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Plans/Communications as amended, taking into account amendments up to Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2019 (No. 1)
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Registered 13 Mar 2019
Start Date 31 Jan 2019
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Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan 2007

as amended

made under subsection 44A (1) of the

This compilation was prepared on 31 January 2019 taking into account amendments up to Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2017 (No. 1)

 

 

 

Compilation No. 3

Compilation date:                                          31 January 2019

Includes amendments up to:                        F2019L00070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Melbourne

 

 


 

About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan 2007 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 31 January 2019 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law.  Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au).  The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes.  For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Federal Register of Legislation for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law.  Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified.  For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Federal Register of Legislation for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.


Contents

1.  Name of Plan ....................................................................................................... 4

2.  Commencement.................................................................................................. 4

3.  Definitions............................................................................................................. 4

3A.  Dividing line....................................................................................................... 4

4.  Digital radio channel plans............................................................................... 5

5.  Maximum ERP limits........................................................................................... 5

6.  Co-channel transmitters.................................................................................... 6

Schedule 1...... Sydney RA1................................................................................... 7

Schedule 2...... Canberra RA1.............................................................................. 14

Endnotes.................................................................................................................. 17

 


1.  Name of Plan [see Note 1]

This Plan is the Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan 2007.

2.  Commencement [see Note 1]

This Plan commences on the day after it is registered.

3.  Definitions

(1)     In this Plan:

Act means the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

category means a category of digital radio multiplex transmitter licence described in section 5 of the Act.

DAB means digital audio broadcasting.

depression angle means the angle between the horizontal line and the dividing line.

designated BSA radio area means:

(a)   the BSA licence area (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992) of a commercial radio broadcasting licence; or

(b)   the BSA licence area of a community radio broadcasting licence, where that BSA licence area is the same (or is deemed to be the same) as the BSA licence area of a commercial radio broadcasting licence.

dividing line — see section 3A.

ERP means effective radiated power.

frequency block means a frequency channel of 1.536 MHz bandwidth.

horizontal line means a horizontal line at the maximum antenna height of an antenna.

maximum antenna height means the maximum permitted height above ground level of the electrical centre of an antenna.

(2)     In this Plan, unless the contrary intention appears:

(a)   a reference to any other legislative instrument is a reference to that other legislative instrument as in force from time to time; and

(b)   a reference to any other kind of instrument or writing is a reference to that other kind of instrument or writing as in existence from time to time.

Note 1: For references to Commonwealth Acts, see section 10 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901; and see also subsection 13(1) of the Legislation Act 2003 for the application of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to legislative instruments,

Note 2: All Commonwealth Acts and legislative instruments are registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

3A.  Dividing line

(1)  In this Plan, dividing line means a line from a point at the maximum antenna height of an antenna to a point on the Earth below the horizontal line.

(2)  For subsection (1), if a negative value is specified in the depression angle, the point on the Earth is above the horizontal line.

4.  Digital radio channel plans

         (1)   For subsection 44A (1) of the Act, each Schedule is a digital radio channel plan for the designated BSA radio area specified in that Schedule.

         (2)   The digital radio channel plan specified in a Schedule:

(a)   allots a frequency block or blocks in relation to the designated BSA radio area for use by digital radio multiplex transmitter licensees; and

(b)   reserves a frequency block for a category 3 digital radio multiplex transmitter licence for the designated BSA radio area to be issued in accordance with subsection 102E (2) of the Act; and

(c)   determines which of the following types of licences, or which combination of the following types of licences, are to be issued for the designated BSA radio area:

(i)      category 1 digital radio multiplex transmitter licence;

(ii)     category 2 digital radio multiplex transmitter licence; and

(d)   if a particular type of licence mentioned in paragraph (c) is to be issued for the designated BSA radio area — determines whether:

(i)      a single licence of that type is to be issued for the designated BSA radio area; or

(ii)     2 or more licences of that type are to be issued for the designated BSA radio area; and

(e)   determines technical specifications of multiplex transmitters operated under digital radio multiplex transmitter licences for the designated BSA radio area.

Note   The relevant technical specifications are set out in each Schedule as “attachments”.

5.  Maximum ERP limits

         (1)   For each digital radio multiplex transmitter, the ERP of that transmitter in any part of a sector or bearing must not exceed the maximum ERP specified in the output radiation pattern table for that sector or bearing.

         (2)   If the output radiation pattern table for a digital radio multiplex transmitter specifies two maximum ERP values for a sector or bearing, the ERP of the transmitter in that sector or bearing must not exceed:

(a)   for a point at or above the dividing line — the maximum ERP in the column headed “At or above dividing line”; and

(b)   for a point below the dividing line — the maximum ERP in the column headed “Below dividing line”.

         (3)   The licensee of a digital radio multiplex transmitter must, if requested by ACMA to do so, demonstrate, to the satisfaction of ACMA, that the ERP of a transmitter in any part of a sector or bearing specified by ACMA complies with this section.

6.  Co-channel transmitters

The technical specifications for a co-channel transmitter licensed under a relevant digital radio multiplex transmitter licence are those specified in the licence.


Schedule 1        Sydney RA1

(subsection 4 (1))

  

Designated BSA radio area

Sydney RA1

Table 1  Frequency channels

 

Column 1

Multiplex transmitter licence name

Column 2

Frequency block

Column 3

Reserved frequency block

Column 4

Centre frequency (MHz)

Column 5

Category

Column 6

Technical specification number

Column 7

Technical specifications (attachment number)

Column 8

General area served

Sydney 1

9A

No

202.928

1

TS1132983

1.1

Sydney

Sydney 1

9A

No

202.928

1

TS1137041

1.4

Penrith

Sydney 2

9B

No

204.640

1

TS1132984

1.2

Sydney

Sydney 2

9B

No

204.640

1

TS1137056

1.5

Penrith

Sydney 3

9C

Yes

206.352

3

TS1132985

1.3

Sydney

Sydney 3

9C

Yes

206.352

3

TS1137057

1.6

Penrith

Note:    Column 8 is included for information only.

 

Table 2  Number of licences to be issued

 

Column 1

Licence Category

Column 2

Number of licences

Category 1

2

Category 2

0

Category 3

1

 

Attachment 1.1        Sydney 1

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

 

Category

1

 

General Area Served

Sydney

 

Mode

DAB

 

Specification number

TS1132983

 

Transmitter Site

 

 

Nominal Location

TXA Willoughby Site Tower

15 Richmond Avenue

WILLOUGHBY

 

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                   Longitude

33.811691ºS            151.195969ºE

 

Emission

 

 

Frequency Block

9A

 

Polarisation

Vertical

 

Maximum antenna height

230 m

 

Output Radiation Pattern

 

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Depression angle

Maximum ERP

At or above dividing line

Below dividing line

    0 °T    –     10 °T

All angles

50 kW

  10 °T    –     40 °T

0.3°

12.5 kW

50 kW

  40 °T    –   210 °T

All angles

50 kW

210 °T    –   256 °T

‑0.1°

12.5 kW

50 kW

256 °T    –   273 °T

All angles

50 kW

273 °T    –   298 °T

‑0.3°

15 kW

50 kW

298 °T    –   360 °T

All angles

50 kW

 

Attachment 1.2        Sydney 2

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

 

Category

1

 

General Area Served

Sydney

 

Mode

DAB

 

Specification number

TS1132984

 

Transmitter Site

 

 

Nominal Location

TXA Willoughby Site Tower

15 Richmond Avenue

WILLOUGHBY

 

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                   Longitude

33.811691ºS            151.195969ºE

 

Site Tolerance

Refer to technical planning guidelines

 

Emission

 

 

Frequency Block

9B

 

Polarisation

Vertical

 

Maximum antenna height

230 m

 

Output Radiation Pattern

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Depression angle

Maximum ERP

At or above dividing line

Below dividing line

    0 °T    –     10 °T

All angles

50 kW

  10 °T    –     40 °T

0.3°

12.5 kW

50 kW

  40 °T    –   210 °T

All angles

50 kW

210 °T    –   256 °T

‑0.1°

12.5 kW

50 kW

256 °T    –   273 °T

All angles

50 kW

273 °T    –   298 °T

‑0.3°

15 kW

50 kW

298 °T    –   360 °T

All angles

50 kW


Attachment 1.3        Sydney 3

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

3

General Area Served

Sydney

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS1132985

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

TXA Willoughby Site Tower

15 Richmond Avenue

WILLOUGHBY

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                   Longitude

33.811691ºS            151.195969ºE

Emission

 

Frequency Block

9C

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

230 m

Output Radiation Pattern

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Depression angle

Maximum ERP

At or above dividing line

Below dividing line

    0 °T    –     10 °T

All angles

50 kW

  10 °T    –     40 °T

0.3°

12.5 kW

50 kW

  40 °T    –   210 °T

All angles

50 kW

210 °T    –   256 °T

‑0.1°

12.5 kW

50 kW

256 °T    –   273 °T

All angles

50 kW

273 °T    –   298 °T

‑0.3°

15 kW

50 kW

298 °T    –   360 °T

All angles

50 kW

 


Attachment 1.4        Sydney 1

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

1

General Area Served

Penrith

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS1137041

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

Broadcast Monopole  Aust Radio Network Site  754-768 Hawkesbury Rd 

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                     Longitude

33.667434ºS           150.639753ºE

Emission

 

Frequency Block

9A

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

42 m

Output Radiation Pattern

 

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Maximum ERP

 

    0 °T    –   220 °T

300 W

 

220 °T    –   260 °T

150 W

 

260 °T    –   320 °T

  75 W

 

320 °T    –   360 °T

150 W

 

Advisory Note

This technical specification has been included in this plan because the transmission site is outside the Sydney RA1 licence area.


Attachment 1.5        Sydney 2

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

1

General Area Served

Penrith

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS1137056

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

Broadcast Monopole  Aust Radio Network Site  754-768 Hawkesbury Rd 

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                      Longitude

33.667434ºS              150.639753ºE

Emission

 

Frequency Block

9B

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

42 m

Output Radiation Pattern

 

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Maximum ERP

 

    0 °T    –   220 °T

300 W

 

220 °T    –   260 °T

150 W

 

260 °T    –   320 °T

  75 W

 

320 °T    –   360 °T

150 W

 

Advisory Note

This technical specification has been included in this plan because the transmission site is outside the Sydney RA1 licence area.


Attachment 1.6        Sydney 3

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

3

General Area Served

Penrith

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS1137057

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

Broadcast Monopole  Aust Radio Network Site

754-768 Hawkesbury Rd 

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                     Longitude

33.667434ºS              150.639753ºE

Emission

 

Frequency Block

9C

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

42 m

Output Radiation Pattern

 

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Maximum ERP

    0 °T    –   220 °T

300 W

220 °T    –   260 °T

150 W

260 °T    –   320 °T

  75 W

320 °T    –   360 °T

150 W

Advisory Note                                                             

This technical specification has been included in this plan because the transmission site is outside the Sydney RA1 licence area.

 


Schedule 2        Canberra RA1

(subsection 4(1))

  

Designated BSA radio area

Canberra RA1

Table 1  Frequency channels

 

Column 1

Multiplex transmitter licence name

Column 2

Frequency block

Column 3

Reserved frequency block

Column 4

Centre frequency (MHz)

Column 5

Category

Column 6

Technical specification number

Column 7

Technical specifications (attachment number)

Column 8

General area served

Canberra 1

8D

No

201.072

1

TS12000069

2.1

Canberra

Canberra 2

9C

Yes

206.352

3

TS12000071

2.2

Canberra

Note:    Column 8 is included for information only.

Table 2  Type and number of licences to be issued

 

Column 1

Licence category

Column 2

Number of licences

Category 1

1

Category 2

0

Category 3

1


Attachment 2.1        Canberra 1

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

1

General Area Served

Canberra

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS12000069

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

Telecom Tower

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                   Longitude

35.275515º S          149.097771º E

Emission

 

Frequency Block

8D

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

163 m

Output Radiation Pattern

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Maximum ERP

At all angles of azimuth

20 kW

Attachment 2.2        Canberra 2

 

Column 1

Technical specification

Column 2

Details

Category

3

General Area Served

Canberra

Mode

DAB

Specification number

TS12000071

Transmitter Site

 

Nominal Location

Telecom Tower

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Nominal Coordinates (GDA94)

Latitude                   Longitude

35.275515º S          149.097771º E

Emission

 

Frequency Block

9C

Polarisation

Vertical

Maximum antenna height

163 m

Output Radiation Pattern

Bearing or sector
(clockwise direction)

Maximum ERP

At all angles of azimuth

20 kW

 

 

 



 

Endnotes

Endnote 1 – About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

Endnote 2 (Abbreviation key) sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Endnote 3 (Legislation history) provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law.  The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

Endnote 4 (Amendment history) provides information about the amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level and includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law. 

It also includes information about any misdescribed amendment (that is, an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made).  If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.  If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

am = amended

   cannot be given effect

amdt = amendment

mod = modified/modification

c = clause(s)

No. = Number(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

def = definition(s)

   /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

rep = repealed

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have effect

rs = repealed and substituted

F = Federal Register of Legislation

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

gaz = gazette

Sch = Schedule(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

underlining = whole or part not

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given effect

   commenced or to be commenced

 


 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Title

Date of FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT Plan) 2007

 

10 Dec 2007 (see F2007L04662)

11 Dec 2007

 

Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels — NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2008 No. 1

 

20 Jan 2009 (see F2009L00099)

21 Jan 2009

Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels – NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2015 (No. 1)

 

11 May 2015 (see F2015L00666)

12 May 2015

Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels – NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2015 (No. 1)

 

23 May 2017 (see F2017L00588)

24 May 2017

Radiocommunications (Digital Radio Channels – NSW/ACT) Plan Variation 2019 (No. 1)

 

30 January 2019 (see F2019L00070)

31 January 2019

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

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

am. 2008 No. 1; am. 2017 No. 1

S. 3A.......................................

ad. 2008 No. 1

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

ad. 2008 No. 1

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

ad. 2015 No. 1; am. 2017 No. 1

Schedule 1

 

Schedule 1............................

am. 2008 No. 1; am. 2015 No. 1; am. 2017 No. 1

Schedule 2

Schedule 2………………….

 

ad. No 1 2017; am. 2019 No. 1