More news on South African 8m band (40MHz)

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In South Africa the latest radio regulations permit the use by radio amateurs of 26dBW (400W) on a 10kHz wide band 40.675 – 40.685MHz “for propagation studies only”.    Now this is exactly what OFCOM should have done in the interest of real radio-science research.  Personally I think a wider band would be better, but how far sighted to allocate this at all.  Well done S.Africa.

OK, I  could pay £50 for a special research permit, but this is exactly what radio amateurs need for real self training and radio-science research.  The take-up might be small, but real research would take place.

OFCOM/RSGB – how about it please? You have just allocated 2MHz (2 chunks of 1MHz) of spectrum that will be used by just a handful mainly for DTV tests.  How about a much smaller slice somewhere really useful in the radio spectrum? 40MHz is mid-way between 10m and 6m, so ideal for Es tests and TEP tests over the equator.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

One Response to “More news on South African 8m band (40MHz)”

  • Dennis, ZS4BS:

    This is NOT a new allocation for South African Radio Amateurs – if you have a look at the radio Regulations published in 2011 – it was there already, it has been available to SA radio amateurs for quite some time.

    It proves my point that radio amateurs do not read!

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