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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Feedback / MOTIVATION
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.