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The future of Amateur Radio update

Date : 13 / 01 / 2018
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

A key part of how we operate is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Licence Conditions Determinations (LCD), which is to be reviewed later this year. The ACMA is expected to issue a discussion paper and make a public call for submissions.The WIA Board has received some inquiries about its LCD submission following the
three consultation surveys in June 2017.

There were more than 1100 respondents from the Amateur Radio community. The first survey showed that future Amateur Radio licencing must not be less than what is in the current apparatus licencing. Respondents wanted to see reduced regulation and greater self-determination. In relation to permitted power levels - it must be reviewed in a sensible, pragmatic way for all licence levels taking into account personal safety and electromagnetic emissions.

The second survey shows the need for digital models for Foundation licensees and access to more bands for Foundation licensees. Support the Standard Licence included access to more bands and higher power. For advanced licences harmonisation in 160 m and 80 m, new allocation at 5.3 MHz, primary status in 50-52 MHz, allocation at 5.3 MHz, primary status in 50-52 MHz, access to 70-70.5 MHz and the 918-925 MHz Industrial Scientific and Medical ISM band. There was overwhelming support for a relaxation of permitted bandwidths and an increase in power to 1000 watts for the Advanced Licence. There was also very strong support for the balance or relativity between the three grades of licences.

The third survey sought to address outstanding issues with licence conditions. The first question asked about clarifying the interference, station identification, retransmission and operation of repeaters. During the process the WIA has been guided by the ACMA, which is an evidence-based organisation, ahead of its LCD review this year.

The WIA will be pushing to expedite the implementation of the findings out of the ACMA review.


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