Foundation Amateurs can operate IRLP
A question has arisen as to the interpretation of the Determination amending the Amateur LCD affecting Foundation licensees.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The question is whether a Foundation licensee can transmit tones, for example, the tones necessary to operate through an IRLP gateway. Of course, the DTMF tones to access an IRLP node transmitted by a Foundation station must be analogue tones, and not a digital transmission.
The ACMA is advising those who have raised this question that the Amateur LCD as amended does not prohibit the transmission of such tones by a Foundation licensee.
Such operation is contemplated by the note to the provision prohibiting the direct connection of a Foundation station to a public telecommunications network which makes it clear that indirect connection through a gateway operated by another licensee is permitted.
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