should include in our list of concerns the question of whether an NOUO recipient is a Part 15 type or a plain pirate.”
Well given that a real compliant operator of Part 15 would do their best to comply with all the regulations…maybe even going as far as getting their systems checked and documented for those “SURPRISE” inspections, it is pretty safe to say that the majority of those NOUO’s are tagging plain pirate operations…especially with the numbers noted within the NOUO’s.
We can assume that the field engineer knows what they are doing and how to work those fancy Potomac meters which are calibrated religiously, that the numbers are in the zone of 99.999999 correct and accurate. The incredibly rare error of a measurement noted in the field engineer’s measurements results usually get corrected right away….that is the field engineer will measure at various points, with your TX on, and again with it off. They do take more than one measurement for the very reason of determining what is what..separating the chaff from the wheat so to speak.
We can also assume that the field engineer will be well versed in radio theory and of man made electromagnetic garbage cluttering the spectrum which can and will affect their readings on that incredibly sensitive and accurate fancy Potomac unit. Is it detecting too much signal from your TX…or is there some spike of garbage noise interfering with the measurement…adding to the result.
In that aspect, all radio operations, be it 15, 73, 92 or whatever…is subject to the inspector’s interpretation of said readings and measurements with all the variables of noise garbage etc also being detected, their job is not easy. To write down that final number that either makes or breaks your operation..again be it 15, 73, 92 or whatever will have to be darn accurate and correct. The FCC does not occupy their incredibly busy schedule for their field agents to have them just “guess” and jot any number down for the sake of sending out NOUO’s or NAL’s.
It can..and has in the past become legal messes for both sides over incorrect measurements or typo’s…further wasting time and resources of both parties. I believe that both try to avoid such things as much as possible.
But we are all human and humans do make mistakes.
“Whomever hath not sinned cast the first stone”