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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
Secretary-general"

(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.

Namibia on 70 MHz
Published on 31 March 2011 by OZ2M
Pieter, V51PJ, reports that Namibia has joined world of countries where radio amateur may operate on the 70 MHz band. The license conditions are similar to the ones for South Africa, i.e. 70,000 MHz to 70,300 MHz and 400 W in the SSB/CW section 70,000 MHz to 70,200 MHz.
Pieter has already worked South Africa several times on both meteor scatter and tropo.

Status on the Polish 70 MHz access
Published on 24 March 2011 by OZ2M
According to Polski Klub UKF the Polish access to 70 MHz will be delayed about three months. This is due to the receipt of other frequencies and the need for their rapid development for the EURO 2012. This will be a project, involving a change of the national frequency spectrum takes into account the intended use for the amateur services, and currently undergoing legislative procedures frequencies referred to above.

Fifties ... Old French 72 MHz band nostalgia
Published on 31 January 2011 by F2RS
I opened my "Ham career" (!) in the late fifties (cycle 19) on the 72 MHz band. Fantastic!
During summer I was able to make from Paris 10 Watt AM QSOs with FA3/9 xx (then French Algeria).
I have worked more than 300 countries on 14/21, but I am still nostalgic.

Hope a French "4 m" authorisation!
Ray - F2RS (ex. FO8CA)