Ofcom Amateur Radio Licence Statement

Ofcom-logo-col-tOfcom has published a decision to update the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence.  This follows a consultation published in September.

These include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual licences.

The decision is further to changes announced in our April statement on Public Sector Spectrum Release. In that statement, we set out a decision to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400 MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the Ministry of Defence.

This document is likely to be of interest to individuals authorised to use the radio spectrum in the UK for the purposes of amateur radio activities.

Ofcom Statement
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/statement

PDF which includes new sample licence
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/statement/Updating_the_Amateur_Radio_Licence.pdf

Comment regarding Ofcom’s proposed change for the 75875-76000 MHz Amateur Satellite allocation http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/ofcom-licence-changes-consultation-results.html#comment-189720

The RSGB has opened a forum to discuss guidance to accompany the licence. Anyone, RSGB member or not, can contribute to the discussion on the forum which is at http://forums.thersgb.org/implementation

Ex-Ofcom employee now ITU Deputy Secretary-General

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom has been elected as the ITU’s new Deputy Secretary-General  at the 19th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea.

Wiki records that he has represented UK in several international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Inmarsat, and the European Space Agency (ESA). He was employed at the Telecommunication Regulations Division of the European Commission between 1987 and 1992.

Later on, from 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the UK’s Radiocommunications Agency. In 2003, Johnson joined the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) at its inception, he was International Coordinator with lead responsibility for UK in ITU and European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). He remained in this position until 2006.

Malcolm Johnson was elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the ITU Standardization Sector (ITU-T) by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2006. He took office on January 1, 2007 and was re-elected at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010.

Beijing’s Houlin Zhao was elected Secretary-General of the ITU replacing radio amateur Dr. Hamadoun Touré HB9EHT. Houlin Zhao had served 8 years as Deputy Secretary-General.

Read the ARRL story at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/the-itu-elects-a-new-secretary-general

Wiki – Malcolm Johnson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Johnson_%28administrator%29

NoV suggestion for Airborne Ham Radio

Ofcom-logo-col-tThe RSGB response to the Ofcom licence consultation raises the suggestion of the use of NoV’s for aeronautical amateur radio operation.

The UK amateur radio licence currently prohibits airborne operation and amateurs have had to transmit using licence exempt spectrum instead.

The Society is critical of Ofcoms’ proposals regarding 470 kHz pointing out they do not align with the Wireless Telegraphy Act, nor are they the minimum necessary under the ITU Radio Regulations. The RSGB also say the 470 kHz proposals set a dangerous precedent in relation to interference.

Regarding the proposal to remove the 15 minute ID requirement and replace it with ‘as frequently as practicable’ the Society say it is open to too great a range of interpretation (and in some cases might be more burdensome than the well known 15-minute rule). The RSGB also suggests there is currently an ambiguity regarding embedding callsign data in modes such as Digital Voice.

In total over 2,000 people responded which is believed to be a record for an Ofcom consultation. It is thought Ofcom may take some time to publish all the responses but when they do they should be at
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/?showResponses=true

Read the full RSGB response, airborne is referenced in Question 9
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2014/09/141020_RSGB_LicenceReview-Response.pdf

RSGB – UK Amateur Licence Review http://rsgb.org/licencereview

Ofcom Amateur Radio Licence Consultation Announced

Ofcom-logo-col-tOfcom has published a public consultation setting out proposals for updating the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence – Essex Ham summary here.

Ofcom say: These proposals include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual licences.

The consultation follows changes announced in our April statement on Public Sector Spectrum Release, where we set out our decision to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400 MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the Ministry of Defence.

This consultation, which is likely to be of interest to those in the amateur radio community, closes on October 20, 2014.

Ofcom Amateur Radio Licence Consultation
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/

PDF at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/summary/condoc.pdf

Information on how you can respond to the consultation is at
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/howtorespond/

Read a summary of the changes at http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/licence-changes-ofcom-consultation.html

A RSGB discussion forum should be opened soon at http://rsgb.org/licencereview

Ofcom 146-147 MHz Consultation Closes Monday

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The key Ofcom public consultation to give radio amateurs temporary access to 146 to 147 MHz closes at the end of Monday, May 26.

You can let Ofcom know your view on this by filling in the simple online question form at
https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/howtorespond/form

The form asks four questions, the one of key importance to amateur radio is Question 4 which says:
“Do you agree with the proposal to make some spectrum not currently assigned to other applications available on a temporary for Amateur Radio use with these restrictions?”

You can just put No Comment in the other question boxes.

Ofcom 143 MHz to 169 MHz consultation page
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/

Consultation document PDF
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/summary/VHF_consultation.pdf

Ofcom Consultation: 146-147 MHz for Ham Radio use
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/24/ofcom-consultation-146-147-mhz-for-amateur-radio-use-in-uk/

Ofcom Amateur Radio Licence Review

Ash Gohil and Paul Jarvis G8RMM at 2013 RSGB Convention

Ash Gohil and Paul Jarvis G8RMM at 2013 RSGB Convention

One of the highlights of the RSGB Convention, October 12-13, was a talk by Ofcom’s Paul Jarvis G8RMM and Ash Gohil about the upcoming Amateur Radio Licence Review.

Read the Essex Ham report at
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/ofcom-amateur-radio-licence-review.html

The RSGB are planning to offer three further Litmus Tests shortly on:
– Licence Progression
– /AM usage for unattended airborne usage (balloons, etc)
– Remote Operation.

The new Discussion Forums will be available at http://rsgbdata.net/litmus/viewforum.php?f=9

Other issues that people may want to discuss that came from Ofcom’s presentation on Sunday, or at the National Hamfest, should be posted to the “Suggestions for New Topics” Litmus Test, see
http://rsgbdata.net/litmus/viewforum.php?f=14