New French National Frequency Table

The French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has announced the publication of a new National Frequency Table that takes into account the changes made by the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15)

The table includes an amateur radio 60m allocation at 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz but the French national society REF tweeted that it is NOT available for use. The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) would need to make licence changes which may take some time.

Download the Frequency Table (PDF) - https://www.anfr.fr/fileadmin/mediatheque/documents/tnrbf/TNRBF_2017-12-14.pdf

Ofcom Awards Seven New Community Radio Licences

Ofcom has announced the award of seven new community radio licences in England and Scotland.

The new stations will serve communities in Blackburn in Lancashire, Caithness in Scotland, Great Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Leyland in Lancashire, Liverpool, Southport in Merseyside and Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest.

Licences have been awarded to:

  • Blackburn Youth Radio (Blackburn Community Radio Limited) will broadcast to young people (under-25s) in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Caithness FM (Caithness FM Limited) - will be a community radio service for Caithness in Scotland.
  • Great Driffield Radio (Great Driffield Radio Limited) will be a radio station for the people of Great Driffield and surrounding village communities in East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Leyland Community Radio (Leyland Community Radio Limited) will serve Leyland and the surrounding area in Lancashire, with a particular focus on the over-35s and older age groups.
  • Liverpool Community Radio (KensingtonVision CIC) will broadcast to the people of Kensington and Fairfield, and surrounding areas in Liverpool.
  • Mighty Radio (Mighty Radio Limited) will serve the people of Southport and surrounding areas.
  • Rossendale Radio (Rossendale Radio Ltd) is a community radio service for Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley, East Lancashire.

FCC Action Over Fluorescent Lighting Ballasts

The FCC has proposed fining Acuity Brands Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, $25,000 for apparently marketing radio frequency devices that were not labeled in accordance with Commission Part 18 rules at the time

The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) on 21st November 2017. Compliance with the particular rule at issue now is voluntary.

“Specifically, Acuity marketed three models of consumer-grade electronic fluorescent lighting ballasts — two since 2006 and one since 2009 — that did not have the FCC logo affixed to them,” the FCC said in the NAL. Application of the FCC logo, which the FCC no longer requires, was to inform purchasers that a device had undergone compliance testing. The FCC also said Acuity continued to market two models of the ballasts at issue for approximately 6 months after being notified, causing the Commission to up the penalty.

“We take this action today as part of our duty to ensure that radio frequency devices are marketed in accordance with the Commission’s rules,” the FCC said. “Consistent with this goal, we find it necessary to enforce the rules requiring that devices subject to equipment authorization are properly labeled to inform a consumer that such devices have been tested for compliance under the Commission’s technical rules, because those devices could easily cause interference if they do not conform to those rules.

ARRL story - http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-proposes-25-000-fine-for-breaking-now-voluntary-labeling-rules