The 5 MHz newsletter celebrates its 10th anniversary
The first edition of The 5 MHz bulletinappeared in the fall of 2011, heralding the rise of the new 60 meter band to serve as a propagation bridge between 40 and 80 meters. The newsletter, edited by Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, offers official information on new allocations and regulations as well as operator feedback. The latest edition is number 28.
As a group, the United States allowed a group of experimental license operators to use 60 meters, while the United Kingdom discussed the matter, deciding that a number of channels might be feasible. British hams had five 3 kHz wide channels to start with.
Similarly, a group was not possible in the United States, which settled on five channels. Other countries have followed suit – sometimes with channels, sometimes with a band, with a variety of power limits and modes. According to the newsletter, 85 countries are currently present on 60 meters. In 2017, the FCC sought comments on the ARRL Petition for the establishment of rules to allocate a new contiguous 5 MHz secondary band to the amateur service in addition to four of the current five 60-meter channels (one of which would be in the new band) along with the current operating rules, including the effective 100 W PEP radiated power limit (ERP). In the United States, the federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the ARRL Petition as RM-11785 but did not act on it.
At last report, the Malaysian Amateur Transmitters Society (MARTS) said its telecommunications authority MCMC had approved a secondary allocation of 60 meters based on the WRC-15 model. The radio amateurs there were waiting for the paperwork to be completed before they could use the group. However, MCMC has granted temporary MARTS licenses which allow the use of 60 meters for emergency communications and emergency communications drills.
“As soon as it was granted, it was activated”, reports the latest edition of the 5 MHz Newsletter. “During the MARTS Annual General Meeting on December 18, 2021, heavy rain began to fall and MARTS activated its MDECC (MARTS Disaster and Emergency Communications Center) under the call sign 9M4D. A significant number of Malaysian states have been flooded, communities evacuated and telecommunications lost. “The MDECC remained open for several days, carrying its own traffic as well as that of third parties regarding situation reports and requests for national disaster assistance. management agency,” the bulletin read.
MARTS is now transmitting in WSPR mode “from time to time” on 5364.7 kHz as 9M4BQC. The authorization is temporary. the Beacon has been heard in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canary Islands, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Luxembourg, Manchester, Netherlands, Norway, Poland , Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. Reception reports are welcome directly via WSPRnet Where E-mail. – Thanks to The 5 MHz bulletin