|QRZ callsign lookup:|
Joe Pater is the newsletter editor. If you have news to contribute,
please send it to Joe at: W8GEX@aol.com
As you know, the IARU delegation at the WRC conference in November of 2015 was able to win a new allocation of an amateur band at 5MHz. This was a breakthrough for our hobby and was only won after some stiff opposition from various countries including Australia, USA and the Russian Federation. In response, the Spanish immediately released the new band to the EA fraternity, with the 15 kHz bandwidth and the 15 Watt EIRP limit, exactly as the Geneva conference had finally approved.
I can certainly say that 15w EIRP was enough to work from one end of Spain to the other for stations with efficient aerials. Indeed, our tests, either side of sunset, proved that distances of 1600 miles were also possible if due respect was paid to the limitations of the band, and if appropriate mannerly conduct by all concerned was observed.
It is regretful that the tests have been marred by a few selfish "spoilers" who are using obviously excessive power, splattering modulation levels, and the needless occupancy of the narrow window we have for simplex contacts between us. To make matters worse, Spanish stations are frequently to be heard either wholly or partially out of band, (like the recent EA8 station that was working Dx on 5405kHz CW).
With all the will in the world, I am sure that further Sunday tests are now pointless until the offenders mend their ways. For those stations that have been part of our Sunday evening tests, I thank you for your loyal support over the last few months. We have achieved a notable result with low power communications on 5MHz between the two countries. Full international harmonisation may well improve our future lot.
Best wishes, Mike, EA7JVZ.
S9 - Sao Tome and Principe:HB9BEI, Bruno, starting in February of 2016. He is requesting the call S9BK.
VP2M - Montserrat -
NE9U and KK9K are planning to operate from Montserrat Island from
February 16 to 23. NE9U's call is VP2MWA, KK9K call will be VP2MRF
Kiribati: T32TR: March 1-15
These are stations that were active or made a SWL spot on the DX Watch cluster:
GK7OGX LA8WRA PI4SRS SP9BRP MW0RKD ZS6EZ
EY8MM EA2US LB6BG HA8MV G4ATX OY1CT
A45XR 5P6MJ HA7RY VE1YX CT1APE CT2FRM
GI0HWO PA3EWP G4UPE EI0DB PA8GB G0LGS
OZ3JB G0DIH G0LGS 9A6TKS EA9IB EY8MM
PA3S PA5HR WP3UX EA1AST PE1CZG MM0GGI
HA8MID TF2LL 4Z4DX OM3IAG OY1CT G3ZGP
FS/W3FF HA0DU OK7XX VA3EBM EK7DX PA0ZAV
LA1EOA GM0LVI PA2EVR SM3NRY F5PHW TF1EIN
OK7GU PA0TBR G0SWU OY1/MM PA7ZZ HA8MV
PA0O CU3AK OM3IAG CT7ACG CT1JRO LA1DHA
OX3LX 9A2AA OZ4ACK OZ1AXG EA3CEC PA4EL
PA0WRS EA2BV EA1SB G4UCJ OZ0J OZ7OX
OZ6GH PA5JS TF3ARI IK8LXG PA7MM
60 meter websites:
You can also go to this DX Watch cluster page and see the 60 meter spots. http://www.dxwatch.com/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=5
If you know anyone who wants to be added to this newsletter, if you have any 60m news to share, or if you are going on a DXpedition and plan a 60m operation, please let me know.
If you want to be removed from this mailing list please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Joe W8GEX
Copyright © 2015 60 Meters Online. All rights reserved.
Website created and maintained by FAL Services