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New 70 MHz CEPT Initiative by IARU
Published on 19 June 2014 by Dave EI3IO
I've been appointed as an expert by IARU to mount a new 4m initiative to obtain regulatory recognition for a 70 MHz allocation in Europe (CEPT).

A document addressing 70 MHz is currently doing the rounds for comment in Committee 5 of IARU and in National Societies. The document explains the current initiative and strategy. It is a two pronged approach to obtain a secondary allocation to the amateur service at 69.9 - 70.5 MHz in the European frequency table, firstly by encouraging national societies to lobby their regulators to support such an initiative and secondly through direct liaison by IARU with the regulators of those CEPT countries which have had some form of access to the band in recent years. The latter has already commenced. The document contains an appendix which is intended to be a multi-country and IARU proposal to the Frequency Management Working Group of CEPT which looks after the European Common Allocation (ECA) table. The proposal is to modify the ECA and footnote EU9. The support of at least 10 administrations is required to obtain an automatic modification to the table. The document will be sent for comment and hopefully support to most of the 30 countries having provided some form of access to the 4m band.

In this regard a Spectrum Workshop will be held at Hamradio FHN on Saturday 28th June at 15:00 until 16:00 in - Room A , 5th floor, 'Verwaltungsgebaeude' (Messe Administration Building).

Topics will include presentations on 4 metre CEPT proposals by myself EI3IO and 5 MHz WRC-15 progress by Hans PB2T. Other topics can also be discussed if time permits. Because of the short notice of this workshop it will not feature in the Hamradio lecture programme.