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Fixed service review

RSM is reviewing New Zealand’s Fixed Service bands. Fixed Services provide vital backhaul solutions for a large variety of radio, broadcasting and telecommunications services. This review is to ensure that these bands remain fit for purpose and continue to be the backbone of the digital economy.

We are consulting on a number of changes to improve the efficiency, reduce congestion and optimise the band plans for the Fixed Services bands. RSM is seeking views from industry

Read more about the consultation document and how to make a submission

Guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft systems or drones

Did you get a drone for Christmas?

Radio Spectrum Management has released guidelines for permitted radio frequencies for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS or ‘drones’).

Some equipment may not comply with New Zealand’s radio frequency rules, and may cause interference when operating on unpermitted frequencies.

Read more about Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems / Drones

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Amendments to the Radiocommunications Regulations came into force 1 February 2015

The amendments improve RSM’s ability to deal with interference, and the import of prohibited and non-compliant equipment. Associated infringement offences will now be more consistent in the requirements they place on different actions, the services they protect and, the fees that apply to similar offences.

Find out more about how the amendments will affect you

Read the Radiocommunications Amendment Regulations 2014

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Hunter fined for using illegal dog-tracking devices

A Nelson man was fined $2250 plus court costs of $130 in the Nelson District Court on 27 January 2015 for using illegal dog tracking equipment.

Dean Burke had earlier pleaded guilty to using unlicensed radiocommunications equipment and hunting unlawfully, after being found hunting in Pearse Valley, south of Motueka on 5 August 2014.

Dog-tracking equipment that was designed for the US market is likely to use the 151-154 MHz range, which is the wrong radio frequency for New Zealand.

Read the full announcement on the MBIE website.

Read more about recent convictions.

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Retirement of long serving RSM staff member

On Wednesday 26 November 2014, Wim Zwart, Technical Officer and Deputy Registrar with RSM retired after 44 years’ service with MBIE and its predecessor agencies.

Wim started work as a radio technician with the NZ Post Office in February 1971.

He spent a summer season as a radio technician at Scott Base in the Antarctic when in the Post Office. There he helped maintain radio communications with New Zealand during the Erebus disaster.

During his career, Wim held various roles, including managing the Radio Standards Testing laboratory in Lower Hutt. He also led a project to the Tokelau Islands to build a new FMBC radio station on each of the three islands. For this he received a Ministry of Economic Development CEO’s award. More recently Wim engineered the complete reallocation of the FMBC Broadcast band in New Zealand.

RSM and the industry wish Wim a long and happy retirement after four decades in the radiocommunications field.

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