Posted by: GW7AAV | May 14, 2010

Official, UK 5mHz for 5 more years.

You heard it first here well now it is official, UK gets 5mHz for five more years.

From the OFCOM website…

Operating in the 5MHz experimental bands from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015 (13/05/10)
Existing Notices of Variation (NoVs) of Amateur Radio Full Licences for the purpose of facilitating use of frequencies in the 5 MHz (experimental) band will expire on 30 June 2010.
Following consent from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ofcom is able to permit operation of stations by amateur radio (Full) Licensees using specified frequencies in the 5 MHz experimental band until 30 June 2015. Any amateur radio Full Licensee wishing to operate in the 5 MHz experimental band after 30 June 2010 must obtain a NoV by completing an updated
application form.

A sample copy of the NoV for Operating in the 5MHz experimental bands from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015 can be accessed here.

NoVs are issued on the condition that operation in the 5 MHz band (which is suited to Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) operation) is for experimental purposes. Those Amateur Radio Full Licensees who are issued a NoV are encouraged to submit reports of their findings to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Licensees are invited to comply with Operating Procedures version 4.3, updated 1st December 2007 or subsequent revisions available at the RSGB website, on a voluntary basis.

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