Make sure you know about the licensing requirements following the 400 MHz band changes.
Frequencies that used to be allocated to Differential GPS (DGPS) are now being used by government services like law enforcement and emergency services.
If you operate your DGPS equipment on these frequencies, you could disrupt or prevent these critical public safety services from doing their job. Causing interference to other services means you could be fined or taken to court.
It is also an offence to operate an unlicensed radiocommunications device under the Radiocommunications Act 1992. If found guilty an individual could face jail terms of up to 2 years and body corporates could receive a penalty of up to $270,000 (1,500 penalty units). Other penalties may apply, for example the interference offence provisions in Part 4.2 of the Act.
What to know about licensing your DGPS
- Operation of all DGPS equipment must be authorised by a relevant radiocommunications licence.
- All of the licence conditions must be met, including the permitted operating frequency, bandwidth, allowable transmitting power, location and antenna details.
- The licence issued will allow DGPS operation at one fixed site (site-specific operation) or within a larger geographic area (area-wide operation).
- If you are using a third parties radio communications licence you must have written authorisation and meet all conditions stated in the document.
- A site specific licence is required for any fixed base stations in use greater than 4 weeks.
SITECH Construction Systems is able to issue third party authorisation for area wide frequencies under set conditions and limited time frames. This allows customers to begin work while organising their own licence based on site requirements.
Want to find out more, or not sure if you’re operating your DGPS legally?
- Call the AMCA on 1300 850 115.
- Speak with your authorised SITECH dealer – 1800 748 324.
- Learn more on our website.
- Get the facts at acma.gov.au/400MHz.
This is not legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Independent advice should be sought if required.