General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices Updated
The latest changes to the General User Radio Licence for short range devices were published in the New Zealand Gazette on 29 July in the “Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices) Notice No. 2 2010."
In summary, the key changes to the GURL have been to:
- add a new allocation in the 3 MHz and 10 MHz bands to auditory aids;
- amend the designated use at 433 MHz from “telemetry and telecommand” to “unrestricted”;
- extend the allocation for audio/video senders from 614-646 MHz, to 502-694 MHz. The peak power permitted for such devices under the GURL is 0.01 mW e.i.r.p.; there are existing provisions for UHF radiomicrophones to operate at higher powers under General User Spectrum Licences;
- extend the allocation in 868-870 MHz. Devices used for determination, telemetry and telecommand with a peak power of 2 mW e.i.r.p. and a maximum duty cycle of 1% are now permitted. The allocation for devices with a peak power of 10 mW e.i.r.p. and maximum duty cycle of 0.1% in 869.2-869.25 MHz remains unchanged*;
- increase the power permitted in the 921.5-928 MHz band. Devices with a 1 W maximum transmitter power, employing FHSS or digital modulation, may now operate up to a maximum of 4 W e.i.r.p. with a gain antenna. Unwanted emission limits have been specified to protect adjacent services: –49 dBm at 915 MHz to –36 dBm at 921.5 MHz, and –46 dBm above 928 MHz‡;
- reduce the allocation within the range 921 to 929 MHz by 1 MHz: from 12 August, this band will be 921 to 928 MHz;
- increase the power in the range 76 to 77 GHz to 25 W e.i.r.p. to allow for use of vehicular radars; and
- amend the designated use “Telemetry and Telecommand” to include “Determination” to align with International Telecommunication Union designations for these services.
*The GURL published on 15 July omitted to specify the existing duty cycle limit of 0.1% for devices exceeding 2 mW in this band. The 29 July notice has corrected this omission.
‡ The unwanted emission limit of –36 dBm above 928 MHz that was specified in the GURL published on 15 July was amended in the 29 July notice to align with Australian and US specifications.