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There is no requirement for licensees to replace existing systems nor is there a requirement for new applicants to use any particular type of technology or operate in any particular frequency band. The rules adopted in the R&O ensure that narrowband equipment will be available by requiring that radio equipment type accepted over the next ten years meet increasingly efficient standards. Under this plan, radio users have the freedom to choose equipment that best fulfills their needs while balancing technical capabilities and financial considerations.

Available Equipment

Most manufacturers of land mobile radios have narrowband equipment available. To determine if a particular manufacturer has narrowband equipment available, you can search our equipment authorization database on-line or download the database files.

Acceptance Standards

The rules adopted in the Refarming proceeding provide ten years for manufacturers to phase-in new narrowband equipment. In order to type accept new equipment, manufacturers must comply with the following requirements:
The January 1, 2005 standards do not apply to hand-held transmitters with an output power of two watts or less.
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