Posted by: GW7AAV | December 18, 2009

500kHz NoV’s Extended until 2012

Good news for UK radio amateurs experimenting with the 500kHz band. It was announced on Wednesday 16th December that the period due to expire in February 2010 would be extended until 29 February 2012. RSGB have received confirmation from Ofcom who have been negotiating with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency over the 501-504kHz band and have extended the validity period to 29 February 2012. RSGB General Manager Peter Kirby G0TWW, said “This is another fine example of the RSGB working closely with Ofcom to the benefit of all UK radio amateurs.” Just like they are working with you on the issues of PLA and PLC interference hey Peter?

This announcement has come at a time when there is growing interest in the band from non-coders due to the popularity of using narrow band modes such as WSPR to study propagation. Previously almost all amateur 500kHz traffic has been CW.

The full text of the announcement can be found via the RSGB web site at, or at where you can search for update special research permit.


  1. the armagedon will come in 2012?

    • Hopefully by 2012 Armageddon will have been put off for a few thousand years. Ofcom fortunately are more like those Anthropomorphic personifications from Terry Pratchett’s Disc World, the Auditors of Reality, than the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

      …and I saw a pale horse and it’s rider was named Death!

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