Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates radio and television communication in the United States. The FCC has certain regulations which must be ad­hered to when using two-way radios. These include:

  1. Broadcasting, which refers to transmissions that are intended to be received by the general public, is prohibited.
  2. Radio communication may not be used for any activity related to program production or news gathering.
  3. Transmission of music is prohibited.
  4. Radio communication may not be used for any type of activity which violates any federal, state or local law.
  5. The meaning of communication may not be hidden by using codes or ciphers. Universally accepted abbreviations may be used when the intention is not to hide the meaning of the transmission.
  6. Transmission of obscene, indecent and profane words, or language is prohibited.
  7. You may not use someone else’s call sign or transmit a call sign without authorization. You may not transmit a communication that is intended to deceive someone.
  8. Tape recording of previous radio communication and then broadcasting the recording is prohibited.
  9. You may not willfully or intentionally interfere with someone else’s radio transmission.
  10. Two-way radio communication must be licensed and the original written authorization or a copy must be posted when operating.
  11. You must identify your call station at the end of each contact and every 10 minutes during the contact, which may be done using any of the modes which are legal.