FAQ – FCC Narrowband Mandate

What is the FCC narrowband mandate?

On January 1, 2013 the FCC began enforcing its mandate that all business, industrial, educational, health care and construction users of business radio frequencies must migrate to 12.5 kHz spread spectrum equipment from legacy radios operating at 25 kHz spread… more

Is there a way to get around the FCC mandate?

No, all users of analog equipment 2 watts and higher will need to be compliant.

Is digital equipment affected by the FCC mandate?

No, digital equipment operates at 900Mhz and spectrum hops so it is not affected and does not require an FCC license.

Where and how do I go about having my license changed to comply with the FCC mandate?

Contact Axcess Technology Source and we will assist you in the process to apply for the changes to your existing license.

How can I determine if my existing radios are narrowband capable?

Most all radios will have a manufactured date on the radio; usually under the battery. If the date code is prior to 1998 you will need to contact Axcess Technology Source to determine whether or not the radio is capable of being narrowband compliant.

Which radios have a dual band that may need to be disabled?

These radios have pre-programmed frequencies with the dual band option.

Quick List of Dual Mode (25/12.5 kHz): RDX Series (RDV2020, RDV2080d, RDV5100, RDU2020, RDU2080d, RDU4100, RDU4160d); XTN Series (XV1100, XV2100, XV2600, XU1100, XU2100, XU2600); M-Series (MV11C, MV21CV, MV22CV, MV24CVS, MU21CV, MU22CV, MU24CVS); AX Series (AXV5100, AXU4100) Spirit GT (Spirit GT, Spirit GT+)

Quick List of 12.5 kHZ Only: This will not need any re-programming. CLS Series (CLS1110, CLS1410); CLP (CLP1010, CLP1040)

Quick List of 25 kHz Only: These will need to be replaced. S-Series (SU or SV models); Spirit Series (Spirit I, Spirit II, Spirit III)

How do I upgrade my existing 12.5 kHz capable equipment?

IF you have a new radio already set at the 12.5 kHz spread and on the correct frequency that you operate on, you can clone your existing radios to match this radio.

What happens if I don’t comply?

You will be fined and possibly lose your license to operate 2-way radio equipment.