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15. We disagree. It is true, as ReconRobotics acknowledges, that the Recon Scout device
that will be initially provided to public safety entities will not use the full six megahertz video channel but
will operate on narrower bandwidth.45 In specifying the device's technical characteristics, however, the
Bureaus did not require that the devices operate across the entire six megahertz channel. Rather, so long
as the operations are kept within the channel (and otherwise comply with the Waiver Order's technical
conditions), the waiver allows certification of the device.46 Thus, the Waiver Order did not preclude
ReconRobotics from obtaining an equipment authorization for a device that uses narrower bandwidth
within the six megahertz band segments identified by the Waiver Order. 47 Similarly, nothing in the
Waiver Order precludes applicants from obtaining an authorization to use such a device, provided that
they operate the device in a manner consistent with both the equipment authorization and the Waiver
16. Application of Amateur Rules to Recon Scout Operations. Whedbee argues that we
should require public safety applicants using the Recon Scout to operate as licensed Amateurs under the
procedures established in WP Dockets 10-54 and 10-72.4 These dockets established conditions under
which licensed Amateurs employed by public safety entities can participate in drills and exercises on
behalf of these agencies. They have no relevance to this proceeding and are not intended to extend the
Amateur radio service rules to operations by non-Amateur licensees.
17. Interference to Amateur Station NOECN. Whedbee argues that we must deny the Johnson
County application because it could cause interference to his Amateur station (Station NOECN) operating
in the 430-448 MHz band.50 In the Waiver Order, WTB, PSHSB, and OET concluded that operation of
the Recon Scout under the limited circumstances authorized by the order is not likely to cause
interference to other licensees, including Amateur stations." Moreover, the Waiver Order required
operation of the Recon Scout on a secondary basis to other users in the band, meaning that such
45 ReconRobotics Opposition to Petitions to Deny at 5. According to ReconRobotics, this version of the Recon
Scout only transmits black and white images and does not transmit color or audio. Id.
46 Indeed, given the other conditions placed on the use of the device - e.g., short-term operation, limited area of
operation, strict eligibility limits - we state explicitly our conclusion that use of the narrower bandwidth equipment
will have negligible interference potential.
47 We note that ARRL raised other technical objections to ReconRobotics' initial equipment authorization. See
Opposition to Petitions To Deny (filed 9/1/2010), attachment "Errors and Issues in the Testing and Certification of
the ReconRobotics Recon Scout." Hlowever, these objections were addressed by Recon Robotics and ACB
(formerly American TCB). See Equipment Authorization file for FCC ID UYXRSK2010-1 (dated April 22, 2010)
at www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid. Subsequently ReconRobotics has obtained a grant for a different device with similar
characteristics. ARRL has not objected to the authorization of the second device. See Equipment Authorization file
for FCC ID UYXRSK2011-1 (dated October 21, 2011) at www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid. We clarify that pursuant to
this order, licensees may operate devices covered by the equipment authorization as reflected in the updated
authorization file, consistent with the conditions specified herein and in the Waiver Order.
4" Thus, licensees subject to this order must first use the 436-442 MIIz segment before they can operate a second
device in the 442-448 Mllz segment, and they must operate in both the 436-442 MHz and 442-448 MIIz segments
before they can deploy a device in the 430-436 MhIz segment. See Waiver Order at 9.
49 Reply to Opposition to Amended Petition 2-3. See Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission's Rules Regarding
Amateur Radio Service Communications During Government Disaster Drills, Amateur Radio Policy Committee
Petition for Rulemaking and Request by American Hospital Association for Blanket Waiver to Pennrmit Hospitals to
Use Amateur Radio as Part of Emergency Preparedness Drills, Report and Order, 25 FCC Red 9353 (2010).
s50 Whedbec Petition to Deny at 2.
. Waiver Order. 25 FCC Red at 1788 f 7-9.
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