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2m/70cm Frequencies

Hi,
have just registered and will be in G/LD area next few days.
What are the normall ‘SOTA’ calling freqs on 2m/70cm FM?

73 Mike
G/VK6MB

In reply to VK6MB:

145.500 FM is the 2m calling frequency. Call here (CQ SOTA etc.) and then QSY. I seem to normally end up on 145.400 or 145.350. The repeater inputs are 145.000 to 145.175 with outputs 145.600 to 145.775 so you should avoid these. Being an old bear of very small brain I tend to ignore the fact we are meant to use 12.5kHz spacing and I only use the 25kHz channels. There’s all sorts of internet-linked nonsense and the like inbetween. Don’t forget we only have 144-146MHz in the UK.

70cms calling frequency is 433.500 FM and there’s lots of space around there, essentially 433.400-433.600, 433.700-434.00 should give you more than enough space. Repeater outputs are 433.000-433.375 with inputs 1.6MHz higher.

Best of luck and I hope the WX is better for you than it has been over the last few days.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:
Thanks Andy,
I will be going up tomorrow and leaving friday AM.
I know I will be walking with our friend but not sure where yet.
I will also check the reflector b4 I head out, to see where GW1OPV/P is on his activation.

73 Mike G/VK6MB

In reply to VK6MB:

Here is a short frequency list for region 1

http://sral.fi/oh7bf/f5vgl_station/SOTAfrequency.txt

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL

In reply to F5VGL:
Thank You Jaakko, for your help also.

73 Mike G/VK6MB

In reply to VK6MB:

Hi Mike - hope you have a good activation. I`m no expert on regulation, however I think you should sign as M/VK6MB instead of G/VK.
73

In reply to G1INK:

i believe steve is right it should be M/VK6MB

i had same conversation with a SP8 a few weeks ago who was in the cheltenham area
who was signing G/

73
Matt M3WDS

In reply to M3WDS:

G/ is traditional, I wonder when M/ appeared?

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8ADD:

G/ is traditional, I wonder when M/ appeared?

It happened when the licensing authorities decreed that there were no more callsigns in the G series available to be allocated (although that was not strictly true), and moved both Class A and B to the M series.

73 de Les, G3VQO

In reply to G8ADD:

M1 prefices for the old B licenses appeared in 1996 with the last G calls being in issued in the G7X?? series. There were still G7 calls to issue when the switch to M1 took place so I assume that the switch to stop G0 and move M0 occurred at the same time. In that case the use of M/call for visiting CEPT operation would have happened at the same time. So it’s been the norm for the last 13 years.

Andy
MM0FMF

Hopefully to nail the G or M question.

From the RSGB site

"How should I identify when operating in the UK?

You should use the UK prefix ‘M’ and any secondary locator if any, then a forward slash,‘/’, followed by your home callsign… Thus an amateur from the Netherlands holding the callsign PA2MIL would identify in England as M/PA2MIL and an Austrian amateur holding the callsign OE7PBK would identify in Wales as MW/OE7PBK. A full list of secondary locators is given in 2(2) of the UK Amateur Radio Licence Terms, Conditions and Limitations."

Simplesss

And what about all the G5 calls they took from foreign nationals and then didn’t use?

Peter
G1FOA

In reply to G1INK:
Thank you for pointing it out.
I thought I had found the G/ on the Ofcom site before I left VK, but can’t find it again and I can see where you found it on the RSGB site, so will change it.

Re activation - It practically rained the whole time I was in the Lake District, so my host and I didn’t do any tops, just walked 13km around the lakes in the valley - not much good for 2m/70cm :frowning:

73 Mike M/VK6MB

In reply to VK6MB:

“It practically rained the whole time I was in the Lake District”

I wondered how those lakes were full all year round. Sorry about the wx, hope you got some views through the clouds.
73.

Hi Mike,

I’m sorry to hear that the weather wasn’t good for you when you were in the lake district.

If you are interested in taking your radio up the hills, you might be interested in setting up a SOTA assoctiation in Austrailia be activate some hills there.

Jimmy M3EYP

In reply to M3EYP:
Morning Jimmy,
the Australian association is a ‘work in progress’.
I was helping with assessing the West Australian hills, but I’m afraid I only got 80% through and let the side down.
I will have to try and find time to pick it up again and complete it.

73 Mike M/VK6MB

Hi Mike,

Are you setting up the SOTA association for the west of Australia or are you setting up the SOTA association for all of Australia?

Jimmy M3EYP

In reply to M3EYP:

Hi Jimmy,
Paul VK3IH is the person setting up the Australian SOTA, I was doing the summits for VK6 only.
I will have to get the data out and finish them for Paul when I get back to VK6.

73 Mike M/VK6MB

OK Mike, hope the VK association is set up fully soon and I hope there will be a lot of SOTA activations in VK when the associatian is all set up.

Jimmy M3EYP

In reply to VK6MB:

Paul VK3IH is the person setting up the Australian SOTA, I was doing
the summits for VK6 only.
I will have to get the data out and finish them for Paul when I get
back to VK6.

73 Mike M/VK6MB

Hi Mike,

The MT informed me that there has not been any action for some time in VK. I have now compiled a significant list of summits for VK3 - over 300 are categorized ATM, and have requested the MT consider an approach where an association is setup for VK3 rather than for all VK. Be interested in co-ordinating with you if you wish to do the same for VK6.

73 Wayne VK3WAM