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Delayed Migration

After attending a meeting with the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Bureau on January 15, 2013, one of our coordinators shared the following:

The Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Bureau (FCC) has indicated that they will issue a Public Notice concerning licensees who failed to meet the January 1, 2013, deadline and who also did not obtain an extension and do not have a pending or granted request to waive the deadline (non-compliant licensees). Non-compliant licensees could receive an audit letter or a Letter of Inquiry from the FCC within the next several months. The FCC may at some point initiate an enforcement action against non-compliant licensees. Enforcement actions typically result in a financial penalty but may also lead to license cancelations.

Licensees with compliant systems who have filed applications with a certified frequency coordinator to modify their licenses to show narrowband compliance prior to December 31, 2012, will be noted by that frequency coordinator and presumed compliant with the deadline by the FCC even though the application may still be pending coordination with the frequency coordinator .

CFR Section 90.187 (the trunking rules) requires coordinators to identify “affected” or mutually exclusive licensees and applicants when coordinating centralized trunked systems. Non-compliant wideband systems may, at some point be considered to have a 12.5-kilohertz bandwidth by certified frequency coordinators solely for the purpose of coordinating centralized trunked systems. This does limit the protection from interference for non-compliant wideband systemsfrom the proposed centralized trunked system.

Non-compliant licensees that plan to continue utilizing their systems are strongly encouraged to bring their systems into narrowband compliance and to modify their licenses accordingly as soon as possible. Frequency coordinators will reach out to them as they are identified during the coordination process for centralized trunked systems.

Non-compliant licensees that no longer utilize their systems are strongly encouraged to cancel their license.

Conversion recommendations

Is your customer's (or your) radio system ready for the required narrow-band conversion in 2012?

The FCC has mandated that all business VHF (150 MHz) and UHF (450 MHz) radio systems which have been licensed as "wide-band" (25 KHz) be converted to "narrow-band" (12.5 KHz).  (Note: there is no date set by which licensees must operate in 6.25 kHz in these bands.)

(For details, please see:

(For more details, please see:, particularly the section that mentions the Key Deadlines)

This mandate requires that ALL equipment utilizing wide-band services be upgraded to narrow-band by December 31, 2012 in order to continue legal use of your license.  In addition, your FCC license must be modified to reflect this change in technology.

We recommend the following process for the migration (in the order listed):

1.  Tell us which license(s) you'd like to have updated to narrowband. 

$200 per call sign for government licenses

$300 per call sign for private licenses

2. Gradually replace old or damaged wide-band radios with new, narrow-band radios, and reprogram any existing radios.

3.  Replace or reprogram any repeaters to operate in narrow-band mode.  Note:  Until your ENTIRE radio system including each and every radio and every repeater has been replaced and/or reprogrammed to operate in the narrow-band bandwidth, you are most likely still operating in wide-band mode.

Remember that December 31, 2012 is not that far away.  Get started today!




CARA Enterprises, Inc
PO Box 400124
Las Vegas, NV 89140-0124