Important Changes to The Radio Spectrum in 2015

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Recently you may have received a letter from The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment advising you of changes to the radio spectrum from November 2015. Some of you have already been in touch asking about the transition and what it means. The changes and how these may affect your business are summarised below.

Changes to the radio spectrum

Some of the radio spectrum is to be narrow-banded to increase the number of available frequencies. Most of the forestry channels are currently run on wide-band channels. By November 2015 they must be narrow-banded as it will be an offence to run a wide-band channel after this date.

What does this mean for you?

1. If you have your own wide-band channel you will need to apply to the Radio Spectrum Management Group (RSM) to change your licence.
2. Also at some point before November 2015 the forestry channels will be changing to narrow-band and your radio will need to be re-programmed or replaced.

ALCOM can do both of the above for you.

Can I still use my existing radios?

You will need to have your radios assessed and they may simply require some reprogramming to comply with the narrow-band channel. We have the software for most models of radios to do the reprogramming for you. If a radio cannot be reprogrammed for narrow-band it will need to be replaced.

What are the options if I do need to replace my radios?

We are happy to advise you on the best available radios for your communication needs. We can supply you with radios at competitive prices from all the leading brands including Tait, Hytera, Motorola & Icom.

Contact Vernon to have a chat about how ALCOM can assist with reprogramming or updating your radio equipment to comply with these changes and ensure a smooth transition.