Spectrum pollution and intruders put urban radio in doubt

Big Island ARRL News, 25 July 2017, 16:15 hrs, UTC, Post #269.

Source:

https://www.wia.rg.au/newsevents/news/2017/20170721-1/index.php

Accessed on 25 July 2017, 16:15 hrs, UTC.

Author:  Wireless Institute of Australia via IARU Region 1.

Please click link to read the full report.

The President of The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 delivered a sobering message to those attending the Ham Radio 2017 Friedrichshafen conference in Germany.  Don Beattie (G3BJ) said radio amateurs “need to be more vigilant to pollution and intrusion on our bands.”  Beattie added that Amateur Radio societies worldwide “need to work very hard to ensure that we continue to enjoy privileged access to parts of the spectrum.”  Among the items cited by both Beattie and commercial broadcast interests are the rising noise floor, restricted antenna space, and lack of regulations and standards for digital devices known as the “Internet of Things (IoT).

Beattie summed up his concerns with this observation:

“A second part to the IARU core work is spectrum protection. Don G3BJ said he is “deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe.” Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are “made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of interference – be it electrical interference or intruders”. Don G3BJ said the IARU is deeply involved in the work of the international standards organisations, arguing for common sense in the setting of emission standards for electrical and electronic devices. He highlighted major concerns facing the IARU being solar photovoltaic arrays, wind generators, digital devices, VDSL+ and wireless power transfer technology. “Some would say that even with the work we are involved in on standards, much of the radio spectrum is becoming unusable in the suburban environment,” adding he personally has sympathy with this view. He also praised the work of the IARU Monitoring System but more intruder watch observers were desperately needed.”

A cautionary tale for all of us who use the radio spectrum, be we radio amateurs, public service personnel, or former broadcasters, such as myself.

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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