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Change of forum usernames
Published on 20 January 2010 by Bo OZ2M
Hello all
From 1 January 2010 all usernames have to be authorised callsigns or SWL IDs.
We still need to identify these usernames: http://www.70mhz.org/forum/forummembers.php
You cannot change a username yourself. Therefore you need to contect me: oz2m mail dk Please send ID, username, and email address if it is old
Some already contacted me but because I accidently deleted all the usernames 22 Jan. I had to use an backup that did not contain most of the changes applied. Therefore, even if you did email me with the necessary information please verify that you are not on the above list.
You may receive this email even if you have an account with a callsign as the username if you have another account with a non-callsign username. In this case please also write me.
Accounts will be made inaccessible by end of January 2010 if the usernames have not been changed - ultimatively they will be terminated.

Another extension of the band in Denmark
Published on 18 December 2009 by Bo OZ2M
From 1 January 2010 the allocation in Denmark will be extended with another channel, i.e. 70,3 MHz +/-12,5 kHz. This means that five segments will become four:
69,9875 MHz - 70,0625 MHz
70,0875 MHz - 70,1125 MHz
70,1875 MHz - 70,3875 MHz
70,4125 MHz - 70,5125 MHz

70 MHz consultation in Bahrain
Published on 10 December 2009 by EI3IO
In a major spectrum consultation exercise launched by the Bahraini telecommunications regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), seeks comments inter alia on whether all or parts of the band 69.95 - 70.5 MHz should be offered to the amateur service in Bahrain for propagation experiments. The consultation document (which also seeks comments on 500 kHz and 5 MHz) can be downloaded from http://www.tra.org.bh.

A new National Frequency Plan has also been published which allocates the band 50-50.5 MHz to the amateur service on a national primary basis and 50.5 - 52 MHz to the amateur service on a national secondary basis. New arrangements are also included for 136 kHz, 1.8 MHz 7 MHz and 430 MHz.

Czech radio amateurs will be QRV on 70 MHz again in 2010.
Published on 8 December 2009 by OK2POI
Czech telecomunications office informed, that we could get again 50 licensed for 4 m in 2010.
Freq. and power be same like in this year.

VY 73 Jiri OK2POI

OE5QL beacon back on the air 24 h
Published on 3 December 2009 by Bo OZ2M

Peter, OE5MPL, wrote that the OE5QL beacon is now back on the air 24 h, but still with the 2 min four times per hour transmission sequence: HH:00-HH:02, HH:15-HH:17, HH:30-HH:32 and HH:45-HH:47.

OE5QL info page: www.70mhz.org/oe5ql.htm and OE SWL Firsts here too: www.70mhz.org/firsts_oe.htm

Belgium on 4 m
Published on 20 November 2009 by Bo OZ2M

The Council of the BIPT decided in accordance with Article 13 of the Act of June 13, 2005 on electronic communications, to authorize all holders of a license class A (HAREC) to the frequency 69.950 MHz on a secondary basis Using a power of 10 W EIRP and a maximum bandwidth of 10 kHz. Radio Amateurs who wish to perform experiments at this frequency, are required to inform BIPT by letter or by e-mail address ram-nl@bipt.be. This Decision shall enter into force on the day it is published (Ed. 19 Nov. 2009).

Editor's note: It is great to see one more country getting access to 4 m. It is a pity that the regulator did not go for the Luxembourg allocation.

Meteor scatter QSOs and talk back
Published on 13 November 2009 by Bo OZ2M

I would like to draw all meteor scatter operators' attention to the MS Procedure section 7.4.9 VALID CONTACTS

"... However no recourse should be made during the contact to obtain the required information, change of frequency, antenna direction, etc. via other methods such as the DX Cluster, talk-back on another band, etc. Such secondary methods invalidate the meteor scatter contact. In essence: if anything concerning the ongoing QSO attempt is agreed through other means than the QSO attempt frequency a new start is required."

At the beginning of the year I asked in the forum how stringent this should be interpreted especially for firsts QSOs. The broad consensus was that a very harsh interpretation should be used.

Actually this does not apply to MS QSOs only but to any type of QSO.

There is no question that a "“first QSO" has a very special place in history and that no one else can make it. Therefore please make my job easy when I have to process your firsts claims.

Norway on 4 m
Published on 7 November 2009 by Bo OZ2M

As of 5 November 2009 Norway has added 70 MHz to the radio amateur bands in Norway, Svalbard, Bear Island, Jan Mayen, Bouvet Island, Peter I Island and the Norwegian land areas on Antarctica.

Frequency spans: 70,0625-70,0875 MHz, 70,1375-70,1875 MHz, 70,2625-70,3125 MHz, 70,3625-70,3875 MHz and 70,4125-70,4625 MHz. Power limit is 100 W.

Finland on 4 m
Published on 4 November 2009 by Bo OZ2M

As of today Ficora, the Finnish regulator, has granted access to the 4 m band in Finland

Frequency slots:  70,000-70,175 MHz and 70,225-70,300 MHz. Maximum power is 25 W, 30 W or 100 W depending on location and license class.

Transmission is not permitted:

- within Lieksa, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Polvijärvi, Juuka, Nurmes, Valtimo, Kuhmo, Hyrynsalmi, Suomussalmi, Ristijärvi and Sotkamo municipalities

- transmission less than 50 km from the boarder to Russia is only permitted with the antenna main loop pointing away from 0°-180°

- maximum transmission power is limited to 25 W when distance to the Norwegian boarder is less than 50 km

70 MHz in Belgium
Published on 21 September 2009 by Bo OZ2M

On the Belgian Institute of Postal Services and Telecommunications home page the following, Google translated, text can be found on the subject of 70 MHz in Belgium.

Amateur radio operators from neighboring countries have won the right to make experiments in the band of 70 MHz under various conditions, the Belgian radio amateurs have therefore requested access to at least one frequency in this band.
The frequency 69.950 MHz is already allocated for amateur radio operators in several European countries without disruption.
The allocation of the frequency 69.950 MHz to amateurs with limited power and basic Secondary not cause harm to current users of this frequency band.

The BIPT Council, pursuant to Article 13 of the Act of June 13, 2005 on electronic communications, wants to allow licensed A (HAREC) amateur radio use from the date of publication of the proposed decision frequency 69,950 MHz secondary base, with a power of 10 W EIRP and bandwidth up to 10 kHz Amateur radio operators wishing to experiment on this frequency will be obliged to prior notification to the Institute.

Interested parties may submit their views thereon within two weeks after the date of publication of this consultation to the attention of BIPT.