Rick, whilst what you and Andy say about government resources is undoubtedly true, even if the government reshuffle today created a Department of Radio Amateur Frequency Allocation my point is that we have no cogent argument to justify being allocated more 5MHz spectrum. And I for one am embarrassed by those who claim what we have is an impediment to working RAs in countries with WRC15.
The trick in this game is knowing not just your own allocations, but also where others can operate. My initial comment was there simply as a reminder to 5 MHz CW activators in Europe that working above 5354.0 kHz could increase the number of possible chasers a bit. In the past, contacts have been made between countries with non-overlapping allocations by judicious use of split operating, but that takes a bit of pre-planning, and using a spot where allocations overlap is probably much simpler.
I agree, Rick. And it’s not rocket science to check both allocations to find, suggest and promote the use of common frequencies. I know some (like Andy @MM0FMF) like (or at least propose) split operation as a solution but I think there’s no real need to resort to that. I never have a problem finding vacant common frequencies for 5-cw and 5-ssb. If anyone does as a regular occurrence, I would like to hear their experiences.
I aim for 5354.5 kHz for CW (when I’m feeling up to it) but I must confess I usually go to 5398.5 kHz for SSB, mainly as it was the go-to frequency before the WRC-15 allocation came along. Of course, it’s not in the WRC-15 allocation, but is one of the channels allocated in the Republic of Ireland.
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permitting 60 m - just wanted to enter an alert for 60 m for tomorrow and reduced the entry to 20 m and 40 m now after checking the OE bandplan - désolé!
Vy 73 de Markus, HB9DIZ
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maybe already 18.02.2020 SQ9MDF/p