Ritron Receives Waiver for Locomotive Cab Two-Way Voice Radios
Monday, October 26, 2015 | Comments

Ritron received a waiver from the FCC that enables the company to supply wideband-capable RCCR locomotive cab two-way voice radios, FCC ID AIERIT28-150, to the Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railway for use on trains that operate between the United States and Mexico.

The waiver is of the prohibition in Section 90.203(j)(10) of the FCC’s rules on the manufacture and import of private LMR equipment capable of wideband 25-kilohertz operation.

The Ritron RCCR is shipped with its wideband capability disabled; only 12.5- or 6.25-kilohertz modes can be accessed by the end user.

KCS is a U.S.-based railroad company that has operations in both the United States and Mexico. Although the United States has transitioned to narrowband operation in the railroad voice band, Mexico still has wideband railroad systems in operation.

Ritron submitted with its request a letter from KCS confirming that KCS intends to obtain narrowband/wideband-capable radios from Ritron for its cross-border operations. The radios will not be operated in wideband mode in the United States.

Without multimode narrowband/wideband-capable radios, KCS would be required to purchase separate narrowband and wideband radios for its United States and Mexico operations, then stop each train at the border crossing and change radios, the FCC said. This would be an impractical use of resources and presents an unnecessary risk of equipment loss or damage, the order said.

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