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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

Report of FIRST 4m expedition to JN51XX
Published on 17 December 2007 by IK0IXI

Hi guys! Wind & cold never stopped crazy people in ham radio!!

IQ0HL/0 made 14 QSOs from JN51XX, despite the cold and windy day here in ltaly.
December is tno the perfect month for outdoors operations, but 31 December is so close that our team (IK0IXI, I0LYO and IK0LZR) quickly activated for the FIRST time ( and we hope not for the last time...) this rare square on 70 MHz before that date.

We are planning more operations from there if 4m is again possible in Italy.

Special TKS to G7CNF-Nige for HF/GSM support on sked management.
73 to ALL de IQ0HL/0 Team.

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70 MHz in EI
Published on 13 November 2007 by ei2ip

70 MHz will become a general allocation in EI, as soon as some
administrative details are attended to by ComReg.

There is no need to send in an application: it will be allocated to EI Experimenters automatically.

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Published on 10 November 2007 by ct1ffu/tony

After the J5SIX/b project was successfully concluded, J5JUA have now obtained permissions to install more 2 beacons in Guiné-Bissau.

J5FOUR/B will run on 70.010 MHz CW with 20 W into a horizontal dipole,
and J5TWO/B will run 20 W into a Diamond-X510 vertical antenna.

These two new beacons will soon run from Bissau, the capital of Guiné.

Thanks again to J5JUA/CT2GQA for his support, and to CT1FJO for the keyers.

73's all from Tony CT1FFU

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1A4A on 70 MHz
Published on 17 October 2007 by Bo, OZ2M

During the operation of October 2007, the station with the callsing 1A4A will be active on 70 MHz and 144 MHz, SSB, CW, FM and WSJT. The operation will be mainly focused on 4 meters band.

The frequencies will be: 70.200 SSB – CW; 70.300 FM; 70.295 Digital modes 1A4A will be in these bands on October 25th, 26th and 27th. More info will added soon in this website.

Source: http://www.1a4a.org/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=90

Report on Italian 70 MHz activity
Published on 21 September 2007 by Tony, I0JX
A technical report on the italian 70 MHz activity up to Sept. 15th 2007 has been prepared, and it is now freely available for download on www.space.it/70mhz Even though it is in Italian, it should not be difficult for a non-italian to get some understanding of it. The report was issued in advance with respect to the 70 MHz authorization deadline (December 31st), so as to give our Communications Ministry more time to decide on its possible extension to year 2008, or even further. On the other hand, the additional results that could be obtained waiting up to the end of this year would probably add little value to those already achieved during the past sporadic-E season. The report has been sent to our Communications Ministry by Piero Tognolatti (I0KPT) Full Professor of the Electromagnetic Fields Group and Director of the Electrical Engineering and Information Theory Department of the University of l'Aquila. In his accompanying letter, Piero stated that continuing the experiments over the next years would be justified on technical grounds. The main aims would be to get a better characterization of the sporadic-E propagation (including multi-hop with US / Canada, cross-band), as well as to verify the possible occurrence of other propagation modes, namely transequatorial starting 2008-2009, and F2 somewhat later. At that regard, in the report it was noted that the high latitude of most European countries having a 70 MHz amateur allocation is one of the major reasons why no transequatorial contacts took place, to our knowledge, during the past sunspot cycle peak years. Central and southern Italy instead lie at nearly ideal latitudes with regard to transequatorial propagation, and this will be of great help for establishing two-way contacts with South Africa, a country where the 70 MHz band can legally be used.

4 m to be continued from DL
Published on 5 September 2007 by CT1HZE
Good news from DL: Klaus, DL3YEE has got his 4 m licence today. The licence is valid from Sept. 1st to Oct. 31st. TX QRG is also 69.995 MHz. Klaus will be qrv soon from JO42GE with his 4 ele yagi.

My last day of operation from JO53CN on 4m will be Sept. 8th.
73s and GL
Joe, DI2AL on 4 m (DL8HCZ/CT1HZE) info@DUBUS.de

Hungarian 70 MHz Summer Experiment ends successfully
Published on 13 August 2007 by HA5PT

After the closing down of FM broadcasting stations in February, Hungarian radio amateurs were granted a 30 day experimental radio permit to study radio wave propagation in July 2007.

List of active Hungarian stations:
70M1FV, 70M1YA, 70M1XY, 70M2SX, 70M3MQ, HA4YF (Xband), 70M5HRK (operators: HG5XA and HA5TMK), 70M5PT, 70M5TI, 70M8BI2, 70M8BI, 70M8BR, 70M8MV plus beacon 70M1BVC

Summary of HA activity:

9A    24
CT     3
CT3    1
EI     4
F      1
G    135
GD     8
GI     1
GM     9
GU     1
GW    10
HA    42
I      1
LX     5
OH     1
OZ    13
S5    25
SP     1
SV     9
Please refer to detailed report with consolidated logs in Hungarian: http://holman.ehc.hu/70Mxxx_kiserlet_riport.pdf
Haros Radioclub submitted the final report on August 1 together with a request to extend the experiment period for August. Unfortunately, the National Telecom Authority rejected to grant a new licence, stating another experiment would not provide any further information for frequency allocation.
We had a great experiment and were glad to talk with many of you. During the experiment we enjoyed being part of the 4m ham radio community, and we highly appreciated that our unusual 70Mxxx station identifiers were accepted by our foreign radio friends. We are organizing to send our QSL cards direct, please wait until you get our cards, we are expecting to send out our cards by early September.
We are going to submit our experiment results to the government of Hungary, requesting a band segment to be allocated for amateur radio service in the Hungarian frequency tables. Until this goal is achieved, we are to remain QRV for cross-band contacts.