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WIA submission to the ACMA Interference Management Review

Date : 22 / 09 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is concerned that the risk of interference to amateur communications may be considered low by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), when compared to other radiocommunications or telecommunications services. The WIA makes this point in a submission to the ACMA that is reviewing its Interference Management Principles.

The WIA advocates assurance within the Principles that the move to a market-based approach to interference resolution will not disadvantage the amateur service, or other not-for-profit services. The radio amateur population is widely dispersed with the majority living in urban environments surrounded by a multitude of electronic devices. Any relaxation or breach of the electromagnetic compliance framework, or electromagnetic interference management, would have a very detrimental effect on the low-signal level communications abilities of radio amateurs.

The WIA was disappointed to see the ACMA use the public benefit metric to justify a relaxation in interference Standards recently for BPL/PLT modems. It hopes that this example will not be extended to other recognised potential interference sources such as LED lighting, switch-mode power supplies, inverters, and solar power installations ... or for that matter, Wireless Power Transfer installations for transport applications. The general radiocommunications community has observed that the noise floor across the radiofrequency spectrum is rising due to the proliferation of electronic and electro-technical devices.

The WIA is keen to ensure that the ACMA continue to regulate supply of equipment and pursue spectrum management practices to minimise such pollution.

The full WIA submission is below.

Related Files

WIA - ACMA Interference Management Submission
WIA - ACMA Interference Management Submission.pdf


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