HF Committee

New IARU Region 1 Band Plan - effective 01 June 2016

After approval by the EC, the modifications of the Region 1 HF band plan become effective at 01 June 2016 as preliminary policy.

Some modifications were recommended by the C4 Committee at the Interim Meeting in Vienna 2016 (UPDATE: Ratified at the General Conference in Landshut 2017).

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5 MHz band available in the Netherlands

Use of the 5 MHz band in the Netherlands - reported by PB0AOK and DK4VW
As of December 3rd 2015 Dutch radio amateurs with a full license have access to
a new HF-band from 5350 to 5450 kHz. The maximum transmitter output power is
limited to 100 Watt PEP.



15 February 2015


1. Organiser: Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG)

The other Balkan Amateur Radio societies are kindly requested to organise 2016 contest.

2. Participants: Only radio amateurs from Balkan countries, which national Amateur Radio societies have been members of IARU*, i.e. with callsigns, starting with (in alphabetical order): 4O, 5B, 9A, C4, E7, ER, H2, J4, LZ, P3, S5, SV, SW, SX, SY, SZ, TA, TB, TC, YM, YO, YP, YQ, YR, YT, YU, Z3, ZA, ZC4.

3. Objective: To contact as many as possible radio amateurs from Balkan countries* (including own country) with as many as possible prefixes (see bellow).  

4. Date and Time: From 12:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC (total 6 hours) on Sunday on second weekend of February. For 2015 it is 15 February.

5. Bands: 3.5 MHz and 7 MHz. Change of the band requires at least 10 minutes activity on the new band.

6. Modes: CW, SSB, Mixed.

7. Categories: Category A – Power permitted to the amateur according his/her license, but not exceeding 1000 W INPUT and Category B – Power not exceeding 10 W INPUT (QRP).The participants in this category transmit /QRP after their callsign (e.g. LZ1US/QRP).

8. Exchange: CW – RST report plus the consequent number of the QSO (e.g. 589023), SSB – RS report plus the consequent number of the QSO (e.g. 57006). In case of changing the mode or band the sequence of numbers continues.

9. Multipliers: Separately for each band – the number of Balkan prefixes contacted on the relevant band. For the purposes of this contest a different prefix is each callsign that differs in its first three marks. Therefore LZ6, LZ7, SV3, SV4, Z31, Z32, TA1, TA2 etc. are different multipliers, but LZ07KM counts as LZ0, YO2014A counts as YO2, ER650MD counts as ER6, etc. Participation from areawith prefix different from original counts as that prefix (e.g. SV0XCA/5 counts as SV5).

10. Allowed contacts: Only one (1) contact with any station is valid on each band, independently on the mode (e.g. if LZ6Y makes a contact with ZA1RE on 7 MHz / CW, another contact between them on the same band, regardless on CW, or on SSB, shall not be valid; one (1) contact between them on 3.5 MHz shall be valid).

11. QSO Points: Each contact with category A station is worth one (1) point while each contact with category B station is worth two (2) points. Repeated contacts with the same correspondent on the same band are worth zero (0) points for both (initial and repeated) contacts. Contacts logged with more than 5 minutes difference from the real time are also worth zero (0) points.

12. Final score: The final score for both categories is the sum of QSO points on 3.5 MHz band, multiplied by the multiplier on this band, plus QSO points on 7 MHz band, multiplied by the multiplier on this band (e.g. if Z32TY has contacted 20 stations on 3.5 MHz, 3 of them QRP, number of contacted prefixes 15 and 25 stations on 7 MHz, 5 of them QRP, number of contacted prefixes 18, his final score shall be (17+6)x15 + (20+10)x18 = 345+540 = 885 points).

13. Classification: Separately for Category A and Category B.No difference between CW only, SSB only or mixed.

14. Logs: All times must be in UTC (GMT). Logs must be checked for duplicate contacts, correct QSO points, and multipliers. Electronic logs in Cabrillo format sent by e-mail are compulsory. Write down Balkan Contest and your callsign in Subject line. Submit your logs to the addresses in the Appendix.

15. Deadline: All entries must be sent by e-mail not later than one week after the date of the contest (i.e. on Sunday on third weekend of February at latest, for 2015 it is 22 February).

16. Disqualification: Violations of amateur radio regulations, the rules of the contest, unsportsmanlike conduct, use of any non-amateur means of contacts (such as telephone, Internet etc.) will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification. The decision of the organising society is official and final.

17. Awards: Plaques will be awarded for top performance to first ten (10) amateurs in category A and first three (3) in category B, as well as best participant from each country. Winners in each category are promulgated Balkan HF Champions.

Appendix: Balkan Amateur Radio societies are kindly requested to organisenext contests. Each society, that have agreed to be organiser of the contest, is consequently responsible for collecting the logs, calculating and announcing the results and dispatching the awards within one month from the date of the contest according the following list:

2015 – Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG)

E-mail address for logs or other info: rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2016 – To be announced

* For that contest the amateurs from the following Balkan countries, with national Amateur Radio societies members of IARU, have been allowed to participate (in alphabetical order): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYRO Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Amphipolis Award


The world is in front of an important new mystery: the Ancient Tomb of Amphipolis. Excavations of big scale are still in development, with amazing findings, while at the same time a big question arises. Who is buried inside this astonishing grave? Roxanne, spouse of Alexander the Great ? His son, Alexander the 4th? Or Alexander the Great himself?

Amphipolis was founded by the Athenians in 437 BC and is located in East Macedonia, near the outfall of Strimonas River in NE Greece. After a strong battle in 422 BC, Amphipolis was conquered by the Spartans. It was regained by the Athenians and remained free till 357 BC, when it was conquered by Philip the Second of Macedonia. Due to its position it was used by Philip’s son, Alexander the Great as the start point for his expeditions to Asia.

The tomb of Amphipolis was found on the Hill of Kasta. The surrounding wall of this important grave has a length of 500 meters and shapes one almost perfect circle. The diameter of the tomb is 158.4 meters. Almost intact, at a lot of points, the wall is covered with cornice. The wall is constructed by marble from the island of Thassos. Originally, on the top of the Tomb there was a great Stone Lion, the Lion of Amphipolis. The Lion itself is 5.3 meters high and has a stone base that makes a total [with Lion] height of 15.84 meters. More detailled info at http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/

Amphipolis Award is intended for Radio Amateurs or Listeners who have had contacts with prefectures involved with the ancient city of Amphipolis:10 Contacts needed in total, 2 from SV1 Area (Attica), 3 from SV2 Area (Macedonia), 2 from SV3 area (Peloponnese) and 3 from SV7 area (Thrace). All Bands may be used for the contacts and SSB, CW, RTTY or Mixed Mode. Valid contacts made only after January 1st 1958. A list of all information about the confirmed contacts is required, and the national Association – IARU member or RAAG Award Manager must certify it. If the nominee is not a member of an association coming under IARU, he must dispatch the cards.

Send your application together with 10 Euro to: RAAG, AWARD MANAGER, P.O. BOX 3564, 102 10 ATHENS, GREECE