The Telecommunications Unit in the Division of Energy and Telecommunications has reminded amateur radio operators and citizen band radio operators (CBers) that they must not operate their equipment at power levels which exceed the legal limit. Telecommunications Officer, Ishmael Cadogan, explained there were some hobby CBers and amateur radio operators who were using excessive power, and this was causing interference with televisions, radios, telephones and even pacemakers in their neighbourhoods. He said that the practice was not only a nuisance but could also pose possible health issues because of excessive radiation. He noted that while CBers were allowed four watts on the AM band and 12 watts on the single side band, amateur radio operators were allowed up to a maximum of 500 watts, depending on the frequency. Investigations of interference by the Unit have revealed that some people were using between 1 000 and 5 000 watts in their efforts to be in touch with people all over the world. "This needs to stop, and if it doesn't, we will be enforcing the law. Our legal options include confiscating equipment and taking offenders to court," Mr. Cadogan warned. Both Cadogan and fellow Telecommunications Officer Jason Haynes stressed the vital role that CBers and amateur radio operators played, especially during the hurricane season and other disasters. "We would therefore want to encourage them to continue to operate but also to do so safely," he urged.
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