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RW Online has reported about public stations receiving complaints from listeners who can’t hear their terrestrial radio stations occasionally due to interference from satellite radio devices containing FM modulators.
Now it appears the FCC is looking into the issue.
Audiovox has suspended shipments to stores of its XM Satellite Radio product, the Xpress Model XMCK10. The receiver manufacturer said today in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it received a letter from the FCC last week stating that its engineers tested the unit and found that the FM modulator is not in compliance with either the operating bandwidth specifications or FCC emission limits.
Audiovox said the agency wants testing and emissions information about the product and added, “We are conducting an internal review and we are suspending shipments of this unit until it is determined that it operates within FCC specifications.”
One analyst believes the plug and play unit comprises about 10% of XM’s retail unit sales.