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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.

Moving to Bahrain
Published on 9 August 2009 by EI3IO
Just a brief note to mention that I hope to be QRV shortly from A9, as I am in the process of moving to Bahrain from Ireland. I am likely to be in Bahrain for at least 2 years. No call-sign info is available as yet. You may find me on 20 m from September onwards and I want to be QRV on 160 m for the 2009/2010 winter season, depending on the time it takes to obtain residency etc. I have chosen a QTH (LL56fe) on the outskirts of the Manama conurbation which appears to be good for all bands 160 m to VHF. I plan to be QRV on most MF, HF and low VHF bands. However as many of you know 4 m and also 6 m are currently not available in A9. I shall be making every effort to obtain some access to 4 m (and 6 m) and will be taking a 4 element 4 m beam and transverter with me. As a minimum some cross-band activity could be possible between 4 m and 10 m in the 2010 Es season. 73s

OE5QL beacon
Published on 6 July 2009 by OE5MPL

OE5QL/b on 70.045 MHz was reported only by 5 stations since June 01 2009, it seems to me there is not such keen interest to study propagations on the 4 m band. The reason to receive licence from our PTT was to study propagations for the upcoming 24th solar cycle and unfortunately I am not able to give a statement of the necessary due the shortage of reports. Therefore I have decided not to ask for an extension onwards August 31 2009.

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

EA & territories back on 70 MHz
Published on 29 June 2009 by David Butler
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9 stations have, as of 22 June, been allowed back onto 70 MHz until June 2010.

70.150 MHz +/- 6 kHz and 70.200 MHz +/- 6 kHz using 10W OUTPUT

PW 70 MHz Contest - Saturday 13 June
Published on 12 June 2009 by David Butler

Practical Wireless Low Power 70 MHz Contest Saturday 13 June 1100 - 1700 UTC


SATURDAY 13 JUNE 1100-1700 UTC

See Forum -> Contests

for further details

IRTS (Irish) News on 4 m
Published on 31 May 2009 by EI7IQ
The IRTS (National Society in EI) News service is transmitted every Sunday evening at 20.00 local time, from Co. Mayo in Ireland on 70.375 FM. This is part of a four band simulcast by the local club, The Mayo Radio Experimenters. The other frequencies are 145.6 (local repeater) 433.450 FM and 51.450 FM. Reception reports most welcome.

D4 on 4 m
Published on 28 May 2009 by CT1HZE
D44TD, Antonio is qrv now from Cabo Verde, HK86NO, on 4 m (70.200 RX and TX) with FT847 and 4 ele Yagi.
A nice challenge! GL

Slovak stations have an access to 70 MHz band
Published on 13 May 2009 by OM3EI
Since May 1st, 2009 Slovak (OM) stations have an access to 70 MHz band:

- Segment 70,250 – 70,350 MHz
- Max. 10 W ERP
- Extra class only
- Each station must apply for a special permission for 70 MHz

I hope there will be a good activity from Slovakia on 4 m.

Roman OM3EI