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    New 60m/5 MHz WRC-15 Sub-License Now Available for New Zealand. The 'old' 5 MHz ZL sub-license expired following the end of the two-channel 60m NZ trial in 2020. However, NZART is pleased to announce that negotiations with regulator RSM have been successful in obtaining a license to allow operation for all New Zealand amateur operators to use in the 60m (5 MHz) band using the WRC-15 allocation.
    Sincere thanks are due to Bob Vernall, ZL2CA, who did outstanding work by virtue of his position as an NZ government Approved Radio Engineer and ITU experience with the International Frequency Registration Board enabled him to put forward his project. Bob states:
    "I independently liaised with New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to implement a plan I formulated in January to clear a 60 meter band for amateur radio. NZDF liked my plan and it has relevance to other NZDF radio projects. As I'm an Approved Radio Engineer I can modify radio licenses and NZDF authorized me to make specified changes to their licenses, which cleared bandwidth for amateur radio. These changes were registered by RSM around midday on 8 April. That completed my contribution to development of a 60 meter amateur band in New Zealand."
    This made the new WRC-15 Amateur 5 MHz Secondary allocation clear for the next step which was for NZART to engage with the regulator RSM to formulate a new sub-license for the band:
    5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, Secondary Status, Maximum Power 15W EIRP, working together with the IARU 60 m Band plan.
    NZART President Mark ZL2UFI explains: "The NZART license (and your sub-license) are for a twelve-month period to allow RSM to assess if there are any interference issues. If not, then NZART will negotiate with RSM to having the 60 m (5 MHz) band allocation added to the GURL
    (General User Radio License). If this negotiation is successful, then the need for the sub-license will not be required in the future."

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    New Zealand - Radio Amateurs - 60m

    The nation's telecom has authorized a one-year trial run on 60 meters, to make sure there are no interference issues with the military and other services using that part of the spectrum.
    Any ZL hams can fill out a contract form on that site.
    There is access to two 3-kHz channels as a secondary user to New Zealand defense forces, not an exact alignment with international usage but within the 15 kHz international allocation.
    Others wanting to work New Zealand on 60 should listen for them on those frequencies.
    Operation is on 5353 and 5362-5364 kHz with a maximum output of 10 dBW EIRP.