- May 24, 2008 at 11:31 am #7116jpjanzeKeymaster
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It seems that there are a lot of advertisements on the site lately that blatently advertise Tx’s that could never be part 15 compliant and don’t carry certification. eg: whole house transmitter and PCI Max and FM Linear stuff.
It’s my opinion that the commercial advertisement that support the site should be Part 15 related since we are a site promoting legal part 15 am and fm experimentation.
Having links to companies who’s primary bussiness is selling illegal transmitters takes away from our credibilty with the FCC and general public that we are here to promote legal experimentation.
I think the advertisements (not talking about the fs/ft/swap forum) should be part 15 kosher. ie: if uncertified should be kits which when assembled per instructions yeild a part 15 compliant Tx or Certified Tx’s which are assembled.
Ps: Bussinesses Advertising FCC Type Accepted Transmitters for use in Licensed LPFM Stations should not be included in a ban if management should like this idea, since we do deal with and help people with Licensed LPFM’s.
Please share your thoughts on this matter.May 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm #16617radio8zGuest
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kc8gpd wrote:…Please share your thoughts on this matter….
And I shall. There are two burdens legally here. One, according to FCC rules falls on the manufacturer of assembled RF gear. The second falls upon the purchaser/user to operate the equipment according to Part 15 regulations.
Several posters on this board, including yourself, do what they can to educate the users in the proper and legal use of this equipment, but it is beyond our personal control except to decline to purchase and to advise others regarding what the purveyors do which could result in legal exposure.
I can purchase components from suppliers with which I could build a kilowatts plus transmitter. If I do so, whose responsibility would be called to legal question? I believe it is the end user’s issue. I would not encourage nor welcome a restriction on parts availbility simply since someone might misuse them. Our model rocket hobbyists have written volumes about this.
An interesting aside, I know of no FCC regulation which requires transmitter kits to conform to the technical requirements of Part 15. Do you? Maybe I missed this.
NeilMay 25, 2008 at 11:14 am #16618kc8gpdGuest
Total posts : 45366May 25, 2008 at 11:21 am #16619kc8gpdGuest
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How about a FAQ section linked directly to the front page that coveres the Basics. this can include transmitter certification topics and fcc rules,
some technical, also this sites mission in life, etc.
Rev. Robert P. Chrysafis
Universal Life Ministries
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hunterdonfreeJune 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm #16626HamiltonGuest
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I don’t think there is a law against selling kits, I think that is how kits are able to be sold, it is kind of a legal dodge. If I sell you a bag of metal and you make a gun from it, I had/have no control what you did with the bag of metal, you as the kit builder take full legal responsibility apparently for any legal entanglement for what you have made, not the kit manufacturer, in today’s law.
I think people want to operate under Section 15.23, which subsection (a) seems to be pretty clear.
You don’t need equipment authorization IF
1. The devices are not marketed
2. The devices are not constructed from a kit
3. You build less then 5 for personal use
Section 15.23 Home-built devices.
(a) Equipment authorization is not required for devices that are not marketed, are not constructed
from a kit, and are built in quantities of five or less for personal use.
(b) It is recognized that the individual builder of home-built equipment may not possess the
means to perform the measurements for determining compliance with the regulations. In this case, the
builder is expected to employ good engineering practices to meet the specified technical standards to the
greatest extent practicable. The provisions of Section 15.5 apply to this equipment.
(p) Kit. Any number of electronic parts, usually provided with a schematic diagram or printed
circuit board, which, when assembled in accordance with instructions, results in a device subject to the
regulations in this Part, even if additional parts of any type are required to complete assembly.
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