From tomorow ( 3 dec 2015 ) all Full Licencence amateurs in the Netherlands are allowed to use 5350-5450 KHz. No restrictions. Starting 0:00 local = 23:00 UTC.
I will be QRV! and by coincedence have a day off tomorow !
Using 100W and tuned ZS6BKW.
What a benchmark bendwidth for other Countries to follow Hans! Should be a good path across the North Sea for me - I am 15 miles from the coast, other SOTA ops like G4OOE G4SSH G0NUP G3TQQ M0HQO and others are even closer.
Are visiting full licence hams also allowed to use the band in the Netherlands I wonder?
73s I will be listening and watching and hopefully chasing tomorrow…
I made a mistake , day of is Friday hi hi.
I guess Foreigners with full licence have same rules.
At this moment all is quit. A will check the band now and go qrt 2315.
I try tommorow evening and Friday again.
Worked one Duch amateur M0… in Reading, very weak and some PA. One PA Was working Dutch Guy WP3UX, but he was not readeble for me.
Have to think about SOTA antenna om 60mtr now. At lest when I am in a country were this is allowed. How abt DL.??
Well, for the hour or so that I was on last night it can only be described as astonishing - the nearest simile I can come up with is that it was like a CW and an SSB contest running at the same time - Netherlands stations must have been out in their hundreds! I worked two that came on our channels through heavy CW QRM, not bad for 5 watts at that time of night! Several other countries were heard, I guess as a welcoming party!
It just goes to show how good 5 megs is for ham radio!
No sign of an allocation yet though there has been some discussion the past months.
I’m not too confident there will be a soon allocation and they might permit only the 15 kHz that passed wrc15. 6m as an example: The discussion to allocate 6m in DL started in the early 1990s. In the mid-90s they allocated 6m but you needed a special permission. Two years ago (iirc) they opened 6m to all hams, but there are still restrictions, e.g. to non-portable operation.
Sit and wait… And hopefully PA will turn out a kind of a door-opener.
Sorry I am one of the few still have to go to QRL in the radio world hi hi, and in the weekend It it hard for me to leave 2 Mtr horizontal.
I installed JT65 agn so will be QRV on 60m. Nice but time consuming mode.
Best DX so far is LA ,G and OZ. Hrd WP3UX in phone.
73 de Hans
I would like to give this a go in the near future from PA-003 near Maastricht. Will be using an old “manpack” only 10W into an low slung dipole, so NVIS. My transceiver can align only to 1kHz steps. Looking at the UK Band Utilization Chart the frequencies of 5354.0, 5378.0 and 5395.0 would correspond. Is there any preference to UK hams which frequency to use for SOTA?
That aside, the Belgian regulator BIPT has pro-actively put forward a consultation for amateur radio access to the 60m band as per WARC15. Access is on secondary basis, primary user is Military. The consultation period runs until 4/1/2016 though we will have to wait until a decision gets published. The only frequency for ON SOTA matching a UK utilization will be 5354.0 kHz.