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Possible use of the 5351.5–5366.5 kHz band by the amateur service - consultation 13/2020

We examine sharing issues between existing and potential amateur uses of the band and seek comments on a range of options.

Now under review
Consultation number
IFC 13/2020
Days remaining 0 of 44 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    07 May 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    19 Jun 2020

Key documents

The issue

The amateur service primarily facilitates hobby radiocommunications and technical experimentation. We support the amateur service through planning arrangements that recognise the need for amateur radio operators to access frequency bands, while balancing other demands for spectrum.

In Australia, the high frequency (HF) band 5351.5–5366.5 kHz (15 kHz) was allocated to the amateur service on a secondary basis in 2017. However, there are unresolved sharing issues in the band, which have prevented its use. The band is used by 526 other licensed services, mostly land mobile and aeronautical services and also Defence.

Have your say

Comments on options for the possible use of the band 5351.5–5366.5 kHz by the amateur service on a secondary basis are invited. Four options are identified, which explore differing degrees of segmented use, on a geographical and/or frequency block use:

  • Option 1: Australia-wide access to the whole band (5351.5–5366.5 kHz) but excluding Queensland and zones around existing transmitters.
  • Option 2: Australia-wide access to 5351.5–5365 kHz, that is, exclude the top 1.5 kHz to mitigate against most known sharing issues.
    Option 3: Segmented and/or channelised use to mitigate against interference to existing services.
  • Option 4: No amateur use.

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You can email your submissions to or send by post to:

Chris Worley
Spectrum Planning Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

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