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It is OK in 2009
Published on 6 December 2008 by Milos, OK1MP

Indeed it is OK

Czech radio amateurs will be QRV on 70 MHz again in 2009. 

After our application, we the Czech Radio Club received the information from Czech Telecommunication Office that during year 2009 will be possible to use 70,1 - 70,3 MHz with special permission.

It will be licensed max. 50 stations. Power will be same as in this year - max 10 W erp

73, Milos, OK1MP

4 m released in EA
Published on 4 November 2008 by IH9GPI
4 m band temporaly authorized on EA (End on 2009 April) on 70.150 MHz AND 70.200 MHz. Max. power=10 W. Thanks to Domi EA1DDU

2000 registered users in the forum
Published on 18 October 2008 by Bo, OZ2M

Today Kev, M0TNX, became user number 2000 to be registered in The Four Metres Website forum.

Congratulations to Kev but also to all of us who share the interest in 4 m.

There is no doubt that the interest in 4 m has increased a lot, not only in Europe but also overseas, the last five years with country after country having access to transmit on 4 m.

Keep up the good work, and don't forget to share your achievements.

CEPT WGFM approves 2008 version of CEPT/ERC Report 25
Published on 8 October 2008 by EI3IO
CEPT WGFM finally approved the 2008 version of the European Common Allocation table at its recent meeting in Baku. It was published on the ERO web-site 7 October and includes footnote EU9 against the bands 68 - 70.45 MHz and 70.45 - 74.8 MHz. EU9 reads "In a growing number of CEPT countries, parts of the band 70.0-70.5 MHz is also allocated to the Amateur service on a secondary basis."
The Baku approved version of the ECA can be downloaded at:
http://www.erodocdb.dk/Docs/doc98/official/pdf/ERCREP025.PDF

This is the first international radio regulatory recognition of the 4 m amateur band since Radio Regulation 182 in the ITU International Radio Regulations, Atlantic City 1947 which states: "In France and the USSR the band 72 - 72.8 Mc/s is allocated for the amateur service."

Lets hope that many more countries release all or parts of the 4 m band. Once 10 countries openly support the sense of EU9, it is theoretically possible to ammend the ECA to actually include an allocation to amateur service in the body of the European frequency table.

4 m General Release in EI
Published on 27 July 2008 by ei7ix
The 70 MHz band of 70.125 to 70.450 MHz has been released generally to experimenters. This means that any licensed experimenter may now use the
band without the need to make an individual application as was the position previously. The upper power limit is 50 W PEP and 25 W PEP for mobile operation.
(Thanks to IRTS News for info).

Danish allocation expanded
Published on 19 June 2008 by Bo, OZ2M

The Danish 4 m band allocation has been extended with three new segments of which two are a direct extensions to existing ones.

  • 69,9875 - 70,0000
  • 70,2375 - 70,2875, new distinct segment
  • 70,4875 - 70,5125
See the international allocation table and Danish bandplan for more information.

4 m beacon on CT land
Published on 18 June 2008 by ct1fjo
hi all

after some problems, the 4 m beacon it's on air again.

some changes on the call and frequency

the call is CS5BFM and the new frequency is 70.166 MHz

73
nuno

JN51XX on air byIQ0HL/0
Published on 11 June 2008 by IK0IXI
Friday June 13 Fabio will be QRV on 4m from the JN51XX as IQ0HL/0.
Random MS JT6M and Tropo/Es SSB/CW since 08:00z till 17:00z sharing the DK0A's team MS 2m/6m location already running. Rig: JRC HF + homemade XVTR and 4 el. yagi.

Portugal back on 70 MHz
Published on 29 May 2008 by ct1ffu/tony

From today on 29. 5. 2008 the Portuguese radioamateurs are again licenced by Anacom to use the 4m band.

This time with new allocation and secondary basis:
- 70,156 MHz- 70,286 MHz
- with 100 W EIRP.

Tnx all for all this years of work.

Best 73's all
CT1FFU

May meeting of WGFM and ECA
Published on 25 May 2008 by EI3IO
I understand that most of the amendments to the ECA in the input document were accepted (including the footnote on 70 MHz). The draft update of the ECA, ERC Report 25 for the year 2008 was therefore adopted for public consultation.

As there is no formal 4 m Group and lobby body yet in existence, I hope IARU R1 will consider submitting a response to the consultation in support of the footnote and propose that the situation is reviewed when more countries have decided to allocate the band to the amateur service. As the instigator of the original proposal I'm sure the IRTS (Irish national society) will consider the issue as well.

Anyway - fingers crossed - lots of good news around plus excellent conditions on 4m yesterday, Saturday 24 May.
73s Dave EI3IO