On 2 January, the Irish regulator ComReg published a revised version of the Amateur Station Licence Guidelines in ComReg Document 09/45R1. The Guidelines include the following pieces of good news for licensed radio amateurs: The new band at 472 to 479 kHz which we reported on recently is included in the Schedule of frequencies available to licensed amateurs. Three additional 3 kHz channels have been made available, on application, in the 5 MHz band, and On the 10 MHz band the power has been increased from 100 watts to 400 watts.
The latter two items were among the matters sought by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society in its response to ComReg’s ‘Proposed Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum 2011-2013’ and which ComReg undertook to consider. The Society appreciates the very satisfactory outcome on these two issues.
The revised Amateur Station Licence Guidelines is a very useful source of information for anyone interested in amateur radio. Further details will be carried in the next issue of Echo Ireland. Licensed amateurs and those interested in obtaining an amateur station licence are, however, advised to familiarise themselves with the revised guidelines which are available on a link to ComReg’s Amateur Radio Information pages from the Downloads page of the IRTS website at www.irts.ie
(Source : IRTS via Southgate Amateur Radio News)