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Author Topic: RF Exposure Standards go into effect on May 3, 2021, including Amateur Radio!  (Read 386 times)

Offline ThaDood

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I find it interesting that this news was not #1 headlines in various Amateur Radio news! Thus, I'm glad that WB8YST has brought the following to attention:

The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023. After May 3 of this year, any new station, or any existing station modified in a way that’s likely to change its RFE profile – such as different antenna or placement or greater power – will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation or change. http://www.arrl.org/news/updated-radio-frequency-exposure-rules-become-effective-on-may-3

 

http://w5rgv.org/new-fcc-rf-exposure-rules/

 

Results - RF Exposure Calculator (hintlink.com)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65IEvZoXEyo

 

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-126A1.pdf

 

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/RFsafetyCommittee/28RFSafety.pdf

 

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/RFsafetyCommittee/RF+Exposure+and+You.pdf

 

The Amateur Service is no longer categorically excluded from certain aspects of the rules, as amended, and licensees can no longer avoid performing an exposure assessment simply because they are transmitting below a given power level.

 

“For most amateurs, the major difference is the removal of the categorical exclusion for amateur radio, which means that ham station owners must determine if they either qualify for an exemption or must perform a routine environmental evaluation,” said Greg Lapin, N9GL, chair of the ARRL RF Safety Committee and a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC).

“Ham stations previously excluded from performing environmental evaluations will have until May 3, 2023, to perform these. After May 3, 2021, any new stations or those modified in a way that affects RF exposure must comply before being put into service,” Lapin said.

 
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Lots of luck enforcing any of this....

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Additional on this dude, whom called-in to Allan & Angela Weiner World-Wide, WBCQ, and passed-on this info:

http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1546.msg3570#msg3570
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I see "amateur radio"..... but I wonder if the very many CB'ers near my location who openly run 2kw+ will have to comply?

There is obviously zero enforcement taking place...
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