Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging a Fee to Run More Than 200W
The ARRL Letter
March 8, 2018
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Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W:
Sweden's Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is considering lowering the
maximum transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to
200 W PEP. Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes
affecting many radio services, radio amateurs wishing to run higher
power would have to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of about
Amateur Radio licenses were eliminated in Sweden in 2004, and Amateur
Radio in Sweden is "permission free," but prospective radio amateurs
still must pass an examination, typically arranged by Sweden's
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society in Sweden, SSA
http://www.ssa.se/. A certificate and a call sign, valid for life,
are issued without any future fees. The maximum permitted power on most
HF bands is 1 kW; that power level would not necessarily be guaranteed
under an Amateur Radio license, and conditions could apply.
The PTS's rationale is that requiring a license for radio amateurs who
want to run more than 200 W will make it easier to trace any
interference that those transmitters may cause.
"The matter is widely discussed in Sweden," Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF,
told ARRL, "since there are quite a few opponents to permission-free
operation, resulting -- in their eyes -- in degradation of quality and
discipline on the air."
SSA is planning to comment on the proposal by the March 30 deadline.
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