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Old 04-03-2021, 03:24   #1
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Ofcom - EMF licensing circular

Anybody received the unintelligible email from Ofcom about proposed impending changes to radio licenses.


Dear Licence Holder,
We are writing to make you aware of some important changes that we are proposing to make to your Wireless Telegraphy Act licence(s) issued by Ofcom.
In February and October last year, we issued two public consultations on our proposal to formally require licensees to comply with the internationally agreed levels in the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guidelines for the protection of the general public from electromagnetic fields (EMF). We refer to these levels as the ICNIRP general public limits. In October, we also issued a Statement setting out our decision to formally require licensees to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits and we recently published an update on how we propose to implement that decision.
We are now writing to you to inform you of our proposal to vary the terms and conditions of your licence(s) to require you to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits. In accordance with the Wireless Telegraphy Act and your licence(s), we are giving you notice of our proposal by publishing a General Notice on our website.
Weve put all the relevant information about our proposal including the General Notice on a dedicated EMF webpage ofcom.org.uk/emf. Here you will find details of the licence variation process alongside the background to the changes and lots of FAQs to help you understand what our proposal means for you.
If, after reading the above information, you wish to make a representation to Ofcom in relation to our proposal to vary your licence(s), you have up until the 18 April 2021 to do so. However, if you do not wish to make a representation you do not need to take any action at this time. More information on the representation process can be found by visiting the Ofcom EMF webpage.
We will consider all representations before coming to a final decision on the variation of your licence(s). We will publish our final decision on the EMF page of our website by 18 May 2021. We will explain whether we have decided to vary your licence(s) to include the EMF condition. If your licence(s) has been varied we will send you an update of it or information on where a new version can be obtained from.
In future we intend to make greater use of General Notices published on our website and may not individually contact you to inform you that we have published one. We would therefore urge all licensees to regularly check the Ofcom website or subscribe to email spectrum updates by going to the following page on our website ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/email-updates.
If you have any questions about this change and what it means for you, further information can be found on the dedicated EMF webpage using the address provided above.
Yours faithfully,
Ofcom

It contains no useful information with no clickable links the reference ofcom.org.uk/emf doesn't actually point to a webpage.


I had a poke around on the Ofcom website to establish what this was about but found the mountain of information totally confusing and way above my pay-grade.


Should cruisers with radio equipment be worried about possible legal changes and conditions that might be imposed on us?
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:32   #2
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Re: Ofcom - EMF licensing circular

Interesting... the idea of awareness of, and ensuring safe EMF levels is within the expectations of an amateur radio license, but not so much for many cruisers. This PDF (long!) seems to have a bit more background about the proposed changes: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/asse...ion-update.pdf

It's probably worth keeping an eye out for an "Additional Guidance for Maritime Radio Users" which the above file mentions is still being drafted. My impression is there would be an expectation that you'd determine safe parameters for distance from the antenna and transmission duration, so that you can make sure members of the "public" aren't over-exposed. Similarly if people have access to the antenna, there'd be an expectation that you'd check and record that the area is clear before transmitting.

Two examples come to mind. First, for antenna at the top of the mast: between the distance and the maximum power, it's likely that few additional measures are needed. Second, for an antenna mounted on the pushpit next to an adjacent seat: A good portion of the cockpit probably falls outside the safe exposure limits and a more proactive approach might be called for, either by recalling people from the area or significantly limiting transmission time, and checking off a box in your radio log.

One last link; the EMF calculator they mention is an Excel spreadsheet, available from https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your...emf/calculator
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