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

From: Steve Schear
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Part 15 and Gnuradio...
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 08:18:17 -0800

At 08:01 AM 12/18/2002 -0800, Tim Pozar wrote:
On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 10:11:24AM -0800, Steve Schear wrote:
> Tom,


> 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.

This actually makes more sense for now.  Liberal use and any threating
pressure from the FCC and you have the big test equipment manufactures
behind you.  Just run everything into dummy loads.... :-)

The only obvious option left to the FCC in this case will be to bar the sale of basic RF test equipment to the public (limiting the RF output won't work unless RF amps are also effectively banned). This is a possible, but I think unlikely course.


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