Hobbyking gets $2.8M Fine from FCC

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Mike_K
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Hobbyking gets $2.8M Fine from FCC

Post by Mike_K » 26 Jul 2020, 11:21

It appears that Hobbyking have been naughty boys and ignored FCC regulations for their drone AV transmitters. And paid the price!

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-issues ... XxAaEPrsU0

I don't know how the FCC will recover the $2.8M fine as Hobbyking are a Hong Kong based company with only small subsidiaries in the US, UK and Holland (if I understand correctly). Will this force Hobbyking to stop selling into the USA or at least close the USA warehouse?

One would assume if they are happy to flaunt the FCC regulations for an AV transmitter, they may not bother too much about flouting FCC and CE directives for their DSM2/DSMX modules? I'm sure now that the FCC has fined them for this transgression, they will probably investigate other HK rf products such as their DSM2/DSMX modules. And it will probably lead to the EU investigating all their CE marked RF products as well. The end of the OrangeRx range of modules one wonders?

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Re: Hobbyking gets $2.8M Fine from FCC

Post by Tobe » 26 Jul 2020, 11:44

...US, policeman of the world!
The question is more if HK wants to continue to sell on the US market and how much is it worth for them?
US have the "habit" to investigate & fine foreign corporations and / or activities in accordance with US laws if not compliant also if the "issues" happened in a 3rd countries.
It's the only country that behave this way in the world like an American citizen is taxed by the American IRS also if leaving and having its financial residency abroad for his income and assets. Example here was Boris Johnson who have dual citizen ship or at least had!

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Re: Hobbyking gets $2.8M Fine from FCC

Post by Mike_K » 27 Jul 2020, 08:22

The FCC ruling may have a detrimental effect on many of our American friends who have used OrangeRx DSMX/DSM2 modules as they are listed in the appendices as one of the products that have not been FCC tested and are therefore not allowed to be operated in the USA. At first I thought it was just AV transmitters, but it does list other products as well. Below is copied from the document:

"58 HobbyKing continued to market the AV transmitter listed as the OrangeRX DSMX DSM2 Compatible 2.4Ghz
Transmitter Module V1.2 (JR/Turnigy/Taranis compatible). See Marketing Citation, 31 FCC Rcd at 12581, para. 2;
NAL, Appendix A."

While the module is not an AV transmitter, it's listed as a prohibited transmitter. And the document states that any individual who is in possession of any of the listed products must stop using them with immediate effect. There must be hundreds, if not thousands of those modules in 2.4GHz converted transmitters including some converted by members of this forum. One wonders if there will be checks at big USA meetings of which module has been used in 2.4GHz converted transmitters?

The USA HobbyKing warehouse has already closed, so it would appear that this will have an effect on US modellers.

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