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Keeping your contact details up to date

If you hold licences or management rights, please ensure that all your contact details are up to date in SMART, the online register of radio frequencies.

Section 24A of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 states that addresses in the register must be up to date; not doing so is an infringement offence. The Ministry would appreciate it if phone numbers and email addresses are also kept up to date.

Log on to SMART now to check that your contact details are up to date.

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Radio Amateur Operator 50 to 51 MHz access

The Ministry recently updated radio spectrum licence number 4122 to allow Radio Amateur Operators to operate in the 50 to 51 MHz band without applying to RSM for permission. Radio Amateur Operators can now operate in this band anywhere in New Zealand in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of licence number 4122 in SMART.

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Radiocommunications over the internet compromises safety

A commercial pilot recently reproduced local air traffic radiocommunications over the internet, without the consent of the parties concerned or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) received a complaint from the airport, concerned of a likely compromise to the safety and integrity of airport operations resulting from unwanted publication of the communications.

Articles 17 and 18 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations apply to secrecy of radiocommunications, by both licensees and the general public. New Zealand gives effect to those requirements in the Radiocommunications Act 1989. It is an offence for anyone to disclose the contents, or to reproduce, or to make use of radiocommunications not intended for that person. The Radiocommunications Act 1989 provides for a penalty of up to $30,000.

In consultation with the CAA, who were concerned that the internet streaming breached International Civil Aviation Organization principles, and with assistance of airport staff, RSM was able to quickly locate the offender and visited the property. The pilot, who co-operated with an inspection, was formally warned.

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