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Licence Exempt

There are a large number of licence exempt radio communication modules available (e.g. see link) - however there are only 3 types that may be used for air to ground communication (see link) - these are:

  • Radio Location: 173.7 – 174 MHz and 458.9625 – 459.1000 MHz 10 mW ERP (Effective Radiated Power) 12.5 kHz or 25kHz bandwidth
  • Data Transmission: 434.040– 434.790 MHz 10 mW ERP 25 kHz bandwidth and 433.05 - 434.79 MHz 1mW ERP 25kHz bandwidth
  • Video: 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz 10 mW EIRP (Effective Isotropic Radiated Power) 20 MHz Bandwidth

Modules must conform to EN 300 220

And as of September 08 - 500mw on 869.40- 869.65 MHz < 10% duty cycle

Given the very low powers (10mW is about the power used by a dim LED)- its going to take some doing to use these in balloon to ground communication - but it can be done - over 400Km has been achieved.

Below is an example of a 10mW NBFM (Narrowband FM) transmitter module for use at 434.650MHz.

Radiometrix NTX2

The Radiometrix NTX2 is the module of choice for UK HABing.

communication/licence_exempt.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/12 20:48 by geoff-g8dhe