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Determinations/Communications as amended, taking into account amendments up to Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Amendment Determination 2007 (No. 1)
Administered by: Communications
Registered 16 Feb 2007
Start Date 15 Feb 2007
End Date 19 Aug 2015
Date of repeal 19 Aug 2015
Repealed by Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination 2015

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination 1997

as amended

made under paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the

This compilation was prepared on 15 February 2007
taking into account amendments up to
Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Amendment Determination 2007 (No.1)

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary                                                                                     

                        1     Name of Determination [see Note 1]                                                      3

                        2     Scope                                                                                                3

                        3     Interpretation                                                                                       3

Part 2                    Conditions for every scientific licence                                   

                        4     Conditions                                                                                          4

                        5     Use of stations under other licences                                                      4

                        6     Call signs                                                                                           4

Part 3                    Conditions for scientific licence (scientific non assigned station)   

                        7     Conditions                                                                                          5

                        8     Technical performance of a scientific non assigned station                      5

                        9     Permitted frequencies                                                                          5

                      9A     Permitted frequencies                                                                          6

                       10     Interference                                                                                         6

Schedule 1             Scientific non assigned station: permitted frequencies                     7

Schedule 2             Scientific non assigned station: permitted UWB station frequencies 8

Notes                                                                                                                              10

 

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Determination [see Note 1]

                This Determination is the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination 1997.

2              Scope

         (1)   This Determination sets out the conditions to which a scientific licence is subject in the following manner:

                (a)    every scientific licence is subject to the conditions in Part 2;

               (b)    every scientific licence (scientific non assigned station) is also subject to the conditions in Part 3.

         (2)   However, if a condition in this Determination is inconsistent with a condition specified in the licence, the condition specified in the licence applies.

3              Interpretation

         (1)   In this Determination, unless the contrary intention appears:

dummy load means a dissipative but essentially non‑radiating substitute device having impedance characteristics simulating those of the device for which it is a substitute.

licensee means the holder of a scientific licence and includes any person authorised by the licensee to operate a station under the licence.

scientific licence (scientific non assigned station) means a scientific licence that authorises the holder to operate a scientific non assigned station.

scientific station means:

                (a)    a scientific assigned station; or

               (b)    a scientific non assigned station.

ultra wideband station means a low power station with an emission bandwidth (measured at the furthest ‑10 dB points either side of the peak emission level) at any time that is:

                (a)    greater than or equal to 500 MHz; or

               (b)    greater than or equal to 20% of the value of the centre frequency of the emission bandwidth measurement points.

UWB means ultra wideband.

Note   For the definitions of other expressions used in this Determination, see the Radiocommunications Act 1992, the Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2000 and the Radiocommunications Regulations 1993.

         (2)   For this Determination, a frequency band described using 2 frequencies starts immediately above the lower frequency and ends at the higher frequency.

Part 2                 Conditions for every scientific licence

4              Conditions

                For paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Act, every scientific licence is subject to the conditions in this Part relating to the operation of any scientific station under the licence by the licensee.

5              Use of stations under other licences

         (1)   Subject to subsection (2), a scientific station must not be operated if the activity that is to be undertaken can be undertaken using a station under another type of licence.

         (2)   A scientific station may be operated if the station operates primarily to perform any of the following activities:

                (a)    research into radiocommunications;

               (b)    investigation of radiocommunications;

                (c)    instruction in radiocommunications;

               (d)    demonstration of equipment;

                (e)    testing of equipment;

                (f)    trials of new radiocommunications technology;

                (g)    radio propagation path testing.

Note   The issue of a scientific licence does not mean that an assigned frequency or any other frequency will be available to the licensee beyond the expiry date of the licence or under any other licence type for any purpose.

6              Call signs

         (1)   The licensee must operate a scientific station using:

                (a)    the call sign allocated by ACMA; or

               (b)    another form of identification that clearly identifies the station.

         (2)   However, subsection (1) does not apply to the licensee if the station is operated:

                (a)    for transmitting a message other than by voice; and

               (b)    using a form of transmission for which it is not technically practicable to use the call sign or form of identification.

Part 3                 Conditions for scientific licence (scientific non assigned station)

7              Conditions

                For paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Act, every scientific licence (scientific non assigned station) is subject to the additional conditions in this Part relating to the operation of any scientific non assigned station under the licence by the licensee.

8              Technical performance of a scientific non assigned station

         (1)   If a scientific non assigned station includes analogue speech (angle modulated) equipment that is operated:

                (a)    on a transmitter frequency in the frequency band 29.7 MHz to 520 MHz; and

               (b)    on a frequency channel with a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz, 20 kHz or 25 kHz;

the equipment must comply with the requirements of Australian Standard AS 4295—1995, as in force on 1 January 1996 (other than paragraph 3.1.2 of that Australian Standard).

         (2)   However, subsection (1) does not apply to a scientific non assigned station if:

                (a)    all emissions of electromagnetic energy from the station that the licensee intends the station to emit are dissipated into a non‑radiating dummy load; or

               (b)    radiofrequency transmissions from the station are confined by means of a screened room that provides attenuation that reduces the level of transmissions to the mean level of noise in the surrounding area.

9              Permitted frequencies

         (1)   If the licensee operates under the licence a scientific non assigned station that is also a land station and a scientific non assigned station that is also a mobile station operated on a frequency mentioned in column 2 or 3 of an item in Schedule 1:

                (a)    the land station must be operated:

                          (i)    to transmit on a frequency mentioned in column 2 of an item in Schedule 1; and

                         (ii)    to receive on the frequency mentioned in column 3 of the item; and

                         (iii)    in accordance with the conditions mentioned in column 4 of the item; and

               (b)    the mobile station must be operated:

                          (i)    to transmit on the frequency mentioned in column 3 of an item in Schedule 1; and

                         (ii)    to receive on the frequency mentioned in column 2 of the item; and

                         (iii)    in accordance with the conditions mentioned in column 4 of the item.

         (3)   However, the licensee may operate a scientific non assigned station on any frequency, without complying with subsection (1), if:

                (a)    all emissions of electromagnetic energy from the station that the licensee intends the station to emit are dissipated into a non‑radiating dummy load; or

               (b)    radiofrequency transmissions from the station are confined by means of a screened room that provides attenuation that reduces the level of transmissions to the mean level of noise in the surrounding area.

9A           Permitted frequencies

                If the licensee operates under the licence a scientific non assigned station that is also a UWB station, the UWB station is authorised to operate:

                (a)    within the range of frequencies mentioned in column 2 of an item in Schedule 2, if the emissions comply with the conditions mentioned in column 3 of the item; and

               (b)    in accordance with any other conditions specified on the licence.

10            Interference

                The licensee must not operate a scientific non assigned station if its operation causes harmful interference to a service provided by another station (other than another scientific non assigned station).

Note   It is the responsibility of a licensee of a scientific non assigned station to coordinate the operation of the station with the operation of nearby scientific non assigned stations to reduce any interference between the stations.


Schedule 1        Scientific non assigned station: permitted frequencies

(subsection 9 (1))

  

 

Column 1

Item no.

Column 2

Frequencies (Tx — land stations, Rx — mobile stations)
(MHz)

Column 3

Frequencies (Tx — mobile stations, Rx — land stations)
(MHz)

Column 4

Conditions

1

72.225

 

74.725

 

The licensee must operate the scientific non assigned station using

   (a)  FM only; and

   (b)  a maximum radiated power of 83W pY EIRP; and

   (c)  a maximum necessary bandwidth of 10.1 kHz

2

162.225

157.625

The licensee must operate the scientific non assigned station using

   (a)  FM only; and

   (b)  a maximum radiated power of 83W pY EIRP; and

   (c)  a maximum necessary bandwidth of 10.1 kHz

3

411.5

411.5

The licensee must operate the scientific non assigned  station using:

   (a)  FM only; and

   (b)  a maximum transmitter power of 5W pY; and

   (c)  a maximum necessary bandwidth of 10.1 kHz

4

493.5

498.7

The licensee must operate the scientific non assigned station using:

   (a)  FM only; and

   (b)  a maximum radiated power of 83W pY EIRP; and

   (c)  a maximum necessary bandwidth of 16 kHz

 

Schedule 2        Scientific non assigned station: permitted UWB station frequencies

(paragraph 9A (a))

 

Column 1

Item

Column 2

UWB Emission Centre Frequencies (GHz)

Column 3

Conditions

1

<3.1

   (a)  Emissions in a frequency band mentioned in column 2 of an item in Table 1 of Schedule 2 must not exceed the field strength limit mentioned in column 3 of the item when measured at a distance mentioned in column 4 of the item

   (b)  Emissions in the band 960–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑65.3dBm/MHz

   (c)  Emissions in the band 1610–1990 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑53.3dBm/MHz

   (d)  Emissions in the band 1990–3100 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑51.3dBm/MHz

   (e)  Emissions in the sub‑bands 1164–1240 MHz and 1559–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑75.3dBm/kHz

   (f)  Emissions above 3100 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑51.3dBm/MHz

2

3.1–10.6

   (a)  Emissions in a frequency band mentioned in column 2 of an item in Table 1 of Schedule 2 must not exceed the field strength limit mentioned in column 3 of the item when measured at a distance mentioned in column 4 of the item

   (b)  Emissions in the band 960–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑75.3dBm/MHz

   (c)  Emissions in the band 1610–1990 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑53.3dBm/MHz

   (d)  Emissions in the band 1990–3100 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑51.3dBm/MHz

   (e)  Emissions in the band 3100–10600 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑41.3dBm/MHz

   (f)  Emissions above 10600 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑51.3dBm/MHz

   (g)  Emissions in the sub‑bands 1164–1240 MHz and 1559–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑85.3dBm/MHz

3

22–26.5

   (a)  Emissions in a frequency band mentioned in column 2 of an item in Table 1 of Schedule 2 must not exceed the field strength limit mentioned in column 3 of the item when measured at a distance mentioned in column 4 of the item

   (b)  Emission in the band 960–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑75.3dBm/MHz

   (c)  Emission in the band 1610–22000 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑61.3dBm/MHz

   (d)  Emissions in the band 22000–26500 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑41.3dBm/MHz

   (e)  Emissions in the band 26500–31000 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑51.3dBm/MHz

 

 

   (f)  Emissions above 31000 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑61.3dBm/MHz

   (g)  Emissions in the sub‑bands 1164–1240 MHz and 1559–1610 MHz must not exceed an EIRP of ‑85.3dBm/kHz

Table 1            Emission limits applicable to UWB stations from 9 kHz to 960 MHz

 

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Frequency (MHz)

Column 3

Field Strength (µV/m)

Column 4

Distance (m)

1

0.009–0.490

2400/f (kHz)

300

2

0.490–1.705

2400/f (kHz)

30

3

1.705–30.000

30

30

4

30.000–88.000

100

3

5

88.000–216.000

150

3

6

216.000–960.000

200

3

 

Note   In Table 1, field strengths are based on the use of a CISPR quasi‑peak detector.


Notes to the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination 1997

Note 1

The Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination 1997 (in force under paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, which came into force on 1 January 2005, it is a requirement for all non‑exempt legislative instruments to be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Table of Instruments

Title

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997

9 Apr 1997 (see Gazette 1997, No. GN14)

9 Apr 1997

 

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997 Amendment 2000 (No. 1)

27 Jan 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. GN3)

27 Jan 2000

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Amendment Determination 2005 (No. 1)

24 Mar 2005 (see F2005L00756)

25 Mar 2005

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Amendment Determination 2005 (No. 2)

6 Jan 2006 (see F2006L00083)

7 Jan 2006

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Scientific Licence) Amendment Determination 2007 (No. 1)

14 Feb 2007 (see F2007L00344)

15 Feb 2007

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

S. 1.........................................

rs. 2005 No. 1

S. 2.........................................

am. 2005 No. 1

S. 3.........................................

am. 2005 No. 2

Note to s. 3 (1)......................

rs. 2005 No. 1

Part 2

 

S. 5.........................................

rs. 2007 No. 1

S. 6.........................................

am. 2005 No. 2

Part 3

 

S. 9.........................................

am. 2000 No. 1; 2005 No. 2

S. 9A.......................................

ad. 2005 No. 2

Heading to Schedule..........

rep. 2005 No. 2

Schedule 1

 

Heading to Schedule 1.......

ad. 2005 No. 2

Schedule 2

 

Schedule 2............................

ad. 2005 No. 2