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FCC 90.259
Revised as of October 28, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  90.259   Assignment and use of frequencies in the bands 216-220 MHz and
1427-1432 MHz.

   (a) 216-220 MHz band. (1) Frequencies in the 216-220 MHz band may be
   assigned to applicants that establish eligibility in the
   Industrial/Business Pool.

   (2) All operation is secondary to the fixed and mobile services,
   including the Low Power Radio Service.

   (3) In the 216-217 MHz band, no new assignments will be made after
   January 1, 2002.

   (4) In the 217-220 MHz band, the maximum transmitter output power is 2
   watts. The maximum antenna height above average terrain (HAAT) is 152 m
   (500 feet).

   (5) In the 217-220 MHz band, base, mobile, and operational fixed
   operations are permitted.

   (6) Wide area operations will not be authorized. The area of normal
   day-to-day operations will be described in the application in terms of
   maximum distance from a geographical center (latitude and longitude).

   (7) Frequencies will be assigned with a 6.25 kHz, 12.5 kHz, 25 kHz or
   50 kHz channel bandwidth. Frequencies may be assigned with a channel
   bandwidth exceeding 50 kHz only upon a showing of adequate
   justification.

   (8) Assignable 6.25 kHz channels will occur in increments of 6.25 kHz
   from 217.00625 MHz to 219.99375 MHz. Assignable 12.5 kHz channels will
   occur in increments of 12.5 kHz from 217.0125 MHz to 219.9875 MHz.
   Assignable 25 kHz channels will occur in increments of 25 kHz from
   217.025 MHz to 219.975 MHz. Assignable 50 kHz channels will occur in
   increments of 50 kHz from 217.025 MHz to 219.975 MHz.

   (b) 1427-1432 MHz band. (1) Frequencies in the 1427-1432 MHz band may
   be assigned to applicants that establish eligibility in the Public
   Safety Pool or the Industrial/Business Pool.

   (2) All operations in the 1427-1429.5 MHz band are secondary to the
   Wireless Medical Telemetry Service except in the locations specified in
   paragraph (b)(4) of this section. At the locations specified in
   paragraph (b)(4) of this section, all operations are secondary to the
   Wireless Medical Telemetry Service in the 1429-1431.5 MHz band.

   (3) All operations in the 1429.5-1432 MHz band are primary in status
   except in the locations specified in paragraph (b)(4) of this section.
   At the locations specified in paragraph (b)(4) of this section, all
   operations are primary in status in the 1427-1429 MHz and 1431.5-1432
   MHz bands.

   (4) Locations: (i) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Counties of Westmoreland,
   Washington, Beaver, Allegheny and Butler;

   (ii) Washington, DC metropolitan area—Counties of Montgomery, Prince
   George's and Charles in Maryland; Counties of Arlington, Prince
   William, Fauquier, Loudon, and Fairfax, and Cities of Alexandria, Falls
   Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia; and District
   of Columbia;

   (iii) Richmond/Norfolk, Virginia—Counties of Charles City,
   Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight,
   James City, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Southhampton, Surrey,
   Sussex, and York; Cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Franklin,
   Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Poquoson,
   Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg;

   (iv) Austin/Georgetown, Texas—Counties of Williamson and Travis;

   (v) Battle Creek, Michigan—County of Calhoun;

   (vi) Detroit, Michigan—Counties of Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb
   and Livingston;

   (vii) Spokane, Washington—Counties of Spokane, WA and Kootenai, ID.

   (5) All operations in the 1429.5-1432 MHz band authorized prior to
   April 12, 2002 are on a secondary basis.

   (6) For secondary operations only fixed stations are permitted. At the
   locations specified in (b)(4) of this section, secondary operations are
   performed in the 1429-1431.5 MHz band. For all other locations,
   secondary operations are performed in the 1427-1429.5 MHz band. The
   maximum power is 1 watt EIRP.

   (7) For primary operations base, mobile, operational fixed and
   temporary fixed operations are permitted.

   (i) At the locations specified in paragraph (b)(4) of this section,
   primary operations are performed in the 1427-1429 MHz and 1431.5-1432
   MHz bands. The maximum ERP limitations are as follows:
         Operation                    Frequency range (MHz)
                           1427-1428 1428-1428.5 1428.5-1429 1431.5-1432
   Fixed (watts)                 61.1        6.11       0.611      0.611
   Mobile (watts)               0.611       0.611       0.015       0.015
   Temporary fixed (watts)      0.611       0.611       0.611       0.611

   (ii) For all other locations, primary operations are performed in the
   1429.5-1432 MHz band. The maximum ERP limitations are as follows:
   Operation Frequency range (MHz)
   1429.5-1430 1430-1430.5 1430.5-1431.5 1431.5-1432
   Fixed (watts) 0.611 0.611 6.11 61.1
   Mobile (watts) 0.015 0.611 0.611 0.611
   Temporary fixed (watts) 0.611 0.611 0.611 0.611

   (8) Wide area operations will not be authorized. The area of normal
   day-to-day operations will be described in the application in terms of
   maximum distance from a geographical center (latitude and longitude).

   (9) Assignable frequencies occur in increments of 12.5 kHz from
   1427.00625 MHz to 1431.99375 MHz.

   (10) Licensees, however, may combine contiguous channels up to 50 kHz,
   and more than 50 kHz only upon a showing of adequate justification.

   (11) For any operation in the 1427-1432 MHz band, the predicted or
   measured field strength—in the WMTS primary band—at the location of any
   registered WMTS healthcare facility shall not exceed 150 uV/m. For the
   locations specified in (b)(4) of this section, WMTS is primary in the
   1429-1431.5 MHz band. For all other locations, WMTS is primary in the
   1427-1429.5 MHz band.

   (c) Authorized uses. (1) Use of these bands is limited to telemetering
   purposes.

   (2) Base stations authorized in these bands shall be used to perform
   telecommand functions with associated mobile telemetering stations.
   Base stations may also command actions by the vehicle itself, but will
   not be authorized solely to perform this function.

   (3) Except for the transmissions that are permitted under § 90.248(f) of
   this chapter, airborne use is prohibited.

   [ 67 FR 41860 , June 20, 2002, as amended at  69 FR 39867 , July 1, 2004;
    72 FR 35196 , June 27, 2007;  75 FR 19284 , Apr. 14, 2010]

   


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