144 MHz Threat -Switzerland's Suggest Aeronautical Co-Primary

In relation to access by the Aeronautical Mobile Service to the amateur radio 144 MHz band Switzerland's Ofcom says: 'a possible so-called co-primary usage between both services could be examined'

For us radio amateurs of course this application is a real threat, because we do not see how the amateur radio service with its many powerful 2m stations for DX connections, contests or EME and the service “Aeronautical” could stand side by side on this band without it comes to operating restrictions. The USKA has therefore sent an official letter to OFCOM on 10 July 2019 with our point of view and our concerns regarding the 2m band, as well as other requests related to the WRC 19.

OFCOM's Head of Frequency Planning has also responded quickly, assuring that it is not a matter of depriving radio amateurs of primary use. However, a possible so-called "co-primary" usage between both services could be examined.

Of course, our goal is to preserve the sole exploitation rights of the 2m band, and we will do our utmost to avert such "co-primary" usage. We are therefore in close contact with the DARC and the ÖVSV.

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New Amateur Ham Radio Regulations for Peru

New Amateur Ham Radio Regulations for Peru

IARU Region 2 reports new Amateur Radio regulations have come into effect in Peru. Novices are no longer forced to upgrade within 3 years

Through a Supreme Decree signed by the President of the Republic, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Peru approved new Regulations for the Amateur Radio Service, which supersede the previous ones that had been in force for 24 years.

The new regulations will help the expansion of amateur radio in Peru, since most of their modifications are for the benefit of newcomers.

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“Disappointing Response” on 144 – 146 MHz Threat

The Netherlands International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society VERON reports a “disappointing response” from national regulator Agentschap Telecom to a call from Dutch radio amateurs that 144 – 146 MHz be protected. A recent proposal put forward by France at a CEPT pre-World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 meeting targeted a segment of 2 metres, among other VHF spectrum, as a possible Aeronautical Mobile Service allocation, sharing it with Amateur Radio.

According to VERON, an initial Agentschap Telecom response indicated that the French proposal “fits in with Dutch frequency policy” that encourages joint and shared use of spectrum. VERON said Agentschap Telecom has indicated that it’s necessary to take a good look at actual use of the segment and to have insight into compatibility. On July 20, radio amateurs in the Netherlands conducted a 2-meter “propagation experiment” aimed, at least in part, on demonstrating that hams use and need the band.

“VERON shares the opinion that this proposal has no viability,” the organization asserts, pointing to remarks from IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, that the proposal to share 144 – 146 MHz would require 4 years of studies that likely would reach the same conclusion.