Do I need a license?
There are a multitude of reasons why one should hold the license.
- Broadcast Television and Radio Stations, along with Low Power Community Television Stations (Primary Stations) have the highest priority with the FCC. Holding a valid Part 74 (LPAB) license elevates one’s status with the FCC to the next highest priority, that of the Low Power Broadcast Auxiliary Station. Unlicensed users and White Space Devices have the lowest priority.
- Unlicensed users may not transmit over 100 mW. Licensed users may transmit up to 250 mW.
- When the FCC looks at user’s concerns when making decisions as to reallocation, etc., they only take into consideration licensed users. As persons in the Entertainment Industry, we have no voice in FCC proceedings unless we hold licenses.
What happens if I don’t get a license yet continue to use my wireless transmitters?
Unlicensed operation, or overpowered operation of a TV transmitter, may make you liable to be shut down, gear confiscated by the FCC, and fined up to $11,000/per channel (with a fine cap at about $80,000) along with a possible six months in jail.
Can I still use my wireless units that operate above 608 MHz?
With the exception of 20mW operation in the “Duplex Gap” (653 to 663 MHz), and operation in the 941 MHz band, one may NOT transmit above 608 MHz.
What part of the Duplex Gap is for licensed use only?
653 MHz to 657MHz is reserved for licensed use only.
How much does a Part 74 License cost, and how long does it take?
The license fee to the FCC is $170. You can file the application yourself or you can use the services of Bill Ruck to prepare the application for you for an additional $100. After submitting and paying the FCC fee, you will receive your license in two to three months.
How long is the License valid and how is it renewed?
It varies according to geographic location. The FCC renews by region, so a license may be valid from between a year to ten years, before one has to renew. Here are the steps for renewal: http://www.fcc.gov/help/renewing-license-universal-licensing-system-uls You can’t renew the license unless you’re within 90 days of its expiration.
Where will my license be valid?
Anywhere in the US, though operation near enough to the Canadian or Mexican borders must make sure that their operation will not interfere with “Primary Users” in those countries.
Is there a “downside” to holding a Part 74 License?
None, as long as you are operating under the rules.