A Nelson man has been fined $30,000 for offences relating to use and supply of unlicensed radiocommunications equipment. The dog tracking transmitters involved, often used for pig hunting, are known to cause interference to licensed radiotelephone services. As those services commonly provide operational and safety communications for industries such as forestry, any interference presents significant risks for worker safety.
The judge’s sentencing remarks noted the potential harm which could result from interference and suggested that a significant deterrent sentence was required. Disregard of the licensing framework which separates radio services by frequency or location has the potential to cause serious harm to radiocommunications. Interference from unlicensed equipment can pollute and prevent effective use of the radio spectrum resource, to the detriment of all New Zealanders. RSM is keen to ensure that licensed radio services can operate to their full potential for everyone’s benefit and safety.