Monday, February 2, 2015

Chinese Radio FCC Certification

FCC Part 90 Certifications


Many radio amateurs across the country are members of RACES, ARES, DCS, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other groups which support our emergency responders in the event of natural disasters, fires, floods, storms, and even acts of terrorism.  These "volunteer" responders often purchase FCC Part 90 Accepted land-mobile radios, which gives them the opportunity to monitor public service agencies in the event of local, regional, or national emergencies or take part in exercises with government-affiliated groups, such as MARS, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, or the Civil Air Patrol.

Recently, several inexpensive LMR handhelds and mobiles manufactured in China have been introduced to the American market.  Although these offerings are generally not as rugged as their commercial counterparts, such as Vertex, Motorola, Kenwood, Harris, and others, they are substantianly more affordable and thus, very attractive to hams like us.  Similarly, the question has arisen as to whether many of these Chinese products are really "FCC Part 90 Certified" as some claim to be.  That is, whether these radios meet or exceed the FCC's new standard for 12.5 Hz narrow band operation and 2.5 kHz steps for expanded frequency allocations.

As new "narrow band" products come to market, we will post for download the genuine FCC Part 90 Certificate here in the popular Adobe PDF file format, so that hams everywhere can be assured that their rigs are properly-approved for the outstanding emergency services to which they all contribute.

If you have any questions as to whether your own mobile or handheld radio is FCC Part 90 Certified, you can search your radio's unique FCC ID by entering it HERE.  The FCC ID may be found on a small sticker on the bottom of your mobile radio or inside the battery compartment of your handheld.
  
  • Click HERE to view / download the FCC Certificate for the Chinese import 5W dual-band VHF-UHF Wouxun KG-UV6D handheld.
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  • Click HERE to view / download the FCC Certificate for the Chinese import 4W dual-band VHF-UHF Baofeng UV-5R handheld.
      
  • Click HERE to view / download the FCC Certificate for the Chinese import 2W dual-band VHF-UHF Baofeng UV-3R handheld.
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  • Click HERE to view / download the FCC Certificate for the Chinese import 50W dual-band VHF-UHF Wouxun KG-UV920PA mobile.
  
  • Click HERE to view / download the FCC Certificate for the Chinese import 50W dual-band VHF-UHF AnyTone AT-5888UV mobile.
  

18 comments:

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  2. Thanks for the intel. Also, BAOFENG radios FCCID found at http://www.baofeng.com.br/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2917&sid=8a842fd0a03836e9a27bc23c4ea9e5bf

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  3. I am a Civial Air Patrol member in Ohio Wing. These radios are NOT ,and will NOT ever be type accepted for Civil Air Patrol. I strongly suggest you remove Civil Air Patrol from your discription, or else you are misleading these products.
    Ca

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    1. Do you mean description (not discription)?

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    2. Don't know what a Civial Air Patrol member is...

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    3. Funny how this ended up here. I never posted this here. Somebody did a cut n paste from a review of the Wouxuns, and the way they are advertised, I posted on the Powwerx website.

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    4. Big deal. So I had a typo and didn't catch it.

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  4. who uses CAP anymore and why?

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    1. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is thew Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. We provide approximately 85% of the Search And Rescue of downed private aircraft each year, and sounding Emergency Locator Beacons, at the request of the United States Air Force.

      CAP also can be requested to assist with Federal disaster relief operations too.
      CAP communications are governed by the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), not the FCC. Federal Government frequencies are governed by the NTIA.

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  5. Some of you guys are a bunch of snobs... radio snobery! dumb. If they radio is fcc type accepted, then use it! If you want a heavy brick or a high dollar radio, then by all means, go and buy one, but quit being radio snobs and badmouthing the guys that buy the less expensive radios.

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  6. I'm afraid there is some mis-information here. Most of the listed radios CAN't be used on commercial frequencies.

    FCC Rules for the commercial land mobile services - Part 90 says, in 90.203 (a) "....each transmitter utilized for operation under this part..must be of a type that has been certificated for use under this part." If it has been "certificated," it carries an FCC ID number. For example, currently the ONLY Baofeng handheld certificated is the UV-82C, which has FCC ID:ZP5BF-82 printed on the case, visible when you remove the battery.

    Even though many other Baofeng radios meet all the narrowband emmission requirements, they can't be certificated because they don't comply with 90.203(e), which requires that "...transmitters shall not be certificated for use under this part if the operator can program and transmit on frequencies, other than those programmed by the manufacturer, service or maintenance personnel..." The UV-82-C, for example, can't be programmed from the keypad, it can only be set up using an interface cable and computer software.
    Ray K2HYD

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    1. Yes the UV-82c can be programmed from the front panel. All it takes is to uncheck 1 setting in the Chirp software.

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  7. I'm afraid there is some mis-information here. Most of the listed radios CAN't be used on commercial frequencies.

    FCC Rules for the commercial land mobile services - Part 90 says, in 90.203 (a) "....each transmitter utilized for operation under this part..must be of a type that has been certificated for use under this part." If it has been "certificated," it carries an FCC ID number. For example, currently the ONLY Baofeng handheld certificated is the UV-82C, which has FCC ID:ZP5BF-82 printed on the case, visible when you remove the battery.

    Even though many other Baofeng radios meet all the narrowband emmission requirements, they can't be certificated because they don't comply with 90.203(e), which requires that "...transmitters shall not be certificated for use under this part if the operator can program and transmit on frequencies, other than those programmed by the manufacturer, service or maintenance personnel..." The UV-82-C, for example, can't be programmed from the keypad, it can only be set up using an interface cable and computer software.
    Ray K2HYD

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  8. I don't understand how you can dispute the article. He has the FCC certificates posted

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  9. The FCC does not do its own testing & certification. That gets farmed out. I can almost guarantee you, that I know what happened. Baofeng had a radio sent to someone to be certified, that met the standard. Then, Baofeng started making radios however they wanted. The FCC ID number on the radio is a legal requirement. I have a UV-5R that does have that (the old F-11 variant). I can lock out the VFO/MR button (another legal requirement).

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  10. Well, at least you don't need type acceptance to operate in part 97. The only part 97 acceptance is awarded linear amplifiers that pass the "will not work on 11 meters" test.

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  11. This blog is truly extraordinary in all aspects. Visit: BAOFENG UV-5R RADIO

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  12. These new to the American market, Chinese made Ham radios are much more affordable. Therefore, people who may not have ever been able to afford the much more expensive counter part radios...can now afford to own a Ham capable radio. This means more Hams out there doing positive things for our American society!!

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