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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3348

Question No. 792

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 16 November 1983:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to complaints by amateur radio operators that the 27 MHz channel has been lost to citizen's band radio.

(2) Did his Department indicate to amateur radio operators that the CB radio use of this channel would be only until mid-1982 after which it would revert to amateur radio use.

(3) Does he intend any revision of the channel in the near future to accommodate the requirements of amateur radio operators.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) It is correct that when the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) was introduced in 1977, the then Government indicated that the use of the 27 MHz band was an interim measure which would be phased out by July 1982. Following an extensive review of the CBRS in which comment was invited from all interested parties and organisations, the Government, in October 1980, announced that the 27 MHz band was to be retained by the CBRS beyond 1982.

(3) There is no intention to vary the existing arrangements in the near future. I should mention, however, that since 1981, the amateur service has received additional frequency allocations in the 1.8, 3.5, 7 and 50 MHz bands. The amateur service has also been allocated additional spectrum in the 10, 18 and 24 MHz bands. I firmly believe that the allocation of these additional frequencies to the amateur service more than adequately compensates for the loss to that service of the 27 MHz band.