WIA Lodges Submission Seeking Exclusive Amateur Band at 50-54 MHz
In May the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) released a Discussion Paper in respect of the spectrum available for digital radio, looking at three possible bands allocated to broadcasting in Australia including the MF Band, the band 174- 230 MHZ and the band 45-52 and 56-70 MHz.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The WIA has lodged a submission in response to that Discussion Paper, proposing that the 50-54 MHz band, should be retained for and allocated exclusively to the amateur service once the existing Channel 0 transmitters are replaced.
WIA President Michael Owen, VK3KI, said that more and more Region 1 administrations were recognising the unique propagation characteristics of that part of the spectrum, and allocating all or part of the band to the amateur service even though the band 50-54 MHz was allocated by the ITU to the amateur service only in Regions 2 and 3.
The WIA’s submission argues that it is those unique propagation characteristics that make the band so interesting for amateurs that at the same time make the band less suitable for broadcasting.
The ABA will merge with the ACA on July 1 to form the Australian Communications and Media Authority, ACMA, with broad responsibilities in respect of telecommunications, spectrum management, broadcasting and datacasting.
The WIA President said that the WIA hoped that the new Authority will be able to take a broader view of the totality of its functions than could be taken when the planning of the broadcast services bands was a separate responsibility of the ABA.
The submission can be read below.
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