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Radiocommunications (Radio) Regulations (General Licence for Voluntarily Equipped (VHF) Ships) Notice 1999 Pursuant to regulations 13 and 55 of the Radiocommunications (Radio) Regulations 1993 (``the New Zealand regulations''), and acting under delegated authority from the Secretary of Commerce, I give the following notice: N o t i c e 1. Short title and commencement (1) This notice may be cited as the Radiocommunications (Radio) Regulations (General Licence for Voluntarily Equipped (VHF) Ships) Notice 1999. (2) This notice comes into force on the 2nd day of July 1999. 2. General licence A licence under regulation 13 of the Radiocommunications (Radio) Regulations 1993 is hereby granted for the installation, operation, and use of the following classes of apparatus: (a) Maritime VHF radio transmitting equipment on voluntarily equipped ships, and; (b) Radionavigation (radar) equipment on voluntarily equipped ships for the purposes of the maritime radionavigation service, and; (c) Maritime VHF radio transmitting portable, hand-held, equipment used on land except where it is used; (i) At a fixed location/s; or (ii) In a vehicle fitted in a temporary or permanent manner i.e. connected to a remote external antenna and/or power supply. 3. Definitions For the purposes of this notice, the following terms have the following meanings: ``Maritime radionavigation service'' has the meaning given in Article S1 of the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union Ed.1990 Rev.1994; ``Radionavigation (radar) equipment'' means maritime radar and radar transponders; ``Voluntarily equipped ship'' means any vessel that is not required by law to fit or use maritime radiocommunications equipment. 4. Application This licence applies only to apparatus within the territorial limits of New Zealand. 5. Terms, conditions and restrictions (1) This licence applies only to apparatus which complies with technical specification RFS 33 (Issue 1, December 1991) and in respect of which a declaration of conformity has been submitted to the Secretary under regulation 43 of the Radiocommunications (Radio) Regulations 1993. (2) This licence is subject to the technical and operational conditions specified in the First Schedule. (3) The apparatus to which this licence applies are restricted to operating within the frequencies specified in the Second Schedule. 6. Revocation of prior notice The Radiocommunications (General Licence for Voluntary Equipped Ships (VHF)) Notice 1998 dated the 8th day of June 1998 is hereby revoked. 7. Period of validity of Licence This licence expires on the 31st day of January 2004. Dated at Wellington this 29th day of June 1999. KATHARINE MOODY, Manager, Radio Spectrum Management, Ministry of Commerce. First Schedule Technical and Operational Conditions Clause 5 (1) 1. The following technical and operational conditions apply in respect of maritime VHF radio transmitting equipment: (a) All transmissions made from a vessel must be properly identified. In the VHF band the following callsign and identification procedures must be used: (i) Callsigns Where already assigned, the existing callsigns from the ZMX/ZMS/ZMV/ZMR/ZMZ/ZMP series must continue to be used in conjunction with the current name of the vessel; for new vessels, the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation Incorporated will issue callsigns from the series ZMW, ZMY for ships, and the series ZMQ for portable units; (ii) Maritime mobile service identities (MMSI) When equipment with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capability is installed and otherwise complies with the provisions of this licence a MMSI must be obtained from the issuing authority, and be programmed into the equipment; (b) Except in an emergency, use and operation of the apparatus is restricted to persons who have been granted a valid maritime radio operator's qualification. Accepted radio procedures as outlined in Ministry of Commerce and Maritime Safety Authority information publications must be followed. (c) The VHF channels specified in Appendix S18 of the International Radio Regulations within the frequency band 156 MHz to 174 MHz must be used in accordance with the following use designations: [tn,2] Channels Use designation [tn,2] 16 Distress, safety and calling channel. All ship stations licensed for operation in the authorised bands between 156 MHz and 174 MHz must be able to transmit and receive on this channel. [tn,2] 70 Digital selective calling channel (DSC) [tn,2] 6,8 Intership working. [tn,2] 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 67, 69, 73, 79 For communications with various New Zealand harbour company coast stations on port operation and ship movement matters. [tn,2] 21, 23 For the reception of automatic weather information. [tn,2] 2, 7, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 For access to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). [tn,2] 28 Two frequency channel for general maritime use (including subscriber access) at Auckland. [tn,2] 1, 3, 4, 5, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 For general communication through repeater stations. [tn,2] 15 Low powered channel for communications between ships involved in diving operations. [tn,2] 67 For communication with the Maritime Safety Authority coast stations as a working channel, and for Oil Pollution Prevention communications. [tn,2] 68 For use nationally by ``rescue'' organisations. Also used by the Maritime Safety Authority coast stations as a working channel. [tn,2] 71, 74 For communication with coast stations after initial contact on channel 16. [tn,2] 73 For communication with coast stations operated in conjunction with marina developments. Also used for port operation communications in the Auckland area. [tn,2] 17, 77 For communication during aquatic events. [tn,2] 78, 80, 81, 82 For commercial communication through repeater stations. [tn,2] 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 For search and rescue communication through repeater stations. [tn,2] (d) The designated emission is 16K0F3EJN; and the maximum power output is 25 watts mean power. 2. Radionavigation (radar) equipment must meet the following technical requirements: Peak Power maximum: 10 kW Pulse Repetition Frequency: 3753600 Hz Antenna Band Width to -3 dB: 6.2 Horizontal, 30 Vertical Maximum Antenna Gain: 27dB Nominal frequency range: 9410 MHz9445 MHz ( 30 MHz) Second Schedule Apparatus Restricted to Specified Frequencies Clause 5 (2) 1. Maritime VHF radio transmitting equipment is restricted to operating within the frequencies specified in Appendix S18 of the International Radio Regulations but is not authorised to operate in the interleaved channels at 12.5 kHz spacing. 2. Radionavigation (radar) equipment is restricted to operating on frequencies between 9380 MHz and 9475 MHz. Explanatory Note This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect. This notice prescribes that, pursuant to regulation 13 of the Radiocommunication (Radio) Regulations 1993, a general licence is granted in respect of the installation, operation, and use of radio apparatus as specified in this notice, where such installation is not specifically required under any applicable legislation. The general licence applies to this apparatus only while it is within the territorial limits of New Zealand. Vessels intending to voyage outside these limits may require specific radio apparatus licences with appropriate fees being paid. This notice also authorises the use of radionavigation (radar) equipment on vessels provided they comply with the specific frequencies and technical specifications. This General Licence does not cover any VHF maritime radio transmitting equipment installed or carried on a compulsorily equipped vessel, or installed in a Coast Station configuration. This notice comes into effect on 2 July 1999.
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1 Jul 1999

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