The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology Sept. 11 released a schedule for testing of unlicensed devices that electronics manufacturers and computer component makers want to operate on “unused” TV channels upon the completion of the transition to DTV service.
Not only is the testing critical for evaluating potential interference to TV transmission, it also would identify possible interference on the VHF and UHF frequencies commonly used by wireless microphones in field newsgathering situations.
The schedule “provides sufficient time to develop appropriate standards” to prevent harmful interference from the unlicensed devices to the digital TV transmission, according to the FCC public notice announcing the timetable. It also gives companies “sufficient lead time” to design and produce such devices for sale by the Feb. 17, 2009, analog shutoff.
According to the public notice, the schedule sets target dates for testing milestones, including:
For more information, visit: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1813A1.doc.