José Francisco de Almeida, CT4AN, IARUMS Coordinator from REP (Rede dos Emissores Portugueses; Portugal), informed that ANACOM (Portuguese Communications Authority) acts to eradicate interference and the abuse of several frequencies, including deeply protecting the amateur bands. https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1713864
“ANACOM, the Portuguese National Authority for Communications, carried out a series of inspections with the Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aimed at verifying the status, operability and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. In these actions, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service.
In 2021 last quarter, ANACOM carried out a series of inspections with the Portuguese Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aim to verify the status, operation and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. If they are not working well or being used under the right conditions, or in the appropriate spectrum bands, they may interfere with other services and may make the correct operation of emergency communications unfeasible.
The actions were carried out in the ports of Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde; Viana do Castelo; Caminha; Aveiro; Leixões; on the Douro River — Cais da Alfândega (Porto) and Cais da Lixa (Gondomar); and in Peniche.
In total, 20 vessels were checked, for coastal fishing, distant fishing, hotel ships and pleasure boats.
In these joint actions with the Maritime Police, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service. In some cases, non-certified equipment or equipment not suitable for use on vessels, as well as unauthorized radiocommunication encryption devices, were detected. In these actions, ANACOM carries out inspections on the equipment, and it is up to the Maritime Police to take the necessary measures.“
In the past, ANACOM operations such as this one lead to succesful actions.
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