FCC Licensing

An FCC license is a key component of your radio communication network – and one that must not be taken for granted. All users of commercial 2-way radio communications equipment are required to have a valid FCC license. That’s why you should count on Alpha Prime Communications for your FCC License coordination.
We specialize in keeping operators of all sizes in compliance with today’s and tomorrow’s FCC rules and regulations. So while we focus on the activities that keep you on the mark and the air, you’re free to focus on the things you do best. Just give us a call to make sure your license is in order and up-to-date. We will check it for you FREE OF CHARGE!

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FCC Narrowbanding Notice 04-292 Released 12/23/04

FCC executive summary of the order:

  • FCC establishes January 1, 2013, deadline for migration to 12.5 KHz technology.
  • Applications for wideband operations (25 KHz channels) will be accepted until January 1, 2011.
  • Application for modification of operations that expand the authorized contour of an existing station using 25 KHz channels will be accepted until January 1, 2011. (This also applies to “new” systems submitted for licensing.)
  • Manufacture and importation of any equipment on the 25 KHz channel will be permitted until January 1, 2011.
  • Part 90 paging-only frequencies are exempt from this ruling. Note: This plan is NOT available in some states.

We work closely with a licensed frequency coordinator on current FCC licensing requirements. We can assist you with new applications, renewals, relocations, and modifications to help you prepare for the future. We feel it is important to make you aware of an FCC Licensing change that could affect your business communications, and that is the requirement to move to narrowband 12.5kHz.

As a trusted leader in two-way communications, Alpha Prime Communications has been preparing for 12.5 Hz technology for over 15 years and offers the broadest choice of two-way radio equipment with over 60 models capable of operating in 12.5 kHz or 6.25 kHz efficiency. While radios purchased in the last ten or more years are likely dual mode 25/12.5 kHz, older equipment may need to be replaced. Contact your Alpha Prime Communications representative today to help you prepare for a smooth and cost-effective transition.

FCC Narrowbanding Compliance


Are your radio system and subscribers ready for Narrowbanding?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is mandating all public safety and industrial/business licensees convert existing 25 kHz radio systems to minimum narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013. The purpose of the narrowband mandate is to promote more efficient use of the VHF and UHF land mobile frequency bands.

Who is affected?
All land mobile Part 90, 25 kHz efficiency systems operating on VHF (150-174 MHz) and UHF (421-512 MHz) frequency bands.


The FCC has set the following deadlines for licensees and manufacturers, requiring migration to a minimum 12.5 kHz efficiency system.


January 1, 2011 Applications for new licenses or license modifications to expand existing service areas must specify at least 12.5 kHz efficiency. The FCC will no longer accept applications for systems operating at 25 kHz efficiency.

January 1, 2013, All licensees must convert to and operate in at least 12.5 kHz efficiency. Existing dual mode (25/12.5 kHz) equipment must have the 25 kHz efficiency mode disabled via software. Equipment capable of operating only at 25 kHz efficiency must be replaced.

Note: The FCC has NOT set any date by which licensees must operate in 6.25 kHz efficiency in these bands.

Narrowbanding Frequently Asked Questions

What is Narrowbanding?
To promote more efficient use of spectrum, the FCC mandated all VHF and UHF Public Safety and Industrial /Business licensees using 25 kHz land mobile radio (LMR) systems migrate to narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013.

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Hytera Products Meet Narrowbanding Compliance

12.5 kHz Efficiency
All HYT and Hytera radios are certified by the FCC to meet the 12.5 kHz capability requirement.

6.25 kHz Efficiency
For those licensees who want to voluntarily move to even greater efficiency than the 12.5 kHz efficiency required by the FCC, the Hytera DMR product family already meets any FUTURE FCC decision for licensees to operate in a 6.25 kHz equivalent efficiency mode.

FCC Licensing

Plan for the Long Term with Hytera DMR™

Hytera Digital Radios operate on the open ETSI DMR standard
To meet later mandates planned by the FCC, consider new equipment capable of 6.25 kHz channels. These very narrowband systems are digital – your license should specify digital operations before using this equipment.

Hytera DMR operates two voice paths in a 12.5 kHz channel, using a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) protocol. This technology allows licensees to double the capacity of their existing 12.5 kHz channel.

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