As the end of the year draws closer, we want to remind everyone about the need to take care of their GPS equipment and FCC licenses to comply with the new regulations that take effect on January 1, 2013. If you are currently operating with a 25khz (wideband) radio, you need to be using a 12.5khz (narrowband) radio, and have your FCC license amended by the end of this year. If you have any questions on what this means, or how to do this, please contact your local Frontier Precision office for more information.
Here is some additional important clarifications from the FCC:
On January 1, 2013 all UHF radios transmitting data within the US must operate in either of two modes:
- 12.5kHz channels, at any radio link rate
- 25 kHz channels, at 19200 bps
Existing licenses will remain valid and existing radios will remain legal as long as you transmit in either of the above narrowband modes.
If you wish to operate in the 25kHz / 19200 bps narrowband mode, you will be prompted to fill out a special on-line form. Trimble can provide you with the wording for this form that will facilitate the FCC approval.
As previously announced, on January 1, 2013, the Narrowbanding requirements will supersede the terms of any license and you will not be permitted to transmit at any speed less than 19200 bps in 25kHz channels. For more information on this topic, please contact the technical support staff at 888-797-4774.