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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB051 (2003)

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ARLB051 ARRL urges improved RFI immunity standards for consumer 
electronics

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ARRL Bulletin 51  ARLB051
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 29, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB051 ARRL urges improved RFI immunity standards for consumer
electronics

The ARRL has told the FCC that improved interference standards for
consumer electronic devices is the most pressing need as the
Commission considers the interference immunity performance of
receivers. The League filed comments July 21 in response to an FCC
Notice of Inquiry (NOI), "Interference Immunity Performance
Specifications for Radio Receivers" (ET-03-65), released last March.

Stating that no receiver immunity standards are necessary or
practical in the "essentially experimental" Amateur Service, the
ARRL said that the real need for receiver immunity specifications is
in the area of consumer electronics and the FCC must establish
stronger interference rejection standards for such devices.

In its 21-page reply to the NOI, the ARRL recited the recent history
of efforts to come to grips with interference from RF sources,
including amateur stations, to receivers used in other services,
such as TV and radio broadcasting, and to consumer electronics.

"ARRL continues to believe that receiver immunity should be on the
order of 3 V/m for receivers that might be in the near field of an
Amateur Radio station," the League said.

The ARRL suggested the FCC mandate a standard for all consumer
electronics or adopt a labeling or grading system, and that the FCC
not rely exclusively on manufacturers to set standards.
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