Licence Review – preparation
Paul Jarvis, Ofcom, addressed the National Hamfest on 27th September and the RSGB Convention with their thinking for the Licence Review. In the presentation he covered the reasons why the review was being undertaken and emphasised that it was not intended to be a radical change, but that the Licence Review was geared to be more explicit with regard to the wording of some of the existing clauses, on operational practice and to help extend the services available to Amateur Radio to encourage development of modern technologies. He went on to explain that whilst he was keen to hear views from those present, his workload and staffing meant that he would not be able to enter into general discussions on the likely topics prior to the consultation. He did though stress that Ofcom were working with the RSGB as part of the pre-consultation preparation, and invited the RSGB to feedback general comments on the topics that he raised.
Ofcom announced areas where they were considering improving the clarity of the current licence and changes to improve both their management of amateur licensing as well as progression through the licence structure. To assist Ofcom prepare for their consultation the Society is to run several Litmus Tests over the next few months to provide feedback to Ofcom prior to their setting up of their consultation questions.
The following consultations have closed, but you can review the discussion and outcome by following the links below:
- Airborne Use
- Licence suffixes
- Embedding the Progressive Licence concept
- Regional Secondary Locator
- Single call sign per station
- Suggestions for additional topics
- Remote operating
Opinions and views will no doubt vary, but the Litmus Test consultation process may be able to identify a consensus on each of the subjects under discussion. At the end of the process the final drafts were passed to Ofcom as a pre-consultation input from the RSGB. We hope that this will help Ofcom frame their consultation approach.
The archive of the actual postings in these Litmus Tests can be found by following this link (this is now an old Forum application, and you will need to use the appropriate UserID and password to view the posts)