Updated: 24 Feb 2016
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The NZART Engineering and Licensing Group engineers and licences repeaters, beacons, links and other fixed stations with the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) section on behalf of NZART members.
The Group acts as the NZART licensing agency with the RSM.
Members of the group are appointed by NZART Council.
The membership must include an Approved Radio Engineer (ARE) and at least two other ARE or Approved Radio Certifier (ARC) members.
An ARE will be selected by NZART Council as the team leader on consultation with the group.
The team leader will oversee operation of the group as per the group operations below.
The NZART President is included as a member as per 4.1.b of the NZART constitution.
• Report to NZART Council.
• Engineer licenses on behalf of NZART, in accordance with Radio Licence certification rules, compliance with NZART bandplan and frequency re-use policy.
• Provide advice on New Zealand's amateur fixed station licencing to Council and NZART members and to the NZART Band Planning Group.
• Consult/Liaise with Council, Band Planning Group, band users, the NZART ALO and EMC Officer as required.
• Manage licences of national interest held by NZART.
• Maintain a register of New Zealand Amateur Fixed Stations.
• Maintain a record, duplicated at NZART headquarters of Form 10s.
• Submit an annual report to Council.
• On receipt of externally engineered applications from the RSM check for compatibility with NZART band planning and frequency re-use policy and accept or reject the application.
Allocate workload among the Group members appropriately,
Ensure that the performance criteria below are met,
Report engineering recommendations to Council on a monthly or as required basis,
Ensure interim and final recommendations are published in Infoline and Break-In,
Undertake a peer review or arrange a peer review of engineering work within the Group if there is a disputed recommendation or otherwise as appropriate.
Form 10 applications and other enquiries will be directed to a common <firstname.lastname@example.org> e-mail address shared by all members of the Group.
Engineering work will be circulated within the Group.
The Form 10 application flow chart will be followed.
A reply will be sent in response to the initial application within 7 days.
Following the response engineering of the application and an interim recommendation will be made to Council within 10 days.
Ten days will then be allowed for feedback once the interim recommendation has been publicised in Infoline. Following the feedback period the application will be sent as a final recommendation to Council.
The licencing (or release of an external application) within SMART will be completed within 10 days of final approval by Council.
In the event that a recommendation is disputed the applicant and NZART Council will be notified then the Group will work toward a resolution with the concerned parties.
In the event that a resolution is not possible then Council will be notified.
A reply will be sent to the RSM in response within 7 days.
The application will be checked and RSM notified of a rejection within 10 days. An accepted application will then proceed as an interim recommendation to council as above.
Council will be notified in the event that there is difficulty meeting the time requirements set out above.
The Group will communicate directly with the RSM when needed.
The Group will involve the NZART ALO when communication is needed with the RSM affecting matters of NZART policy or where the communication is not directly related to engineering.
The purpose of the Band Plan Group is to formulate band plan recommendations to NZART council.
In formulating these plans the group will take note of the following: GURL, band usage, international band plans where relevant and input from New Zealand amateurs.
A permanent group will be formed to manage the bands above 30 MHz and the repeater section of the 10 metre band.
As the need arises for band planning work below 30 MHz a group will be assembled.
The team leader will be the NZART Engineering & Licensing Group team leader or another member of that team on discussion with Council.
Council will call for expressions of interest from members to join the team and make appointments on the basis of operating experience and knowledge of the bands above 30 MHz.
When the need arises for band plan changes council will call for expressions of interest from members and make appointments on the basis of operating experience and knowledge of the band under consideration.
A team leader will be appointed by Council.
The NZART President is included as a member in accordance with 4.1.b of the NZART constitution.
• Report to NZART Council.
• Provide advice and management of New Zealand's band plans.
• Liaise with the ALO, Licencing Division and EMC officer as required.
• In performing band planning work a call for submissions will be made where appropriate from New Zealand amateurs.
• Where appropriate liaison will be made with other amateur organisations and the IARU.
• When a draft band plan is prepared the draft will be published in Break-In (and Infoline as appropriate) to allow submissions for consideration from New Zealand amateurs before any new or amended plan is submitted to Council for acceptance.
• Council is to be advised in a timely manner of any unusual situations where normal process is delayed or policy is needed to be interpreted to reach a resolution of due process.
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