Ive just received an update from John G0VDU of the Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group (http://www.mcbarg.co.uk/):
May I ask you to correct the 4m web site as follows. G3YJX, Ted has reached that mile stone with too many turns on the coil and resigned as our Beacon keeper. He has been replaced by Phill Mathews M0PHM who looks after all of our beacons.
Tom, K4RV, writes:
"My first 28 MHz to 70 MHz transverter is working well. I have built a 70 MHz yagi and hope to have it on my tower for the spring E season. I will be listening for crossband QSOs from Europe. There are many of us here in the USA who wish to have 50 MHz to 70 MHz crossband QSOs.
Because of our national conversion to HD television, many channel 4 (70 MHz) television stations have been reallocated to UHF. So hopefully we may get 4 meter transmit priviledges in some areas."So don't forget to listen out for our friends from the USA, and Canada too, during the upcoming Es season.
On 15-Feb-2009, Andy GD0TEP and Willems ZS6WAB completed the first 4m "moonbounce" QSO, see http://www.gd0tep.com/wsjt/4m/World_1st_on_4m.htmAndy says on his website that following tests carried out by himself and GD4GNH back in 2006 ( http://www.gd0tep.com/wsjt/4m/eme_on_70mhz.htm ), he finally found a suitable station to try for an EME contact on the 4 meter band. As a result, Andy and Willem, ZS6WAB in South Africa tried an EME sked on Friday evening, February 13th 2009. Unfortunately, his mast mounted transmit and receive relay failed due to water ingress.
The RSGB have issued the following press release.
RSGB Convention – Wyboston 9th–11th October 2009. This years event, at the Wyboston Lakes Conference centre in Bedfordshire, will for the first time, see the inclusion of a full stream of VHF lectures and presentations This new stream will run alongside the usual streams of HF, DX, Technical and Beginners lectures. Here’s a great opportunity to meet the people involved at the leading edge of the use of the spectrum, in the usual lecture environment but more importantly in a social environment. As in previous years the Convention will be hosting the full range of UK licence exams. A detailed programme will be available in due course. So remember - RSGB Convention – Wyboston 9-11th October – see you there.
You will note that the RSGB Convention now encompasses VHF and above; Reg (G8VHI) and Neil (G3RIR) have been asked to run the new stream which will have the theme of
VHF/UHF/SHF DXing and Contesting through technical excellence and development but not forgetting the beginners to these bands.
We already have a number of excellent lectures planned but we would like to receive suggestions of which topics and lecturers you would like incorporated. Also, perhaps, some of you may wish to offer to give a talk within the theme.
Please feel free to distribute this e-mail to any one you think may be interested including any relevant reflectors.Neil, G3RIR g3rir 'a' yahoo 'd' com
I am happy to announce, that we have received a license to operate a beacon on the 4 m band.
We did not get the vanity call OE5FOUR. Instead we got OE5QL. This is no Amateur Radio Call the Austrian PTT said. It is an Experimental Operation Radio Call.
Well, there are some restrictions. Time limit is 1 June and until 31 August 2009. Transmission is only 2 minutes per sequence between 04:00 and 19:47 UTC. Each sequence begins at full hour +00 min., +15 min., +30 min. and +45 min, e.g. 04:00-04:02, 04:15-04:17, 04:30-03:32 and 04:45-04:47. Transmission power is 1 W ERP the first minute of each sequence and 5 W ERP the second minute of each sequence.
If the beacon does not interfere with services outside of Austria, an extension is possible after August 2009 the Austrian PTT said.
Anyway after August 2009 we will try to negotiations for 24/7 duration period for the beacon.
This is just the first step, following the offered directives of our PTT in Vienna.
The beacon frequency is 70,045 MHz, location for the beacon JN78CJ, 860 mASL and the antenna a Half-Wave Vertical with Collins Filter design DK7ZB/OZ2M will be used.73
We will get access to 70,0-70.5 MHz, in the same way as Denmark. Some of the "channels" are in use by PMR, and we will get acces to them, when they become available.
Link (in Norwegian): http://www.nrrl.no/NewsArticle.asp?id=296Google translated: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nrrl.no%2FNewsArticle.asp%3Fid%3D296&sl=no&tl=en&ie=UTF-8
As of 1 January 2009 Danish radio amateurs can also use the 70,225 MHz channel, i.e. the segment 70,2125-70,2375 MHz. This also means that two smaller segments are now joined into one segment 100 kHz wide.For more details see the Danish bandplan: www.70mhz.org/bandplan_oz.htm