Equipment for monitoring wild animals

Radio equipment is used to monitor wild animals in research projects

Frequencies

10 frequencies are available in Switzerland for monitoring domestic and wild animals using direction-finding transmitters and receivers. It is possible to use these frequencies without a radio licence if the following conditions are met:

  • the direction-finding transmitter operates on the frequencies 148.100; 148.200; 148.300; 148.400; 148.500; 148.600; 148.700; 148.725; 148.750; 148.775 MHz;
  • the maximum radiated power is 1 mW ERP;
  • the direction-finding transmitter meets the essential requirements of the decree on telecommunications equipment (TIO) and the technical interface requirements RIR1003-02;
  • the direction-finding receiver meets the essential requirements of the decree on telecommunications equipment (TIO).

Special research projects

In the case of special research projects for monitoring wild animals, OFCOM may allow the limited use of radio equipment:

  • which does not comply in all respects with the essential requirements of the decree on telecommunications equipment (TIO) and the technical interface requirements RIR1003-02;
  • which operates on additional frequencies in the frequency range 148.010 to 148.990 MHz.

In each case, an application must be submitted to OFCOM. A licence is required to use such radio equipment.

Conditions for a licence

Applications for a licence shall contain the following information:

  • Address of the project leader;
  • Short description of the project (purpose, number of transmitters and schedule);
  • Geographic region in which the project will be carried out;
  • List of the frequencies with indications of the maximum radiated power;
  • Copies of the technical data of the direction-finding transmitter;
  • If amateur radio equipment is used as a direction finding receiver, the transmitter must be rendered inoperable by a specialist.

Limitations due to other users

The project leader acknowledges that the frequency band 148.000 to 149.000 MHz is allocated exclusively to other users and that this may result in serious interference.

Resale of radio equipment

It should be pointed out that equipment which does not comply in all respects with the essential requirements of the decree on telecommunications equipment (OIT) or the technical interface requirements RIR1003-02 may not be resold or otherwise passed on.

Specialist staff
Last modification 17.04.2013

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