• [Essex] Ofcom EMF Amateur Radio Licence Changes (Interview)

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    Ofcom EMF Amateur Radio Licence Changes (Interview)

    Posted: 16 Oct 2020 06:59 AM PDT https://www.essexham.co.uk/ofcom-emf-amateur-radio-licence-changes-interview.html

    Following a public consultation in February 2020, Ofcom released a
    statement in October 2020 which is set to require UK radio amateurs to
    complete risk assessments on their transmissions regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields.

    Here is the decision, released by Ofcom on the 5th of October 2020 (source: Ofcom EMF Statement)

    We will include a specific condition in Wireless Telegraphy Act licences requiring licensees to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits on EMF exposure. This condition will apply to all licence classes which authorise equipment to transmit at powers higher than 10 Watts EIRP (including, for example, the licences of mobile phone companies, TV and radio broadcasters
    and most point-to-point microwave links).

    We intend to apply a similar approach for equipment that is exempt from the requirement to have a licence and that is authorised to transmit at powers higher than 10 Watts EIRP, such as certain types of satellite terminals. We intend to amend relevant licence exemption regulations as considered appropriate on a case-by-case basis in line with our policy decision.

    In addition, we will require spectrum licensees to keep records (including
    the results of any measurements, tests and calculations) that demonstrate
    how they have complied with the ICNIRP general public limits.

    We have listened to the concerns of some licensees about the potential administrative burden of demonstrating compliance. To help ease this, we
    have developed a simple online EMF calculator, so they can assess their compliance more easily. We have also made changes to our proposed licence Condition and to our ‘Guidance on EMF Compliance and Enforcement’.
    How does this affect amateur radio, and what will we need to do?

    To find out more, we spoke to Leslie Butterfields G0CIB, who has been
    looking into Ofcoms proposals in detail:

    Ofcom EMF Changes Leslie G0CIB Interview

    Related links

    Ofcom Statement (05 October 2020)

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