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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

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.