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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB017 (1995)

ARLB017 RFI changes proposed
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ARRL Bulletin 17  ARLB017
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  February 16, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
ARLB017 RFI changes proposed
RFI changes proposed
The FCC has proposed to permit manufacturers and suppliers of
computers and computer peripherals to market their equipment without
having to apply for equipment certification and await FCC approval,
in ET Docket 95-19.
These devices now must be FCC-certified to ensure that they do not
cause interference to radio services, including amateur.
Certification requires that all measurement data and a detailed
description of the product be submitted to the Commission's
laboratory for review and approval.
The certification process can take 35 days or more, the FCC said,
and eliminating the wait could save the computer industry some 250
million dollars a year, the industry has said.  The FCC called the
current regulations ''particularly burdensome for small
manufacturers'' and said its proposed new authorization procedure
would ''align'' FCC requirements for personal computers with those
''used successfully in other parts of the world.''
Under the proposed new procedure, FCC authorization would be
replaced by a process based on a manufacturer's or supplier's
Declaration of Conformity (DoC).  The Commission also has proposed
the option of permitting personal computer compliance to be based on
tests and DoCs of individual components, without further testing of
completed assemblies.