For many years two way radio systems have used 25 kilohertz (kHz) wide channels or in the VHF band 15 kilohertz (kHz). All two-way radios have used blocks of this radio spectrum otherwise known as "channels". The FCC or Federal Communications Commission hasmandated that nearly all two way radio users switch from the wide band frequencies of 25khz to 15khz channels) to "narrowband" (12.5khz or 7.5khz channels). To make a long story short, this is essentially focusing the frequencies used by two way radios. As more people find uses for two way radios, and as more UHF and VHF frequencies are needed, the broadband technology is to broad and taking too many frequencies. The end result of all of this? Essentially this is going to force radios to become more focused and precise, taking up a smaller range of these channels, thus allowing more users.
In this blog post we are going to try to sum up what this means for you, and how you can approach making sure that this mandate is taken care of. We want to make sure that you are not using illegal radios a year from now. Some of you might not need to do anything, but please read on to find out. Continue Reading