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APIs connect your software to government services

Radio Spectrum Management now has APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to connect to the Register of Radio Frequencies. APIs create a secure connection between different software and services so they can be accessed through one interface. Instead of having to copy information, you can use an API to pull it into the system you’re using automatically. […]

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Fishpond fined $50k for selling illegal goods

An Auckland website company has been fined $50,000 in the Manukau District Court for selling devices that are not compatible with radio frequencies or electricity regulations in New Zealand, creating potential safety risks. Fishpond Limited runs a website through which it claims to have 16 million products available for sale, including books, toys, electronics kitchen […]

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Review of the Radio Spectrum Fees Framework

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) collects annual fees for all radio and spectrum licences. The consultation document sets out proposed changes to the licence fee framework. It also sets out proposed changes to address issues relevant to fee setting. RSM is seeking your feedback on the proposed changes. Your feedback will […]

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It’s hard to go undetected by RSM Compliance

RSM Compliance is now better equipped to detect unlicensed radiocommunication signals anywhere and anytime in New Zealand. A new mass signal detection and analysis system has been implemented, which allows Radio Inspectors to scan multiple bands and return a table of active frequencies. The upgrade better equips Radio Inspectors to detect unlicensed signals in a […]

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Operators of critical radio services reminded

Recent work by Radio Spectrum Management has shown a need for good radio frequency engineering practices to be employed at ports following an investigation of interference on container-loader driver’s radio systems. RSM traced the interference to newly-installed high-power transmitters that were causing front-end overload of the port’s radio equipment. The movement of containers is critical […]

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Working together for safety at sea

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their cooperation in improving safety at sea. The two organizations will collaborate on matters such as the use of satellite telecommunication services for the collection and dissemination of marine meteorological and oceanographic data to promote […]

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Internet radiocommunications compromises safety

A commercial pilot recently reproduced local air traffic radiocommunications over the internet, without the consent of the parties concerned or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) received a complaint from the airport, concerned of a likely compromise to the safety and integrity of airport operations resulting from unwanted publication of the communications. […]

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Keeping your contact details up to date

If you hold licences or management rights, please ensure that all your contact details are up to date in SMART, the online register of radio frequencies. Section 24A of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 states that addresses in the register must be up to date; not doing so is an infringement offence. The Ministry would appreciate […]

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Maritime WiFi installation precautions

Radio Spectrum Management have previously mentioned problems arising from WiFi installations affecting the NZ Meteorological Service rain radar. A recent investigation of issues affecting the Wellington radar showed that the problems are not restricted to land-based WiFi systems. In this instance the source was determined to be equipment operating on a vessel voyaging in the Cook […]

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Fishy business

Recently the Christchurch radio inspectors were involved with a commercial interference case affecting a major microwave link in the upper South Island. The microwave operator was able to identify that the link was only being affected when the same fishing vessel crossed its path in the Cook Strait. This led the inspectors to a number […]

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