ACMA Publishes Details of Amateur Higher Transmitter Power Trials
The ACMA has published on its website details of the trial of higher power transmitter output for Advanced amateur licensees.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The trial will commence on 1 March 2012 and will continue until 31 August 2013. The ACMA has advised the WIA that the 18 month authorisation is intended to provide the ACMA with time to evaluate the success of the trial after a 12 month period and to consider permanent regulatory arrangements, if warranted, while avoiding dead air between the evaluation time and the implementation of permanent arrangements, if appropriate
The paper is in the part of the ACMA site dealing with amateur matters and is an information paper.
Click the following Link to view the paper.
A brief article also appears on the Engage part of the ACMA website, where anyone can record their comments.
Click the following Link to view the Engage article
The ACMA will not accept applications for a variation of licence conditions to allow higher power before 1 March 2012.
The WIA hopes to publish some additional material on its website before the end of next week.
The WIA Board, in considering this trial at its meeting on 18/19 February thought it very important to point out to every amateur considering obtaining a higher power permit that this is a trial, and if problems do emerge, this could affect whether Australian amateurs will continue to be able to use the higher power, if they wish.
In particular, if interference is caused to others, the WIA advises that the amateur must immediately do whatever it takes to stop the interference, and must resolve the problem without resort to the ACMA.
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