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T7 on 4m
Published on 25 May 2008 by EI3IO
Just spoke with T77C on 24 MHz. He told me they need additional permission in San Marino in addition to the Italian agreement. However he was hopeful that a T7 station would be QRV on 4m in June and a transverter is in the course of construction.
73s Dave EI3IO

European Common Allocation Table 2008
Published on 14 May 2008 by Bo, OZ2M

Here you can download the European Common Allocation Table 2008 document prior to the meeting in Bruxelles 18-23 May 2008. The 70 MHz band is mentioned on page 63, 64 and 210, absolute page numbers in the PDF file.

Download it here (4 MB).

Italy on 70 MHz during 2008
Published on 30 April 2008 by Tony I0JX
The authorization for a second 70 MHz ham-radio experimental campaign in Italy has been granted on April 30th 2008. Its validity lasts until December 31st 2008. The technical parameters and the operational conditions are the same as for the year-2007 experimental cycle. The I0JX/B beacon operating from Rome on 70,088 MHz has been re-activated.

DL3YEE also back on 4 m until August
Published on 1 April 2008 by G6GVI

Klaus, DL3YEE, also got permission to be QRV on 70 MHz again. This time from 1 May and until end of August 2008.

Conditions: 69,950 MHz, max bandwidth 2,7 kHz and max 10 W EIRP.

Germany - DI2PM back again until August
Published on 19 March 2008 by Bo, OZ2M

Today Hans, DL8PM, received a new permission to operate on 70 MHz with the callsign DI2PM.

Conditions: 69,950 MHz, max bandwidth 2,7 kHz and max 10 W EIRP.

During Hans’s first permission, expired 2008-02-29, he was very active and made over 100 QSOs. So with a new permission in hand and the Es season coming soon tons of QSOs can be expected.

Hans is very thankful to the German Bundes-Netz-Agentur.

Czech Republic now QRV on 70 MHz
Published on 27 February 2008 by Bo, OZ2M

Radio amateurs in the Czech Republic are now permitted to transmit on 70 MHz. The licensing conditions are: 70,2-70,3 MHz, 10 W ERP and up to 20 temporary licenses are valid until 2008-12-31.

Stations are already active. So if you have not got a first already now is the time to get it!

Licensed stations are:
OK1CDJ *
OK1CO *
OK1COM *
OK1CZ
OK1DFC
OK1DO *
OK1ES
OK1KT *
OK1MAC
OK1MP *
OK1VEC *
OK1VHF *
OK1VM *
OK1XFJ *
OK2BDS
OK2BGW
OK2POI *
OK6IM
OK6TW *
OK7FA *

*: Station known to be QRV.

Czech Republik on 4m
Published on 11 February 2008 by CT1HZE

The Czech PTT has announced that very soon 20 special 4m permits will be granted. QRG range 70.2- 70.3 MHz, 10 W ERP, all modes. The licences will be valid untill Dec 31st 2008.

Depending on the experiences in 2008 there are good chances for a general release in 2009.

73
Joe, DL8HCZ/CT1HZE
www.DUBUS.org

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ITALY ON 70 MHz DURING 2008
Published on 20 December 2007 by Tony, I0JX
The current permit expires on December 31st 2007. In year 2008, before resuming 4meter operations, the Italian amateurs shall wait for a new authorization to be released. Discussing the issue with our counterparts, we understood that a simple extension of the current deadline would not be possible.

Estonian readyness
Published on 19 December 2007 by Arvo, ES1CW
At this time we have a "wild white field" around 70 MHz, only some 10-12 (mods needed) pieces of FT-847 in use in whole country. But at the same time our activity on the Six are OK - in example, I had wkd over 100 different ES-stations (with IC-706xx, IC-7400, IC-746, IC-756, FT-100, FT-817, FT-857, FT-847,FT-897, FT-920, TS-2000 etc now) on the Six during this year. And perhaps, many 6m 10...15 W transverters are still OK for a 4 m conversion items... And a vy new "everybody one" must be constructed in the "Estonian fashion", lot of work on the horizon...

Merry Xmas and HNY 2008
73! de Arvo, ES1CW
ERAU Technical coordinator

70 MHz allocation in Estonia
Published on 19 December 2007 by Mart, ES2NJ

To VHF-community of Europe

We are very happy to announce that from December 23, 2007 the 70 MHz (4 m) band is officially allocated for regular amateur radio use in Estonia on secondary status. The band may be operated by all national licence classes (A, B and D).

A foreign radio amateur, who is the holder of a valid CEPT licence, can also use his amateur radio station on 70 MHz during a temporary stay (up to 3 months) in Estonia without any extra registration, application or charge – like it is the case with other amateur bands in the country.

The secondary status of the band however means that it can be operated on non-interference basis to other communication services in Estonia. The transmitter’s RF power output limit is set to 20 dBW (100 W) for the national classes A & B and to 10 dBW (10 W) for the class D (entry level). All modes (CW, SSB, AM, FM, MGM) are permitted. In general, using a horizontally polarized antenna is recommended.

The band plan of the new allocation shows, that the lower limit for operation is at 70.140 MHz – perhaps there is a hope that it can be shifted down in the future, but currently we have to be pleased also with this permission.

There may have been some preliminary notices of the new band allocation from Estonia also before, but at that stage they were more rumours and did not carry actual official data. Herewith we are glad to say that all official paperwork has now been finished, corresponding permission has been issued by the Ministry of Economy and Communication and after almost 5 years of hard work ES should be soon heard on the 4 m band!

With Season’s Greetings
Mart, ES2NJ
ERAU VHF Manager