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Poland soon on 70 MHz
Published on 17 January 2011 by OZ2M
The Polish ministry of infrastructure has announced that 70,1 MHz to 70,3 MHz will "soon" be available to radio amateur service on secondary basis. The maximum power will be 20 W EIRP.

The new frequency allocation plan will enter into force 14 days after its final approval. Prior to the final approval is the consultation period that ends 18 February 2011. It is important to note that the webpage does not say how long the final approval will last, but adding the dates etc. it cannot be before 4 March 2011.

Czech Republic continues its allocation into 2011
Published on 27 December 2010 by OZ2M
Jiri, OK2POI, reports that he has just received his 4 m license for 2011. This is a continuation of the Czech Republic allocation into 2011 with same conditions as in 2010 for those who apply.

OE5QL continues its operation in 2011
Published on 24 December 2010 by OZ2M
The Austrian 70 MHz beacon continues its operation in 2011 Peter, OE5MPL, reports. The conditions will be the same as in 2010, i.e. 70,045 MHz, bigwheel antenna and transmission HH:00-HH:02, HH:15-HH:17, HH:30-HH:32 and HH:45-HH:47.

Iceland continues its allocation on 4 m
Published on 23 December 2010 by OZ2M
In a newsletter from ÍSLENSKIR RADÍÓAMATÖRAR (Í.R.A.)/ICELANDIC RADIO AMATEURS Jónas Bjarnason, TF2JB, and President of Í.R.A. says that Iceland will continues its allocation on 4 m until 2012-12-31. Frequency span: 70.000-70.200 MHz. Access is granted on secondary basis. Maximum bandwidth is 16 kHz and power limit is 100 W. Licensees need to apply to the PTA for a special license. The experimental license is open to both "N" and "G" license classes.

4 m Web Site Vacancy
Published on 9 November 2010 by GM4AFF
If anyone is interested in getting involved in the management of the 4 m web site let me know. You would need experience in managing a CMS system running on a MySQL database. PHP skills are also a big advantage. You ought to be a licenced ham too.

Contact me at stewart at gm4aff.net if you're interested.

New GB2RS broadcast on 4 metres
Published on 22 October 2010 by GM4AFF
Starting this Sunday October 17th there will be a GB2RS broadcast from East Bedfordshire on 70.425 MHz.
The transmission will be at 10.00 local and will be simultanious with the existing 2M broadcast from the same location.
This is initialy for a 6 week trial but will continue indefinately if there is an audience.
The coverage is estimated to be Herts, Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Northants and the west of Essex and Suffolk.

Any reports will be appreciated a few minutes after close down at 10.30 or by email to g4oxy@btinternet.com

New OY bandplan for 70 MHz
Published on 22 October 2010 by GM4AFF
From 1 November 2010 the new 4 meter band in OY will be from 69.950-70.500 MHz and 100 Watt.
This is valid for license class A, B & D.

United Arab Emirates on 4 m
Published on 30 June 2010 by OZ2M
United Arab Emirates have since July 2009 had permission to operate on 4 m. The allocation is as secondary service and from 70,0 MHz to 70,5 MHz and 100 W.

Spain continues on 4 m
Published on 30 June 2010 by OZ2M
Spain is back on the band and with a new allocation until 1 July 2011. The allocation is now 70,150-70,200 MHz, i.e. no more two small segments. Power is still 10 W ERP.

70 MHz demonstration 24 June 12 UTC
Published on 21 June 2010 by I0JX
On the early afternoon of June 24th, starting at about 12:00 UTC, we shall have a 70 MHz demonstration to University and Telecom Ministry staff. Some tests may be carried out during the morning too. The station will be located at ESRIN, the Italian Rome-based establishment of the European Space Agency, whose club station holds the call IZ0FEJ. We seek cooperation from any one for showing the operation of the JT6 mode, beyond sporadic-E SSB & CW contacts (if propagation will assist us). So, we must be sure that somebody will be present at the other end of the link. Operating frequency will be 70.210 MHz and we may QSY to 70.310 MHz if band will be too crowded. We will also try to be on the ON4KST chat for coordination. Thanks in advance for help.

73 Tony I0JX