FCC Issues Citation to Georgia Company for Selling, Importing Unauthorized RF Devices

andre kesteloot andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Sat Jul 26 08:17:35 CDT 2008

FCC Issues Citation to Georgia Company for Selling, Importing
    Unauthorized RF Devices

On July 21, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Citation
to the owner of a Georgia company for selling unauthorized radio
frequency devices (specifically wireless video transmitters) and
importing radio frequency devices without filing the proper FCC forms
with the US Customs office and the US Border Patrol.

The FCC found that Vladimir "Vova" Reznik, owner of RangeVideo
<http://www.rangevideo.com/>, was "marketing in the United States
unauthorized radio frequency devices, specifically, wireless video
transmitters." The Commission sent Reznik a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
regarding this and noting the following specific items he had for
sale on the RangeVideo Web site: 900 MHz 100 mW audio/video
transmitters; 900 MHz 500 mW audio/video transmitters; 1.3 GHz 300 mW
audio/video transmitters; 2.4 GHz 200 mW audio/video transmitters;
2.4 GHz 500 mW audio/video transmitters; 2.4 GHz 1000 mW audio/video
transmitters, and 2.4 GHz 1000 mW cased audio/video transmitters.

According to the FCC, the 900 MHz devices are capable of operation on
980 MHz, 1010 MHz and 1040 MHz; the 1.3 GHz device is capable of
operating on 1240 MHz, 1320 MHz and 1360 MHz, and the 2.4 GHz devices
are capable of operating on 2490 MHz. "Thus, these transmitter
devices cannot comply with the FCC's technical standards and
therefore cannot be certified or marketed," the Citation reads.

Reznik responded to the LOI, admitting that he first imported the
devices in 2006 and that he continues to import the devices. The FCC
noted that he admitted to selling more than 2600 of the transmitters
since 2006. Reznik also admitted to not filing the proper forms with
the US Customs Office or the Border Patrol.

The FCC also noted that Reznik stated that before he ships a
transmitter device, he "switches" it to operate only in the Amateur
Radio Service ('ARS') bands.  While radio transmitting equipment that
transmits solely on ARS frequencies is not subject to the equipment
authorization requirement prior to manufacture or marketing, it
appears that the seven transmitter devices marketed on your website
are equipped with external toggle switches on the unit, which if
engaged would allow operation of the device on the restricted

In 1996, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)
released a Public Notice "to clarify the Commission's Rules regarding
equipment intended to operate in various radio services in the high
frequency radio spectrum, including 10 meter Amateur Radio Service
The Notice states that transmitters intended for operation on
non-amateur frequencies "must be approved prior to manufacture,
importation or marketing." The Notice specifically includes Amateur
Radio Service transceivers to be designed "such that they can easily
be modified by the users to extend the operating frequency range into
the frequency bands" of other non-Amateur Radio Services among those
devices, subject to equipment authorization procedures.

The Notice also states that the FCC considers these transceivers as
intended to be operated on frequencies where the use of type accepted
equipment is required "because of the simplicity of modifying them to
extend their operating frequency range." According to the Citation,
"the transmitter devices listed on `Reznik's` website require a grant
of equipment certification prior to the initiation of marketing in
the United States, but, as noted above, cannot be certified because
they operate on restricted frequencies."

Reznik has the following legal disclaimer posted on the RangeVideo
Web site: "high power video transmitters operate in the Amateur Radio
Service (ARS) frequency band, and according to FCC regulations users
must obtain proper licensing for legal operation. There are no
restrictions on the sale of this equipment, however RangeVideo urges
users to become familiar with and observe all laws and regulations
governing ARS licensing and the operation of ARS equipment. Please
visit the FCC's Website for more information
<http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?main+AF8-page=page+ACY-id=5>. He
then gives the FCC's Web site address that discusses how to receive
an Amateur Radio license

The FCC warned Reznik that if he violates the Communications Act or
the Commission's Rules "in any manner described herein" after receipt
of the Citation, "the Commission may impose monetary forfeitures not
to exceed $11,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing
violation." Reznik was given 30 days to reply to the Citation, either
through a personal interview at the FCC's Atlanta Field Office or via
a written statement. Through the Citation, Reznik was told that his
response "should specify the actions that you are taking to ensure
that you do not violate the Commission's Rules governing the
marketing of radio frequency equipment in the future."

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