Radio (Amateur, Hobby and SWL)

The IRTS (Irish Radio & Transmitter Society<) represents the interests of Radio Amateurs in Ireland to Comreg and the Government. It has no statutory standing and you don't have to join. You need a Licence from ComregThe IRTS (Irish Radio & Transmitter Society<) represents the interests of Radio Amateurs in Ireland to Comreg and the Government. It has no statutory standing and you don't have to join. You need a Licence from Comreg. You need to know the Comreg Regulations< Note that dBW is a log comparative scale to 1 Watt. Thus 0dBW is 1W and 26dBW is 400W. Recent changes in the last few years:

Band in MHz Notes
0.1357...0.1378 No SSB, 1W ERP = 0dBW ERP (needs about 2kW PA on a 20m wire aerial)
0.5 Test Licence via IRTS<
7.1...7.2 Added to 40m 7.0...7.1 MHz band.
5.00...5.50 Special Permit needed. Channelised Operation, no transmission to UK Cadet stations
1,300...1,304 added for repeaters to 1.2GHz band
2,300...2,450 recent changes Overlaps WiFi and Video Senders
5,650...5,850 May overlap some WAN and WiFi
10,000...10,500 Gap at 10.270...10.300GHz. Overlaps Broadband downlinks (up to 10.270) and Traffic sensors at 10.4GHz. Many Beacons at 10.252GHz

Major Changes applied in May 2009 when "Wireless Experimenter" was replaced by "Radio Amateur". However anyone can apply for a "Test" Licence to do experiments on any band, power and modulation. Only reasonable requests are approved. I've used a Test Licence commercially in UHF TV band to test Broadband gear.

Quote:
The necessary revisions to the Regulations to give effect to lifetime licences have been completed and the target commencement date is 20 April next. Renewals after that date will be invoiced with the €30 lifetime licence fee and a lifetime licence will be issued. New applicants after that date,including those who have let their call signs lapse, will pay a fee of €100

Here are the current allocations in full http://www.comreg.ie/radio_spectrum...<

Other Resources

Magnetic Loop Aerial design at 66pacific<