Demystifying the Radio Spectrum and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)

Demystifying the Radio Spectrum and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is the government business unit responsible for managing the Radio Spectrum in New Zealand. As an authorised supplier one of our key responsibilities is to ensure all products and programming are compliant with NZ government regulations. As a radio user you can be assured that we take this role seriously so we can advise you on your legal obligations and make sure all equipment and programming comply accordingly.

Anyone who wants to learn more can go directly to the RSM website

Here’s a quick 4 point guide to Land Mobile Radio (LMR):

1. Land Mobile Radio (LMR) which incorporates VHF (136-174MHz) and UHF (380-520MHz) frequency ranges are what most commercial operators in New Zealand utilise.

2. VHF frequencies are most suitable for long distance and outdoor environments such as forestry and farming whereas UHF is more suitable for indoor and urban areas.

3. Within the UHF range there are Public Radio Service (PRS) frequencies (80 channels) which are available for anyone to use. These radios are not the most effective in a forestry/heavily planted area or if you require privacy/secure communications.

4. Anyone wishing to use VHF/UHF licensed channels must either apply to get one or get permission from the channel owner to use their channel(s). Applying for your own channel involves a small set-up fee and then an ongoing annual fee to the government. Requesting permission to use someone else’s channels is done either via written permission or in the case of the larger forestry companies by going through an application process.

Alcom is your one-stop shop for to help you through the process of applying for a new license, getting authorisations and purchase and programming of radio equipment.

Visit us online or in-store or contact Tina, our Company Rep, for more information:
027 450 9003