Ofcom announces additional 5 MHz channels

From 1 January 2013, holders of a UK Full licence will be able to apply for an NoV to use 472-479 KHz as well as additional 5 MHz channels that will permit up to 6 kHz bandwidth emissions

Ofcom shall be making 3 changes to Notices of Variation (NoV) to the Amateur Radio Full Licence that come into effect.

The temporary extension to the Amateur Radio Special Research Permit to operate in the band 501 kHz to 504 kHz expires. This temporary extension applied from 1st March 2012 to 31st December 2012 inclusive.

These NoVs will not be renewed and will no longer be available.

However, as a result of the World Radio Conference, under Agenda Item 1.23 amateur radio has been given an alternative allocation, on a secondary basis, of 472 479 kHz. We propose that Full Licensees should be able to apply for a NoV to operate in this band from 1st January 2013 and details on the application process will be published soon.

Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain for increased access to the 5 MHz (Experimental) Band, we have secured the agreement of the primary user to increase spectrum access from the current 7 spot frequencies of 3 kHz each. The primary user was unable to agree to contiguous spectrum, however it has been agreed that the frequencies in the table (see Ofcom statement link below) will be available from 1st January 2013, subject to the following conditions. Details on the application process will be published soon.

  • Antenna height must not be over 20m agl.
  • Maximum power: 100W (PEP) input into the antenna with the expectation that this would not result in more than 200W eirp.
  • Restrictions on message content have been relaxed and must now be consistent with normal Terms and Conditions of the Full Amateur Licence.
  • Maximum Bandwidth: 6 kHz (double side band)

Read the full statement - http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radiocommunication-licences/<br />amateur-radio/full-licence-jan-2013/