Piero, I0KPT, reports that Italy is back on 4 m again from 1056 UTC on 1 February 2012 and until 31 December 2012. Frequencies, power and geographical restrictions are the same as in 2010.
Please be informed that, following our extraordinary authorization request for amateur radio propagation experiments in the 70 MHz band, submitted to the Economic Development Ministry - Telecommunications Department, the General Directorate for Electrical Communications and Broadcasting Services, Division II, has authorized said experiments in period 1 February - 31 December 2012.
The experimental campaign will be possible thanks to the participation of the ham radio community , with stations scattered all over the globe. In particular, activities will be aimed at experimenting the transequatorial and the sporadic-E propagation mechanisms.
Prof. Piero Tognolatti
More information can be found here here
Tony, I0JX, reports that the I0JX/B beacon is also back on the air. Tony also informs that the permit includes the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Vatican. Although not yet announced, one should reasonably expect that also the San Marino hams are authorized to operate on 70 MHz (as they were during all the past Italian experimental periods).