Sweden: New rules for ham radio permit applications

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sweden: New rules for ham radio permit applications
    The SSA reports applications for amateur radio permits will now take 2-3 weeks longer due to National Security considerations

    A translation of the SSA post reads:

    PTS [communications regulator] will prepare permit cases with the Security Police and the Swedish Armed Forces from the turn of the year due to a change in the law aimed at strengthening Sweden's security. The authority invites all actors who need a radio permit to apply in good time.

    From January 1, 2020, testing of permit applications to use radio transmitters will take at least 2-3 weeks longer than before. PTS then has an obligation to consider Sweden's security in connection with the authority examining applications for permits to use radio transmitters. The reason for this is amendments to the Electronic Communications Act that come into force at the turn of the year.

    In order to be able to assess whether certain radio use can affect Sweden's security, PTS will prepare permit cases with the Security Police and the Swedish Armed Forces.

    PTS encourages all players who wish to apply for a radio permit to apply in good time.

    More information
    Karoline Boström, Head of Unit, 073-644 56 20
    PTS press service, 08-678 55 55

    Background to the new rules
    The security policy situation in our world has changed, which places increased demands on security considerations in a number of social sectors. Electronic communication is an area that is central to society's function and overall defense capability. From the turn of the year, amendments to the Electronic Communications Act will take place to protect Sweden's safety in the use of radio.

    DL7 (SM7HZK)

    Original text

    SSA in Google English



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  2. KN6SD

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    Looks like Sweden is an Anti-Ham Nation as of 1-1-2020... After all, criminals and terrorists usually don't bother with any kind of licensing before committing crimes or acts of terrorism...
    K8AI, M0DPX, NX1V and 9 others like this.
  3. SM5PHU

    SM5PHU Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Sweden licensing for amateur radio and cellular networks are governed by the same law.
    These recent changes to the law have little or no impact on amateur radio.
    Rather this is about considering impact on national security when granting licenses for 5G networks.

    Jonas SM5PHU
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  4. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    To clarify somewhat more, amateur radio in Sweden is "licence exempt", which means that no formal licence application is
    needed to operate an amateur station. Only the operator proficency certificate is required.

    This is valid when the amateur radio operations are according to the rules set out in the "Exemption Regulations",
    which enumerate the categories of radio users that do not need a formal licence, with the associated payment of yearly fees.

    Among those are CB, PMR, telemetry,dog locators, WiFi, cellular telephones and their likes.
    As the regulator does not want to bother with individually licensing amateurs, they have included amateur radio on this list,
    primarily due to its insignificance.

    However, there are two operational cases that need a formal licence, one where power levels above the stated limits (usually 200 W PEP)
    are intended to be used, and the other when operating on frequencies outside the bands stated in the regulations is wanted.
    Then a case-by-case application has to be filed and evaluated.

    Due to formal requirements in the new amendments of the "Law of Electronic Communications", colloquially known as "Lex Huawei"
    as its aim, albeit unstated, is to keep Huawei out of the Swedish 5G networks, all licence applications have to be reviewed from a national security perspective,
    regardless of what the applications may concern.

    The PTS does however strongly dislike amateur radio, but for other reasons than "national security".

    K5MPH, N0TZU, KF1P and 4 others like this.
  5. SA4BRL

    SA4BRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    To clarify, for those not familiar with the European Union way of doing:
    Yes, there is a licence exemption.

    But bureaucrats dont really like that.
    So, you still have to register to get a call sign.
    And registring is only possible after you passed your exam.

    And yes, you still have to pay an annual fee
    (that is, in Holland, not in Sweden where it is free, provided you have no more than 200W PEP output).

    And then, your call will either be assigned by the authorities (Holland)
    or the national association (Sweden).

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  6. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually there was a "close shave" in Sweden during 2004 that even the exam should have been abolished.

    This was because the lawyers, that run the PTS, felt that the ITU examination requirement was "an unnecessary burden" for such an insignficant activity as amateur radio,
    and it took a lot of effort from people that actually knew the Radio Regulations to convince them otherwise.

    If the lawyers would have had their way, the status and privileges of amateur radio would have been reduced to CB levels.

    The value of amateur radio in the eyes of the regulators have been reduced to "junk bond status" anyway, but this is another story...

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  7. KW0U

    KW0U Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess the moral of all this is to keep a good national society so there is a voice at the table when rules are changed. Also, watching the legislation is important. In the U.S. we have had to diligently read each state's bills against cell phone use while driving to make certain that they are not written so broadly as to preclude all civilian radio operation. As we all know, amateur radio is barely known by legislators (or, I am sorry to say, most of the general public).
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  8. N0TZU

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    There’s another very important moral, that Karl-Arne has expressed well. Which is that loosening amateur radio license requirements reduces the competence of those in the service and further denigrates the amateur service in the eyes of the regulators.

    Here in the US we don’t even pay fees to the FCC, which further reduces any reason for them to be concerned about the service. After all, that which is free of either effort or payment is generally treated as being of little value.
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  9. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    A "good national society" is certainly essential in order to avoid trouble.

    The problem is just when the national society behaves in a way so the regulator loses patience and turns a blind eye to all requests, reasonable or not.

    This is what happened here due to the actions of the club leadership a few years ago.

    It is prudent to heed this as a warning...

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  10. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is another aspect of the "good national society".

    Most, if not all, clubs measure success in quantity instead of quality.
    The membership dues from both competent and incompetent members carry the same weight in their coffers.

    As the "yield" or fraction of new amateurs that actually become active is abysmal, it would make sense to tighten up the requirements so only those that actually have a genuine interest pass the exam.

    This would not significantly change the number of active amateurs, but would considerably improve our standing among the regulators, and improve the possibilities to expand the privileges, or at least postpone future drastic reductions.

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