Radio Frequency in NZ, October 2017

By Steve Fogerty

Members of the RFUANZ committee met at Wellington Airport on 28th September for a face to face meeting. Len Starling & Siegmund Weisser from RSM joined us later in the morning. Spectrum topics included lack of wideband (56-60 MHz) channels. There is much demand for these and it is increasingly difficult to find suitable allocations by ARE/ARCs. We requested another 56 MHz channel in the 13 GHZ band & produced a spectrum band plan diagram of what it would look like in PIB22. We are pleased to hear that they have an engineer doing tests on the proposed channel.
In a similar vein we requested 60 MHz channels for the 11GHz band. At present it consists of 80 MHz, & two sets of interleaved 40 MHz channels. From the work we have done, it appears that another seven 60 MHz channels could be fitted in. More material & a proposed band plan will be sent to RSM in the next few days.

Errors in PIB 22 were discussed at the meeting with RSM. The 18 GHz band shows all channels are available, however that is not the case. Only about 1/3rd is available, the others are no longer able to be licensed or restricted to where the ARE/ARC cannot find a suitable channel. A modified page was given to RSM as a suggested way to show the updated details & a quick reference to the PIB58 page where the full details are found. RSM have agreed to change the page to a similar format. We understand that SMART will no longer allow the unavailable channels to be licensed into the register.
There are number of other spectrum matters to be taken up with RSM, including the moratorium on TS & TX channels and SFR on Simplex Channels. We hope to have a response from RSM in the coming weeks.

The committee will be meeting again in November and invite members, other related industry users & RSM to discuss these topics and a document soon to be released by RSM on Band 3. The tentative date is Wednesday 29th November – to be confirmed. If there is anything else you would like discussed please email them to our Administrator

Click here to read the letter from Radio Spectrum Management 

By Paul Davis

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We're seeking case studies and technology presentations for inclusion in the 2018 program now and would like to hear from you if you or your colleagues if you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise with attendees — they are keen to hear and learn from you, their peers!

To be considered for the conference program, as a panellist or as a workshop leader, you'll need to respond no later than 1 December.

Case studies are sought from the following sectors:

  • Transportation — road, rail operators, ports and airports, buses, taxis
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By Candice Van Dyk

We still have sponsorship positions available for the 2018 Gala Dinner. The Dinner is a special occasion to network with fellow industry participants and recognise those who have excelled in the industry. This is a great opportunity to promote your company, show support & cement your place in the industry. Please contact Debby/Candice to learn more. 

Industry Excellence Awards
We have the remaining awards available for sponsorship. Award sponsorship is valued at $3000+gst and includes the following benefits:

  • Sponsors logo included on RFUANZ website, with company profile and hotlink
  • Acknowledgement and thanks from the MC at the Gala dinner
  • Company logo to appear on printed menus
  • Sponsors logo to appear on the Gala Dinner digital presentation
  • Present your sponsored award on the night
  • 1 complimentary Gala Dinner Ticket (valued at $130 +gst)
  • RFUANZ Social Media acknowledgment of sponsorship

Categories Available:

  • Apprentice/Trainee Of The Year
  • Outstanding Sales & Support
  • Employee Of The Year
  • Technical Excellence
  • Excellent Customer Service

Table Sponsorship:
Next year, we are offering  businesses the chance to sponsor an entire table. The cost for a table sponsor is $400+gst with seating for up to 10 per table (tickets are not included). This is an opportunity to provide businesses with brand exposure and support this industry event. Benefits include:

  • Sponsors logo included on RFUANZ web site, with company profile and hotlink.
  • Company logo to appear on specific gala dinner table (A5 size)
  • A complimentary Gala Dinner ticket (valued at $130+gst)
  • Sponsors logo to appear on the Gala Dinner digital presentation