Hopefully you all responded to the consultation (only 255 amateurs out 22,000 did)?? Unfortunately it seems not enough of us did because Ofcom have just released details of the proposed new spectrum license conditions and it is not good news.
In summary - For every re-configuration of portable or fixed station equipment / aerials you must keep records of the tests you have done to prove that you are compliant with ICNIRP guidelines.
See the Ofcom webpage for more details: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations- ... ure-to-emf
Noel - G8GTZ
The feed has 10dB (ish) gain. 5W into the feed reached 10w/sqm at 1m, the focal length is 1.5m. If you stood with your back against the dish you are safe. By the magic of spreadsheets the dish generates power such that the field strength under 10W/sqm is right out to 15m... or in other words, the calculations don't really work like that. You need to do a more detailed calculation.
Let's kill this rumour before it gets any further.
Field strength assessments do seem likely - but NOT MEASUREMENTS.
Ofcom is producing a simple assessment tool that will green-light the large majority of amateur use-cases. Their spreadsheet tool needs more work, but it's a very positive step.
If the simple Ofcom test throws up a query, that only means a more detailed assessment is needed. RSGB is working with ARRL on field strength modelling to cover a very wide range of amateur situations. Still NO MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED.
That leaves only a tiny minority of amateur situations that might require more detailed assessment still... and there's cover for those also.
73 from Ian GM3SEK
(Responding only for myself at this point,
not for any national radio society.)
Or wearing a mask, exiting pub by 10pm etc etc.....just tick the box and carry on......
Be under no illusion - THIS WILL AFFECT all UK amateurs including YOUOfcom have decided to include a specific condition in Wireless Telegraphy Act licences requiring licensees to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits on EMF exposure. This condition will apply to amateur licences and a draft of the proposed regulations has been released as part of Ofcom’s second consultation document.
The RSGB says: "As we produce further guidance, please be prepared for your Club/Group to respond to Ofcom before their Nov-16 deadline"
So please be ready to reposond to Ofcom - it is shameful that only 255 UK amateurs responded last time - this will be your last chance.
If possible (it's not straight forward!) please try to submit your own response to the consultation:There is now a fuller draft RSGB response online which may inspire you to reply to Ofcom, but please do not copy it - please use your own original views/words
All at: http://rsgb.org.uk/emf
You need to download the word template from here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/ ... e-form.odt
DO NOT copy word for word the RSGB reponse as Ofcom discounts me-too responses.
When complete you need to email the form to EMFImplementation@ofcom.org.uk
So please make a start now as your response needs to be submitted by next Monday