August Newsletter 2020

Farewell Paul Davis – Westwick Farrow Media

As Paul Davis leaves us to venture into new areas of marketing, on behalf of the RFUANZ committee and members, we would like to thank Paul for his professionalism and attention to detail to ensure the Comms-Connect/RFUANZ annual exhibition and gala dinner were successful over the past five years. Paul, we wish you well in all your future endeavors.

RFUANZ Annual General Meeting

A requirement of the Association is to host an annual general meeting, usually held during the annual Comms Connect exhibition.
This year, as this was not possible, we will be hosting a special one-hour Zoom meeting on 11 November 2020 between 4 and 5 pm. Please contact our administrator to register your interest in attending, complete with the preferred email for us to contact you.
The agenda, and Annual Financial accounts, posted out to all members on the 5th of October 2020.
As we are now more technology-focused, there are a few clauses in our current Rules that require updating, to allow this agenda and AGM papers to be sent electronically, rather than post. We will require your vote on remits, put by the committee, to change these Rules at the AGM.
Nominations for the RFUANZ committee will also be required, as three current members will be standing down. Please consider joining your committee to ensure the protection and preservation of spectrum in the industry.

RFUANZ industry training

RFUANZ recognises a need for more training and career path options for our industry and as a result, has a key focus on this. RFUANZ is working with interested parties on the development of a Level 4 NZQA certification specific to radio communications. This is part of the overall plan to have a nationally recognised qualification for people entering the radio communications industry.
RFUANZ has reached out to WISPA, RSM and a number of ITO’s to try to reach industry consensus on what the training needs to cover and the best way to deliver it. RFUANZ would welcome member input into what the industry needs from the training.

Self-Lead Learning Opportunities

During this time of Covid-19, the potential to upskill yourself has become much more readily available. Several of our member organisations are offering online learning courses.

Tait Radio Academy, Go Wifi, Zetron, Cambium Networks, and Electrotest are all offering opportunities to learn. We fully support and encourage you to participate in these online courses.


Become an approved Radio Engineer or Approved Certifier

Thinking of becoming an approved radio engineer? For more information please contact RSM.

Criteria on how to become an radio approved engineer or certifier can be found on the RSM website.

Corey Weir

RFUANZ Chairman


RFUANZ/Radio Spectrum Management

RFUANZ met with Radio Spectrum Management in August to discuss various.

Topics included:

  • 60 GHz and 5 GHz GURL licences are being looked at in comparison with other countries with some modifications expected before the end of this year.
  • The memorandum account reserve built up over a number of years from revenue received for licences, is reducing with the current balance as at 30th June 2020 to $9.2 million.
  • RSM and RFUANZ have entered discussions around level four NZQA training and also training pathways for ARC and ARE qualifications.


We need your feedback

Last Friday, the RFUANZ committee held a planning day at Wellington airport. This is usually held directly after our AGM, where we consider ideas to have member participation and encourage ideas from members in areas they wish us to work through, for them.

To make this happen, we need to hear from you, our members. At the beginning of each month, you will receive an email from us, asking if there is anything you wish to share.

This could be in the form of any special projects you have undertaken/completed tests or technology updates that you have been involved with. Perhaps even problems you faced along the way and what you did to overcome such problems. So it’s really important you share your work experiences with us, so we can include in our usual monthly newsletters and others can see what you have been doing.


Join the RFUANZ Members Facebook Forum

If you are on Facebook, please join our RFUANZ private group. We have established this group as a platform for our members to share & discuss industry topics including spectrum issues, policy and planning, projects, good news stories, conference and training topics.

The committee would like to re-enforce how important it is for the members to share information with them regarding spectrum issues or ideas they are have. This could be outdated regulations that have not kept up with technology, interpretation of regulations or any questions you would like us to get answers from Radios Spectrum Management on.

Any issues or questions put to the committee would be valuable topics that would be added to their monthly meetings, and actions would be put in place to hopefully give answers. This group is not intended for sales content or product marketing.

Follow the link below to our Facebook page, then click on 'Groups' which is located on the left-hand side of the page. You will then be able to locate the 'RFUANZ Members Only Forum'

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