LONDON 2012 - OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES RADIO REGULATIONS
This page gives details of conditions being placed on repeater operation in the London area from 28th June to 23 September this year to cover the duration of the London-based Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2012.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will place unprecedented demands on the radio spectrum in locations where there is already significant use of the spectrum resource.
The Government has guaranteed to the International Olympic Committee that arrangements will be made to allocate the necessary radio frequencies for the organisation of the Games.
Ofcom has worked closely with the Government and other spectrum users to meet the Games requirements with minimum disruption to other users.
Ofcom has identified a need to have short term access to certain segments within bands to which Radio Amateurs have secondary access. Ofcom has been working with the RSGB to ensure that Games requirements can be met in some of these shared bands, while maintaining enough spectrum for Amateurs to continue to use.
The designated segments do not affect 1.6 and 9MHz split repeaters.
This greatly minimises the impact on the repeater network, to just a few 7.6MHz split systems. Annex C of the Ofcom notice includes frequency changes to GB3OK (Orpington) and GB3NS (Banstead) and a power reduction to GB3EK (Margate).
Ofcom have already issued NoVs for these changes, along with the bonus of an NoV for a temporary "Olympic repeater" in North London [GB3OY] that the RSGB ETCC proposed to enhance coverage for the Games period.
NOTE: The period affected for TEMPORARY changes is 28 June to 23 September 2012.
- NEW Repeater GB3OY Licensed from 28 June to 23 September to operate on TX 439.575 MHz and RX 430.575 MHz
- Existing repeater GB3OK to permanently QSY to TX 439.5125 MHz and RX 430.5125 MHz
- Existing repeater GB3NS to temporarily QSY to TX 439.675 and RX 430.675 MHz
- Existing repeater GB3EK to reduce ERP to 6dBW
The D-Star network has been spruced up to provide coverage for attendees of the Olympic events.
GB7SS is back on the network, and the gateway is being provided for GB7ZP and GB7AU/GB7ML.
The boxes listed above should be available for linking to a specific module on REF005, which will be promoted for Home Counties communications over this summer events covering the Olympic period.
We have been advised that NO transmitters (CB/446/Amateur/PMR) are to be taken into any of the LOCOG controlled Olympic venues - the attendee will be refused entrance if they are carrying a transmitter that has not been accredited by the Ofcom Test and Tagging Team.
Whilst coverage is being promoted around the venues and across the South-East of England, it is important nevertheless not to fall foul of the rules!
Some coverage maps for the venue locus have been provided on this page.
Note that contours represent very high probability of use for mobile (blue and magenta) and handportable radios (blue). Other areas may have useable coverage but with lower probability of service.