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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Thin end of the wedge?

According to GB2RS news amateur radio gear may need to meet emissions standards.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is moving towards requiring commercially produced, finished amateur radio equipment to conform to international standards for emissions. We understand that the proposals will not affect kits or homebrew. More details will be published in RadCom as they are known.

Although it cannot be denied that this is probably a good thing because we do not want gear that puts out unwanted emissions it will undoubtedly push up the cost of new gear as it has to be type approved and will also lead to delays in up-dating small and not so small faults that occur from time to time as every change will have to be re-assessed. Think along the lines of faulty PA transistors in early an model and imagine if the makers decided it was too expensive to change the components and just carried on producing the rigs anyway.

It may be the thin end of the wedge and before we know it we will need type approved antennas and leads. Put away that soldering iron that is for qualified professionals only!

Whenever I see this sort of thing I just want to know who is lining their pockets?

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