Transmitter Laws

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by KCHARROIS, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. KCHARROIS

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    Has anybody ever had issues with the fcc coming to your door? I have a transmitter that works at 5 MHz at about 10 mW with a simple wire antenna. Should i be worried about the fcc? ps i live in canada.

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  2. tracecom

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    Isn't the CRTC more likely to knock on your door than the FCC?
     
  3. KCHARROIS

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    Sure crtc aswell but I live near the american border​
     
  4. Wendy

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    No, you are in Canadian jurisdiction. The FCC could contact the Canadian equivalent and turn you in. I am not familiar with Canadian laws, but 10mw is allowed in the USA, as long as the antenna is not a problem. You can boost the apparent power by using a tuned antenna, so there are legal requirements there too.
     
  5. JoeJester

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  6. DickCappels

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    Actually, yes, I had somebody show up at my door when I was a teenager. He had tracked us down on the citizens band acting like we were ham radio operators. He gave us a warning and went away. One of the most memorable experiences of those years.

    The problem was that we were a nuisance to commercial interests in the area. I suspect that with 10 mW, you wont be a problem. My philosophy over the years has been that if I keep a low enough field strength, nobody will even know that I am transmitting, let alone transmitting on a frequency at which I am not authorized.

    Take note that until a few years, no transmitter at all were allowed on the FM band in England, though there were many micropower transmitters for local distribution, but there were no (as far as I know) problems. And not low power transmitters are allowed.

     
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