The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed new regulations with specific deadlines that will affect all wide band radio users in every industry and activity. Older radio-based irrigation systems manufactured approximately during the year 2000 and prior may fall into this category.
- Systems affected use a radio frequency between 450 MHz and 470 MHz in the Industrial/Business Radio Pool.
- These systems operate at 25 kHz (also known as wide band).
- The FCC is requiring all radio users to switch from wide band to narrow band equipment, or 25 kHz to 12.5 kHz, in order to allow more radio users to operate on the airwaves. This has become necessary due to the explosive growth of radio communications in industry, consumer, and leisure activities in recent years.
- The FCC has set a deadline of January 1, 2013 for all radio users to discontinue the use of wide band equipment.
- The FCC has the authority to impose fines of up to $10,000 per day for non-compliance.
If you believe this describes your irrigation system, and it not been updated, please contact your local STI Territory Manager or Irrigation Service Technician for assistance. We can, quickly and easily, help you determine what course of action (if any) is needed to help you comply with this new Federal mandate.
Click here to visit the official FCC narrowbanding website for additional information.