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E-band land mobile radio channels potentially affected by MURS

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is aware that a number of non-compliant animal tracking and training devices are operating in New Zealand. These devices operate in frequencies 151.820 MHz, 151.880 MHz, 151.940 MHz, 154.570 MHz and 154.600 MHz, which are marketed only for use in the United States under the category of Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS).

These devices are illegal in New Zealand as per the Radiocommunications Regulations (Prohibited Equipment - Animal  Tracking and Training Devices) Notice 2014, because they operate on the same frequencies as equipment frequently used by people travelling and working in rural areas, such as transport, forestry and logging companies, local authority utilities, railways, electricity networks and other economically significant enterprises.

Operation of the non-compliant animal tracking and training devices creates a risk to licensed land mobile users of these frequencies. Due to this risk RSM is advising Approved Radio Certifiers and Engineers that, until RSM is confident that the use of non-compliant animal tracking and training devices has abated, channels in the range EN163 to EN167 should not be assigned in locations that could be subject to interference from animal tracking and training devices.

RSM will continue to restrict imports and, when located within New Zealand, take the illegal devices out of use. This Advisory will be lifted once RSM is confident that the likelihood of interference due to illegal use is negligible.

 

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Last updated 8 December 2014