Posted by: GW7AAV | November 7, 2009

60m Band for Norway

It would appear that Norway have granted ordinary full licence amateurs usage of the 5 mHz band. Previously this was only allowed to groups such as clubs from fixed stations and for organisations involved in emergency planning. In the past only a couple of fixed frequencies or channels were available for experimentation in the band. Now it appears they have been a section of band from around 5.260-5.410 without restriction although other Norwegian amateurs I have spoken to seem concerned they have not seen any sort of band plan yet.

I worked Lars LA2OKA who was 57 to 59 on 5.3985 with fading and later heard Pers LA1TNA at first a steady 59 but the band was going out and he faded before I got him in the log. I use a resonant dipole at 30 feet over a reflector at 6 feet that is 10% longer than the dipole and 100 watts. Lars told me he was running their legal maximum of 100w on the band.

Various questions remain unanswered, such as are they allowed portable or mobile operation? and is this a blanket issue to all LA full licence holders or a variation they have to apply for? I have scoured the web but so far very little information appears available. One UK station asked if LAs could speak to UK military cadets. I somehow suspect not. Even though the (probably) unique ability for 5 mHz NoV holders to talk to none amateur stations in the form of military stations is written into the notice I personally have only spoken to two military stations since I had my NoV.

The UK 5 mHz NoV ends in 2010 so hopefully the Norwegian decision will help to get an extension if not an outright amateur allocation in the band.

Update: Speaking to Per LA1TNA today (Sunday 8th November 2009) I was informed that the band allocation was to all Norwegian Amateurs (no permit required) and is un-channelised with no restrictions on mode. Allocation is on a secondary basis and has no time limit like the UKs NoV.

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  1. Have been listening to Pers on 60m today. Hope to get NOV and equipment myself soon. Personally, I think there is great advantage to channels, or at least specific calling/working frequencies within a band. This helps in keeping a listening watch for activity without hours of tedious tuning. The UK should look to the Norwegian example for future extensions. The problem is balancing greater inclusion without loosing the unique character of the band. All of the ham stations I have heard so far are quite professional in operation – I would hate 60m to become another 40m!

    73 Dave G8JGO

    • Yes, 60m is an interesting band often with somewhat different characteristics than 40 or 80m are exhibiting at the time and usually enhanced by the lack adjacent frequency interference. I am delighted that Norway has allocated a permanent section of the band as it gives weight to any argument that we should have the same when the present NoV runs out in 2010. On the one hand I wish to work the world on 60m but I am also sceptical that its usefulness may deteriorate if everyone gets it. Somehow I think that it will probably end up with similar usage to the 12 and 17m and thus still be nicer to work than 80/40 and 20m.

      I have a rig dedicated to 60m and a mono band resonant dipole mounted at 30 feet over a reflector at 6 feet to try and enhance NVIS propagation. I listen 5.3985 most of the day looking mainly for Summits on the Air stations and 5.4035 in the late evenings looking for Stateside DX.

      73 Steve GW7AAV

  2. Hi, I just wanted to inform that we do have a bandplan for 60m here in Norway now
    If you follow this link:
    http://folk.uio.no/tomvs/la4ln/60m-bandplan-NRRL_2009_v2.pdf
    you will see section for recomandation from the LA HF-Manager.
    On every QST transmission from NRRL (Sundays) it is repeated to please stay away from “channels” other country’s have if it’s only “local” LA-chat

    73 Lasse / LA5PPA


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