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[AMPS] FCC certification - how do they do it?

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Subject: [AMPS] FCC certification - how do they do it?
From: (Peter Chadwick)
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:58:57 +0100
Actually, Maurie, amateur radio manufacturers in Europe can self certify
transmitters under the EMC Directive, Article 10. They are the only group who
can self certify transmitters, and it is basically because there is no product
specification for amateur equipment, only an EMC Directive requirement. This has
caused a lot of upset especially with the manufacturers of broadcast
transmitters, who were very jealous of this ability! It became apparent late in
the preparation of the standard ETS300-684 that this was the case.It was
explained by the chairman of ETSI RES09 at the time, John Kathman of KPN in the
Netherlands, and accepted by the Commission. It will still be safer for
something like a transmitter to have third party type testing, especially when a
switched mode power supply is involved, because of other requirements under the
EMC Directive, such as noise and harmonics impressed on the mains.


Peter G3RZP

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