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ACMA Investigates Serious Interference on Amateur Bands

Date : 06 / 10 / 2011
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

Mark Loney, Executive Manager, Operations Branch of the ACMA has advised the WIA that the Operations Branch has been investigating interference to the Mt. Cottrel and Mt. Macedon repeaters as a result of complaints made by radio amateurs.

As a result of those investigations the ACMA applied to the Melbourne Magistrates Court for the issue of a search warrant under the Radiocommunications Act 1992. The application was successful and the search warrant was executed on premises in metropolitan Melbourne on Wednesday 14 September with the assistance of Victoria Police. Mr. Loney advises that as this is an ongoing investigation, the ACMA is unable to provide further details.

The WIA President, Michael Owen VK3KI says that the WIA welcomes these compliance activities affecting the amateur community.

Mr Loney points out that the successful prosecution of individuals charged with causing serious interference on amateur bands depends heavily on the willingness of amateurs to give evidence and to provide evidentiary statements to ACMA compliance staff.

The WIA encourages all amateurs to support the ACMA investigations.


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