Do I need a FCC Record Book for my BDA and DAS?


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If you’ve recently had to install a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to comply with new CA Fire Code 510, you may be asking what documentation do I need to or should I keep on file……..

Here is a helpful list you should consider to include in your Record Book for regulatory and maintenance needs.

The Minimum:

  • In Lieu of an FCC License – Post and keep a copy of the Authorization to operate on the Public Safety frequencies granted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
  • A copy Test Results (annual) demonstrating compliance to the local indoor coverage requirements.
  • A Station Log identifying dates and pertinent details of any maintenance performed along with the name and address of the technician who did the work.

Recommended Additional Items:

  • Benchmark Test Data – (made prior to installing your indoor coverage system).
  • Pictures of the skyline from your rooftop.  (note: shadowing can be caused by new construction.)
  • Floor plans identifying the equipment and antenna locations and the cable routing for the DAS.
  • Detailed equipment and material list including Manufacturer Specifications and Warranty Data – (provided by supplier).

Keeping good records will make it much easier to stay in compliance and is extremely helpful for long term maintenance.

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