Non-approved electronic wireless devices can disrupt German communications systems

Courtesy of 86th Communications Squadron
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Certain U.S. electronic devices can disrupt communications in Germany and may result in legal proceedings and fines for those who use them. The use of such devices, such as cordless phones, wireless routers, and baby monitors, could interfere with critical communications systems supporting fire departments, emergency services, banks, rail systems, medical equipment, or security systems.

The best way to tell if an electronic device is approved for use in Germany is by looking for a specific symbol. U.S. manufactured electronic devices prominently display the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo, but in Europe the device must have a Conformité Européene (CE) logo. If the device does not contain a CE logo, do not use the device. The CE logo can be found on the box, user manual, or the device itself.

Disruptive interference has recently been discovered in Vogelweh housing by U.S. Air Force Spectrum Man-age-ment personnel and the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA, German Telecommunications Agency) when investigating a complaint filed by a German telecommunications company to U.S. European Command. The BNetzA and USAF Spectrum Management personnel are prepared to conduct future checks, so again, residents are reminded to check their electronic wireless devices for the  logo to ensure they are approved for use in Germany.

Baby monitors and wireless phones sold in local exchanges are  approved.  If you brought a transmitting device with you when you PCS’d, please follow the steps above to verify it is legal to use in Germany.

For more information, contact the KMC Spectrum Management office at 480-4009 or 06371-47-4009.