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40m Broadcast Stations - Gone!


#1

Today, 29th March, marks the last day that broadcast stations should have left the 7.1 to 7.2MHz portion of 40m. This was agreed at the 2003 WRC.

Although it has been wall-to-wall CQ WPX contest most of the day, I’ve tuned around this evening and although there are a few BC stations still going, they’re mostly gone!

The good news is that the favourite spot of 7.118 should now be that bit clearer for SOTA.

73,
Dave, G7SKR.


#2

In reply to G7SKR:

I also have listened around today & been very pleasantly surprised :slight_smile:

A very big thank you to all short wave broadcast stations that are adhering to the new ITU bandplan.

It is very much appreciated.

73,

Mark G0VOF


#3

In reply :

If all amateur radio stations respect then the band plan, like NOT using the QRP freq.7090 MHz with high power … then hopefully will be all OK.

Something about 7118 MHz … for me no problem.
But thinking also on our friends that can not use these freq.
There are still some amateur radio stations in some european countries that can NOT use these freq. above 7.100 MHz … give them a chance to work you also !

73
Luc ON6DSL


#4

In reply to ON6DSL:

Something about 7118 MHz … for me no problem.
But thinking also on our friends that can not use these freq.
There are still some amateur radio stations in some european countries
that can NOT use these freq. above 7.100 MHz … give them a chance to
work you also !

Indeed that was the case. The other thing that changed yesterday was that 7.1 - 7.2 MHz became a worldwide exclusive Amateur allocation.

This means that those countries that didn’t allow it on secondary basis should now hopefully change to permit its use.

e.g. the UK licence said: “7,100-7,200 kHz Amateur Service – Secondary User: 26dBW permitted. Available on the basis of non interference to other services (inside or outside of the UK).” but this should be changing to primary.

Hopefully it will no longer be necessary to QSY under 7.1MHz for some countries.

Regards,
Dave, G7SKR.


#5

In reply :

Still some radiostations QRV 7.110 - 7.175 - AM

INFO from the UBA website.

March 28, 2009 - js) From 29 March 2009, broadcasting stations will be moving away from the 7100-7200 kHz band as per WRC 2003 decisions to pave the way for extension of the 40-metre Amateur Radio band. The frequencies between 7100 to 7120 kHz were used by broadcast stations for decades.


#6

In reply to ON6DSL:

I still hear two strong ones, on 7130 and 7185, plus a few weak carriers.

73

Brian G8ADD


#7

In reply to G8ADD:

Yes it is. 7.125 <-> 7.135 + 7.181 + 7.183 <-> 7.189 AM - language Chinees or so + music. RST: 55 - 58 QSB
7.165 strong carrier 57 - 59 QSB
7.168.50 + 7.172 + 7.177 + 7.180 + 7.196 - language Arab + music
7.110 - language east block or so + music. RST: 57 - 59 QSB
7.118 - Telex ect …

Are there reports from other countries?

73
Luc ON6DSL


#8

In reply to G7SKR: Yes, the BC stations have mostly gone, but the RTTY stations haven’t moved up. According to the new band plan they should all now be above 7.040MHz. There have been several times recently that I couldn’t hear SOTA stations at all on 7.032 on account of strong RTTY signals.

73
Ken GI4FLG