Emerging Technology Co-ordination Committee
The Emerging Technology Co-ordination Committee (ETCC) exists to deal with all matters concerning amateur radio repeaters and data communications on behalf of the RSGB.
The Committee assists Ofcom in the processing of applications for Notices of Variation (NoVs) for repeaters, internet gateways and mailboxes and is also responsible for the coordination of all requests for site and frequency clearances prior to submission to Ofcom.
The ETCC was formed in 2007 by the amalgamation of the Repeater Management Committee and the Data Communications Committee. Because of the continuing and accelerating convergence of radio and computing and the emergence of amateur digital voice protocols it was considered that interests would be best served by having just one committee responsible for both analogue and digital proposals.
From 1999 to 2007 one of the ETCC’s predecessors, the Data Communications Committee, acted as the body responsible for facilitating (by means of frequency coordination) simplex internet voice gateways. At the time of writing there are operational gateways on 51MHz, 70MHz, 145MHz, 430MHz, 431MHz, 435MHz and 1297MHz. Full details of the currently licensed gateways plus the innovative online NoV application system can be found at the ETCC web site. Additionally, links to sites from where the most popular ‘voice over IP’ software packages and information can be downloaded are to be found there.