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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB080 (1995)

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ARLB080 FCC plan considers RFI
 
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ARRL Bulletin 80  ARLB080
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 15, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLB080 FCC plan considers RFI
 
The FCC is considering ''privatizing'' the resolution of radio
frequency interference to consumer electronics devices.  Under the
plan, private repair shops would be used to fix problems ''in the
field.''
 
FCC representatives spelled out the Commission's concept at a
meeting in Tampa, saying ''Since it is not feasible for the
Commission to attempt to resolve these complaints'' (the most of
which come from Citizens Band operation), ''it is our policy not to
investigate interference to home electronic equipment. Likewise, we
do not offer any protection from interference.''
 
Over past several years, the FCC has been ''unofficially'' out of the
''retail'' RFI business, and parties who contact the FCC about an
interference problem are asked to work together toward a solution.
     
Depending on what the local repair shop found, either the shop would
fix the equipment or, in the case of a violation of FCC rules, the
service shop would refer the case back to the FCC for possible FCC
action.  The question of who would pay was not addressed.
 
The ARRL, which had responded to an FCC request for input before the
meeting, was represented at the meeting by several local volunteer
officials, in consultation with ARRL Laboratory Supervisor Ed Hare,
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