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-LF news past....2007.
SAQ Christmas transmission.
Listen out for historic station SAQ from Grimeton Sweden at 17.2kHz CW on
Christmas eve at 0800 utc repeated at 0815.
6/12. CT1DRP is back on 136kHz.
After a move Brian is back and already has some trans-Atlantic reports. The new
QTH is screened by hills but has a clear take-off out to sea and across the
21/11. First VE/UK X-band on
500. Mal G3KEV reports that he made a cross-band QSO with VE1ZZ last week.
Mal received a 549 report on his 502.5kHz transmission, Joe was 599 on
Mal often listens for cross-band QSOs around 3533.
16/11. Hope for a "500kHz"
allocation. The WRC wrapped up today and there is an item pledging "to
consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-526.5 kHz to
the Amateur Service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to
protect existing services". This may mean that more administrations will look
favourably upon applications to use part of the MF spectrum for amateur
experimentation. I think that's in part due to our delegation... well done
14/11. Trans-Atlantic QSO on 500.
Jay Rusgrove reports:- "Just completed an aural cw contact between GI4DPE
and WE2XGR/2. GI4DPE was transmitting on 501.3 kHz and WE2XGR/2 on 506.5 kHz.
Distance, according to grid square calculator, 4890 km / 3039 miles. Although
QRN on XGR/2 end made copy somewhat difficult at times there were several
exchanges of call signs, signal reports and other 'pleasantries'. Finbar
appeared to have excellent copy on his end."
9/11. WRC OKs 136kHz. Good news
from the world radio conference in Geneva "a secondary allocation of
135.7-137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service was approved on first reading in Plenary
on Friday afternoon, November 9" says the
ARRL. This opens
the way for those countries such as Ireland, the USA and Canada who hadn't
allocated 136kHz as a full amateur band to do so.
8/10. GI to VE on 100mW. GI4DPE
on 501.316 khz was copied in FN85ki by Vernon VE1VDM on Oct 8, 2007 @ 0211utc.
Transatlantic conditions were very good at the time with the Irish DGPS station
in Mizen Head copied as well as Irish NDB FNR-402. Receiver - R75 Antennas -
2000' unterminated wire E/W and a 1000' unterminated wire N/S.
22/9. ZM2E this weekend.
Operation is for ZL Saturday and Sunday nights, 22 and 23 September. ZL
sunset is 0615z, sunrise 1815z. ZM2E is likely to consistently use 0.2 Hz FSK
with 137776.2 and 137776.0 Hz emission.
22/9. G 500k signals in Finland.
Paul-Henrik, OH1LSQ, has been listening on 500k for some time now. He has often
received the DL beacons but recently conditions were good enough for him to
copy G3WCB, GI4DPE and GM4SLV on CW. The distance to GI4DPE is over
5/9. More U.S. 505kHz activity.
6 experimental permits under the call WE2XGR have been issued by the FCC.
They can run 200 Watts ERP on 505-515 khz using CW, SSB, and data modes. The
permits run for 5 Years and the stations operating under it are: WE2XGR/1
(K2ORS), WE2XGR/2 (W1VD), WE2XGR/3 (W1TAG), WE2XGR/4 (Bill Ashlock in Andover,
MA (no ham call)), WE2XGR/5 (Bill Ashlock in Ellsworth,NH) and WE2XGR/6 (W2ZM).
Coupled with the existing WD2XSH group there should be quite a bit of 600m
activity stateside, and if any of the 'XGR crew actually acheive 200w ERP we
should certainly hear them!
Info from K2ORS, who is also permitted to run
mobile on 505...
17/8. OK0EMW on 505kHz. Thanks
to the Czech Telecomms Office - Department of Frequency Spectrum Management and
the director of that office, Lubos OK2BVG has obtained permission for
experimental operation of beacon OK0EMW on 505.060kHz. Power is 1W ERP,
Location is Breclav JN88KS, modes CW at 6WPM and QRSS3. The message is "Beacon
OK0EMW JN88K" in CW followed by repeat of call and QRA locator in QRSS3.
Note: 11/9. He has now been copied by GM4SLV on Shetland at
6/8. Italians get 4 metres! Not
LF but interesting. Italian amateurs have limited use of the 4M band until the
end of the year. See here.
Lawrence 9H1AV / 9H9MHR
29/7. Brittany on 137kHz.
F6CWA/P is active from Brittany (IN78WA) from 29 July to 02 Aug. Activity
times will be 09h00 utc and 19h00/21h00 utc using QRSS 3" on
18/7. New "Get on" page.
Clicking on "Getting On" now takes you to a
choice of two pages with useful information and links concerning either 136 or
501kHz bands. Your choice! (You may have to press "Refresh" to see the new
12/7. Night of Nights on 500kHz.
Tonight starting at midnight gmt several US coastal stations will be active on
500kHz in a commemorative event.
See here for
10/7. Rugby silent. The 100kHz
Loran transmission from Rugby radio has shut down so 136kHz is much quieter in
the midlands. I believe that this was the only service still broadcast from the
station so expect the remaining 1927-vintage 250m masts to come down soon.
Loran will re-start from Anthorn in Cumbria on 1st October.
31/5. Loran goes North.
Transmissions of Loran on 100kHz from Rugby are to cease at the end of July
this year according to this press release
from the UK General Lighthouse Authorities. Transmissions will resume from
Anthorn in Cumbria later in the year.
11/5. No 500kHz for Holland.
Dick PA0SE has been refused permission to experiment on 500k. The arguments are
that the band is not an internationally allocated amateur band and is still
being used for emergency, urgent and safety traffic!
1/5. Third DL on 505. Uwe,
DJ8WX, joins the group on 505.1095 with his experimental station DI2BE. He
calculates his ERP as 9W so the signal should be easily copied in the
Beacon "MP" closes down. Mitch
VE3OT has shut down MP as his special permit has run out. It seems that all
Canadian 137kHz permits will expire this year and, during the present WARC
negotiations they are unlikely to be renewed. It is unclear how this will
affect the 500k application.
2/4. Quartz Hill report. VY1JA's
signals from Whitehorse Yukon were received across the Pacific at over 1200km.
He copied some of the ZM2E's transmissions very well but the openings were not
long enough for a QSO. No signals made it over to VO1NA on the East coast. The
path to UA0AET and RX9BS was better and their signals were received well in ZL
but no QSO took place.
16/3. New 500k page & G4FGQ's
s/ware. New on the site is a page about getting
on 500kHz with useful tips and links. I have also added the late
G4FGQ's pages in case his old BT Internet
site goes away.
15/3. ZM2E final fling? Quartz
Hill club are to conduct some trans-Pacific tests on March 31st for three
nights. The previous frequencies of 137.7886/137.7890 kHz 0.4 Hz FSK, with
"DFCW" coding, will be used on TX. They will try for QSOs with VO1NA and RU6LA
if conditions are good. This could be the last test from the site near
Wellington as a wind farm is to be constructed there.
14/3. Applying for a 600m permit.
The RSGB have issued
guidelines for applicants. From what I've heard, Ofcom are particularly
interested in how you intend to ensure that your ERP stays below -10dBW!
page might help you there.
8/3. 600m news. So far about
half a dozen stations have received NOVs and the first QSO on the band took
place between G3KEV and G3YXM on the afternoon of 3rd March. Since then we have
received reports from as far away as Spain and Sweden so it seems that the
little signals go a long way, especially at night.
28/2. 600m here we come! Ofcom
have started issuing notices of variation for a "special research licence" to
operate on 501 to 504kHz in the UK. The NOV's retain the applicant's own
callsign and are valid for one year commencing 1st of March. Unfortunately only
100mW ERP is allowed.
12/2. First T/A QSO of 2007.
Mike G3XDV had a QSO with VO1NA this morning on the 136k band. Here's a
screenshot of Joe's " Roger, Thankyou" to Mike:
7/2. G3XDV "O" copy in CT. Jay
Rusgrove (WD2XNS) got a perfect copy from Mike's beacon test last night. Well
worth fixing the aerial Mike!
see here for
information on the WD2XNS TX antenna. Very impressive.