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    Lumeiner Niled By The FCC For Selling Non-Compliant FPV Transmitters.

    FCC Penalizes Marketer of Ham-Band Drone Audio-Visual Transmitters

    The FCC has imposed a $180,000 civil penalty on a Sarasota, Florida, company that had been marketing noncompliant audio-visual transmitters intended for use on drones in violation of the Commission's Amateur Service and marketing rules. In an Order released on December 19, the FCC explained that Lumenier Holdco LLC (formerly known as FPV Manuals LLC) was advertising and marketing uncertified AV transmitters capable of operating on both amateur and non-amateur frequencies, including bands reserved for federal government use. Some of the transmitters also exceeded the 1 W power limit for Amateur Radio transmitters used on model craft, the FCC said.
    "Moreover, entities that rely on amateur frequencies in operating compliant AV transmitters must have an amateur license and otherwise comply with all applicable laws for such operation," the FCC said in the Order. The FCC said that while it generally has not required amateur equipment to be certified if it operates solely on Amateur Radio frequencies, certification is required if a device can operate outside of the ham bands.
    Last January, in what it called an "extremely urgent complaint" to the FCC, ARRL targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said those transmitters used frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.
    In addition to paying a civil penalty, Lumenier, which has admitted to marketing the noncompliant AV transmitters, will enter into a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle the enforcement proceeding and terminate the investigation.
    The case stemmed from complaints received by the Enforcement Bureau's Spectrum Enforcement Division. "The investigation revealed that some of the AV transmitters marketed by Lumenier were capable of being operated outside of the authorized Amateur Radio Service bands, including on frequencies reserved in whole or in part for federal agencies, but were not certified or otherwise compliant with the rules," the FCC said in its Order. "These AV transmitters are considered intentional radiators and must comply with the Commission's Equipment Authorization and Marketing rules."The FCC said that Lumenier ceased marketing the noncompliant transmitters after receiving a Letter of Inquiry from the FCC last April.
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    Lumeiner Niled By The FCC For Selling Non-Compliant FPV Transmitters.

    The ARRL filed the complaint. They went after a lot of brands/sellers so this is probably not over. I have license, KG5BBF, but most donít and I believe ARRL was getting righteous or something. They are within their rights though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JCLs View Post
    The ARRL filed the complaint. They went after a lot of brands/sellers so this is probably not over. I have license, KG5BBF, but most don’t and I believe ARRL was getting righteous or something. They are within their rights though.


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    Yea, RMRC and TBS are also being looked into.

    And the ARRL wasn't the only complainant there where something like 32 complaints filed with the Enforcement Bureau right around the same time, the majority of them where Hams who where receiving harmful interference from FPV'ers into ATV repeaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 1 View Post
    Yea, RMRC and TBS are also being looked into.

    And the ARRL wasn't the only complainant there where something like 32 complaints filed with the Enforcement Bureau right around the same time, the majority of them where Hams who where receiving harmful interference from FPV'ers into ATV repeaters.
    The ARRL had a campaign going, and hams can be, well you know Not me though!


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