I am somewhat confused about the regulations on the radio frequencies.
- I am designing a system using an antenna, which is not used for communications. It is used for sensing based on the reflection coefficient of the antenna; therefore, there are no modulations used.
- The system operates on a single frequency around the range of 500MHz to 800MHz. It will be working continuously on that frequency (or can be designed to be turned on and off in short periods of milliseconds to preserve power or reduce exposure).
- It might periodically readjust to select another frequency from the same range around every 15 to 30 seconds.
In a nutshell, it will be a continuous signal on a single frequency that might hop to a new frequency in 15-30sec periods.
According to these specifications, do I have to stay in ISM bands?
If yes, can I reduce my signal power to an adequately low level to be able to use any frequency in my desired 500-800MHz range? And if yes, how much is the maximum power that can an antenna have while operating outside the ISM bands? (specifically in terms of frequency regulations, not to be confused with SAR.)
North American regulations are the immediate priority, but I also wish to know about European Union regulations.