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Italian amateur radio 70 MHz experimental campaign
Published on by Bo, OZ2M

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 m) 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 technical parameters are:

  • Modes: all (SSB, CW, AM, FM, RTTY, digital modes, etc.)
  • Frequencies:
  • 70.100 MHz ± 12.5 kHz
  • 70.200 MHz ± 12.5 kHz
  • 70.300 MHz ± 12.5 kHz
  • Maximum RF power: 25W EIRP
  • Operational area: the whole Italian territory except for a 30 km strip from the Austria, France and Switzerland borders
  • Antenna types: omnidirectional and directional

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