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TELECOMMUNICATIONS (FREQUENCY REGISTRATION AND CONTROL) REGULATIONS, 1977 (LI 1121).

 

 

 

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

PART 1—LICENCES

Regulation

1. Licences to operate services

2. Application

3. Conditions

4. Refusal of application

5. Fees

6. Validity and renewal of licences

7.  Revocation and suspension of a licence

8. Commercial radio operators

PART II—TYPES AND OPERATIONS OF TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

9.   Public coast stations

10.  Limited coast stations

11.  ‘Citizens’ radio services band

12.  Control of model aircraft

13.  Amateur radio service

14.  Amateur Examination and Certificate

15.  Aeronautical mobile service

16.  Broadcasting service

17.  Radio communication services for diplomatic missions

18.  Experimental radio service

19.  Frequencies for experimental services

20.  Report on experiments

21.  Station records of experimental services

22.  Form of  station records of experimental services

23.  Land mobile radio service

24.  Power of stations of land mobile services

25.  Maintenance and operation of land mobile stations

26. Vessels on Volta lake

PART III—STATION IDENTIFICATION AND AERIAL MAST—CONSTRUCTION, LIGHTING AND MARKING

27.  Station identification

28.  Allocation of call signs

29.  Application for construction of aerial mast or tower

30.  Markings

31.  Lighting of aerial mast or tower

32.  Position of obstruction lights

33.  Inspection of mast or tower lights

34. Entries in station log

PART IV—MISCELLANEOUS

35. Inspection of radio stations and telecommunication apparatus.

36. Avoidance of harmful interference

37. Changes in location of radio stations

38. Loss of certificate or licence

39. Validity of operator’s certificate

40. Penalties

41. Interpretation

42. Revocation.

SCHEDULES

IN exercise of the powers conferred on the Supreme Military Council by section  22 of the Telecommunications (Frequency Registration and Control) Decree, 1977 (S.M.C.D. 71) and in consultation with the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board these Regulations are made this 5th day of August, 1977.

PART I—LICENCES

Regulation 1—Licences to Operate Services.

(1) No person shall operate any of the telecommunication services specified in subregulation (2) of this regulation unless he has obtained a licence issued by the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board referred to in these Regulations as “the Board”.

(2) The telecommunication services mentioned in sub-regulation (1) of this regulation are:—

(a) the aeronautical mobile services for station on land or aboard aircraft;

(b) the amateur radio services;

(c) the broadcasting services;

(d) the citizens radio services;

(e) the experimental radio services other than broadcasting;

(f) the fixed radio services, including radiocommunication services for diplomatic missions;

(g) the land mobile radio services;

(h) the maritime mobile services for stations on land or aboard vessels 12 metres or more in length.

Regulation 2—Application.

(1) Any person who intends to operate any of the services specified in regulation 1 of these regulations shall apply in writing to the Board.

(2) The application shall be made in the appropriate form specified in the First Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 3—Conditions.

(1) A licence granted by the Board shall be subject to conditions relating to the position and nature of the station, the purpose for which and the circumstances in which the station may be used, the person by whom the station may be used and the type of telecommunication apparatus to be installed and used in the station.

(2) Without prejudice to sub-regulation (1) of this regulation the Board may prescribe such other conditions as it considers necessary for the operation of the services in respect of which a licence is granted.

(3)  The holder of any licence granted under these Regulations shall not vary any condition of the licence without the prior approval in writing of the Board.

Regulation 4—Refusal of Application.

(1) Where the Board is not satisfied in respect of any of the matters stated in an application it may refuse the application and shall inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and return to the applicant the fee paid by him.

(2) Any person aggrieved by the refusal of the Board to grant a licence may within thirty days of the refusal appeal to the Supreme Military Council whose decision on the matter shall be final.

Regulation 5—Fees.

There shall be charged in respect of each licence granted by the Board the fee prescribed in relation to that licence in the Second Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 6—Validity and Renewal of Licences.

(1) A licence granted under these Regulations shall be valid for such period as may be specified in the licence.

(2) The holder of any licence under these Regulations shall within one month before the expiration of the licence apply to the Board on Form F.30 specified in the First Schedule to these Regulations for a renewal of the licence upon payment of a fee prescribed by the Board.

Regulation 7—Revocation and Suspension of a licence.

(1) Subject to subregulation (2) of this regulation the Board may revoke or suspend any licence granted under these Regulations if the holder thereof contravenes any of the conditions attached to the licence.

(2)  If the Board proposes to revoke or suspend any licence under these Regulations:

(a) the Board shall first give written notice to the holder of the licence specifying the conditions which the holder is alleged to have contravened and the circumstances in which it was contravened;

(b) the holder of the licence shall be entitled within seven days form the day of the receipt of the notice to submit to the Board any written representation or objections he may wish to make to the proposed revocation or suspension and also to appear and make representation to the Board; and

(c) the Board shall not revoke or suspend the licence of any holder who has made written representation or objection until it has fully considered the representations and objections made by the said holder within the time specified by this regulation.

(3) Any person aggrieved by the revocation or suspension of his licence may within thirty days after such revocation or suspension appeal to the Supreme Military Council whose decision on the matter shall be final.

(4) Where a licence is revoked the holder thereof or any person in possession or control of the licence shall within fourteen days after the revocation surrender the licence to the Board and cause the telecommunication apparatus to be dismantled.

(5) Where a licence is suspended the holder thereof shall cease to operate the service until such time that the suspension is terminated.

Regulation 8—Commercial Radio Operators.

(1) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board every radio station involved in International radio service shall be operated by a person holding a valid commercial radio operator's certificate issued or recognised by the Board.

(2) The Board may, as the case may be, grant Special or Maritime Radio-communication General Certificate (MRGC) in radiotelegraphy and General Certificate in radiotelephony to any person who passes the appropriate examination prescribed by the Board.

(3) The conditions for the examination mentioned in sub-regulation (2) of this regulation shall be prescribed by the Board.

(4) Subject to this regulation the telecommunication services of any ship; coast station or stations involved in other international radio services shall be performed by operators holding Special or Maritime Radio-communication General Certificate and written authorisation granted by the Board.

(5) The radio equipment of the Ports Authority shall also be operated by a person holding at least a General Radiotelephony Certificate.

PART II—TYPES AND OPERATIONS OF TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

Regulation 9—Public Coast Stations.

(1) A public coast station using telegraphy and telephony shall, with the written authorisation of the Board communicate with:—

(a)  any ship or aircraft station operating in the maritime mobile service for the transmission and reception of safety communication;

(b) any land station for the purpose of facilitating the transmission or reception of safety communication to or from a ship or an aircraft station;

(c) ships and other maritime mobile stations for the transmission and reception of public correspondence.

(2) A public coast station shall with the written authorisation of the Board transmit meteorological and marine navigational information which are of benefit to mariners and to locations designated by the Board.

Regulation 10—Limited Coast Stations.

(1) Where the national coast station cannot provide the required facilities a licence for a limited coast station may be granted by the Board to:

(a) any agency of the Government;

(b) any person who is engaged regularly in the operation, docking, direction, servicing or management of one or more commercial transport vessel;

(c) any fishing enterprise engaged in full time operation and in control of a minimum of three vessels;

(d) any agency responsible for the operation, control, maintenance or development of a harbour, port or waterway used by commercial transport vessels.

(2) Except as may be specifically provided in the licence a limited coast station shall not be:

(a) open to public correspondence;

(b) used to transmit programme material of any kind for use in connection with radio broadcast;

(c) used for the transmission of press material or news items which are not required to serve the needs of ships specified in the licence.

(3) A  limited coast station shall be used exclusively in an emergency to serve the needs of the Government and ships including the transmission of safety messages.

(4) Subject to subregulation (5) of this regulation except with the permission in writing of the Board no telecommunication apparatus on board any sea-going vessel (including fishing vessels) shall be put into operation while such vessel is at any port or harbour within Ghana.

(5) The provisions of subregulation (4) of this regulation shall not apply to the use of any apparatus for VHF communication between masters of ships, shipowners, agents or dock officials concerning the berthing or departure of vessels or the handling of cargo or other port operational matters.

Regulation 11—‘Citizens’ Radio Services Band.

(1) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board no person shall operate radiotelephony or radiotelegraphy on frequencies in the 26.96-27.28 MHz. bands or any other frequency prescribed for  a "citizens" radio service.

(2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1) of the regulation the Board may grant a licence for the control of remote objects or devices by radio or for remote actuation of devices to be operated on frequency in the 26.96-27.28 MHz. bands.

Regulation 12—Control of Model Aircraft.

(1) Subject to subregulation (2) of this regulation the Board may grant licence for the control of model aircraft by radio on a frequency in the 72-73 MHz. band.

(2) Any station operating in the 72-73 MHz. band shall use a transmitting aerial which shall meet the following requirements:

(a) the gain of the aerial shall not exceed that of half-wave dipole;

(b) the aerial shall be immediately attached to, and shall be an integral part of the transmitter; and

(c) shall use only vertical polarization.

(3) Subject to subregulation (5) of this regulation a low power communication device used for radio control may operate on any frequency exceeding 70 MHz. and in the 73-74.6 MHz. 240-250 MHz. and 1710-1750 MHz. frequency bands.

(4) All frequencies exceeding 70 MHz. for use in a low power communication device shall be determined by the Board.

(5) A low power communication device for radio control shall also be used for the purpose of opening or closing doors and operating model aircraft and shall not be used for voice transmission or the transmission of any other type of message.

(6) The average power in the anode or collector circuit or circuits which contribute radio frequency energy to the radiating system of a low power communication device for radio control shall not exceed 5 watts.

(7) The holder of a licence under this regulation shall, upon receipt of a notification from the Board of a deviation from any frequency or any other technical requirements prescribed in relation to that licence immediately suspend any radiation from the transmitter involved and except where such radiation is intended to test the transmitter, the necessary adjustments and transmission to correct the deviation shall be made by or under the immediate supervision of a person technically qualified and whose qualification is recognised by the Board.

Regulation 13—Amateur Radio Service.

(1) An amateur radio station may be operated by any person who holds a valid licence issued by the Board and shall be operated subject to such conditions as are prescribed in the licence.

(2) Except as provided in subregulation (4) of this regulation the Board may grant an amateur radio licence ‘A’ or ‘B’ to an applicant who:

(a)  is not less than 14 years of age;

(b) has passed the radio amateur examination or possesses the requisite qualifications specified in the Third Schedule to these Regulations;

(c) has passed the morse test prescribed and conducted by the Board.

(3) The holder of an amateur radio licence ‘B’ shall not use frequencies below 144 MHz or the morse telegraphy.

(4) The Board may grant such licence to any person who is not Ghanaian citizen if he holds a valid amateur licence issued to him by the Government of his country with which the Government of Ghana has a bilateral agreement for the operation on reciprocal basis of amateur radio stations.

(5) Subject to subregulations (1) and (2) of this regulation a non-Ghanaian who is not resident in Ghana and who holds a valid amateur licence shall be granted a temporary licence for a period not exceeding three months or for such further period as the Board may determine.

(6) The Board may grant "third party traffic" to operators in countries which have reciprocal agreement with the Government.

(7) The holder of an amateur radio licence shall keep an accurate log of operations in the station which shall include the following:—

(a)  date of operation:

(b)  time of commencement of every call made from the station including all test conducted on the transmitter;

(c)  call signs of the stations contacted or called;

(d)  time of establishing and of ending contact with each station;

(e)  frequency used;

(f) type of emission used (this to be entered only once until there is change in the type of emission);

(g) the signature of each licensed amateur radio operator and the name and signature of any person holding an amateur radio licence or amateur radio certificate recognised by the Board who transmits by voice over a radiotelephone transmitter;

(h) time of closing down the station.

(8) Where there is a change in the location of an amateur radio station, the holder of the licence shall record the change in the log.

(9) The log shall be preserved for a period of at least one year following the last date of entry.

(10) Time shall be stated in Greenwich Meantime (GMT) and no gaps shall be left between entries and all entries shall be made at the time of sending or receiving a communication.

(11) The frequencies authorised for use in an amateur radio station are prescribed in the Fourth Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 14—Amateur Radio Examination and Certificate.

(1) The amateur radio examination and morse test shall be conducted by the Board at such centres as the Board may determine.

(2) The minimum speed of the morse test shall be 12 words per minute.

(3) There shall be charged by the Board in respect of each examination a fee of  10.00.

(4) The examination fee shall not be refunded to any candidate who withdraws from or fails to take the examination and the fee shall not be transferred from one examination to another.

(5) The amateur radio examination shall be conducted at such times as the Board may decide and the syllabus and other relevant details shall be determined by the Board.

(6) The Board may grant an Amateur Radio Certificate to any person who has passed the amateur radio examination.

Regulation 15—Aeronautical Mobile Service.

(1) All frequencies and technical details relating to aeronautical mobile service shall be determined by the Board.

(2) Subject to subregulation (3) of this Regulation no telecommunication apparatus on board an aircraft shall be put into operation while the aircraft is not in flight and is within the territorial limits of Ghana.

(3) Notwithstanding subregulation (2) of this regulation an aircraft which is not in flight may use any apparatus for VHF operation between the control tower or ground stations and the officers on board the aircraft.

Regulation 16—Broadcasting Service.

(1) Any broadcasting organisation shall submit to the International Telecommunication Union through the Board the projected seasonal schedules of its broadcasting station in the bands allocated exclusively to the broadcasting service between 5900 and 26100 KHz and these shall cover each of the following seasonal propagation periods and shall be implemented at 0100 GMT on the first Sunday of the period concerned:

March Schedule            ..          March and April

May Schedule               ..          May, June, July and August

September Schedule      ..          September and October

November Schedule      ..          November, December, January and February.

(2) Any transmitter employed in any broadcasting station shall conform to such frequency tolerance as the Board may determine.

(3) All transmissions shall be monitored and deviations corrected before normal broadcast.

(4) The Board may issue radio licence to broadcasting stations under such conditions as the Board may determine.

(5) An application for a broadcasting station licence shall be submitted to the Board in the appropriate form specified in the First Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 17—Radio Communication Services for Diplomatic Missions.

(1) Any diplomatic mission in Ghana may on application submitted to the Board through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be permitted to install and operate radio communication equipment subject to the provisions of subregulation (2) of this Regulation.

(2) Such permission shall be granted by the Board:—

(a) where necessary, the Government of the diplomatic mission concerned provides reciprocal privilege to the Government of Ghana;

(b) if the power output of the radio transmitter is not higher than necessary for transmitting to the state to which the diplomatic mission belongs and is not more than five kilowatts.

(3) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations a radio station installed by any diplomatic mission shall operate in accordance with International Telecommunication Convention and Radio Rules of the International Telecommunications Union.

(4) The frequency to be used by such radio station must be approved by the Board.

(5) Without prejudice to the provisions of these Regulations a diplomatic mission to which permission has been granted by the Board shall furnish to the Board on Form F.23 specified in the First Schedule to these Regulations the technical data in respect of the radio installation including the following:—

(a)  mode of transmission;

(b)  transmitter location and geographical co-ordinates and address;

(c)  receiving point or station;

(d)  type and description of aerial and mean gain of aerial.

(6) A diplomatic mission to which permission has been granted by the Board shall communicate to the Board through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the date of the commission of the radio equipment.

(7) The inspection of any radio station installed by any diplomatic mission in Ghana shall be carried out by the Board subject to any reciprocal arrangement between the Government of the diplomatic mission concerned and the Government of Ghana.

(8) The call sign of such station shall be allocated by the Board.

Regulation 18—Experimental Radio Service.

(1) An experimental radio service shall make such transmissions as are necessary and directly related to the conduct of the experiment in respect of which a licence is granted under these Regulations.

(2) The holder of an experimental radio service licence under these Regulations shall during transmission ensure that energy emitted from such transmissions does not cause harmful interference with other telecommunication services.

(3) Where the holder of such licence becomes aware that  a transmission is causing harmful interference to other telecommunication services he shall cease the transmission and shall not resume the transmission until he is satisfied that no harmful interference shall be caused upon resumption.

(4) Unless expressly authorised by the Board an experimental radio station shall not be used;

(a) to retransmit signals to any other station except to a station which is integrated in the experiment; or

(b)  to transmit programmes intended for public reception; or

(c)  to render any other  telecommunication services.

(5) Any adjustment of a transmitter in an experimental station which may affect the proper operation of any radio station shall be made by or under the supervision of a person holding a valid certificate issued or recognised by the Board.

(6) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board, the Board may grant licence in respect of two main classes of stations namely:

(i) the experimental (Research) station; and

(ii) the experimental (Developmental) station.

(7) The Board may grant a licence under subregulation (6) (i) of this regulation to any person qualified to conduct experiments utilizing hertzian waves for scientific or technical radio research not related to an existing or proposed service or for communications in connection with research projects where existing communication facilities are inadequate.

(8) The Board may grant a licence under subregulation (6) (ii) of this regulation to any person qualified to conduct experiments utilizing hertzian waves for the development of equipment for use in an existing service or for the development of equipment or technical operational data directly related to the use of the radio not provided for in these Regulations.

Regulation 19—Frequencies for Experimental Services.

All frequencies for use in an experimental service shall be determined by the Board.

Regulation 20—Report on Experiments.

Except in the case of those radio stations which provide essential communication for research projects a report on the results of the experimental programme shall be furnished to the Board but the Board shall at the request of the licence holder withhold from the public such report and other relevant material unless the Board is of the opinion that it is not in the interest of the public so to do.

Regulation 21—Station Records of Experimental Services.

The holder of a licence for experimental services shall maintain adequate records of the operations in the radio station and these shall include:

(a) the dates and hours of operation;

(b) the measurements of the frequencies involved and the name of the person making the measurements;

(c) the observed deviations from the assigned frequencies expressed in hertz, kilohertz or per centum plus or minus and a statement of any corrective action taken;

(d) the transmitter power;

(e) the type of emission.

Regulation 22—Form of Station Records of Experimental Services.

(1) The station records shall be kept in an orderly manner in a suitable form and shall contain such details as will readily provide any data required.

(2) Where letters or abbreviations are used in such records these shall be properly explained in the records.

(3) Each entry in the station records shall be signed by the person by whom the entry is made in the records.

(4) Any alteration, cancellation or correction of any entry in the station records shall be made by the person by whom such entry is made by striking out the relevant entry and initialling and indicating the date of the alteration, cancellation or correction.

(5) The station records shall not be destroyed for any reason until after the expiration of a period of one year.

Regulation 23—Land Mobile Radio Service.

(1) The Board may grant a licence for radiotelephone and radiotelegraph service between main fixed centres and vehicles or other mobile units (including watercraft), to the Government, Government agencies, private enterprises or statutory corporations.

(2) The Board may also grant licence for the operation of low powered personal mobile station for communication over short distances with the base or mobile station.

(3) A land mobile service may comprise:

(a) base stations established at such locations as may be approved by the Board;

(b) mobile stations authorised to communicate with base stations and in exceptional cases with each other; and

(c) a low powered VHF mobile stations authorised by the Board for working to base and mobile stations.

(4) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board, a land mobile service shall operate in frequencies in VHF and UHF bands but where the distances involved or the nature of the terrain traversed by the mobile units makes direct VHF and UHF communications between such units and base station impracticable, communication may be effected by the use of a VHF or UHF relay station or HF radio system with low power output and the number of stations in the HF radio system shall be kept to a minimum to ensure satisfactory communication.

(5) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board the use of low powered “personal mobile units” as base stations shall not be permitted.

Regulation 24—Power of Stations of Land Mobile Services.

(1) Subject to subregulation (2) of this regulation the transmitter power for a land mobile service station shall be approved by the Board.

(2) The maximum transmitter power output shall not exceed:

(a) in the case of a base station 100 watts;

(b) in the case of a mobile station, 60 watts;

(c) in the case of slow powered "personal mobile" station, 25 watts.

(3) Where the Board authorises the use of frequencies in the high frequency bands the power of both base and mobile stations shall be limited to 100 watts.

Regulation 25—Maintenance and Operation of Land Mobile Stations.

(1) A land mobile station in respect of which a licence has been granted by the Board under these Regulations may be operated by any person employed solely on the transmission and reception of message through radiotelephone stations but any alterations or adjustments to the radio telephone installations shall be performed by any person who in the opinion of the Board is qualified to carry out such work.

(2) Except where the Board otherwise directs, there shall be kept in the station a log in which there shall be recorded the times of transmission and reception, the station or stations with which messages are exchanged, the operating frequency and the type of emission.

Regulation 26—Vessels on Volta Lake.

(1) The owner of any commercial vessel operating on the Volta Lake shall obtain a safety radio licence issued by the Board.

(2) Any commercial vessel operating on the Volta lake shall be equipped with radiotelephone transmitter capable of transmitting signals with a peak envelope power of at least 20 watts or at least radio apparatus capable of transmitting alarm signals to any base radio station along the Volta River.

(3) The Board shall prescribe the frequencies for use in the operations of such radio apparatus.

PART III—STATION IDENTIFICATION AND AERIAL MAST—CONSTRUCTION, LIGHTING AND MARKING

Regulation 27—Station Identification.

(1) A radio station shall be identified by a call sign or other recognised means of identification and such recognised means of  identification may be:—

(a) the name of the station;

(b) the location of the station;

(c) the operating agency;

(d) official registration mark;

(e) flight identification number;

(f) ship station selective call number or signal;

(g) characteristic signal or characteristics of emission or other clearly distinguishing features readily recognised internationally.

(2) No person shall operate a radio station that has no identification or has a false identification, except a survival craft station transmitting distress signals.

(3) Each station shall transmit its identification as frequently as practicable during the course of transmission.

Regulation 28—Allocation of call Signs.

(1) Unless otherwise prescribed by the Board any radio station open to international public correspondence service, including amateur radio stations and other radio stations capable of causing harmful interference beyond the boundaries of Ghana shall be issued with call signs from the International series by the Board.

(2) A radio station in respect of which a licence has been granted under these Regulations shall be used for the transmission and reception of messages or other signals specified in the licence.

(3) Expect in an emergency affecting the safety of life or property no such radio station shall be used for communication with stations or other services or for purposes other than those specified in the licence.

Regulation 29—Application for Construction of Aerial Mast or Tower.

(1) Any person who intends to construct an aerial mast or tower of more than 46 metres in height above ground level shall apply in writing to the Board.

(2) Such application shall not be considered by the Board unless it is accompanied by a statement from the Director of the Department of Civil Aviation certifying that the proposed construction does not constitute a hazard to air navigation.

Regulation 30—Markings.

(1) Unless otherwise authorised by the Board, any aerial mast or tower exceeding 46 metres in height shall be painted as prescribed in subregulation (2) of this regulation.

(2) An Aerial mast or tower of more than 46 metres in height above ground level shall be painted throughout its height with alternate bands of aviation surface orange and white, terminating with aviation surface orange bands at both the top and bottom of the mast or tower.

(3) The width of the bands shall be equal and approximately one-seventh of the height of the mast or tower but the bands shall not be more than 30 metres or less than 45 centimetres in width.

Regulation 31—Lighting of Aerial Mast or Tower.

The lighting system of an aerial mast or tower exceeding 46 metres in height above ground level which requires obstruction lights shall conform to the following requirements:

(a) there shall be installed at the top of the mast or tower at least one 100-watt lamp enclosed in aviation red obstruction light globe;

(b) the light shall burn from sunset to sunrise and shall be so positioned as to ensure unobstructed visibility of the light from aircraft at any normal angle of approach.

Regulation 32—Position of Obstruction Lights.

(1) Where the top of an aerial mast or tower is more than 46 metres above the level of the ground an intermediate light or lights shall be provided for each additional 46 metres or fraction thereof and these shall be spaced as equally as practicable between the top light and ground level.

(2) Where the aerial mast or tower is more than 92 metres in height the Board shall determine the specification for the lighting system after it has done the appropriate aeronautical study.

Regulation 33—Inspection of Mast or Tower Lights.

The holder of any licence granted under these Regulations in respect of any radio station equipped with obstruction lights shall:—

(a) inspect the mast or tower lights at least once every 24 hours to ensure that the lights function properly as required under this regulation;

(b) inspect at intervals of not more than three months all automatic or manual control devices, indicators and alarm systems connected with the mast or tower lighting system;

(c) report immediately to the Department of Civil Aviation or to the nearest flight service station any observed or known improper functioning of the lighting system which cannot be corrected within thirty minutes and when such fault is corrected;

(d) maintain sufficient quantity of lamps for immediate replacement at all times.

Regulation 34—Entries in Station Log.

The following entries shall be made in the log of any station equipped with obstruction lights:

(a) the times at which the mast or tower lights are turned on and off each day;

(b) date, time and cause of improper functioning of obstruction lights;

(c) date, time and nature of adjustments, repairs or replacements made;

(d) particulars of officials of the Department of Civil Aviation or flight service station notified of improper functioning of obstruction lights as well as the date and time such notice was given.

PART IV—MISCELLANEOUS

Regulation 35—Inspection of Radio Stations and Telecommunication Apparatus.

(1) A radio station to which these Regulations apply shall be inspected at such intervals as the Board may determine by Inspectors appointed for that purpose by the Board.

(2) A Radio Surveyor of ships appointed under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1963 (Act 183) shall inspect and survey telecommunication apparatus installed in any sea-going vessel when such vessel docks at any harbour or port in Ghana and shall at the end of each month, quarter or year, as the case may be, submit to the Board through the Commissioner responsible for Telecommunications report on inspections and surveys carried out by him during that period.

(3) Without prejudice to subregulation (2) to this regulation the telecommunication apparatus installed in any sea-going vessel which docks at any harbour or port within Ghana may be inspected from time to time by Inspectors appointed for that purpose by the Board.

Regulation 36—Avoidance of Harmful Interference.

Apparatus used for any of the services specified in regulation 1 of these Regulations operating within the territorial limits of Ghana shall be so used as not to cause harmful interference to other radio stations.

Regulation 37—Changes in Location of Radio Stations.

The holder of a licence issued under these Regulations in respect of any radio station shall not transfer such station from one location to another or effect any changes in the design of the equipment or frequency unless with the prior approval in writing of the Board.

Regulation 38—Loss of Certificate or Licence.

Where the holder of a licence or certificate issued under these Regulations loses such licence or certificate he may apply to the Board for a duplicate copy of the licence or certificate upon payment of the fee prescribed in respect of that licence or certificate in the Second Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 39—Validity of Operator’s Certificate.

Any person who before the coming into force of these Regulations does not possess a valid operator's licence but is engaged to operate a telecommunication apparatus installed for the services mentioned in regulation 8 of these Regulations shall after 1980 be prohibited from operating any such apparatus until he has obtained on passing the prescribed examination a commercial operator's licence issued by the Board.

Regulation 40—Penalties.

Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 500.00 or to imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or to both.

Regulation 41—Interpretation.

In these Regulations:—

“amateur radio service” means service of self-training in communication and technical investigations carried on by an amateur, that is to say by duly authorised person interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest;

“base station” means land station in the land mobile service carrying or a service with land mobile station;

“Board” means the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board;

“citizens radio service” means  a radio communication service of fixed, land and mobile station intended for short distance personal or business radio communications, radio signalling and control of remote objects or devices by radio;

“experimental station” means a station other than amateur station that utilizes radio waves in experiments for the development of science or techniques;

“experimental service” means a service in which Hertzian waves are employed for purposes of experimentation in the radio art or for purposes of providing essential communications for a research project which could not be conducted without the benefit of such communications;

“fixed service” means a service of radio communication between specified fixed points;

“harmful interference” means any emission, radiation of induction which endangers the functioning of radio-navigation services or of other safety services, or seriously degrades, obstructs or interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations;

“land mobile service” means a service between base stations and land mobile stations or between land mobile stations;

“maritime mobile service” means a mobile service between coast station and ship stations, or between ship stations, or between associated on-board communication stations or survival craft stations.

“mobile service” means a service of radio communication between mobile and land station or between mobile stations;

“survival craft station” means a mobile station in the maritime or aeronautical mobile service intended solely for survival purposes and located on any life boat, lifecraft or other survival equipment;

“telecommunication apparatus” has the meaning assigned to it in section 23 of the Telecommunications (Frequency Registration and Control) Decree, 1977 (S.M.C.D. 71).

“radiotelegraphy” means a system of telecommunication for the transmission of written matter;

“radiotelephony” means a system of telecommunication set out for the transmission of speech or in some cases other sounds.

Regulation 42—Revocation.

The Telecommunications (Licence Fees) Regulations, 1975 (L.I. 1048) are hereby revoked.

SCHEDULES

 

FIRST SCHEDULE

 

APPLICATION FORMS

 

GFRCB FORM No.   Radio Licences        

F. 19

F. 20

F. 21

F. 22

F. 23

F. 24

F. 25

F. 26

F. 27

F. 28

F. 29

F. 30   Registration of Manufactures

Coast Radio Station Licence (Public or Limited)

Ship Radio Station Licence

Aircraft Radio Station Licence

Fixed services radio station licence

Land mobile radio station licence

Amateur (sound) radio station licence

Experimental Radio Station licence

Citizens radio station licence

Broadcasting station licence

Dealers licence

Renewal of radio licence.    

 

SECOND SCHEDULE

LICENCE FEES FOR ALL SERVICES

 

Type of Licence         Annual Fee               

1. Amateur Radio Licence

2. Fixed services licence

3. Land mobile licence

4. Maritime mobile licence

5. Aeronautical mobile licence.

6. Dealers licence

7. Experimental Radio licence

8. Broadcasting licence

9. Duplicate copy of operator’s certificate or licence.

10. Citizens’ Radio Licence              20.00

  40.00

  40.00

  40.00

  40.00

  40.00

  20.00

200.00

 

  10.00

  40.00          For each station

For each station

For each station

For each ship station or land station.

For each aircraft station or land station.

For each store

For each operating station

For each station

 

For each copy

For each operating station. 

 

THIRD SCHEDULE

QUALIFICATIONS GIVING EXEMPTION FROM THE GHANA RADIO AMATEUR CERTIFICATE AND THE G.F.R.C.B. MORSE TEST

1. Qualifications—Ghana Radio Amateur Certificate

The following qualifications give exemption from the Ghana Radio Amateur Examination:—

(a) The Maritime Radio communication General Certificate (MRGC)—issued by the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board;

(b) The Postmaster-General's Certificate (UK)—1st or 2nd class;

(c) Grad.  IERE, Associates or higher grade membership of IERE;

(d) Grad.  IEE; or higher grade membership of IEE—if a member of Radio section;

(e) City and Guilds Radio-communication Certificate;

(f) B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Eng.) including Radio-communication subjects or electronics.

2. Qualification—GFRCB Morse Test

The following qualifications give exemption from the GFRCB Morse Test provided that the applicant has held employment requiring these certificates within twelve months immediately before the licence is issued:—

(a) The Maritime Radio-communication General Certificate (MRGC) issued by the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board;

(b) The Postmaster-General's Certificate (UK) in Radiotelegraphy—1st or 2nd class.

3. Ghana Armed Forces Exemptions

Officers and other persons of the Ghana Armed Forces who hold qualifications equivalent to those mentioned in sections 1 and 2 of this Schedule may be exempted from the Ghana Radio Amateur Certificate examination and/or GFRCB Morse Test.

FOURTH SCHEDULE

AMATEUR FREQUENCIES

 

Frequency Bands in MHZ    Class Emission Power         Power (Watts)          

Maximum input power          Radio Frequency output Peak Envelope power for A3A and A3J emission only           

3.5-3.81         

 

A1, A3

 

A3, A3A

A3J, A3H

F1,F2 & F3    150     400    

7-7.101           150     400    

14-14.351

21-21.451

28-29.701      375     1,000 

144-1462       150     400    

1. This band is shared by other services;

2. This band is allocated to stations in the amateur service on secondary basis on condition that they shall not cause interference to other services.

 

GENERAL I.K. ACHEAMPONG

Chairman of the Supreme Military Council

Date of Gazette Notification : 19th August, 1977.

 

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