Updates to General User Radio Licence for Emergency Transmitters

The Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) of New Zealand issued a new edition of the Radiocommunications Regulations for General User Radio Licence for Emergency Transmitters.

This notice was published on New Zealand Gazette and it came into effect on January 16, 2020.

It also defines the Licence that can be applied by any person that may transmit radio waves using radiocommunication transmitters for the purpose to obtain assistance where the safety of life or property is threatened, for the testing of emergency transmitters, and search and rescue training, per the applicable terms, conditions, and restrictions of this notice.

This notice also defines the operating frequency range and allowed maximum transmitter output power.

Low (MHz)High (MHz)Reference Frequency (MHz)Maximum Power dBW e.i.r.p.

The general and special conditions applying to these transmissions under this licence are defined as well in this notice.

Amendments to the General User Radio Licence for Emergency Transmitters include:

  • adds in a UHF frequency for training and testing purposes, which was previously authorised under an individual licence; and
  • removes two redundant VHF frequencies that are no longer used by the aviation community.

This notice revoked The Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Emergency Transmitters) Notice 2005, dated 20 June 2005 and published in the New Zealand Gazette, 23 June 2005, No. 94, page 2248. Notwithstanding the revocation of the prevoius version notice, every transmitter capable of making transmissions compliant with the requirements of that notice on the commencement date of this notice is deemed to be compliant with the requirements of this notice.

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