Understanding FCC Part 15 - Radio Frequency Devices

5 Day Course
Code PWS260

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This course is designed to give the delegate an overview of Part 15 – Radio Frequency Devices. This document lays down the information required for the intentional, unintentional, spurious, harmful, incidental interference caused by electrical devices.

This course looks at the long Part 15 regulations and attempts to explain, the system of verification, validation and FCC testing. It follows the complete Part 15 directive and briefly covers each section as listed in the Part 15 document, with examples and diagrams where appropriate.


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General Overview (19 topics)

  • Scope of this part.
  • General conditions of operation.
  • Prohibition against eavesdropping.
  • Cross reference.
  • Incidental radiators.
  • General technical requirements.
  • Susceptibility to interference.
  • Labelling requirements.
  • Information to user.
  • Home-built devices.
  • Kits.
  • Special accessories.
  • Inspection by the Commission.
  • Measurement standards.
  • Test procedures for CPU boards and computer power supplies.
  • Frequency range of radiated measurements.
  • Measurement detector functions and bandwidths.
  • Transition provisions for compliance with the rules.

Unintentional Radiators (15 topics)

  • Equipment authorization of unintentional radiators.
  • CPU boards and power supplies used in personal computers.
  • Exempted devices.
  • Information to the user.
  • Conducted limits.
  • Radiated emission limits.
  • Antenna power conduction limits for receivers.
  • Power line carrier systems.
  • TV interface devices, including cable system terminal devices.
  • TV broadcast receivers.
  • Cable ready consumer electronics equipment.
  • Program blocking technology requirements for television receivers.
  • Scanning receivers and frequency converters used with scanning receivers.
  • Labeling of digital cable ready products.

Intentional Radiators (23 topics)

  • Equipment authorization requirement.
  • Certified operating frequency range.
  • Antenna requirement.
  • External radio frequency power amplifiers and antenna modifications.
  • Restricted bands of operation.
  • Conducted limits.
  • Radiated emission limits; general requirements.
  • Tunnel radio systems.
  • Modular transmitters.
  • Cable locating equipment.
  • Cordless telephones.
  • Radiated Emission Limits, Additional Provisions
  • Additional provisions to the general radiated emission limitations.
  • Disclosure requirements for wireless microphones and other low power auxiliary stations capable of operating in the core TV bands.
  • Operation in the band 160190 kHz.
  • Operation in the band 5101705 kHz.
  • Operation in the band 5251705 kHz.
  • Operation in the band 1.70510 MHz.
  • Operation within the band 13.11014.010 MHz.
  • Operation within the band 26.9627.28 MHz.
  • Operation within the band 40.6640.70 MHz.
  • Periodic operation in the band 40.6640.70 MHz and above 70 MHz.
  • Operation within the bands 43.7144.49 MHz, 46.6046.98 MHz, 48.7549.51 MHz and 49.6650.0 MHz.

Unlicensed Personal Communications Service Devices (12 topics)

  • Scope.
  • Definitions.
  • Equipment authorization requirement.
  • Coordination with fixed microwave service.
  • Cross reference.
  • Labeling requirements.
  • Measurement procedures.
  • Conducted limits.
  • Antenna requirement.
  • General technical requirements.
  • Specific requirements for devices operating in the 1920 œ1930 MHz sub-band.

Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure Devices (5 topics)

  • Scope.
  • Definitions.
  • Cross reference.
  • General technical requirements.

Ultra-Wideband Operation (15 topics)

  • Scope.
  • Definitions.
  • Cross reference.
  • Marketing of UWB equipment.
  • Technical requirements for ground penetrating radars and wall imaging systems.
  • Technical requirements for through D-wall imaging systems.
  • Technical requirements for surveillance systems.
  • Technical requirements for medical imaging systems.
  • Technical requirements for vehicular radar systems.
  • Technical requirements for indoor UWB systems.
  • Technical requirements for hand held UWB systems.
  • Technical requirements applicable to all UWB devices.
  • Measurement procedures.
  • Coordination requirements.

Access Broadband Over Power Line (Access BPL) (9 topics)

  • Scope.
  • Definitions.
  • Cross reference.
  • Equipment authorization of Access BPL equipment.
  • Marketing of Access BPL equipment.
  • General technical requirements.
  • Measurement procedures.
  • General administrative requirements.

Television Band Devices (13 topics)

  • Scope.
  • Definitions.
  • Cross reference.
  • Information to the user.
  • Permissible channels of operation.
  • General technical requirements.
  • Interference avoidance methods.
  • Interference protection requirements.
  • TV bands database.
  • TV bands database administration fees.
  • TV bands database administrator.
  • TVBDs that rely on spectrum sensing.

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