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This Determination amends the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997 which determines conditions applicable to the various licensing options under the amateur licence type.
Administered by: Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Made 07 Feb 2008
Registered 18 Feb 2008
Tabled HR 20 Feb 2008
Tabled Senate 11 Mar 2008
Date of repeal 09 Aug 2013
Repealed by Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2013

The AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY makes this Determination under paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Dated   7th February 2008

CHRIS CHAPMAN

Member

 

 

 

LYN MADDOCK

Member

 


  

  

1              Name of Determination

                This Determination is the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Amendment Determination 2008 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                This Determination commences on the day after it is registered.

3              Amendment of Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997

                Schedule 1 amends the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997.


Schedule 1        Amendments

(section 3)

  

[1]           Paragraphs 2 (1) (b) and (c)

substitute

               (b)    every amateur licence (amateur advanced station) is also subject to the conditions in Part 3;

                (c)    every amateur licence (amateur standard station) is also subject to the conditions in Part 5;

[2]           Subsection 2 (2)

omit

         (2)   However,

insert

         (2)   Subject to subsection (3),

[3]           After subsection 2 (2)

insert

         (3)   Subsection (2) does not apply to the condition set out in subsection 8 (1A).

[4]           Subsection 3 (1), definitions of amateur licence (amateur intermediate station), amateur licence (amateur limited station), amateur licence (amateur novice limited station), amateur licence (amateur novice station) and amateur licence (amateur unrestricted station)

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[5]           Subsection 3 (1), before definition of emission mode

insert

emergency services means services provided by an organisation established in a State or Territory for purposes that include the provision of services during an emergency.

[6]           Subsection 3 (1), definition of licence

substitute

licence means:

                (a)    an amateur licence (amateur advanced station); or

               (b)    an amateur licence (amateur beacon station); or

                (c)    an amateur licence (amateur foundation station); or

               (d)    an amateur licence (amateur repeater station); or

                (e)    an amateur licence (amateur standard station).

[7]           Subsection 3 (1), after the definition of necessary bandwidth

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operate has the meaning given in subsection (1A).

[8]           Subsection 3 (1) after the definition of public telecommunications network

insert

pX means peak envelope power.

pY means mean power.

[9]           Subsection 3 (1), definition of qualified operator

omit

Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination No. 1 of 1993.

insert

Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination 2005.

[10]         Subsection 3 (1), after definition of qualified operator

insert

qualified person means a person who holds an overseas qualification equivalent to the certificate of proficiency for a qualified operator.

[11]         After subsection 3 (1)

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      (1A)   In this Determination:

operate means take an action to control the operation of the amateur transmitter, other than:

                (a)    in relation to an amateur standard station or an amateur advanced station — an action taken by a person who is not a qualified operator or a qualified person, that is done in the presence of and under the supervision of a qualified operator or qualified person, to activate by switch or voice a microphone connected to a transmitter, when the operation of the transmitter:

                          (i)    is limited to causing the transmitter to transmit or to cease to transmit; and

                         (ii)    is otherwise controlled by the qualified operator or qualified person; or

               (b)    in relation to an amateur standard station or an amateur advanced station — an action taken by a person who is not a qualified operator or a qualified person, that is done in the presence of and under the supervision of a qualified operator or qualified person, to control the operation of a transmitter while being trained or examined for the purpose of becoming a qualified operator; or

                (c)    in relation to an amateur standard station or an amateur advanced station — an action taken by a person who is not a qualified operator or a qualified person, to activate by switch or voice a microphone connected to a transmitter through a public communications network if:

                          (i)    the action is limited to causing the transmitter to transmit or to cease to transmit; and

                         (ii)    the operation of the transmitter is otherwise controlled by a qualified operator or qualified person present at the transmitter; or

               (d)    in relation to an amateur standard station or an amateur advanced station, for a station which receives radio signals from a second amateur station and automatically retransmits those signals by radio — an action taken by the operator of the second amateur station if that action causes the retransmitting station’s transmitter to only transmit or to cease to transmit; or

                (e)    in relation to an amateur standard station or an amateur advanced station, for a station which receives signals through a public telecommunications network from a second amateur station and automatically retransmits those signals by radio — an action taken by the operator of the second amateur station if that action causes the retransmitting station’s transmitter to only transmit or to cease to transmit; or

                (f)    in relation to an amateur repeater station:

                          (i)    which receives radio signals from a second amateur station and automatically retransmits those signals; or

                         (ii)    which is connected to a public telecommunications network which receives signals from a second amateur station and automatically retransmits those signals;

                        an action by the operator of the second amateur station that causes the first station’s transmitter to only transmit or to cease to transmit.

Note 1   The operation of transmitters used to transmit signals to amateur stations that receive radio signals and automatically retransmit those signals remains subject to the provisions of this Determination.

Note 2   All actions taken to control the operation of a transmitter used to transmit signals to stations mentioned in paragraphs (d) and (f) are considered to be operation of the transmitter.

[12]         Section 4

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For paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Act, every

insert

Every

[13]         Subsection 5 (1)

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natural

[14]         Subsection 5 (3)

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the ACA

insert

ACMA

[15]         Subsection 5 (4)

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[16]         Section 5, at the foot

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Note   Subject to subsections 5 (1) and (2), a licensee may transmit messages, on behalf of a third party, to any amateur station, including an amateur station in a foreign country. Other countries may permit the transmission or reception of messages on behalf of third parties only in the case of emergencies or disaster relief. Licensees should respect any restrictions applied to amateur stations in foreign countries in relation to the transmission or reception of messages on behalf of a third party.

[17]         Section 7

substitute

7              Interference

                The licensee must not operate an amateur station if its operation causes harmful interference to radiocommunications.

7A           Spurious emission limits for an amateur station

         (1)   The licensee must not operate an amateur station if the emissions of the station include spurious emissions that are not attenuated below the power of the wanted emission supplied to the antenna transmission line by:

                (a)    for frequencies less than 30 MHz — the lesser of:

                          (i)    43 + 10 log (PEP) dB; and

                         (ii)    50 dB; or

               (b)    for frequencies above 30 MHz — the lesser of

                          (i)    43 + 10 log (P) dB; and

                         (ii)    70 dB.

         (2)   In subsection (1):

P means mean power in watts supplied to the antenna transmission line.

PEP means peak envelope power in watts supplied to the antenna transmission line.

[18]         Before subsection 8 (1)

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      (1A)   The licensee of an amateur station (other than an amateur beacon station or amateur repeater station) may, on the following days, substitute the prefix letters VK in the call sign printed on the licensee’s amateur licence with the prefix letters AX:

                (a)    26 January;

               (b)    25 April;

                (c)    17 May.

Example

If the call sign specified in the licensee’s licence is VK1ZZZ, the licensee may use the call sign AX1ZZZ on the days mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) above.

Note   26 January is Australia Day, 25 April is Anzac Day and 17 May is World Telecommunication Day.

[19]         Subsection 8 (1)

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         (1)   If

insert

         (1)   Subject to subsection (2A), if

[20]         Subsection 8 (2)

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         (2)   If

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         (2)   Subject to subsection (2A), if

[21]         After subsection 8 (2)

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      (2A)   If a network of amateur operators is participating in emergency services operations or related training exercises, for transmissions relating to those operations or exercises, the licensee must ensure that arrangements are in place for at least 1 station in the network to transmit the call signs of the stations participating in the network:

                (a)    at the beginning and end of a transmission or series of transmissions; and

               (b)    for a transmission or series of transmissions that lasts for more than 30 minutes — at least once during each period of 30 minutes; and

                (c)    by voice (using the English language), by visual image or by an internationally recognised code.

[22]         Subsection 8 (3)

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The licensee

insert

Subject to subsection (3A), the licensee

[23]         After subsection 8 (3)

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      (3A)   The licensee must not operate an amateur station to transmit signals that are encoded for the purpose of obscuring the meaning of the signals, except for:

                (a)    signals exchanged between an amateur station and a space station in the amateur satellite service for the purpose of controlling the operation of the space station; and

               (b)    signals exchanged between an amateur station and an unattended amateur station for the purpose of controlling the operation of the unattended amateur station; and

                (c)    intercommunications when participating in emergency services operations or related training exercises.

[24]         After section 8

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8A           Transmission on authorised frequency bands

         (1)   The licensee must not operate an amateur station to transmit a signal to another amateur station, through an amateur repeater station, if the licensee is not authorised under the licence to transmit on the repeater output of the amateur repeater station.

         (2)   The licensee must not operate an amateur station to transmit a signal to another amateur station, through an amateur repeater station linked to a second amateur repeater station, if the licensee is not authorised under the licence to use the repeater output of the second repeater station.

         (3)   The licensee must not operate an amateur station to transmit a signal to a second amateur station through a third amateur station if the licensee is not authorised under the licence to transmit on the third amateur station’s transmit frequency.

Note   A licensee may transmit a signal over a repeater link, whether or not the licensee is authorised to transmit on the repeater link frequencies.

[25]         Subsection 9 (1)

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by, or under the supervision of, a qualified operator,

insert

by a qualified operator or qualified person in attendance at the amateur station,

[26]         Paragraph 9 (1) (d)

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radioteletype mode).

insert

radioteletype mode); or

[27]         After paragraph 9 (1) (d)

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                (e)    an amateur station at a remote location.

[28]         Subsection 9 (2), note

omit

Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination No. 1 of 1993.

insert

Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination 2005.

[29]         Section 10, note

omit

the ACA

insert

ACMA

[30]         After section 10

insert

Part 2A               Conditions for amateur licence (amateur standard station, amateur advanced station and amateur repeater station)

[31]         Section 11

substitute

11            Conditions

                Every licence for a station to which section 11A or 11B applies is subject to the additional conditions in this Part relating to the operation by the licensee under the licence of the station.

11A         Restrictions on connection to a public telecommunications network — general

         (1)   This section applies to

                (a)    an amateur standard station; and

               (b)    an amateur advanced station; and

                (c)    an amateur repeater station.

         (2)   The licensee must not, directly or indirectly, connect the station to a public telecommunications network, unless the licensee has implemented reasonable measures to ensure that only appropriately licensed persons access the station to transmit a signal to another amateur station.

         (3)   In this section:

appropriately licensed person means a person holding a licence that authorises that person to operate a station using the frequency and emission mode of the station being accessed.

Note 1   A licensee who operates a station connected to the public telecommunications network is not required to authorise other persons to operate the station for the purpose of accessing the station.

Note 2   For the purpose of the amateur service, the Internet is considered to be part of a public telecommunications network.

11B         Restrictions on connection from a public telecommunications network

         (1)   This subsection applies to:

                (a)    an amateur standard station; and

               (b)    an amateur advanced station.

         (2)   If a licensee connects a person from a public telecommunications network to the station, whether manually or automatically, the licensee must:

                (a)    advise the person being connected that his or her transmissions may be overheard by other persons; and

               (b)    advise the person being connected to disconnect if he or she does not wish to proceed with the connection.

Note   It is an offence, under subsection 7 (1) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to intercept a communication passing over a telecommunications system. Under subsection 6 (1) of that Act, interception of a communication passing over a telecommunications system means listening to or recording, by any means, such a communication in its passage over that telecommunications system without the knowledge of the person making the communication.

[32]         Part 3, heading

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Part 3                 Conditions for amateur licence (amateur advanced station)

[33]         Sections 12 and 12A

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12            Conditions

                Every amateur licence (amateur advanced station) is subject to the additional conditions in this Part relating to the operation by the licensee under the licence of the station.

12A         Restrictions on operation of station

                The licensee of an amateur advanced station must not authorise another person to operate the station if the other person is not a qualified operator or qualified person.

[34]         Section 14, heading

substitute

14            Emissions from an amateur advanced station

[35]         Section 15, heading

substitute

15            Operating an amateur advanced station in the frequency band 50 MHz to 52 MHz

[36]         Section 15A, heading

substitute

15A         Operating an amateur advanced station in the frequency bands 3.425 GHz to 3.4425 GHz and 3.475 GHz to 3.4925 GHz

[37]         Section 15B, heading

substitute

15B         Operating an amateur advanced station in the frequency bands 3.4425 GHz to 3.475 GHz and 3.5425 GHz to 3.575 GHz

[38]         Subsection 16 (2)

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The licensee

insert

Subject to section 15, the licensee

[39]         After subsection 16 (2)

insert

Note   The licensee of an amateur advanced station who operates an amateur station to automatically retransmit radio signals from another amateur station is not required to authorise the person operating the other amateur station to operate the licensee’s station for the purpose of the retransmission.

[40]         Part 5, heading

substitute

Part 5                 Conditions for amateur licence (amateur standard station)

[41]         Sections 22 and 22A

substitute

22            Conditions

                Every amateur licence (amateur standard station) is subject to the additional conditions in this Part relating to the operation by the licensee under the licence of the station.

22A         Restriction on operation of station

                The licensee of an amateur standard station must not authorise another person to operate the station if the other person is not a qualified operator or qualified person.

[42]         Section 24, heading

substitute

24            Emissions from an amateur standard station

[43]         After subsection 25 (2)

insert

Note   The licensee of an amateur standard station who operates an amateur station to automatically retransmit radio signals from another amateur station is not required to authorise the person operating the other amateur station to operate the licensee’s station for the purpose of the retransmission.

[44]         Section 26

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For paragraph 107 (1) (f), every

insert

Every

[45]         After section 27

insert

27A         Restrictions on operation of an amateur foundation station

         (1)   The licensee of an amateur licence (amateur foundation station) must not authorise another person to operate the licensee’s amateur station if the other person is not a qualified operator or qualified person.

         (2)   The licensee of an amateur licence (amateur foundation station) must not operate an amateur station using automatic mode or computer controlled mode.

         (3)   The licensee of an amateur licence (amateur foundation station) must not operate an amateur station that is directly connected to a public telecommunications network.

Note   An amateur foundation station may be indirectly connected to a public telecommunications network through a gateway operated by another licensee.

[46]         Section 30

substitute

30            Transmitter output power

                The licensee must not operate an amateur foundation station using a transmitter output power of more than 10 watts pX.

[47]         Section 35

omit

For paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Act, every

insert

Every

[48]         Section 38

omit

For paragraph 107 (1) (f) of the Act, every

insert

Every

[49]         After section 41

insert

Note   The licensee of an amateur licence (amateur repeater station) is not required to authorise other persons to operate the station for the purpose of accessing the repeater.

[50]         Schedule 1, heading

substitute

Schedule 1        Emission modes

(section 3 and notes at the foot of subsections 36 (3) and 43 (3))

[51]         Schedule 1, clause 2, table

after

 

Necessary bandwidth is a value between 1.000 kHz and 999.999 kHz (inclusive)

K

insert

 

Necessary bandwidth is a value between 1.000 MHz and 999.999 MHz (inclusive)

M

[52]         Schedule 2, heading

substitute

Schedule 2        Permitted frequencies and emission modes (amateur advanced stations)

(sections 13 and 14)

[53]         Schedule 2, Part 2, note 2

omit

amateur unrestricted station, amateur limited station, amateur intermediate station or

[54]         Schedule 2, Part 2, note 3

omit

amateur unrestricted station, amateur limited station, amateur intermediate station or

[55]         Schedule 3, heading

substitute

Schedule 3        Permitted frequencies and emission modes (amateur standard station)

(sections 23 and 24)

[56]         Schedule 7, heading

substitute

Schedule 7        Information about VHF television channel 0 stations

(notes at the foot of subsections 15 (3), 36 (3) and 43 (3))

[57]         Schedule 7, Part 3, table

substitute

Call sign

Location

Latitude

Longitude

Australian Map Grid coordinates

ABMN11

Young,
New South Wales

34º 17¢ 57² south

148º 18¢ 18² east

Zone 55
Easting 620100
Northing 6203900

ABMN57

Tumut,
New South Wales

35º 17¢ 39² south

148º 14¢ 46² east

Zone 55
Easting 613300
Northing 6093600

ABMN58

Junee,
New South Wales

34º 52¢ 44² south

147º 34¢ 30² east

Zone 55
Easting 552553
Northing 6140223

ABMN59

Cootamundra,
New South Wales

34º 38¢ 45² south

148º 2¢ 50² east

Zone 55
Easting 595980
Northing 6165725

ABMN66

Tumbarumba,
New South Wales

35º 46¢ 40² south

148º 1¢ 12² east

Zone 55
Easting 592200
Northing 6040200

ABMN67

Adelong,
New South Wales

35º 18¢ 23² south

148º 5¢ 36² east

Zone 55
Easting 599400
Northing 6092400

ABMN67

Mannus,
New South Wales

35º 53¢ 59² south

147º 56¢ 54² east

Zone 55
Easting 585580
Northing 6026750

ABMN68

Batlow,
New South Wales

35º 32¢ 49² south

148º 11¢ 49² east

Zone 55
Easting 608499
Northing 6065599

NEN67

Currabubula,
New South Wales

31º 15¢ 24² south

150° 43’ 47” east

Zone 56
Easting 283848
Northing 6539692

RTQ10

Miles, Queensland

26º 39¢ 3² south

150° 16’ 10” east

Zone 56
Easting 228207
Northing 7049297

RTQ65

Bell, Queensland

26º 56¢ 6² south

151° 27’ 21” east

Zone 56
Easting 346703
Northing 7019796

RTQ65

Toowoomba, Queensland

27º 32¢ 42² south

151º 58¢ 14² east

Zone 56
Easting 398361
Northing 6952766

RTQ66

Murgon,
Queensland

26º 11¢ 12² south

151º 57¢ 26² east

Zone 56
Easting 395800
Northing 7103200

RTQ66

Tara,
Queensland

27º 16¢ 47² south

150º 27¢ 37² east

Zone 56
Easting 248601
Northing 6979997

[58]         Further amendments

Provision

omit

insert

Section 13

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Section 14

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Subsection 15 (1)

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Subsection 15 (2)

the station to which this Part applies

the station

Subsection 15 (3)

the station to which this Part applies

the station

Section 15A

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Section 15B

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Subsection 16 (1)

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Subsection 16 (2)

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur advanced station

Section 23

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur standard station

Section 24

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur standard station

Subsection 25 (1)

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur standard station

Subsection 25 (2)

a station to which this Part applies

an amateur standard station

Section 37

the ACA

ACMA

Subsection 40 (2)

the ACA

ACMA

Section 44

the ACA

ACMA