||W4/VP9KF & G4BKI radio|
|2020-02-21||Ofcom launches a Consultation on EM Field exposure:
"Proposed Measures to Require Compliance with International Guidelines for Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields".
|2020-02-28||RSGB EMF Brief (in reply)|
|2020-03-11||ICNIRP publishes revised guidelines (with detailed 1998 to 2020 differences)
on limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields1.
"Guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (100 kHz to 300 GHz)"
|2020-03-24||Ofcom announces all consultation deadlines have been suspended until further notice.|
|2020-04-07||EMF licence conditions (FAQ clarification) from Ofcom.|
|2020-05-07||Ofcom re-starts consultations. Adopts ICNIRP 2020 Guidelines as basis for new regulations.|
|2020-05-15||Ofcom consultation would have ended2.|
||RSGB responds to Ofcom
|2020-06-12||Ofcom consultation now ends on this date - extended2.|
|2020-12-31||'Earliest' adoptation of changes to Wireless Telegraphy Act by Ofcom.|
announces General Notice of Licence Variations and takes
final comments on introduction procedure
||Comments up until this date|
||Reply from Ofcom: Final licence
or before this date - holders to be informed of new licence documents
Compliance is not required until November 2021 for frequencies above 10MHz or May 2022 for frequencies below 10MHz.
Licence changes confirmed in this document [pdf]
Ofcom spreadsheet tool, new simplified version of the
full Guidance plus specific advice for holders of amateur
||v0.1.2-rsgb10a of RSGB spreadsheet tool.
||v0.1.2-rsgb11a of RSGB spreadsheet tool.
|What does this mean for amateur radio? A lot,
because it's the first time that radio amateurs don't have special
exceptions or exemptions in some way. They existed because of the
almost infinite number of situations and supposed 'solutions' in most
amateur configurations. The use of a truly online calculator (or one
that says it's "online" but is downloaded and run locally in a
spreadsheet or as a local executable) simply CANNOT in any way model anything but the simplest of situations. Parodoxically, it means nothing
except for a "warm fuzzy feeling" that the FCC, Ofcom, etc. have done
something to address an oddity in the use of parts of the radio
spectrum. So, go through the motions to the best of your ability, stash
away your results and get on with things. Just hope that they don't
tighten things further in the forseeable future. Field modelling is
sophisticated and expensive in time and money. It's sad that 5G is what
triggered these changes because of exposure on 'social media' and bad
press. Before this, few people thought of RF Exposure except for cell
towers being placed at or near schools, which was mostly 'folly'.