Amateur radio operators

 

Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2006 [23 kB PDF]

 

Pursuant to Regulation 9 of the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 (“the Regulations”) made under section 116 (1) (b) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989, and acting under delegated authority from the Chief Executive, I give the following notice.

Notice

1. Short title and commencement

This notice is the Radio communications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2006.

This notice comes into force on 1 July 2006.

 

2. General user radio licence

A general user radio licence is granted for the transmission of radio waves by amateur radio amateur operators in New Zealand, for the purpose of communications in the amateur radio service in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this notice.

 

3. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to New Zealand amateur operators

Persons who hold a General Amateur Operators Certificate of Competency and a callsign issued pursuant to the Regulations, may operate an amateur radio station in New Zealand.

 

The callsign prefix of “ZL” may be substituted with the prefix “ZM” by the callsign holder for the period of, and participation in, a recognised contest, or as the control station for special event communications.

 

Operation on amateur bands between 5 MHz and 25 MHz is not permitted unless a person has held a General Amateur Operators Certificate of Competency for three months and logged 50 contacts during this period. The person must keep the logbook record for at least one year and, during this period, produce it at the request of the chief executive.

 

4. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to visiting amateur operators

Persons visiting New Zealand who hold a current amateur certificate of competency, authorisation or licence issued by another administration, may operate an amateur station in New Zealand for a period not exceeding 90 days, provided the certificate, authorisation or licence meets the requirements of Recommendation ITU-R M.1544 or CEPT T/R 61-01 or CEPT T/R 61-02 and is produced at the request of the chief executive.

 

The call sign must be the national callsign allocated by the other administration to that person, in conjunction with the prefix or suffix “ZL” which is to be separated from the national callsign by the character “/” (telegraphy), or the word “stroke” (telephony).

 

5. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to all amateur operators

The use of callsigns, including temporary and club callsigns, must be in accordance with publication PIB 46 “Radio Operator Certificate and Callsign Rules” published at www.rsm.govt.nz.

 

Callsigns must be transmitted at least once every 15 minutes during communications.

National and international communication is permitted only between amateur stations, and is limited to matters of a personal nature, or for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and radio technology investigation, solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. The passing of brief messages of a personal nature on behalf of other persons is also permitted, provided no fees or other consideration is requested or accepted.

 

Communications must not be encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning, except for control signals by the operators of remotely controlled amateur stations.

 

Except as provided to the contrary in this notice, transmitter power output must not exceed 500 watts peak envelope power (pX), as defined in ITU Radio Regulation 1.157.

 

In accordance with Article 3 of the International Radio Regulations, amateur stations must, as far as is compatible with practical considerations, comply with the latest ITU-R recommendations to the extent applicable to the amateur service.

In accordance with Article 25 of the International Radio Regulations, amateur operators are encouraged to prepare for, and meet the communication needs of, national and international disaster relief.

 

Amateur beacons, repeaters and fixed links may not be established pursuant to this licence.

Unwanted emissions outside the frequency bands specified in this schedule must comply with the requirements of technical standard ETSI ETS 300 684 published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

 

The ranges of frequencies, and specific conditions of use, are those prescribed in the Schedule to this notice.

 

6. Consequential revocation of licences

The Radio communication Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Visiting Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2004 dated the 2nd day of July 2004 and published in the New Zealand Gazette, 8 July 2004, No. 85, page 2118, is revoked.

All radio licences of the class Amateur General (H5) granted pursuant to the Regulations, are revoked.

 

Schedule

Frequency Range

Notes

130 to 190 kHz

2, 4, 6

1.80 to 1.95 MHz

2

3.50 to 3.90 MHz

2

7.00 to 7.10 MHz

1

7.10 to 7.30 MHz

2

10.10 t 10.15 MHz

2

14.00 to 14.35 MHz

1

18.068 to 18.168 MHz

1

21.00 to 21.45 MHz

1

24.89 to 24.99 MHz

1

26.95 to 27.30 MHz

2, 3, 5, 6

28.00 to 29.70 MHz

1

51.00 to 53.00 MHz

2

144.00 to 146.00 MHz

1

146.00 to 148.00 MHz

2

430.00 to 440.00 MHz

1, 2, 3

921.00 to 929.00 MHz

3, 7

1.24 to 1.30 GHz

1, 2

2.396 to 2.45 GHz

1, 3

3.30 to 3.41 GHz

1, 2

5.65 to 5.85 GHz

1, 3

10.00 to 10.50 GHz

1, 2

24.00 to 24.05 GHz

1, 3

24.05 to 24.25 GHZ

3

47.00 to 47.20 GHz

1

75.50 to 76.00 GHz

1, 2

76.00 to 81.00 GHz

1, 2

122.25 to 123.00 GHz

2, 3

134.00 to 136.00 GHz

1

136.00 to 141.00 GHz

1,2

241.00 to 248.00 GHz

1, 2, 3

248.00 to 250.00 GHz

1

275.00 to 1000 GHz

2, 4

Notes to Schedule

The following ranges of frequencies may also be used for amateur satellite communications:
 

7.00 to 7.10 MHz

3.40 to 3.41 GHz

14.00 to 14.25 MHz

5.65 to 5.67 GHz (a)

18.068 to 18.168 MHz

5.83 to 5.85 GHz (b)

21.00 to 21.45 MHz

10.45 to 10.50 GHz

24.89 to 24.99 MHz

24.00 to 24.05 GHz

28.00 to 29.70 MHz

47.00 to 47.20 GHz

144.00 to 146.00 MHz

75.50 to 81.00 GHz

435.00 to 438.00 MHz

134.00 to 141.00 GHz

1.26 to 1.27 GHz(a)

241.00 to 250.00 GHz

2.40 to 2.45 GHz

 

 

Limited to the earth-to-space direction.

Limited to the space-to-earth direction.

 

These frequencies are, or may be, allocated for use by other services. Amateur operators must accept interference from, and must not cause interference to, such other services.

The frequencies:
 

27.12 MHz

(26.957 - 27.283 MHz),

433.92 MHz

(433.05 - 434.79 MHz),

921.5 MHz

(915 - 928 MHz),

2.45 GHz

(2.4 - 2.5 GHz),

5.8 GHz

(5.725 - 5.875 GHz),

24.125 GHz

(24.00 - 24.25 GHz),

122.5 GHz

(122 - 123 GHz), and

245 GHz

(244 - 246 GHz)

 

 

 

 

are designated for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) purposes. These frequencies may also be allocated to Short Range Device (SRD) services. Amateur operators must accept interference from ISM and SRD services within these frequency ranges.

Allocated to the amateur service on a temporary basis until further notice.

 

Telecommand and telemetry operation only.

Radiated power must not exceed 5 watts e.i.r.p.

Radiated power must not exceed 25 watts e.i.r.p.

Dated at Wellington this 13th day of June 2006.

 

Group Manager, Radio Spectrum Management, Business Services, Ministry of Economic Development.

Explanatory Note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice prescribes that, pursuant to Regulations made under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, a general user radio licence is granted for the transmission of radio waves by amateur radio operators in New Zealand, for the purpose of communications in the amateur radio service, in accordance with the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this notice. This notice comes into force on 1 July 2006.

This replaces Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Visiting Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2004.

 

 

Schedule 1
Terms, conditions, and restrictions applying to every radio licence and exemption from radio licensing

r 14(2)

1 Technical compliance

·              Any radio transmitter operating under a radio licence or an exemption must comply with the requirements of the International Radio Regulations (to the extent that they reasonably apply to the category of service specified on the radio licence or exemption), and with any technical specifications or standards that are specified on the radio licence or exemption, or that may be notified from time to time by the chief executive by notice in the Gazette.

 
2 Operational compliance

·              The operation of any radio transmitter operating under a radio licence or exemption must comply with the requirements of the International Radio Regulations to the extent that they reasonably apply to the category of radio communication service specified on the radio licence or exemption.

 
3 Responsibility for observance of provisions

·              Observance of all terms, conditions, and restrictions relating to a radio licence or exemption by any person authorised to operate a radio transmitter under a radio licence or exemption remains the personal responsibility of the holder of the radio licence or exemption, as the case may be.

 
4 Notification of change of address

·              If a radio licence applies specifically to a radio transmitter at a particular address, the licensee must, within 7 days of removing the radio transmitter from the address, notify the chief executive of the removal.

 
5 Compliance with directions

·              The holder of a radio licence or an exemption must comply with any directions given by the chief executive, or by any person authorised by the chief executive to give directions on the chief executive's behalf, for the use of the radio transmitter operating under the radio licence or exemption.

 
6 No monopoly conferred

·              No radio licence or exemption confers upon the holder of the radio licence or exemption a monopoly on the use of any frequency or frequencies or frequency band or frequency bands specified on the radio licence or exemption.

 
7 Operator of radio transmitter to hold valid operator certificate

·              If a radio licence specifies that the operator of any radio transmitter operating under the radio licence must be the holder of a certificate of competency of the class specified on the radio licence, the radio transmitter must not be operated by any person who is not the holder of a certificate of competency of the required class or of a certificate recognised by the chief executive.

 
8 Callsigns

·              (1) If a radio licence requires the use of a callsign, the callsign of the person operating the radio transmitter in accordance with the radio licence must be—

o            (a) the callsign shown on the radio licence; or

o            (b) the callsign shown on the certificate of competency of the person who is operating the radio transmitter; or

o            (c) a temporary callsign that the operator is authorised to use in accordance with subclause (2).

 

(2) The chief executive may, by notice in the Gazette, authorise a person or a class of persons to use a temporary callsign for the period, and in accordance with the terms and conditions, specified in the notice.

Clause 8 was substituted, as from 17 June 2004, by regulation 9 Radio communications Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/126). See regulation 12 of those Regulations as to the transitional provision for holders of limited amateur operator's certificate.

 
9 Documents must be available for inspection

·              The holder of a radio licence or exemption must arrange for the radio licence or exemption, as the case may be, to be available at all times for inspection by an authorised officer.

 
10 Dismantling of radio transmitter when contravention has taken place

·              If an authorised officer is of the opinion that a contravention of the Act or these regulations has taken place and requires that a radio transmitter cease operating, the licensee under the relevant radio licence must comply with the requirement.

 

 

See the Ministries website for further details http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2001/0240/latest/DLM72113.html