FCC 15.240 Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 |
§ 15.240 Operation in the band 433.5-434.5 MHz.
(a) Operation under the provisions of this section is restricted to
devices that use radio frequency energy to identify the contents of
commercial shipping containers. Operations must be limited to
commercial and industrial areas such as ports, rail terminals and
warehouses. Two-way operation is permitted to interrogate and to load
data into devices. Devices operated pursuant to the provisions of this
section shall not be used for voice communications.
(b) The field strength of any emissions radiated within the specified
frequency band shall not exceed 11,000 microvolts per meter measured at
a distance of 3 meters. The emission limit in this paragraph is based
on measurement instrumentation employing an average detector. The peak
level of any emissions within the specified frequency band shall not
exceed 55,000 microvolts per meter measured at a distance of 3 meters.
Additionally, devices authorized under these provisions shall be
provided with a means for automatically limiting operation so that the
duration of each transmission shall not be greater than 60 seconds and
be only permitted to reinitiate an interrogation in the case of a
transmission error. Absent such a transmission error, the silent period
between transmissions shall not be less than 10 seconds.
(c) The field strength of emissions radiated on any frequency outside
of the specified band shall not exceed the general radiated emission
limits in § 15.209.
(d) In the case of radio frequency powered tags designed to operate
with a device authorized under this section, the tag may be approved
with the device or be considered as a separate device subject to its
own authorization. Powered tags approved with a device under a single
application shall be labeled with the same identification number as the
(e) To prevent interference to Federal Government radar systems,
operation under the provisions of this section is not permitted within
40 kilometers of the following locations:
DoD Radar Site Latitude Longitude
Beale Air Force Base 39Â°08â€²10â€³ N 121Â°21â€²04â€³ W
Cape Cod Air Force Station 41Â°45â€²07â€³ N 070Â°32â€²17â€³ W
Clear Air Force Station 64Â°55â€²16â€³ N 143Â°05â€²02â€³ W
Cavalier Air Force Station 48Â°43â€²12â€³ N 097Â°54â€²00â€³ W
Eglin Air Force Base 30Â°43â€²12â€³ N 086Â°12â€²36â€³ W
(f) As a condition of the grant, the grantee of an equipment
authorization for a device operating under the provisions of this
section shall provide information to the user concerning compliance
with the operational restrictions in paragraphs (a) and (e) of this
section. As a further condition, the grantee shall provide information
on the locations where the devices are installed to the FCC Office of
Engineering and Technology, which shall provide this information to the
Federal Government through the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration. The user of the device shall be responsible
for submitting updated information in the event the operating location
or other information changes after the initial registration. The
grantee shall notify the user of this requirement. The information
provided by the grantee or user to the Commission shall include the
name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the user, the
address and geographic coordinates of the operating location, and the
FCC identification number of the device. The material shall be
submitted to the following address:
Experimental Licensing Branch, OET, Federal Communications Commission,
445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554, ATTN: RFID Registration.
[ 69 FR 29464 , May 24, 2004]
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