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Narrowbanding

January 1, 2011: The FCC will no longer accept applications for new or modified VHF or UHF systems that operate on wideband (25kHz) channels.

January 1, 2013: All existing licenses must operate on channels with a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz or less (narrowband). Failure to comply with the January 1, 2013 deadline results in cancellation of license.

Radio equipment manufacturers have been aware of the pending narrowband mandate since 1997 and most of the equipment purchased in the last five years will be capable of changing to narrowband operation simply by reprogramming.

FCC Licensing: Rassbach Communications works closely with a licensed frequency coordinator on current FCC licensing requirements. We can assist you with new applications, renewals, and modifications as well as help you prepare for the future.

Moving towards Narrowband: Land Mobile Radio System Operators (both public safety and nonpublic safety) need to aggresively develop a strategy to meet narrowband deadlines to avoid cancellation of existing wideband FCC licenses.

Access Current Equipment and Start Planning: To prepare for the migration, organizations should start assessing their radio systems and planning for replacements or upgrades. They should inventory their current equipment to determine what can be converted to 12.5Khz and what will need to be replaced before January 1, 2013. Most new equipment has the capability for both 25 kHz and 12.5 kHz operation because any VHF/UHF radio equipment accepted by the FCC after February 14, 1997, had to have 12.5 kHz capability.

Obtain New or Modified Licenses: to move to narrowband operations, organizations may apply for new frequencies or modify existing licenses.

Motorola Radios That Are Not Narrowband Compliant: CP100, GM300. GP300, GP350, HT50, H5600, Flexar, M100, M120, M206, M214, M215, Maratrac, Maxtrac, Micor, Mocom 70, Mostar, Motrac, MSF5000, MT1000, P50, P50+, P100, P110, P200, SM50, SM120, SP50, Saber, Spectra.

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