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    Thomas R Burnsed Jr commented  · 

    Further development could integrate the signal strength associated with a licensee on the spectrum scope and overlay it onto a map via a GIS and show its energy density as it radiates away from its source to give a rough approximation of the coverage area. Perhaps the FCC OET software could be used for more accurate depiction when taking into account terrain elevation and the directivity of any transmission source. This would also be useful for television owners when deciding if they are in a fringe area and would be better served with a subscription television service due to low signal levels from broadcast sources.

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    Even better, a real time wideband spectrum scope from FCC offices in various large cities similar to a weather radar map that can be clicked and zoomed in on by Internet users.
    This will show the average person where most RF energy is being used in that location.
    The scope picture can have delineations on it that show the boundaries of the different allocations and if zoomed in enough possibly even pop up the licensee information out of the database when a particular frequency is highlighted. No need to demodulate the content of the transmission but merely show its signal strength and bandwidth possibly its modulation type as well. Show from below the AM broadcast band up to the Gigahertz range to include satellite and radar systems.

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    Thomas R Burnsed Jr commented  · 

    Definitely increase enforcement action against non-certified imported radios and the people that use them, market or modify them. The technology to locate and identify users of these types of radios has come a long way. Just Google "Tektronix RF Hawk" . Transmitter fingerprinting is easy to do now and GPS location combined with DF equipment has been perfected in the War On Terror and the Cold War. The FCC just needs to have equipment and manpower budgeted for it. Local Law enforcement has already been authorised to enforce FCC regulations in the CB band on a limited basis and could handle the OTR truckers and the linear amplifiers they use. By the way I am both a CB operator/ OTR truck driver and an Amateur Radio Licensee, KG4BXN. If CB were cleaned up it possibly could be incorporated into the proposed ERS Emergency Radio Service for use by civilians. Same for FRS as well. I say yes to a modest fee and renewing licensing with a home address and employer information for mobile users in the database. Maybe even change the CB radio technology requirement to include a GPS receiver in the radio that digitally transmits its Station ID / serial number and GPS location at the tail end of every transmission. It is very easily possible with today's technology. Yeah , "what about my right to privacy" you say? Um, there is none expected when you use an unencrypted voice transmission, you are in a licensee database and there are commercial alternatives to use for private communications.

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