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The prefixes and countries shown in this listing represent those known to have permitted, in some cases for temporary or limited time periods, two way licensed radio contacts and the detail shows those recorded as worked from Northern Ireland. Countries and Prefixes shown in blue indicate that they have been deleted from the current list of available countries

If you know of any earlier QSOs or additional countries worked, please let me know!

Prefix

Country

GI Callsign

Callsign Worked

Date

Time

1A

Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Rome, Italy

GI4KSO

1A0KM

22.07.2007

10:22

3A

Monaco

?

?

?

?

3Y

Bouvet Is

?

?

?

?

3Y

Peter 1 Island

?

?

?

?

3Y

Antartic - Norwegian

?

?

?

?

5B

Cyprus

?

?

?

?

6O

Somalia

-

-

-

 

7X

Algeria

?

?

?

?

9A

Croatia (24.12.2003)

GI0GDP

9A3AB

15.06.2004

?

A6

United Arab Emirates

?

?

?

?

A9

Bahrain

?

?

?

?

C3

Andorra

GI3HCG

PX1RI

24.06.1968

21:37

CN

Morocco

?

?

?

?

CT

Portugal **

GI4KSO

CT1HZE

21.05.2006

12:00

CT3

Madeira Is.

GI4KSO

CT3HF

16.07.2009

19:35

CU8

Azores

GI4KSO

CU8AO

20.06.2009

19:51

D

Fed. Rep. of Germany - DI2AL (Special)

GI4KSO

DI2AL

08.08.2007

20:51

EA

Spain

GI4KSO

EA1YV

13.12.2008

21:00

EA6

Balearic Is

GI0GDP

EA6SX

03.07.2009

16:04

EA8

Canary Is

GI4KSO

EA8BPX

16.07.2009

19:17

EA9

Ceutia & Melilla

?

?

?

?

EI

Republic of Ireland

GI3HXV

EI2W

10.2.1962

?

ES

Estonia (23 Dec 2007 - )

GI4KSO

ES1II/8

24.5.2008

15:09

F

France

?

?

?

?

G

England

GI3HXV

G3OHH

28.10.1961

?

GD

Isle of Man

GI3HXV

GD3CUW

26.03.1963

?

GI

Northern Ireland

?

?

?

?

GJ

Jersey

GI3PGG

GC3POI/P

03.09.1966

?

GM

Scotland

GI3HXV

GM3EGW

29.10.1961

?

GU

Guernsey

GI4ELQ/P

GU3HFN/P

??.07.1981

?

GW

Wales

GI3HXV

GW3RUF/P

01.05.1965

?

{HA}

{Hungary}(01.07.2007-30.07.2007)

GI0GDP

70M1YA (HA1YA)

15.07.2007

11:15

HV

Vatican

?

?

?

?

I

Italy(12.07.2007-31.12.2007)

GI0GDP

IW0FFK

14.07.2007

15:40

IS0

Sardinia

?

?

?

?

JW

Svalbard & Bear Island

?

?

?

?

JX

Jan Mayen

?

?

?

?

LA

Norway(8 Jun - 10 Jun 2007 & >5 Nov 2009)

GI4KSO

LC0VHF

09.06.2007

06:59

LX

Luxembourg (13 Mar 2006)

GI0GDP

LX1JX

01.08.2006

11:08

OE

Austria

?

?

?

?

OH0

Aaland Islands

?

?

?

?

OH

Finland (4 Nov 2009 - )

GI4KSO

OH2BGN {m/s}

14.12.2009

10:15

OJ0

Market Reef

?

?

?

?

OK

Czech Republic(31.12.2009)

GI4KSO

OK2POI

25.05.2008

11:39

OM

Slovak Republic

GI4KSO

OM3TRN

21.06.2009

07:33

ON

Belgium* 19 Nov 2009 - 69.950MHz

GI4KSO

ON4PS {m/s}

29.11.2009

21:02

OX

Greenland (9.2003)

?

?

?

?

OY

Faroe Islands

GI4KSO

OY9JD

13.08.2007

10:32

OZ

Denmark

GI4KSO

OZ3ZW

22.07.2003

09:55

PC

Netherlands (01.01.2012 - )

GI4KSO

PC5C

02.01.2012

22:00

S5

Slovenia

GI4KSO

S54M

04.07.1999

09:38

SM

Sweden

?

?

?

?

SP

Poland

GI4SNA

SP2JYR

06.06.2012

12:40

SV

Greece (12 May 2006)

GI0GDP

SV1OE

04.06.2006

13:09

SV5

Greece - Docecanese

?

?

?

?

SV9

Crete (12 May 2006)

GI4KSO

SV9GPV

06.06.2007

16:39

T7

San Marino

GI4KSO

T70A

20.06.2010

10:40

TF

Iceland

?

?

?

?

V5

Namibia

?

?

?

?

YO

Romania

GI4KSO

YO2IS

10.06.2011

18:07

YU

Yugoslavia

GI4KSO

YU7EF

27.06.2004

15:37

Z3

Macedonia

?

?

?

?

ZB

Gibraltar

GI3PDD

ZB2VHF

11.06.1967

?

ZC4

Cyprus (UK bases)

?

?

?

?

ZS

Republic of South Africa

?

?

?

?

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

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2010 May 3rd
NORTH AMERICA

Subject: [uk_beacons] 4m from NA.....
To: uk_beacons@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, 3 May, 2010, 17:59
As of 12:00 UTC May 3rd, a Radio Science E-Skip propagation beacon has been activated
from the eastern coast of North America. QRG is 70.005MHz. ERP is currently 3kW
aimed at the EU. The beacon is scheduled to run 24 hours a day until September 1st
unless there are technical issues precluding that. The beacon is non-Amateur and
sadly no 2-way QSOs could take place.
Any and all reception reports via e-mail to: wa1zms@att.net

73,
Brian

The call sign is WE9XFT and it's running from the same site as the WA1ZMS 144 MHz beacon.


October 2004 -

Geoff GI0GDP writes: "The 4m beacon GB3CFG in IO74CR on 70.027MHz has got its go-ahead. It will be tested from the 21st to the 24th of October for compatibility with the proposed 6m repeater GB3TY. The 45-degree beam may only be a dipole at this time, but the 135-degree beam will be a 3-ele. The output to both will be 20 watts. Realistically, it could be Nov/Dec before continuous operation is likely.".

Update

28th August 2005 -

Geoff tells me that the beacon has been running for some time now at its temporary location. It transmits simultaneously northeast and southeast running 20W into a 3-element Yagi in each of these directions. Due to joint installation problems and suitable site access it may be some time yet before this beacon relocates to its permanent site and assumes full-time operation. The northeast beam provides indication of auroral propagation whilst the southeast beam covers much of Europe during Sporadic-E and also large parts of the UK via tropospheric propagation.".


** Sourced from Radio Communication April 1978, 4-2-70 page 331

"Sensation on 70MHz

Marc de Munck, ON5FF, caused a mild sensation at the VHF Convention by announcing that the ON6UG contest group has obtained special permission to operate on 70MHz during the July contest. Arrangements were hastily made for Polar Electronic Developments to lend the group one of their 70MHz transverters,and for SMC to supply a suitable beam antenna. The group will operate on 70MHz with the special callsign ON4ERX, and further details of this extremely interesting expedition will be included in future pages of 4-2-70."

Sourced from Radio Communication August 1978, 4-2-70 page 701

"The grapevine.

... Was G4GPO the first UK station to work Belgium on 70MHz ... "

Sourced from Radio Communication November 1978, 4-2-70 page 947

"70MHz for YU?

... The recent special one-day-only operation on 70MHz by ON5FF resulted in 120 contacts in a single 24h period. "

** Sourced from Radio Communication June 1979, 4-2-70 pages 541 & 547

"Late news

The February issue of 4-2-70 contained an item about 70MHz operation by ON4ERX and gave the callsign of ON6UG as one of the operators. This was incorrect, as ON6UG was not connected with this operation which was, in fact, organised by ON5FF, to whom requests for QSL cards should be directed."

Sourced from Radio Communication July 1979, 4-2-70 page 631

"Marc de Munk, ON5FF, still has the 70MHz Magnum 2 transverter he used so successfully last year from Belgium. Now that his group is going to the Isles of Scilly for the meteor scatter contest on 11 August, there is a possibility of 70MHz operation from that area."


Sourced from The Four Metres Website

Latest from CT licensing authority
By G8TOK
Published: February 16, 2006

Earlier this year (as there was some confusion) I asked ANACOM (the Radio Regulator in Portugal) to confirm the arrangements for operation in CT. Their reply (slightly delayed) has now arrived.

It shows clearly that the only authorised operation is from the five stations named below, transmitting on the frequencies 70.60625 to 70.63125.

CT1HZE Aljezur - Algarve
CU8AO Santa Cruz das Flores - Açores
CT1FFU Caldas da Rainha
CT1FJO Santarem
CT1JAD Carvoeiro - Algarve

This confirms the most recent information on www.70mhz.org but unfortunately also indicates that the operation earlier in the year on and around 70.060MHz was not permitted (very unlucky for those ‘G’ stations involved).

Two more CT stations on 4m
By Tony CT1FFU
Published: March 9, 2006

Congratulations to the OM´s who have received new 4m licences:
CT1QP- Lisboa
CT1FJC-Algarve

These new licences come with 25W EIRP limits, after some field tests by ANACOM: this will be the CT´s power limit from now on.
However, we must remember that 6m and 4m are not general amateur bands in CT: these are special scientific licences and it's a great honour to hold them.

The 70 MHz bandplan for Portugal
from Tony CT1FFU
Frequency [MHz] Usage Segment
70,606.250
-
70,612.000
Beacons and CW only, no SSB or FM.
.
70,610.000 MHz is CW calling, no beacons allowed.
A
70,615.000 Meteor Scatter calling. B
70,620.000 SSB calling. B
70,631.125 SSB, CW and MGM narrow modes. B


4m allocation in Portugal
By CT1FFU
Published: July 14, 2006

I just spoke today with Anacom officers and got the final verdict about the CT allocation on 4m:

**

After 31-August-2006 all stations licensed in Portugal (continental /Madeira and Açores) must QRT, including the CQ5FOUR beacon.

However Anacom are open to consider more applications for tests on the band next year in the Es season ! They will also start conversations with existing PMR users on 70MHz for a possible QSY, and hopefully within a few years CT will have a real allocation inside the IARU band-plan recommendation.


CT back on 4m
By ct1ffu/tony
Published: June 4, 2007

Anacom have publish on website is position about the 4m band:
pse look :
http://www.anacom.pt/template12.jsp?categoryId=244864
like was expected, more 3 months will be permited, for thouse who prove activity.
no more 70mhz in CT after 31 Agost 2007
73's All.


Portugal back on 70 MHz
By ct1ffu/tony
Published: 29 May 2008

From today on 29. 5. 2008 the Portuguese radioamateurs are again licenced by Anacom to use the 4m band.
This time with new allocation and secondary basis:
- 70,156 MHz- 70,286 MHz
- with 100 W EIRP.

Tnx all for all this years of work.

Best 73's all
CT1FFU


SV's on 4m now
By SV1DH
Published: May 16, 2006

Since 12-May-2006 all SV HAREC level-A and CEPT licensees are allowed to transmit on 4m (70.20-70.25MHz) using narrowband modes, up to 3kHz bandwidth (i.e. no FM) for experimental purposes. The maximum output is 100W PEP.
Active SV1 stations from Athens are: SV1OE, SV1AHX, SV1AHP, SV1DH (on SSB and CW at 25W and 5-8ele yagis) and few others soon. There are also some SV2s.


From THE FOUR METRE WEBSITE

Norway

8th June 2007 to 10th June 2007: Temporary permission to activate 70 MHz was granted to LC0VHF from Starum, JP50KQ


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Italian amateur radio 70-MHz experimental campaign
By Bo, OZ2M
Published: July 12, 2007

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 meters) 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

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Explanation of HA experimental radio permit
By HA5PT
Published: July 6, 2007

I had a discussion with officials of National Telecom Authority regarding HA experiment radio permit. The officials explained clearly that we can have contacts with foreigner radio amateurs. We must exclusively identify ourselves by 70MXXX call name at beginning of the contact and at the end. Inside the so called “radio waive propagation experiment” we are allowed to openly say our ham radio callsign. Last evening I was happy to have two way 4m experiment with CT1HZE Joe and proudly share with all of you the audio recordings: http://holman.ehc.hu/ct1hze.mp3

I ask you to understand our special conditions and accept our 70MXXX caller ID. In the QSO we will say our callsign. This kind of experiment will never be officially considered part of amateur service. However, I do consider the experiment part of my ham radio activity and will send QSL cards stating both call name and ham callsign. What you are considering is up to you.

Thank you for your understanding and look forward to much radio wave propagation experiments
GL and 73, de 70M5PT alias HA5PT, Tamas

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

70MHz HA permits
By HA5PT
Published: June 29, 2007

Budapest, 29 June, 2007.
HA5HRK

An experimental radio licence was signed and issued today for Haros Radioklub that permits radio usage of the 70 MHz band for the first time in Hungary for 30 radio amateurs.

The licence is valid for a period of 30 days starting 1 July 2007. The aim of the experiment is to study propagation of radio waves in the 70 MHz band where all FM broadcasting was stopped in February. The frequency range permitted for the experiment is 70.000 - 70.500 MHz, and the licence is valid for all operating modes, CW, SSB, narrow band FM and digital modes like JT6M. Maximum effective radiated power (ERP) is limited to 1kW.

The original request was submitted in April. In spite of lack of Radioamateur service allocation of the band the National Communications Authority responded quickly and cooperatively. In the experiment we have to identify ourselves by “call name” beside our ham radio callsign. The call name is composed by a prefix “70m” and a suffix of amateur radio callsign.

70M1BVC  HG1BVC  70012.5kHz  JN87FI beacon
70M1FV  HA1FV
70M1WD  HA1WD
70M1XY  HA1XY
70M1YA  HA1YA
70M2RD  HA2RD
70M2SU  HA2SU
70M2SX  HA2SX
70M3MQ  HA3MQ
70M4XG  HA4XG
70M5CJ  HA5CJ
70M5CJ2  HA5CJ/P
70M5CUT  HG5CUT
70M5HRK  HA5HRK
70M5KDR  HA5KDR
70M5KDR2  HA5KDR/P
70M5LV  HA5LV
70M5MA  HA5MA
70M5PT  HA5PT
70M5TI  HA5TI
70M5UY  HA5UY
70M5XA  HG5XA
70M7BVB  HG7BVB  70037.5kHz  JN97QK beacon
70M7CR  HA7CR
70M8BI  HA8BI
70M8BI2  HA8BI/P
70M8BR  HA8BR
70M8BS  HA8BS
70M8KL  HA8KL
70M8MV  HA8MV
70M9MDP  HA9MDP

We hope that these radio amateurs, with their experience, international reputation and the geographical location of their stations mean guarantee to the success and professionalism of the experiment. Our long term goal is to contribute to the joint efforts of 70MHz allocation for amateur radio service in Hungary and worldwide.

http://holman.ehc.hu/70MHZ_permit.jpg


German Special Experimental Station DI2AL

The following is taken from QRZ.COM

"DI2AL is a special experimental station that was
licenced only for July, August and September 2007 for
the operation on 4m commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 1957. The
DI2AL activity operated by DL8HCZ (CT1HZE) is
dedicated to all the European 4m band pioneers from
the years 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959. An article about
the DI2AL operation and 4m activities 50 years ago is
published in DUBUS magazine, issue 4/2007. Finally I
want to thank the German authority BNetzA for granting
this unique licence. Regards Joe, DL8HCZ"

Darrell GI4KSO ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DL3YEE also back on 4 m until August
By G6GVI
Published: 1 April 2008

Klaus, DL3YEE, also got permission to be QRV on 70 MHz again. This time from 1 May and until end of August 2008.

Conditions: 69,950 MHz, max bandwidth 2,7 kHz and max 10 W EIRP.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Germany - DI2PM back again until August
By Bo, OZ2M
Published: 19 March 2008

Today Hans, DL8PM, received a new permission to operate on 70 MHz with the callsign DI2PM.

Conditions: 69,950 MHz, max bandwidth 2,7 kHz and max 10 W EIRP.

During Hans’s first permission, expired 2008-02-29, he was very active and made over 100 QSOs. So with a new permission in hand and the Es season coming soon tons of QSOs can be expected.

Hans is very thankful to the German Bundes-Netz-Agentur

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


ES - Estonia


70 MHz allocation in Estonia
By Mart, ES2NJ
Published: 19 December 2007

To VHF-community of Europe

We are very happy to announce that from December 23, 2007 the 70 MHz (4 m) band is officially allocated for regular amateur radio use in Estonia on secondary status. The band may be operated by all national licence classes (A, B and D).

A foreign radio amateur, who is the holder of a valid CEPT licence, can also use his amateur radio station on 70 MHz during a temporary stay (up to 3 months) in Estonia without any extra registration, application or charge – like it is the case with other amateur bands in the country.

The secondary status of the band however means that it can be operated on non-interference basis to other communication services in Estonia. The transmitter’s RF power output limit is set to 20 dBW (100 W) for the national classes A & B and to 10 dBW (10 W) for the class D (entry level). All modes (CW, SSB, AM, FM, MGM) are permitted. In general, using a horizontally polarized antenna is recommended.

The band plan of the new allocation shows, that the lower limit for operation is at 70.140 MHz – perhaps there is a hope that it can be shifted down in the future, but currently we have to be pleased also with this permission.

There may have been some preliminary notices of the new band allocation from Estonia also before, but at that stage they were more rumours and did not carry actual official data. Herewith we are glad to say that all official paperwork has now been finished, corresponding permission has been issued by the Ministry of Economy and Communication and after almost 5 years of hard work ES should be soon heard on the 4 m band!

With Season’s Greetings
Mart, ES2NJ
ERAU VHF Manager

[Sourced from The Four Metre Website] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Czech Republic

Czech Republic now QRV on 70 MHz
By Bo, OZ2M
Published: 27 February 2008

Radio amateurs in the Czech Republic are now permitted to transmit on 70 MHz. The licensing conditions are: 70,2-70,3 MHz, 10 W ERP and up to 20 temporary licenses are valid until 2008-12-31.

Stations are already active. So if you have not got a first already now is the time to get it!

Licensed stations are:
OK1CDJ *
OK1CO *
OK1COM *
OK1CZ
OK1DFC
OK1DO *
OK1ES
OK1KT *
OK1MAC
OK1MP *
OK1VEC *
OK1VHF *
OK1VM *
OK1XFJ *
OK2BDS
OK2BGW
OK2POI *
OK6IM
OK6TW *
OK7FA *

*: Station known to be QRV.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From GB2RS on 24 May 2009

May 2009

Slovak stations have access to 70MHz

Since 1 May, Slovak stations have an access to the 70MHz amateur band, in the segment
70.250 to 70.350MHz with a maximum of 10 watts ERP. Each Slovak station must apply
for special permission to operate on 70MHz

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From The Four Metre Website

22 June 2009

EA & territories back on 70 MHz
By David Butler
Published: 29 June 2009

EA, EA6, EA8, EA9 stations have, as of 22 June, been allowed back onto 70 MHz until June 2010.

70.150 MHz +/- 6 kHz and 70.200 MHz +/- 6 kHz using 10W

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Finland on 4 m
By Bo OZ2M
Published: 4 November 2009


As of today Ficora, the Finnish regulator, has granted access to the 4 m band in Finland
Frequency slots:
70,000-70,175 MHz and 70,225-70,300 MHz. Maximum power is 25 W, 30 W or 100 W depending on location and license class.
Transmission is not permitted:

- within Lieksa, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Polvijärvi, Juuka, Nurmes, Valtimo, Kuhmo, Hyrynsalmi, Suomussalmi, Ristijärvi and Sotkamo municipalities

- transmission less than 50 km from the boarder to Russia is only permitted with the antenna main loop pointing away from 0°-180°

- maximum transmission power is limited to 25 W when distance to the Norwegian boarder is less than 50 km


Norway on 4 m
By Bo OZ2M
Published: 7 November 2009


As of 5 November 2009 Norway has added 70 MHz to the radio amateur bands in Norway, Svalbard, Bear Island, Jan Mayen, Bouvet Island, Peter I Island and the Norwegian land areas on Antarctica.

Frequency spans:
70,0625-70,0875 MHz, 70,1375-70,1875 MHz, 70,2625-70,3125 MHz, 70,3625-70,3875 MHz and 70,4125-70,4625 MHz.
Power limit is 100 W.



Belgium on 4 m
By Bo OZ2M
Published: 20 November 2009

The Council of the BIPT decided in accordance with Article 13 of the Act of June 13, 2005 on electronic communications,
to authorize all holders of a license class A (HAREC) to the frequency 69.950 MHz on a secondary basis Using a power of 10 W EIRP and a maximum bandwidth of 10 kHz.
Radio Amateurs who wish to perform experiments at this frequency, are required to inform BIPT by letter or by e-mail address ram-nl@bipt.be. This Decision shall enter into force on the day it is published (Ed. 19 Nov. 2009).



Iceland gains access to 500kHz and 70MHz

On 19th February,(2010) The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland granted a temporary experimental access to the 4m band between 70 and 70.2MHz.
The permit is valid until 31st December.
Access is granted on secondary basis with a maximum bandwidth of 16kHz and a power limit is 100 watts.
Icelandic N and G licensees will need to apply for a special licence.
At the same time, they were also granted temporary experimental access to the 600m band between 493 and 510kHz CW only. Again access is on a secondary basis and the power limit is 100 watts.

[From RSGB News for 28 February 2010]



 

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