Advanced amateurs to trial higher power
22 February 2012
A trial of higher transmitter output power for the ‘advanced’ category of amateur licensees will begin on 1 March 2012.
The trial follows a request by the Wireless Institute of Australia.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) believes a trial is appropriate to assess the impact of the higher power authorisation, including potential interference issues. After evaluating the success of the trial, the ACMA will consider whether more permanent regulatory arrangements are warranted.
Applicants should be aware of the following requirements:
They must hold an advanced licence.
The authorisation for higher power is for an amateur station operating from nominated fixed locations only that are specified on the licence.
The authorisation is for the HF bands where the amateur service is the primary service.
Exclusion zones to protect trials of long term evolution (LTE) will apply.
Applications for the higher power authorisation will not be approved for stations located within an exclusion zone.
Should a new LTE trial commence during the trial period, stations that fall within the exclusion zone for that trial must be operated using the transmitter output power levels specified in the Radicommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997 (the Amateur LCD).
Interference protection provisions imposed under section 7 of the Amateur LCD continue to apply.
More detailed information on the trial and the application process is available on the ACMA website..
Last updated: 15 April 2016