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CFR 47 FCC Regulation Rule Parts
Part 0 Commission Organization
Part 1 Practice and Procedure
Part 2 General Requirements
Part 5 Experimental Radio Service
Part 11 Emergency Alert Systems (EAS)
Part 15 Subpart C, D, E Unlicensed Low Power Transmitters
Part 20 Common Carrier
Part 21 Domestic Public Service
Part 22 Public Mobile Service
Part 24 Licensed PCS
CFR 47 FCC Regulation Rule Parts
Part 25 Satellite Communication Services
Part 26 General Wireless services
Part 27 Miscellaneous Wireless Services
Part 68 Telecom Services
Part 73 Education Services
Part 74 Television Broadcast
Part 80 Maritime Service
Part 87 Aviation
Part 90 Private Land Mobile
Part 95 Personal Radio Service
CFR 47 FCC Regulation Rule Parts
• Part 97 Amateur Radio
• Part 100 Digital Satellite Broadcast (Eliminated and now
requirements are in Part 25)
• Part 101 Fixed Microwave
Organization of the Equipment
Authorization Process
• Historical by nature
• FCC enacted by Congress so rules are hard to
• Written originally for Licensed transmitters
• Provide the very first “pre-standards” rules for
authorization of radio transmitters
• Has been expanded several times as technology
• ALL transmitters must be ‘Authorized’ to be
legally used in the US
Three methods of authorization Part 2J
• Verification (2.902 and 2.951 to 2.956)
Manufacturer tests to limits
Verifies compliance
Maintains records
No reporting to FCC required
This however, DOES NOT mean devices are not tested
• 2.955(3) states that the responsible ‘shall’ retain records of measurements
– Name of test lab, data, description of how tested, support eq used,
lengths of cables, modifications, test report signed by responsible
party etc
Three methods of authorization Part 2J
• DoC (2.906 and 2.1071 to 2.1077
– Testing done by accredited and FCC recognized test lab
• Lab must be accredited and must be either in the US of in a country with
an active MRA with the US. (2.948(a)(3), 2.948(d)&(e))
– Product labeled with FCC DOC mark per 15.19
• DoC logo placed on equipment and DoC provided to end user
• Improper use of DoC means the device is illegal.
– Similar record retention as other authorization processes (2.1075)
– Typically does NOT apply to intentional radiators under Part 15C
Three methods of authorization Part 2J
Certification (2.907 and 2.1031 to
• Used for new equipment authorizations
• Is more than just a “test report” – is in actually a legal
• Requires a detailed list of “Exhibits”
• 2.1033(b) for parts 11, 15 and 18
• 2.1033(c)for licensed.
• Receives a grant of equipment authorization from FCC.
• Records retained AND provided to FCC at time of grant
Certification Process
• Purpose of the grant
– To define the capability and ratings of a transmitter for
the FCC and other equipment users
– To show the equipment is “Acceptable for Licensing”
and what that use is
• If the grant isn’t correct or clear then there may be issues getting
user/site license when attempts to operate the device are done.
– To signify that the device has been properly tested
and may be marketed in the US
• Compliance report should clearly state all modes of operation,
which modes were tested and which were worst case.
Certification Process
• Uses of the grant
• FCC licensing bureaus use the grant information to issue
licenses to equipment users/stations
– Incorrect information on the grant can lead to significant
problems obtaining a license
– The public regularly checks the details of a grant
purchasing a product
– US Customs reviews grant information when products are
imported into the United States
– Many other countries will allow products to be imported based on
the FCC approval and information on the grant
• KDB784748 (contains policy and chart of
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