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.