Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all my Blog readers; may you also have a great 2017 with lots of good DX.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

If you think you have an email from OFCOM it could be Russian spam!!

Don't be critical online about HRD Amateur Radio software!

HRD software users have their accounts disabled for posting critical comments about the companies support service (or lack of it!).

HRD Software

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Germany can now use 60M band (15 watts EIRP)

The amateur radio service in Germany can now use the frequency range from 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, as the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) announced today in its communication no. 1699/2016 ( - 20.12.2016). 
This regulation is done in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg). However, this provision applies only to holders of Class A.
During operation, no interferences at radio stations of another radio service may be caused and there is no protection from interference by radio stations of other radio services. The maximum effective radiation power must not exceed 15 watts EIRP. The maximum allowed bandwidth of a transmission must not exceed 2.7 kHz.
When using the frequency range 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, all other provisions of the AFuG and AFuV must be complied with. It is important to use this regulation sensitively, to avoid disturbances and to use the maximum power only when it is considered essential to maintain a radio connection or for experimental purposes.
With the entry into force of the early adaptation of the frequency regulation and Annex 1 of the amateurs regulation (AFuV), which permit the use of the abovementioned frequency range within the meaning of section 5 (3) of the amateur radio law (AFuG) and section 9 para 2 of the AFuV in the medium term and to the decision of the 2015 World Radio Conference, this regulation becomes devoid of purpose.
Tom DF5JL, Department Digimodes / DARC HF-Unit

Friday, December 16, 2016

Norway makes radio history

China, Russia and other countries continue to be major blockers on Amateur Radio frequencies.

The latest report from the IARU monitoring system shows continued abuse of the Amateur Radio Frequencies.

IARU report

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

OFCOM make error in RSGB year book

(Click on the above for a clear image)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The latest (Nov 2016) Amateur radio licence numbers from the UK

Not a great change from a year ago but still enough licences to maintain a viable hobby.