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C37MS DX-pedition report
Published on 18 August 2016 by Jean-Jacques ON7EQ
Just having returned, hereby a quick report of our activity on 4 m.
  • 50 Contacts
  • 17 DXCC (see list of firsts below)
  • 35 Squares  (see attached)
Although mountains blocked our take-off in Southern direction, we managed to make QSOs with CT, EA6, 9H in backscatter mode. Unfortunately no SP stations in the log, despite patience and persistance on both sides. Many thanks to the URA who made this activation of C37MS on 4 m possible. QSL to be addressed to URA and will be posted on LoTW too.

EA3HCJ Gerardo, C31KC Beli, C31US Joan (President of URA), ON5AEN Hans, ON7EQ Jean-Jacques. Thanks as well to C31JS Jose for his support.


Antennas for 2 m - left (stack 3 x 5 el. DK7ZB) and 4 m - right (stack 2 x 4 el. DK7ZB) - pointed QTF NE.


Worked squares on 4 m.

Slovakia issues widest allocation to 4 m globally
Published on 6 August 2016 by OZ2M
Peter, OM3PV, writes that the Slovakian regulator has granted acces to the 4 m band from 69,9 MHz to 70,5 MHz to all amateurs and it follows their general licensing conditions. With this Slovakia has the widest allocation globally in the 4 m band.

Andorra on 4 m
Published on 19 June 2016 by Bo OZ2M

Jean-Jacques, ON7EQ, writes that through the help op Joan, C31US, President of URA, that on 16 June 2016 4 m band has been allocated in Andorra from 70,000 MHz to 70,200 MHz, power 10 W, all modes, on a ''non-interference basis''. Jean-Jacques will operate on 4 m during next Perseids (August 12th-14th) with call sign C37MS.


No general 70 MHz access in Germany in 2016
Published on 11 May 2016 by Bo OZ2M
In November 2015 DARC contacted the German regulator about access to 70 MHz during the 2016 Es season from early May to end of August. However, with reference to the frequency-political situation in the VHF range, the regulator has not complied with the renewed desire of amateur radio operators by the Ministry of Defence about the refusal.

Kazakhstan on 4 m
Published on 25 April 2016 by Michael UN8GC
Kazakhstani authorities have approved the experimental amateur radio operation on 4 m band from 1 May 2016 until 1 May 2017.

The current group of hams who received permission to operate include: UN7ZZ, UN8GU, UN8GC, UN2G, UN5GAV, UN7GOD, UN9GGH, UN6GAP, UN6QDD, UN8GEQ, UN7QX, UN9GWA, UN7IB, UN7IN, UN7IO, UN7ID, UN7IT, UN7IZ, UN3M, UN1F, UN8FF and UN7FW.

License conditions are to be clarified but initially the band will be 70.0-70.5 MHz and 100 W output power. Stations with callsign suffix beginning with the letters 'I' and 'M' are located in West Kazakhstan and should be within the reach on double-hop Es propagation from Europe.

Belgium expands the 4 m band
Published on 16 March 2016 by Jean-Jacques ON7EQ
This to inform you that our national telecom authority (BIPT/IBPT) has published on 4 March 2016 the decision to provide expansion of our 4 m band (it was 70.190 MHz- 70.4125 MHz) to 70,1125 MHz - 70,4125 MHz, all modes, and increase of power (25 W to 50 W), still on a secondary basis - this with immediate effect.

Czech Republic continues on 4 m in 2016
Published on 12 December 2015 by Bo OZ2M
Matej, OK1TEH, writes that access to 4 m in 2016 will be similar to the conditions in 2015.

4 m consultation in Belgium
Published on 12 December 2015 by Jean-Jacques ON7EQ

This to inform you that our national telecom authority (BIPT/IBPT) has launched on 4 December a public consulation regarding the possibility of expansion of our 4 m band (currenty 70.190 MHz- 70.4125 MHz) to 70,1125 MHz - 70,4125 MHz, all modes, and increase of power (25 W to 50 W), still on a secondary basis.

This in view of the fact that professional users are apparently no longer using this band segment.

As with previous similar public consultations, it can be expected that the band will be effectively be expanded within next weeks. A good thing - besides further widening the available segment for traffic - is that some planned beacon(s) could now be relocated as far as possible 'down the band' instead of somewhere in the upper segment.


Macedonia expands the 4 m allocation
Published on 17 August 2015 by Dave EI3IO
I have received an email from the President of the IARU Member Society in Macedonia which states that the Macedonian administration (Agency for Electronnic Coommunication) has granted a request by the Radio Amateur Union of the Republic of Macedonia for further access to the 70 MHz band and has approved the following frequencies: 70.000 MHz, 70.075 MHz, 70.125 MHz an 70.275 MHz for Radio Amateur activities on a secondary basis .... date of issue 01.08.2015 and date of expiry 31.12.2016. It is not quite clear how wide these allocations are. However if we refer to the Macedonian National Plan on pages 136 - 138 you will find that the band comprises 12.5 kHz channels in accordance with CEPT Recommendation T/R 25-08.

Gibraltar issues CEPT on 4 m
Published on 6 August 2015 by Jean-Jacques ON7EQ
I am pleased to announce that the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) has from 5 August 2015 allowed operation on 70 MHz in ZB2 on a reciprocal basis (CEPT) and issued the first license as such to undersigned. Before, operation for visiting HAMS was only possible on 6 m and 2 m, but thanks to the efforts of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS), the bands have been extended to include 4 m and 70 cm. Still, the application for a temporary reciprocal license must be completed - see GRA website for more info.