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In April 2014, Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) consulted on a proposal to create a new General User Spectrum Licence (GUSL) for short range devices (SRDs) in VHF Band I, formerly used for television broadcasting. A key issue in the consultation was whether the proposed GUSL should be limited to a specific use (such as toy grade remote-controlled devices) or non-specific uses i.e. allowing other SRDs.

This consultation has now closed. Two submissions were received and are available for download below.


VHF Band I SRDs submissions



In order to permit a range of SRDs manufactured to both American and European standards, RSM has decided to create a new GUSL in the frequency range 49.82-49.98 MHz to allow two types of use:

  1. Higher power transmissions (-10 dBW e.i.r.p.) within a narrower bandwidth at the bottom of the band (49.82-49.90 MHz), to accommodate American-standard devices such as remote controlled toys and models. Devices must conform to the US standard: CFR Title 47 Part 15 – Radio Frequency Devices: Subpart C 15.235.
  2. Lower power transmissions (-20 dBW e.i.r.p.) within a wider bandwidth across the whole band (49.82-49.98 MHz), to accommodate wider range of European-standard devices such as baby monitors. Devices must conform to the European standard: ETSI EN 300 220-1 (latest v2.4.1).

This is shown in the figure below.

Figure 1: GUSL for SRDs at 49 MHz
GUSL for SRDs at 49 MHz 

To view copies of the GUSLs please refer to Licence numbers 246231 and 246232 in the Register of Radio Frequencies.

Upon expiry of the management right MR47 at the end of August 2015, provisions in these two GUSLs would be transferred to GURL for Short Range Devices.

Last updated 26 August 2015