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Re: Spectrum Analyzers and the FCC
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Subject: Re: Spectrum Analyzers and the FCC
From: JIm Turvaville <jimturbo61@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:40:05 +0000 (UTC)
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The phrase "type accepted" is tossed about a lot, and many times very incorrectly.  But Steve is probably referring to the requirement that any piece of test gear used to make FCC certified measurements has to have some traceable calibration certification like Sherrod mentions to verify its accuracy for the purpose used. In my old days, that was most often made in reference to field intensity meters, but can also be spectrum analyzers or anything else used to provide readings for an FCC filing. 
Jim "Turbo" Turvaville 
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From: Sherrod Munday <smunday@ieee.org>
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 8:50 PM
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Spectrum Analyzers and the FCC

On Apr 10, 2017, at 21:42, Steve Tuzeneu <stuzeneu@gmail.com> wrote:

> I heard an engineer claim that the FCC has to type accept, or certify spectrum analyzers.  I had never heard of that before. 

While I don't know for sure, that certainly sounds like someone was making an three-Pinnochio excuse so he didn't have to admit that he didn't know how to properly operate one (e.g. said to the boss: "I just can't get one because it's *impossible* to get those government wonks at the FCC to do anything!  I mean, they haven't even issued me the required permit yet to buy and use an FCC-certified spectrum analyzer!").

The only certification I'd suggest that you worry about is having a NIST-traceable lab align it properly so you can use it for reference RF measurements and trust and rely on the information it's telling you (assuming you know how to use it properly).

Sherrod Munday

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