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Amateur radio operators

Pursuant to section 111 of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and Regulation 9 of the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001, and acting under delegated authority from the chief executive, I give the following notice.
 

Notice


1. Short title and commencement

  1. This notice is the Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2013.
  2. This notice comes into force on 1 August 2013.


2. General user radio licence

A general user radio licence is granted for the transmission of radio waves by amateur radio operators in New Zealand, for the purpose of communications in the amateur radio service in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this notice.


3. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to New Zealand amateur operators

  1. Persons who hold a General Amateur Operator’s Certificate of Competency and a callsign issued pursuant to the Regulations may operate an amateur radio station in New Zealand.
  2. The callsign prefix of “ZL” may be substituted with the prefix “ZM” by the callsign holder for the period of, and participation in, a recognised contest, or as the control station for special event communications.
  3. Operation on amateur bands between 5 MHz and 25 MHz is not permitted unless a person has held a General Amateur Operators Certificate of Competency for three months and logged 50 contacts during this period. The person must keep the logbook record for at least one year and, during this period, produce it at the request of the chief executive.
     

4. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to visiting amateur operators 

  1. Persons visiting New Zealand who hold a current amateur certificate of competency, authorisation or licence issued by another administration, may operate an amateur station in New Zealand for a period not exceeding 90 days, provided the certificate, authorisation or licence meets the requirements of Recommendation ITU-R M.1544 or CEPT T/R 61-01 or CEPT T/R 61-02 and is produced at the request of the chief executive.
  2. The visiting overseas operator must use the national callsign allocated by the other administration to the operator, in conjunction with the prefix or suffix “ZL”, except where subsection (3) applies, which is to be separated from the national callsign by the character “/” (telegraphy), or the word “stroke” (telephony).
  3. The visiting overseas operator may use the prefix or suffix:
    a. ZL7 when visiting the Chatham Islands
    b. ZL8 when visiting the Kermadec Islands
    c. ZL9 when visiting the Sub-Antarctic Islands

 

5. Terms, conditions and restrictions applying to all amateur operators 

  1. The use of callsigns, including temporary and club callsigns, must be in accordance with publication PIB 46 “Radio Operator Certificate and Callsign Rules” published at www.rsm.govt.nz
  2. Callsigns must be transmitted at least once every 15 minutes during communications.
  3. National and international communication is permitted only between amateur stations, and is limited to matters of a personal nature, or for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and radio technology investigation, solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. The passing of brief messages of a personal nature on behalf of other persons is also permitted, provided no fees or other consideration is requested or accepted.
  4. Communications must not be encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning, except for control signals by the operators of remotely controlled amateur stations.
  5. Except as provided to the contrary in this notice, transmitter power output must not exceed 1000 watts peak envelope power (pX), as defined in ITU Radio Regulation 1.157.
  6. Amateur stations must, as far as is compatible with practical considerations, comply with the latest ITU-R recommendations to the extent applicable to the amateur service.
  7. In accordance with Article 25 of the International Radio Regulations, amateur operators are encouraged to prepare for, and meet, communication needs in support of disaster relief.
  8. Amateur beacons, repeaters and fixed links may not be established pursuant to this licence.
  9. Unwanted emissions outside the frequency bands specified in this Schedule must comply with the requirements of technical standard ETSI ETS 300 684 published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
  10. This general user radio licence applies only to transmissions within the frequency ranges set out in the Schedule to this licence. All such transmissions must be made in accordance with the notes for the frequency range in which that transmission take place and in accordance with the other conditions set out in this licence.
     

6. Consequential revocation of licences

The Radiocommunication Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2012 dated the 29th day of November 2012 and published in the New Zealand Gazette, 6 December 2012, No. 147, page 4287, is revoked.

 

Schedule

Frequency RangeNotes
130 to 190 kHz2, 4, 6
472 to 479 kHz2, 7
505 to 515 kHz2, 4, 7, 8, 9
1.80 to 1.95 MHz2
3.50 to 3.90 MHz2
7.00 to 7.10 MHz1
7.10 to 7.20 MHz 
7.20 to 7.30 MHz2
10.10 to 10.15 MHz2
14.00 to 14.35 MHz1
18.068 to 18.168 MHz1
21.00 to 21.45 MHz1
24.89 to 24.99 MHz1
26.95 to 27.30 MHz2, 3, 5, 6
28.00 to 29.70 MHz1
51.00 to 53.00 MHz2
144.00 to 146.00 MHz1
146.00 to 148.00 MHz2
430.00 to 440.00 MHz1, 2, 3
921.00 to 928.00 MHz3, 7
1.24 to 1.30 GHz1, 2
2.396 to 2.45 GHz1, 3
3.30 to 3.41 GHz1, 2
5.65 to 5.85 GHz1, 3
10.00 to 10.50 GHz1, 2
24.00 to 24.05 GHz1, 3
24.05 to 24.25 GHZ3
47.00 to 47.20 GHz1
75.50 to 76.00 GHz1, 2
76.00 to 81.00 GHz1, 2
122.25 to 123.00 GHz2, 3
134.00 to 136.00 GHz1
136.00 to 141.00 GHz1, 2
241.00 to 248.00 GHz1, 2, 3
248.00 to 250.00 GHz1
275.00 to 1000 GHz2, 4

 

Notes to Schedule

  1. The following ranges of frequencies may also be used for amateur satellite communications:
     
    7.00 to 7.10 MHz3.40 to 3.41 GHz
    14.00 to 14.25 MHz5.65 to 5.67 GHz (a)
    18.068 to 18.168 MHz5.83 to 5.85 GHz (b)
    21.00 to 21.45 MHz10.45 to 10.50 GHz
    24.89 to 24.99 MHz24.00 to 24.05 GHz
    28.00 to 29.70 MHz47.00 to 47.20 GHz
    144.00 to 146.00 MHz75.50 to 81.00 GHz
    435.00 to 438.00 MHz134.00 to 141.00 GHz
    1.26 to 1.27 GHz (a)241.00 to 250.00 GHz
    2.40 to 2.45 GHz 
    1. Limited to the earth-to-space direction.
    2. Limited to the space-to-earth direction.
  2. These frequencies are, or may be, allocated for use by other services. Amateur operators must accept interference from, and must not cause interference to, such other services.
  3. The frequencies:
     
    27.12 MHz(26.957 - 27.283 MHz),
    433.92 MHz(433.05 - 434.79 MHz),
    921.5 MHz(915 - 928 MHz),
    2.45 GHz(2.4 - 2.5 GHz),
    5.8 GHz(5.725 - 5.875 GHz),
    24.125 GHz(24.00 - 24.25 GHz),
    122.5 GHz(122 - 123 GHz), and
    245 GHz(244 - 246 GHz)

    are designated for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) purposes. These frequencies may also be allocated to Short Range Device (SRD) services. Amateur operators must accept interference from ISM and SRD services within these frequency ranges.

  4. Allocated to the amateur service on a temporary basis until further notice.
  5. Telecommand and telemetry operation only.
  6. Radiated power must not exceed 5 watts e.i.r.p.
  7. Radiated power must not exceed 25 watts e.i.r.p.
  8. The bandwidth of emissions must not exceed 200 Hz
  9. Use of this band is not permitted after 31 December 2013. 

 

Dated at Wellington this 30th day of July 2013.
JEFFREY DENNIS HICKS, Manager, Radio Spectrum Management Licensing, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

 

Explanatory Note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice:

  1. Prescribes that, pursuant to Regulations made under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, a general user radio licence is granted for the transmission of radio waves by amateur radio operators in New Zealand, for the purpose of communications in the amateur radio service, in accordance with the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this notice. This notice comes into force on 1 August 2013.
  2. This notice replaces the Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators) Notice 2012. The principal change from that notice is the changes to visiting amateur callsign requirements.

 

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Last updated 5 August 2013