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Radio operators and TV interference

As an amateur or CB radio operator you can reduce the impact your radio signals have on other radio or TV reception.

Make sure you and your neighbours can enjoy good radio and TV reception when you use your radio equipment.

Reduce signal interference from amateur or CB radio

You can reduce signal interference from your amateur or CB radio equipment on TV reception. Follow these steps:

  1. Check the condition and connections of all radio equipment, and get equipment serviced.
  2. Use your radio outside peak TV watching time.
  3. Select the right frequency of operation to avoid impact to TV frequencies in the area.
  4. Make sure your radio transmitter is not near any TV antenna or equipment.
  5. Install an effective earth or ground plane for the radio transmitter.
  6. Install the radio transmitter away from metal like roofing, gutters and downpipes.
  7. Use a balun transformer, common mode choke and ferrite beads on the radio antenna cable.
  8. Run radio antenna cables down from vertical antennas and at right angles from horizontal antennas.
  9. Properly matching the transmitter to the antenna.
  10. Use radio frequency filters to suit the frequencies you use.
  11. Only use the power level you need, not the maximum output power of the transmitter.
  12. Use a low impedance radio frequency earth connection for the transmitter and equipment.

Be a responsible radio operator

As an amateur or CB radio operator, you must not interfere with other radio communications.

We seek to resolve issues with you first through education and awareness.

If necessary we may take formal steps to enforce the provisions of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

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