For some considerable time a number of 4 m enthusiasts including myself have been trying to encourage the Sysop at DX Summit (oh2w.kolumbus.com) to install 4m in the database search dropdown to no avail.
Late in June, I approached EA6VQ, the Sysop of "DX Sherlock 1.4 V-UHF QSO real time maps" and asked him if it was a realistic request to have a 70 MHz map installed along with the existing 6m, 2m and 70cms maps. For a long while now DX Sherlock has had a 70 MHz searchable database of spots. EA6VQ's response was positive and he asked for patience and time to undertake the changes.
I am happy to announce that DX Sherlock now has a 70 MHz realtime map, fully operational. Now for the first time, we have a visual representation of the 70 MHz spots appearing on cluster, with interconnecting lines which will graphically show where the propagation center is.
In order for the map to work correctly, one only need submit a spot to the clx, formatted in a particular way with the required basic information. Alternatively one can enter the spot directly on the DX Sherlock website.
The format required in the comment field to make the map work is:- [4/6digit locator]
The square brackets are NOT required but shown to illustrate the format in this article.
The web address for the map is :- http://www.vhfdx.net/spots/map.php?Frec=70
Paul GW8IZR adds: "the users of the Livemuf website and downloadable Livemuf application have had this facility for several years. All of these reporting tools are excellent and each author should receive due credit.
As with any of the tools "path centre" is only part of the story and the images require some interpretation. Looking at filtered output from the dx cluster limits the ability of a user to interpret the data."
Following a request of Luca Ferrara IK0YYY, the Italian Ministry of Communications, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, has reportedly authorized on July 12th 2007 an amateur radio experimental campaign on the 70 MHz band (4 meter) up to December 31st 2007 (news to be officially disclosed by the recipients of the formal authorization) . Such campaign is being carried out under the technical coordination of 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.
The experimental campaign, whose results will be published after its conclusion, is reportedly open to all Italian radioamateurs.
A beacon transmitting on frequency 70.088 MHz (mark) with FSK modulation (500-Hz upward shift) has already been activated. This is at the very low edge of the authorized band.
We wish to express our warm thanks to the Italian Ministry of Communications (Ing. F. Troisi and Dr. A. Cascio) and to the Italian Ministry of Defense, who, despite the administrative and operational hurdles, have once more given the Italian radioamateurs a clear sign of esteem and credibility. Sincere thanks are also given to the Università of L'Aquila (Prof. P. Tognolatti) for its exquisite and effective cooperation.Luca Ferrara IK0YYY – Antonio Vernucci I0JX
Budapest, 29 June, 2007.
An experimental radio licence was signed and issued today for Haros Radioklub that permits radio usage of the 70 MHz band for the first time in Hungary for 30 radio amateurs.
The licence is valid for a period of 30 days starting 1 July 2007. The aim of the experiment is to study propagation of radio waves in the 70 MHz band where all FM broadcasting was stopped in February. The frequency range permitted for the experiment is 70.000 - 70.500 MHz, and the licence is valid for all operating modes, CW, SSB, narrow band FM and digital modes like JT6M. Maximum effective radiated power (ERP) is limited to 1 kW.
The original request was submitted in April. In spite of lack of Radioamateur service allocation of the band the National Communications Authority responded quickly and cooperatively. In the experiment we have to identify ourselves by “call name” beside our ham radio callsign. The call name is composed by a prefix “70M” and a suffix of amateur radio callsign.
70M1BVC HG1BVC 70012.5 kHz JN87FI beaconWe hope that these radio amateurs, with their experience, international reputation and the geographical location of their stations mean guarantee to the success and professionalism of the experiment. Our long term goal is to contribute to the joint efforts of 70 MHz allocation for amateur radio service in Hungary and worldwide.
70M7BVB HG7BVB 70037.5kHz JN97QK beacon
The Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society Weekly Net operates on Wednesday evenings on 70.425 MHz from 2100hrs local time. Listen for club station M1FUR operated by myself, G0KZT. If you hear us, please call in.Details of other regular net activity may be found here: www.70mhz.org/nets.htm
This week the Dutch AT authorities had a meeting with the VERON and VRZA (both represent the radio amateurs in the Netherlands).
The Dutch Telecom (AT) investigated the possibilities with the military service that still occupies parts of the 70 MHz spectrum. AT stated that the military service do not allow ham radio in their spectrum, so the AT is not able to give any permits to the Dutch ham community. They will not put this issue on the agenda so long as there are no other circumstances to do so.
I guess it will be an understatement to say that the Dutch ham community is very disappointed. 73, Peter PA2V
FT847 owners are probably already familar with Keith G4FUF's article on modifications for this radio for use on 4 m, published elsewhere on this website.
Keith advises that the first fifty of his pre-amp kits have now been shipped and he is expecting the next batch of PCBs this week.
He is still unable to offer a complete assembled pre-amp as the labour would be excessive given the quantities anticipated, however if you have special needs, please contact him by email.
The ordering information and contact details are given in the article referenced above.
Keith is developing a second kit which adds a small switched 70 MHz BPF/Amp PCB at the TX output of the RF-UNIT at J3004. This addresses the very poor spurii from non-UK models in the TX range 54-76 MHz when used on 70 MHz. Please contact Keith if you have a non-C2 model and are interested in this item, which is expected to cost under £30.