Ofcom Proposes Multitude of Changes to Licensing Framework

June 23, 2023

Ofcom, the communications regulator for the United Kingdom, is requesting feedback to potential changes to the amateur radio licensing framework.

Just a few of the changes outlined in the 101 page proposal include:

  • Only permit licensees to hold a single individual licence, requiring surrender of lower licences as they progress
  • Streamline and modernise call sign assignment
  • Increase the maximum permitted transmit power to allow 20 Watts for Foundation and 100 Watts for Intermediate licensees in most bands; and 1000 Watts for Full licensees in bands where amateur radio has a primary allocation
  • Permit the deployment of repeaters, beacons and gateways without requiring a NoV in most cases
  • Allow Foundation licensees to build their own equipment and access the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • Enable low power airborne use in some frequency bands

The full proposal is available via PDF on the Ofcom website.

Source: Ofcom  open_in_new

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