FCC NarrowBand requirements
  • What is NarrowBand?  A NarrowBand compliant radio can be programmed to use less radio
    spectrum allowing the FCC to add more radio channels.

  • Why do I need to change to NarrowBand?  More radio channels are needed for Industrial and
    Public Safety users.  Just as the FCC required the nation to convert to Digital Television, Two
    Way radio users must convert to NarrowBand.

  • Must I replace all of my radios?  No, all radios manufactured after 1997 are NarrowBand
    compliant and only need to be reprogrammed.  All older WideBand radios must retired by
    January 1st, 2013
  • What must I do?  First, take an inventory of your radios and write down all of the make and
    model numbers.  Next, Fax or Email our office with the list of radios and we will advise which
    radios are NarrowBand compliant.             ryancommunications@ryancomm.net

  • Do I need to notify the FCC?  The FCC requires that you file an application for modification or
    renewal adding the NarrowBand designation to your existing channels,  Ryan
    Communications can process the required  license forms for you.

  • When do I need to change to NarrowBand operation?  Start the process now.  First, take an
    inventory. Second, file the required FCC license forms. Budget for any new radio equipment
    and reprogram your radio system by January 1st, 2013.

  • Ryan Communications does all radio programming on site, you will have very little down
  • Do I get more channels when I NarrowBand?  No, although more channels have been
    created by NarrowBanding, you keep your existing frequencies.  If you need additional
    channels, you may apply for them when you file your license with the FCC.

  • Do I need Digital radios to comply with the NarrowBand requirement?  No, Digital radios are
    just another type of radio that meets the NarrowBand requirement.

  • What happens if I don't convert to NarrowBand?  After January 1st, 2013 the FCC will act on
    any complaints of interference from WideBand radios.  The FCC can fine WideBand radio
    users and mandate that any WideBand radio systems be turned off.   
  • Kenwood hand held portable radios that are NOT NarrowBand compliant: TK-200, TK-300,
    TK-210, TK-310, TK-230, TK-330,  TK-240, TK-240D,  TK-340, TK-340D, TK-250, TK-350,
       TK-260, TK-360, TK-270, TK-370

  • Kenwood mobile radios that are NOT NarrowBand compliant: TK-701, TK-801, TK-705,
       TK-805, TK-705D, TK-805D, TK-710, TK-810, TK-720, TK-820, TK-730, TK-830

  • Kenwood Repeaters that are NOT NarrowBand compliant: TKR-720, TKR-820
  • NOTE: The TKR-720 and TKR-820 repeaters can be modified for NarrowBand operation for
  • If you have received a letter stating that the FCC requires that you have a copy of the FCC's
    rules and regulations and for a fee they will send it to you,  Here are some free links to the
    FCC rules.