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Italy finally on 4 m in 2010
Published on 17 June 2010 by OZ2M
The 2010 authorization to use 4 m in Italy finally arrived. The license is valid until 30 November 2010. Otherwise conditions as previous years i.e. 70,100, 70,200 and 70,300 all +/- 12,5 kHz, 25 W EIRP.

Slovakia continues temp but new allocation
Published on 10 June 2010 by OM3EI
70 MHz licences were issued for one year in 2009 but we can apply for another year in 2010. This will be possible also in the future too, I hope.

There is an updated segment in licences issued in 2010: 70,190-70,215 MHz (CW, SSB and MGM) and 70,300-70,350 MHz (CW, SSB, MGM and FM). Max power 10 W ERP.

San Marino on 4 m
Published on 8 June 2010 by OZ2M
Antonio, IK4PMB, has been in contact with Tony, T77C, who reports that the San Marino authorities authorized 70 MHz transmission until the 31 October 2010, from 70-70,5 MHz and using up to 100 W!

Antonio also told that he and others will operate from San Marino 19-20 June.

Italy is soon back on 4 m
Published on 25 May 2010 by OZ2M
Tony, I0JX, just told on the ON4KST chat that Italy is soon back on 4 m. He will receive the confirmation by mail and until then there is no permit to operate on 4 m.

The permission, when issued, will be valid until 2010-10-31 and conditions the same as in 2008, i.e. 70,100, 70,200 and 70,300 all +/- 12,5 kHz, 25 W EIRP.

WE9XFT radio science beacon
Published on 3 May 2010 by OZ2M
At 1200 UTC today Brian, WA1ZMS, has commissioned a new beacon with the callsign WE9XFT from Virginia in USA, FM07FM. The beacon operates on 70.005 MHz and is GPS locked. Callsign and a short message is sent continously in CW at 18 WPM/90 LPM. It is a radio science beacon for E-Skip propagation purposes. ERP is 3 kW from a 3 el. yagi at 60°, i.e. Europe, and at 1280 mASL. The beacon is scheduled to run 24 hours a day until September 1st unless there are technical issues precluding that. The beacon is non-amateur and sadly no 2-way QSOs can take place.

Please send any and all reception reports via e-mail to Brian, WA1ZMS: his_call@att.net.

Romania on 4 m
Published on 25 April 2010 by OZ2M
Per decision 226/2010 all Romanian radio amateurs now have access to 70,0-70,3 MHz, on secondary and non interferring basis, using max 20 W and 12,5 kHz signal bandwidth. Individual requests must be made to ANCOM prior to operation.

The decision to allocate the 4 m band was effective from 2010-04-14.

Estonia general release of 4 m, allocation and power
Published on 1 April 2010 by ES1CW
On 31 March 2010 the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia has designed changes in the National frequency master plan and in the Regulations of Amateur Radio Usage in the country whose will be active from 4 April 2010.

70.000-70.050 MHz
Beacon with a ES#VHF callsign, 100 W ERP

70.050-70.300 MHz
Class A licenses ES#A...ZZ, 1 kW*
Class B licenses ES#AAA...ZZZ, 100 W. Applies to CEPT visitors too
Class D licenses ES#AAAA...ZZZZ, 10 W

* in the administration district of Ida-Virumaa i.e. in the Eastern part of ES4 call area (an eastern half of KO39 and incl. western part of KO49 WWLs) max 100 W of transmitter output power are allowed.

Usage – on the regular licence basis, all modes in accordance of the IARU Region 1 bandplan and recommendations.

4 m beacon from Hong Kong
Published on 28 March 2010 by VR2YDR
HARTS is now operating a 4 metre beacon with temporary permit from the local telecommunication authority.
Callsign: VR2FOUR
Frequency: 71.575 MHz (CW)
Power: 3 W
Antenna: Omni vertical 10 mAGL
Location: Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong (OL72AL)
Operating Hour: 1500 - 0300 UTC
Message in CW: VR2FOUR QTH OL72AL
Expiry of the temporary permit: 31.8.2010

Iceland on 4 m
Published on 21 February 2010 by TF2JB
On 19 Feb 2010 The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland granted a temporary experimental access to the 4 meter band in Iceland. The permit is valid until 31 Dec 2010.

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.

Proposal for 4 m in the USA
Published on 1 February 2010 by OZ2M
Justin, G0KSC, and William, AA4XT, forwarded a couple of emails about 4 m in the USA.

Justin, G0KSC, will pay a visit to William, AA4XT, soon to install a bunch of antennas and among those also one for 4 m.

Glen, K9STH, has 27 Jan 2010 submitted a proposal for changes around 4 m use to FCC.

"The 4 meter (70.000 MHz to 70.500 MHz) amateur radio band has been authorized in a growing number of European and African nations and establishing such privileges for amateur radio operators in the United States and other areas over which the Commission has jurisdiction would be of great benefit to those operators residing in such areas. The recent migration of broadcast television stations to primarily the UHF frequencies basically eliminates any probable interference to television channels 4 or 5 which otherwise might have occurred because the 4-meter band is located on frequencies that were allocated to television channel 4. Since the 4-meter amateur radio and does not fall in the 72.0 MHz to 76.0 MHz segment which is allocated to Operational Fixed and various mobile services there would be no potential co-channel or adjacent channel interference.

It is proposed to allow all classes of amateur radio operators operating privileges on this new band. However, it is suggested that Novice Class licensees be restricted to a lower output level than those allowed for Technician Class, General Class, Advanced Class, and Amateur Extra Class licensees. If the present power output limitations of 1500 W are granted to the higher class licensees then the Novice Class licensees should be restricted to no more than 200 watts power output as per most of the privileges granted those operators who hold a Novice Class license. If a lower power limit is placed on other classes of operator then the power output limits on the Novice Class should be reduced accordingly. For example, if power limitations of 200 W maximum output power be placed on Technician Class and higher licensees, then it is suggested that Novice Class licensees be held to no more than 25 W output.

One possible scenario would be to limit the Technician Class and higher licensees to 200 watts output power for a period of time (i.e. for 2 years) to determine any major interference problems which may occur by establishing these new operating privileges. At the end of that time, then the power output should be increased to the 1500 W output power now allowed to Technician Class and higher class licensees. The power output allowed for Novice Class operations would then be 25 W for 2-years increasing to 200 W after the 2-year time frame.

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Whether or not the FCC will even actually consider establishing a new amateur radio band will have to be seen. But, nothing tried, nothing gained!