Pursuant to Regulation 9 of the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 ("the Regulations") and acting under delegated authority from the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development, I give the following notice.
N o t i c e
1. Short title and commencement-(1) This notice is the Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Licence for Low Power FM Broadcasting) Notice 2010.
(2) This notice comes into force on 17 June 2010.
2. General user licence-A general user licence is granted for the transmission on the frequencies specified in the licence by means of radiocommunication transmitters intended for local-area broadcasting and known as "Lower Power FM Broadcasting" or LPFM broadcasting, in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this notice.
3. Terms, conditions and restrictions-(1) Within a 25km radius of any broadcast transmitter, there must be no more than one low power FM transmitter broadcasting substantially the same programme (including simulcast or re-transmission) as that broadcast transmitter. Broadcast transmitter means a low power FM transmitter or any broadcast transmitter licensed pursuant to section 48 of the Radiocommunications Act 1989.
(2) Low Power FM transmitter operators must broadcast the contact details of the person responsible for the transmissions at least once every hour.
(3) Only transmissions that are broadcasting, as defined in the Broadcasting Act 1989, are permitted.
(4) Transmitter emissions must conform to Schedule 1 of this notice and the requirements prescribed in notices made under Regulation 32(1)(b) of the Regulations.
(5) Transmitters are not permitted to be operated in the locations and at the frequencies described in Schedule 2 of this notice.
(6) Frequency use is on a shared basis and the chief executive does not accept liability under any circumstances for any loss or damage of any kind occasioned by the unavailability of frequencies or degradation to reception from other transmissions.
(7) Should interference occur to services licensed pursuant to a radio licence or a spectrum licence, including wireless public address systems, the chief executive reserves the right to require and ensure that any transmission pursuant to this general user licence change frequency, reduce power or cease operation.
4. Transitional provisions-Transmissions authorised under the General User Radio Licence for Low Power FM Broadcasting Short Range Devices Notice 2003 No. 2, published in the New Zealand Gazette, 26 June 2003, No. 73, page 1888, which
are not authorised under other provisions of this notice are permitted to continue at a maximum power of 0.5 Watt e.i.r.p until 19 July 2010 and must cease thereafter.
5. Revocation-The Radio Regulations notice General User Radio Licence for Low Power FM Broadcasting Short Range Devices Notice 2003 No. 2, published in the New Zealand Gazette, 26 June 2003, No. 73, page 1888, is revoked on 17 June 2010.
Transmitter Emission Requirements
(1) The permitted transmitter carrier frequencies are:
87.6 MHz 87.7 MHz 87.8 MHz 87.9 MHz
88.0 MHz 88.1 MHz 88.2 MHz 88.3 MHz
106.7 MHz 106.8 MHz 106.9 MHz 107.0 MHz
107.1 MHz 107.2 MHz 107.3 MHz 107.4 MHz
107.5 MHz 107.6 MHz 107.7 MHz
(2) The permitted designations of emissions are 180KF3EGN (mono), 256KF8EHF (stereo) and 256KF9EHW (stereo and multiplex data).
(3) The maximum radiated power shall not exceed 0 dBW (1 W) e.i.r.p.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of (3), the field strength shall not exceed 95 dBµV/m based on a measurement at a distance of 100 metres from the transmit antenna.
(5) External controls that enable transmitter power to be increased above the maximum radiated power are not permitted.
(6) Emission polarisation shall be vertical.
(7) Transmitter carrier stability (frequency tolerance) must be maintained within +/- 5 kHz.
(8) Unwanted emissions shall not exceed the limits as follows:
Unwanted Emission Limits - in the Resolution Bandwidth Frequency Range from Carrier Spectrum Analyser Resolution Bandwidth
-25 dBW 128 to 240 kHz Not to exceed 10 kHz*
-35 dBW 240 to 600 kHz Not to exceed 100 kHz*
-56 dBW > 600 kHz 100 kHz
*The spectrum analyser shall be set for five minutes maximum hold.
Locations and Frequencies Where Use of This Licence is Not Permitted
(1) Locations required for the protection of aeronautical services are as follows:
Location Description - based on NZ Topo50 Series map references Frequencies not to be used in MHz Area Description
Any location within a polygon whose vertices are BB32 600033, BB32 647067, BB32 658031, BB32 603023 107.5, 107.6 and 107.7 Auckland International Airport
Any location within a polygon whose vertices are BQ31 500363, BQ31 500313, BQ31 550348, BQ31 550363 107.0, 107.1, 107.2 and 107.3 North Wellington
(2) Between 17 June and 1 October 2010, use of this licence is not permitted within 50km of the locations and at frequencies
Location Description - based on NZ Topo50 Map Reference Frequencies not to be used in MHz Main Populated Areas in the Protected Location
Normandale BQ32 593390 87.6, 87.7, 87.8 Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Paraparaumu
Tauakira BK33 897041 87.6 Whanganui, Raetihi, Ohakune, Hunterville
Rangitoto BF34 110510 87.7, 87.8, 87.9 Te Awamutu, Otorohanga, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti
Mangatoetoe BC35 514607 87.6, 87.7, 87.8, 87.9 Waihi, Tauranga, Paeroa
Mt Campbell BP25 890481 87.6, 87.7, 87.8 Nelson, Motueka, Takaka
Mt Grey BW23 633257 87.6, 87.7, 87.8 Christchurch, Cheviot, Culverdon, Sheffield
Mt Shrives CA18 358513 87.6, 87.7, 87.8 Timaru, Waimate, Oamaru
Rudd Road CE17 033204 87.8, 87.9, 88 Dunedin, Milton, Palmerston
Mokoreta CG13 022618 87.9, 88, 88.1 Gore, Balclutha, Invercargill
Blue Mountains CE13 216145 87.7, 87.8, 87.9 Gore, Balclutha, Roxburgh
Hokonui CF12 799931 87.6, 87.7, 87.8 Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden
Dated at Wellington this Friday, the 11th day of June 2010.
SANJAI RAJ, Group Manager, Radio Spectrum Management, Ministry of Economic Development.
(This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect).
This notice prescribes that, pursuant to regulation-making powers of the Radiocommunications Act 1989, a general user radio licence is granted for the transmission on the frequencies specified in the licence by means of radiocommunication transmitters intended for local-area broadcasting and known as "Low Power FM Broadcasting Short Range Devices", or LPFM Broadcasting devices, in accordance with the terms, conditions and restrictions of this notice.
Transmissions under this licence must not cause interference to services in adjacent landmobile, broadcasting and aeronautical bands.
To assist LPFM operators understand the potential causes and mitigation of that interference, and the related terminology, the Ministry has provided information on the Radio Spectrum Management website
The information includes maps of the proposed LPFM exclusions zones that identify frequencies on which transmissions can cause interference.