Amateur Radio Licencing Update by G3MGQ

Ofcom-hq-400pxPhil, G3MGQ, the clubs RSGB trainer has kindly sent through the following regarding the recent Ofcom amateur radio consultation and the current strategic review for UHF Bands 1 and 2.

On 5 December, Ofcom published their response to the consultation, which closed on 20 October, on proposed changes to our Amateur Radio Licence Conditions. They seem to have accommodated nearly all the key points identified by the RSGB, so the use of Regional suffixes remains unchanged and no extra conditions have been introduced for the 470kHz & 5MHz bands, which will no longer require an individual NoV but will remain only available to Full Licensees, with the previous restrictions now to be incorporated into the Licence Document. Whilst Club callsigns are still to be held by an individual Full Licensee, a mechanism has been provided to enable them to be reassigned to another club member rather than be lost when the Club Licence holder ceases to represent the Club.

Ofcom have retained their proposed changes on licence revocation but have removed automatic revocation if the licence is not revalidated after 5 years. This is because, under the WT Act, Ofcom have to give the Licensee notice, usually a month, of the reason for their intended revocation which will give adequate time for a Radio Amateur to revalidate their licence. For consistency with other licences, a reference to licence fees is to be included but this does not signal an intention to reintroduce a fee for the Amateur Radio licence.

The major change, and possibly the most controversial, is that it will no longer be mandatory to give your callsign at least every 15 minutes. Instead, the callsign must be transmitted “as often as is practicable” in voice or the format appropriate for the mode in use. Despite concerns expressed that this could result in stations failing to identify themselves, making the identification of unlicensed stations difficult, this has been introduced to ensure that compliance is possible for all modes, particularly modern QRSS modes. Some minor changes to Schedule 1 to the Licence have also been made to reflect changes in allocation status from WRC12.

At least a month for appeals after the formal notice has been posted on the Ofcom website in January, the new Licence Document reflecting these changes will be available within a further month for existing Licensees to download from the Ofcom website.

On 4 December, Ofcom issued another consultation document on their review of the 420-470MHz band. On a quick read through, the main changes proposed are to the 450-470MHz segment to meet growing Emergency Services requirements for TETRA and also business use, leaving the Amateur Radio 70cm segment 430-440MHz unchanged. Consultation on this closes on 19 February 2015.

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