Hi guys, I have four units in Malaysia (which has no approval/certification to use goTenna, and probably no plans to pursue that regulatory approval). The nearest approved country is Singapore where it uses 920.5 - 924.5 MHz @ 0.5w.
I wish to use the units without the risk of being captured by regulatory spectrum scanners (yes, they do “wardriving” here). Is it possible for the phone app to set the goTenna units to at least comply with local restrictions even if it’s not for the approval process? Defaulting to USA settings is risky at 902.5 - 927.5 MHz @ 1.0w.
The approval for short-distance radio communications in Malaysia around this band are as follows:
Below 916 MHz : unknown assignment - could be military
916 - 919 MHz : 25 mW with <1% duty cycle or frequency hopping
919 - 923 MHz : 500 mW
923 - 924 MHz : 500 mW with <1% duty cycle or frequency hopping.
You can see that these restrictions more or less follow the Singaporean requirements (except that extra 0.5 MHz at the end of the range). For the sake of compatibility with neighbouring countries, following Singapore’s settings isn’t too bad (allows people to ping each other across the border?). Otherwise being able to use 919 - 923 MHz @ 500 mW is safe - this band is also approved for RFID applications at 2 watts. If I get questioned, I could argue it is a compliant device even if it’s never been formally approved.
I want to use goTenna but I do not want to pay a hefty fine / sit in jail, and help others who want to use goTenna in Malaysia as a tourist / traveler too.