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Illegal use of linear amplifiers by CBers

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Mr Peter Sampson

Dear Office of Communications,
when is someone going to jump on cb operators using massive linear amplifiers unchecked, some cbers near me push out 400w regularly (most nights)

Yours faithfully,
p c sampson

Julia Snape, Office of Communications

Dear Mr Sampson

Thank you for your enquiry about linear amplifiers.

You asked:
"when is someone going to jump on cb operators using massive linear amplifiers unchecked, some cbers near me push out 400w regularly (most nights)".

Citizens Band (CB) radio provides short range radio communications between individuals using specific types of radio apparatus available in many countries. Since 8 December 2006, CB Radio has been exempt from the need to hold a Wireless Telegraphy (WT) Act licence.

CB users share a frequency band managed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) who are the ‘primary users’ and must be prepared to accept incoming interference caused by the MOD. The use of CB is authorised on a 'non-interference, non-protected' basis; that is, it shall not cause harmful interference to, and shall not claim protection from other sources of interference.

Accordingly it is not considered to be a proportionate use of resources or otherwise in the public interest to investigate your complaint.

I appreciate that this is not the response that you were hoping for, however, I will remind you that there are now 80 CB channels available in the UK.

Kind regards

Julia Snape
Compliance & Information Manager
Tel: 020 7981 3875
[email address]

Ofcom
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
LONDON SE1 9HA
020 7981 3000
www.ofcom.org.uk

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