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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.

Hungarian 4 m beacon on air
Published on 26 November 2011 by Bo OZ2M
Peter OE5MPL reports that Gabi HA1YA on 24 November 2011 got a licence for his 4 m beacon HG1BVC/B on 70,060 MHz locator JN87FI 725 m asl. It will be on air as soon as time permits.

New IARU Region 1 bandplan for 4 m
Published on 24 September 2011 by Bo OZ2M
A new bandplan for 4 m has been made by the IARU Region 1 VHF Committee.

Spain has applied for a continuation on 4 m
Published on 24 July 2011 by Bo OZ2M
Spain lost its access to the 4 m band on 1 July 2011 but at the same time URE applied for a continuation and wider allocation too.

"Hams still interested in using this band, but after the experience last year we found that the current allocation of this band is somewhat problematic, as being the only frequency 70,200 MHz common to all countries that have authorized their amateurs of all or part of the band from 70,000 to 70,500 MHz, congestion occurring at this frequency (70,200 MHz) during sporadic E openings through the summer months to prevent proper use of it.

On the other hand, the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO) in the study conducted in 1995 called "Detailed Spectrum Investigation (DSI)," recommends allocating a minimum of 100 kHz, preferably centered at 70,2 MHz title secondary.

For these reasons, we request the extension of the band segment 70,150 to 70,250 MHz, i.e. 50 kHz on both sides of the common frequency of 70,2 MHz

Waiting to be embraced our request, greets atte.,

Salvador Bernal Gordillo, EA7SB

(via Google translate)

The Netherlands continue its way towards 4 m
Published on 23 July 2011 by Bo OZ2M
In The Netherlands the process towards opening the band to radio amateurs continues and another step has been completed by publishing a new national frequency plan in the STAATSCOURANT 6 July 2011.

It is important, however, to emphasise that no license has yet been issued and there are more steps to complete including the regulator to issue new rules and a three months standstill period.

Towards an extension of the 4 m band in Belgium
Published on 22 July 2011 by Jean-Jacques ON7EQ

I am pleased to inform you that we have a good chance to see the 4 m band in ON-land being extended in a near future!

For the moment, only 69.950 MHz is allowed on a 'trial basis' and subject to prior notification.

In the name of UBA, a request for extension of the band was introduced in May 2011 to the national telecom authority 'BIPT'.

This request is currently being examined, most probably a 'public enquiry' procedure will follow soon. There is a good chance that the full band will be allocated, except perhaps some segment(s) reserved for existing users.

Bahrain on 70 MHz
Published on 18 June 2011 by Bo OZ2M
Dave, A92IO, writes that Bahrain is now on 70 MHz too. The allocation is from 69,9 MHz to 70,4 MHz and with a maximum power of 500 W. The allocation is on a secondary and non interfering basis.
Already two firsts have been worked between Bahrain (A92IO) and the Czech Republic (OK1KT) and Slovakia (OM3PV). Both contacts were made on 2011-06-03 at 0812 and 0828 UTC respectively.

World's first TEP QSO on 70 MHz
Published on 31 March 2011 by OZ2M
Leo, SV2DCD, and Willem, ZS6WAB, have worked the very first trans equatorial propagation (TEP) contact on 70 MHz. Here you can see an Youtube video. The contact took place on 28 March 2011 at 1754 UTC on SSB and the signal reports were 52/53.