Certification Standards

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NFCC certified frequency coordinators must meet the following standards:

     ST001:             NFCC  FREQUENCY  COORDINATION
     ST002:               CERTIFICATION  STANDARDS
     ST003:
     ST004:
     ST005:  I. PURPOSE:
     ST006:
     ST007:  These standards are the minimum standards for frequency
     ST008:  coordinators which are accepted by the nation's amateur
     ST009:  radio frequency coordination community.  The purpose of
     ST010:  these standards is to ensure that all amateur radio
     ST011:  service (ARS) frequency coordinators meet minimum
     ST012:  standards in the performance of their volunteer services.
     ST013:
     ST014:  These certification standards are approved by members
     ST015:  of the NFCC.
     ST016:
     ST017:  To be certified by the NFCC, frequency coordination
     ST018:  entities shall adhere to the requirements and standards
     ST019:  listed below.  The coordination organization President
     ST020:  or Chairman or, in the case of recognized "stand alone"
     ST021:  coordinators, the Frequency Coordinator shall provide
     ST022:  to the NFCC a completed Coordinator's Certification
     ST023:  Application.  This signed application states the
     ST024:  organization or individual subscribes to and shall
     ST025:  follow these standards while conducting ARS frequency
     ST026:  coordination activities.
     ST027:
     ST028:  NFCC certification is a requirement for NFCC membership.
     ST029:  A frequency coordination entity does not have to become
     ST030:  an NFCC member to either request or be granted certification
     ST031:  by the NFCC.  Nothing in these standards is meant to imply
     ST032:  or circumvent the authority and legitimacy of a recognized
     ST033:  frequency coordination entity.  No frequency coordinator
     ST034:  is required to be either a member of the NFCC or
     ST035:  certified by the NFCC; however, certification and
     ST036:  membership are encouraged.
     ST037:
     ST038:  II. DEFINITIONS:
     ST039:
     ST040:  A. FREQUENCY COORDINATION ENTITY:  an organization or
     ST041:     person(s), recognized by a majority of the holders
     ST042:     of coordination within a defined geographic service
     ST043:     area, that provides frequency coordination services
     ST044:     in that geographic service area and within specified
     ST045:     frequency bands.
     ST046:
     ST047:  B. NEIGHBORING COORDINATION ENTITY:  a frequency
     ST048:     coordination entity that has a geographic service
     ST049:     area adjacent to another entity's service area.
     ST050:
     ST051:  C. CROSS-BORDER COORDINATION:  a frequency coordination
     ST052:     in one frequency coordination entity's geographic
     ST053:     service area that includes part of another entity's
     ST054:     geographic service area in its coverage.
     ST055:
     ST056:  D. HOLDER OF COORDINATION:  the organization or
     ST057:     individual to whom a frequency coordination is
     ST058:     issued.
     ST059:
     ST060:  E: TRUSTEE:  the individual holding the ARS call that
     ST061:     is used as a system ID.
     ST062:
     ST063:  F: SYSTEM: inclusive of, but not limited to, repeaters,
     ST064:     auxiliary stations, control links, and/or other
     ST065:     non-mode-specific integrated network station(s).
     ST066:
     ST067:  G: APPENDED DOCUMENTS: appendices become a part of this
     ST068:     document when they are approved per NFCC By-Laws,
     ST069:     Article IX, Section 3a.  Each appendix is to cover a
     ST070:     single specific subject.
     ST071:
     ST072:  H: CONCURRENCE: an agreement between two or more
     ST073:     coordination entities that a proposed coordination
     ST074:     is approved.
     ST075:
     ST075:  III. CERTIFICATION STANDARDS:
     ST076:
     ST077:  Performance above these minimums is encouraged.  While
     ST078:  no time limit for enhancing or compliance to these
     ST079:  standards will be imposed, it will be expected that the
     ST080:  participating entity will use their best efforts to
     ST081:  voluntarily ensure compliance at every available
     ST082:  opportunity.
     ST083:
     ST084:  Coordination data is the proprietary property of each
     ST085:  frequency coordination entity and shall not be released
     ST086:  to any agency or person without prior approval from the
     ST087:  originating entity.
     ST089:  All NFCC-certified frequency coordination entities
     ST090:  shall adhere to the following standards:
     ST091:
     ST092:  A. Maintain an up-to-date list, with necessary contact
     ST093:     data, of executive officers and other key personnel
     ST094:     with the NFCC.
     ST095:
     ST096:  B. The contact data provided must include:
     ST097:
     ST098:      1.) Name
     ST099:      2.) Callsign
     ST100:      3.) Address
     ST101:      4.) Telephone number
     ST102:      5.) E-mail address (if applicable)
     ST103:
     ST104:  C. Maintain a frequency coordination database
     ST105:     consisting of at least the following items:
     ST106:
     ST107:      1.) System callsign
     ST108:      2.) System input and output frequencies
     ST109:      3.) System location
     ST110:      4.) System sponsor
     ST111:      5.) System user access methods
     ST112:      6.) System emission(s)
     ST113:      7.) System coordinates
     ST114:      8.) Remote receiver coordinates
     ST115:      9.) Applicable System link and/or control frequency(s)
     ST116:     10.) If known, the date of original coordination
     ST117:     11.) Trustee's name, call, address, telephone
     ST118:          number, and e-mail address (if applicable).
     ST119:     12.) Antenna height in AMSL, and/or HAAT
     ST120:     13.) Antenna pattern(s) and azimuth(s)
     ST121:
     ST122:        i.) The data listed in section III , part C
     ST123:            (1) thru (5) shall be provided to the NFCC
     ST124:            data repository by each recognized
     ST125:            frequency coordination entity.
     ST126:
     ST127:       ii.) The data listed in section III, part C (6)
     ST128:            is recommended to be provided to the NFCC
     ST129:            data repository by each recognized
     ST130:            frequency coordination entity.
     ST131:
     ST132:      iii.) No data shall be released by the NFCC to
     ST133:            an agency or individual without prior
     ST134:            permission of the originating frequency
     ST135:            coordination entity.
     ST136:
     ST137:       iv.) Nothing in these standards shall be
     ST138:            construed as restricting the right of a
     ST139:            coordination entity from releasing
     ST140:            coordination data for its own purposes,
     ST141:            including its own fund-raising effort(s).
     ST142:
     ST143:        v.) The data listed in section III, part C
     ST144:            (12) thru (13) is recommended only.
     ST145:
     ST146:  D. Coordination entities may use any database
     ST147:     management system.
     ST148:
     ST149:  E. Each coordinator shall publish their coordination
     ST150:     policies and guidelines and keep a copy on file with
     ST151:     the NFCO.
     ST152:
     ST153:  F. Agree to recognize, cooperate with, and respond,
     ST154:     within thirty days, to legitimate inquiries from,
     ST155:     adjacent recognized frequency coordination entities.
     ST156:     Additionally, all frequency coordination entities
     ST157:     must agree to provide, within thirty days,
     ST158:     notification of proposed new or modified frequency
     ST159:     coordinations to any adjacent-area coordinator(s)
     ST160:     whose area(s) may be affected by the proposed
     ST161:     coordination.
     ST162:
     ST163:  G. Each coordination entity shall have established
     ST164:     procedures for succession.  Coordination entities
     ST165:     may request, but are not required to hold, an
     ST166:     NFCB-supervised election to determine who shall be
     ST167:     the recognized coordinator in that area in the event
     ST168:     succession is necessary for whatever reason.  The
     ST169:     NFCB may require a non-refundable 75% advance cash
     ST170:     deposit to be applied against these projected expenses.
     ST171:
     ST172:  H. Agree to use published dispute resolution procedures
     ST173:     for disputes involving more than one coordination
     ST174:     entity.
     ST175:
     ST176:  I. Agree, as a condition of continued certification, to
     ST177:     adhere to properly approved amendments and appended
     ST178:     documents.
     ST179:
     ST180:  IV. RATIFICATION:
     ST181:
     ST182:  These certification standards were ratified by the NFCC
     ST183:  membership on March 15, 1998 and are binding
     ST184:  upon all current and future NFCC-certified coordinators.
     ST185:
     ST186:  END
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Revision #8 adopted by the NFCC March 15, 1998

   
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