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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Part 15 and Gnuradio...

From: Steve Schear
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Part 15 and Gnuradio...
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 10:11:24 -0800


I've proposed an alternative approach which I checked out with two certification labs: abandon any mention on the GNURadio site of the words receiver and transmitter. Use only words associated with test instruments, e.g., signal processor, signal generator and spectrum analyzer. The FCC now permits test instruments to be freely marketed to anyone with almost no certifications required and no limits, I'm aware, regarding their intentional radiation. If you check out the certs used by HP and Tektronix to qualify their instruments you'll see this is so.

At 08:05 AM 12/17/2002 -0800, Tim Pozar wrote:
Some thoughts...

I was talking to John Gilmore last night at the Creative Commons
shindig and mentioned to him about seeing Eric's presentation at
the TAC (Nice suit Eric.) John brought up the concern how the FCC would
restrict the distribution and use of the Gnuradio as a transmitter.
One way they could would be through equipment certification as it
would be considered an "intentional radiator" (15.3(o)).

So, the group of developers that want the design to fall under this
section of the rules, may think about not market or producing it
as a kit.  Certainly they could produce papers on the design much
like the ARRL does on equipment for HAMs.

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