|An FCC license is
required to transmit RTK corrections in the 450-470 MHz range from a
UHF Base. Licenses are not required for the Rover which is receive
Detailed information on the requirements can be found in this American Surveyor article:
Sailing with the Pirate Surveyors:
There are several
businesses that provide registration services. We recommend that
you obtain your license with the assistance of FIT 'Forest
FIT is a
FCC approved frequency coordinator
for the 'Below 800 MHz' PLMR spectrum and they understand the
requirements for GNSS systems and the survey and construction
The current price
for a RTK GPS specific license via FIT is:
Coordination + Application
$195 FCC license
You can apply for a
FIT RTK-GPS Online Application
11K2F2D should be fine.
Your license will include some frequencies
that you can use within a radius of your business and other
frequencies that you can use nationwide.
It will take 30 to 90 days after submission
to obtain an FCC license. You will receive an email with a link to
download a PDF of your official license.
10-days after confirmation of license
submittal, you can begin use with the FCC Designation 'WTxxxxxxx'
where xxxxxxx is your phone number.
If you are contacted by a 3rd party about a
'construction permit', 'antenna structure permit' or filing any
other notices it is a scam.
If you receive offers to purchase printed
copies of the FCC rules you do not need them. All of the rules and
regulations are available online. While not a scam, these offers are
very close to scams.
Your license will be valid for 10-years, you
can renew your existing license without assistance on the FCC
website using your FRN login credentials which will be supplied by
FIT. Keep your FRN credentials in a safe location as they will be
difficult to find in 10-years.
About 6-months before your license expires,
you will begin to receive commercial offers to renew your license.
Ignore them, you can quickly do it yourself:
FCC License Renewal. While not a scam, these offers are very
close to scams.
When you receive
your license, you need to enter the license ID into your GNSS
equipment so that it can be broadcast in CW (Morse code) every
15-minutes automatically. If you purchased iGage equipment the
instructions are in the User Manual for changing the radio channel
list and setting the FCC ID.