40 Ch UHF CB to stay. It's official
Submitted: Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 13:06
Member - Boobook
It's official as of last week. They are also allowing interlinking of repeaters. That is a good move.ACMA Announcement 13th April
Citizen band (CB) radio users will no longer have to replace their older-style 40 channel equipment following a review by the regulator of a prohibition that was to have taken effect from 1 July this year.
Following extensive national consultation, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has decided to allow continued use of 40 channel equipment alongside the newer 80 channel equipment.
In 2011 a number of changes were made to regulatory arrangements for the Citizen Band Radio Service, to reduce and prevent congestion and interference in the 400MHz band.
The ACMA has also identified the potential for interlinking of CB repeaters to provide significant benefit to CB users, particularly in regional and remote areas. The ACMA has come to the view that these benefits outweigh potential interference from interlinking repeaters in some circumstances and that there are sufficient alternative regulatory mechanisms to deal with potential interference problems when they arise.
‘Following monitoring, surveying and consultation, the ACMA has removed the time limit on the use of 40 channel 25 kHz equipment and removed the limit on the use of CB repeaters for interlinking,’ said acting ACMA chairman Richard Bean. ‘The prohibition on the supply and sale of new 40 channel equipment will stay in effect, with continuing CB user uptake of the 80 channel equipment expected to further reduce congestion into the future.’
‘Congestion in the band is at a low point and manageable through ACMA’s routine monitoring and enforcement measures,’ Richard Bean added.
Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 13:57
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 13:57
Well i am covered , i have both .
Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 14:00
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 14:00
Interesting about the interlinking of repeaters, Boobook, because this has been going on for some years.
Diamantina Shire has all its repeaters linked together, so the entire Shire has good coverage. At my former home, we initially installed a repeater, that was very good, except for a black spot
behind a range of hills. Installed a 2nd repeater, linked to the first, and we had useful coverage over the place.
Good that the 40 channel units can stay.......legally.
Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 19:53
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 19:53
It's more usual to go back to the authority responsible and quote their decisions.Citizen band radio users no longer required to upgrade equipment
Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 21:10
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 21:10
Didn't he quote the Authorities decision?
Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 22:46
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 22:46
He quoted something from Westwick-Farrow Media and did not use a federal government source.
Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:33
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:33
I just copied and pasted Boobooks quoted material and what was posted on the site you linked too and...
...they are exactly the same. Word for word, paragraph for paragraph, punctuation mark for punctuation mark.
I don't get your issue!
Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:42
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:42
Does it matter
Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:49
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 23:49
That is sort of my point.
The info is accurate, correct and useful to people who need it.
Seems to be a heap of pedantic old fuss pots worrying about correct referencing and spelling than sharing good info.
Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 06:40
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 06:40
Peter the facts remain that the decision is now final.
You may also be aware that ACMA issued a press release to the media earlier in the week, but didn't put it on their own website or email to registered users until yesterday at around 2PM.
Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 09:19
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 09:19
They probably realised they have 0% chance of enforcing a ban on 40 channel equipment.