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The WIA Responds to Discussion Paper

Date : 01 / 01 / 2007
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

On 13 November 2006 ACMA published on its website a discussion paper prepared by private consultants, Spectrum Wise Radiocommunications Consultants, who have been commissioned by ACMA to review government spectrum holdings.

It sought comments by 31 December 2006.

The amateur service must have an interest in such a review simply because of the existing spectrum sharing arrangements with government bodies through "secondary user" status recognised in the Australian Radiocommunications Spectrum Plan. The main "primary user" status user is the Department of Defence. These bands are most of the bands between 420 MHz to 24250 MHz.

WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI appointed a group of experts to advise the Board on the issues raised by the Discussion Paper, and if thought appropriate, prepare a submission.

The group consisted of Peter Young VK3MV a licensed amateur since 1965, with a background in maritime communications engineering and a former ACA/ACMA Regional Manager and was the first Manager BPL project team for ACMA, Keith Malcolm VK1ZKM who has been a licensed amateur since 1967 and is the retired manager of former Department of Communications, IT and the Arts Communications Laboratory, with extensive experience of ITU-R Study Group and WRC meetings, and the WIA�s nominated member of the Australian delegation to WRC-07 and John Martin,VK3KM a licensed amateur since 1967 and Chairman of the WIA Technical Advisory Committee.

Peter was asked by the group to act as chair and WIA Secretary Ken FullerVK4KF, acted as coordinator and rapporteur to the group.

The group recommended to the Board that the WIA make a submission, which they had drafted. The WIA Board accepted the recommendation, and just before Christmas, it was lodged with the Consultants.

A copy of the submission has been placed on the WIA website. download report here.

In releasing the WIA�s response the President said that the WIA Board acknowledges with gratitude the valuable work of this group, whose expertise and knowledge must be very hard to equal.


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