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Belgian frequency hearing on 4 m
Published on 27 March 2012 by Bo OZ2M
Marc, ON5VW, informs that there is a frequency hearing going on in Belgium that includes an extension of the 4 m allocation. The hearing includes the "old" 69,950 MHz with a maximum power of 10 W EIRP but also a new 70,2-70,4 MHz with 10 W. The allocations will also be valid for HAREC operation. The hearing ends 6 April 2012.

Hungarian frequency hearing on 4 m
Published on 26 March 2012 by Tamas HA5PT
It is my pleasure to let you know that Hungarian Media and Telecommunication Authority put on hearing the new frequency tables between March 23 and April 2. In the documents you can see planned allocation between 70.0-70.5MHz:


No date is given for when the new regulations may be effective.

New Norwegian 70 MHz allocations out for hearing
Published on 23 March 2012 by Tom LA4LN
Today (22 March 2012) the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Administration (PT) issued a hearing on changes in the Norwegian amateur radio license regulations. The proposal includes the new frequency segment 472 - 479 kHz adopted by WRC-2012 for amateur radio use on a secondary basis. Further, PT proposes that also 70.1875 - 70.2625 MHz should be allowed for radio amateurs on a secondary basis (in addition to the existing permissions); but not in the following counties: Hordaland, Rogaland and Vest-Agder (all in south-west Norway), because the proposed frequency segment is still in use here by commercial services. The hearing ends 21 May 2012. No date is given for when the new regulations may be effective.

New Danish allocations out for hearing
Published on 21 March 2012 by OZ2M
Today the Danish telecom regulator issued a new frequency hearing that includes an expansion of the 4 m radio amateur band in Denmark. The allocations will cover 69,9375-70,0625 MHz, 70,0875-70,1125 MHz and 70,1625-70,5125 MHz. The wide allocation below 70 MHz is new and of particular interest to those without permission to operate above 70 MHz. Furthermore, are the allocations +/- 175 and +/- 400 new. The hearing ends 23 April 2012 and if no comments are received the new allocations are in effect by 1 June 2012.

4 m Transceiver Poll
Published on 20 March 2012 by PD0HNI
Following some discussions with an equipment manufacturer, regarding a single-band 4 m transceiver, there is a poll here. Please take the time to respond. The number of responses may influence any decision.

Italy, San Marino, SMOM and Vatican back on 4 m
Published on 1 February 2012 by OZ2M
Piero, I0KPT, reports that Italy is back on 4 m again from 1056 UTC on 1 February 2012 and until 31 December 2012. Frequencies, power and geographical restrictions are the same as in 2010.

Please be informed that, following our extraordinary authorization request for amateur radio propagation experiments in the 70 MHz band, submitted to the Economic Development Ministry - Telecommunications Department, the General Directorate for Electrical Communications and Broadcasting Services, Division II, has authorized said experiments in period 1 February - 31 December 2012.
The experimental campaign will be possible thanks to the participation of the ham radio community , with stations scattered all over the globe. In particular, activities will be aimed at experimenting the transequatorial and the sporadic-E propagation mechanisms.

Prof. Piero Tognolatti

More information can be found here here.

Tony, I0JX, reports that the I0JX/B beacon is also back on the air. Tony also informs that the permit includes the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Vatican. Although not yet announced, one should reasonably expect that also the San Marino hams are authorized to operate on 70 MHz (as they were during all the past Italian experimental periods).

Czech Republic also on 4 m in 2012
Published on 30 December 2011 by OZ2M
Ondra, OK1CDJ, confirms that individual radio amataurs in the Czech Republic will also have access to the 4 m band in 2012 with the same conditions as in 2011.
Furthermore, will the beacon OK0EE continue its operation in 2012 too.

The Netherlands on 4 m in 2012
Published on 30 December 2011 by Bo OZ2M
All Full Class radio amateurs in The Netherlands will have access to the 4 m band from 1 January 2012. The frequency allocation is 70,0 to 70,5 MHz and with a maximum power of 50 W PEP. Cross band and duplex contacts are not permitted.
Regeling van de Minister van Economische Zaken.

Italy back on 4 m in 2012
Published on 25 December 2011 by Bo OZ2M
Great news from Italy. Professor Piero Tognolatti, I0KPT, has informed that the Italian military authorities have granted the use of the 70 MHz band in Italy for period 1 February - 31 December 2012 (thus covering the transequatorial propagation period). The authorization is about to be issued by our Telecommunications Ministry. Please note that the authorization has not yet been issued at the time of writing!

The University of l'Aquila announces that the military authorities have accepted their request to carry out experiments on the 70 MHz band:

Experimental radiopropagation activities on the 70 MHz band
Students of the concerned courses please be informed that, following an extraordinary authorization request for experimenting radio propagation in the 70 MHz amateur band, forwarded to the Ministry of Economic Development - Department of Communications, the entitled military office expressed its agreement to the requested authorization, which will be valid 1 February through 31 December 2012. We are awaiting the completion of the authorization process on part of the Ministry.

The experiments will be possible thanks to the participation of the worldwide amateur radio community with their stations scattered all over the globe. We will try to exploit, in particular, the tropospheric and
sporadic-E propagation modes.

Professor Piero Tognolatti (I0KPT)

Director of Electrical Engineering and Information Department, and full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Università dell’Aquila.

More information in Italian.

Beacon QRV on 4 m from Bahrain
Published on 23 December 2011 by Bo OZ2M
David, A92IO, reports that a new, and first in Bahrain, beacon will be on air with the call A92C/B and located in LL56HE. David will be back in Bahrain after New Year and plan to install the beacon sometime during January 2012 when time permits. The operating frequency will be 70,085 MHz.
The beacon hardware is a Storno CQF 632 prepared by Henning, OZ1JXY.