ANCOM Proposes Changes in the Regulation of Amateur Radio Activity

ANCOM submits to the public consultation new rules in regulating the activity of radio amateurs, aiming at revising the specialized secondary legislation in the field, as well as bringing it in line with the evolution of national and international regulations. It is also proposed that interested parties be able to submit and upload in electronic format several documents necessary for the authorization of their activity. Draft decision on amending and supplementing the Decision of the President of the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications no. 245/2017 on the regulation of the amateur service can be accessed here.

ANCOM proposes changes in the regulation of amateur radio activity

Amendments proposed by the draft decision

ANCOM proposes that the interested persons have the possibility to submit and upload in electronic format the necessary documents in the authorization and certification process in the amateur and amateur satellite service, respectively the issuance of amateur radio authorizations, repeater and radio beacon station authorizations and of amateur radio certificates. These changes have taken into account the technological evolution and the need to digitize procedures, taking into account the current health context.

Another change concerns the introduction of a rule for deducting the call sign of a repeater or radio beacon from the call sign of the amateur radio owner of that station. The purpose of this measure is to make it easier to identify the holder of a repeater or radio beacon, and to protect short callsigns to be dedicated to special situations, including emergencies, taking into account the limited size of this resource.

Two new obligations are also introduced for holders of amateur radio licenses for repeater stations when using radio stations in emergency situations. Thus, they will have to ensure that the repeater station will have at least one emergency channel that can take over the emergency communications without restriction and, at the same time, ensure the recording of the connections made on the emergency channels automatically on the repeater station, keeping children. traffic for 1 year.

Amateur radiocommunications

Amateur and amateur satellite radiocommunications comprise all types of civilian radiocommunications operating in radio frequency bands with non-governmental or shared status (governmental / non-governmental) assigned to amateur and amateur satellite services according to the National Frequency Allocation Table (TNABF) approved by Government Decision no. 376/2020 on the approval of the National Table for the allocation of radio frequency bands.

The activity in the amateur and amateur satellite service consists in the use of radio waves for personal purposes through its own transmission-reception elements. In this way, radio amateurs around the world can communicate freely via radio stations according to the frequency bands assigned for this purpose. Amateur radio is not practiced for political or economic purposes, but only for personal purposes and without any pecuniary interest, with the aim of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations conducted by amateurs. This activity is internationally recognized at the level of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the main body representing amateur radio being the International Union of Amateur Radio (IARU), a sector member of ITU.

The public consultation process

The draft decision can be consulted here, and interested parties are invited to submit and submit comments and proposals by 17.01.2022, at the headquarters of ANCOM (2 Delea Nouă Street, sector 3, Bucharest), through the online Registry or through the regional directorates of the Authority. Observations can also be sent by fax to +40 372 845 402 or by e-mail to [email protected].

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