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  • Friday, December 16, 2011

    Change of EMC Directive (Urgent - Dangerous)

    As part of the NEW LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK (NLF) ALIGNMENT PACKAGE the European Commission is reworking some directives. One of the affected directives is the EMC directive including some major changes. Most of them are neutral or even good from an amateur radio operators perspective. However there are two slight changes pickaback carried, which very much affect us. In short words:


    1. The sentence “Kits of components to be assembled by radio amateurs and commercial equipment modified by and for the use of radio amateurs are not regarded as commercially available equipment.” is to be deleted in the new version. That would render kits and modified equipment to be fully subjected to the EMC directive!


    2. The definition of the term ‘electromagnetic disturbance’ will include the wanted signal of a radio as a possible source. This is not in line with the radio regulation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and not in line with the vocabulary of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).


    IARU Region 1 will respond to it with a letter soon.


    However we strongly suggest, that you contact your local MEPs and tell them about those two changes in the EMCD, that are neither in line with the reasoning of the New Legislative Framework, nor does it help to improve protection of radio services or equipment.


    Via IARU - Read the full Article