7000-7200 kHz

The 40 meter band

Starting 29 March 2009 the band 7000-7200 kHz is allocated to the amateur service on a primary basis. Before that date many most European countries allowed their amateurs to operate in the band 7100-7200. This is known as Early Access.

What happened during WRC-03?

Under Agenda Item 1.23 WRC-03 tried to find a globally harmonised allocation of 300 kHz around 7 MHz for the Amateur Service. The outcome of WRC-03 was that only the segment 7000 - 7200 kHz will be globally harmonized from 2009. Before WRC-03 within CEPT the concept of "Early access" was adopted. The European Common Proposal EUR/13A23 for WRC-03 included a footnote that stated:

On condition that harmful interference is not caused to the broadcasting service, administrations may allow stations in the amateur service in Regions 1 and 3, from 1st January 2005 until April 2007, to use frequencies in the band 7100 – 7200 kHz on a secondary basis, using a total radiated power not exceeding 24dBW.

Reason for this footnote was that studies of the existing segment between 7100 and 7200 kHz during the summer broadcasting season indicates that there is little use of this segment by broadcast stations in Europe during daylight hours. Those stations that are active appear to be targeting programming into Eastern Europe and the Middle East and are unlikely to be caused interference by a low powered service operating in their transmitted signal null.

What do we see after WRC-03?

Although the footnote was not adopted by WRC-03 there is support for the principle from administrations within CEPT. In and outside Europe we see an increasing number of countries that allow amateurs to operate between 7.1 and 7.2 MHz

What is/was IARU Region 1 doing?

During the ECC Working Group Frequency Management (WGFM) Meeting in Budapest on 22 September 2004, IARU Region 1 proposed to allow amateur activity in the segment 7100 - 7200 kHz. The proposal got support from the administrations from Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom. It was decided that the Dutch administration would draft a recommendation in this sense and that the recommendation will be considered at the next WGFM meeting in January 2005. During the months October and November 2004 The recommendation was drafted in close cooperation with IARU Region 1 and was on the agenda for the WGFM meeting held in Utrecht the Netherlands 24-28 January 2005. Because of very strong French opposition the proposal was not adopted and it was agreed that the Netherlands would chair a group which would work by correspondence with all concerned Administrations to try to resolve this issue between now and the next WG FM meeting (23 - 27 May 2005). On 23 February 2005 LA2RR and PB2T discussed the issue with the Dutch, French and Norwegian administrations and the French objection could be taken away. On 25 May 2005 WGFM adopted (for public consultation) a recommendation to allow early access. After public consultation WGFM at its meeting held in Koblenz adopted ECC/REC(05)05 on 28 September 2005.

Following countries allowed early access and/or implemented the change after 29 March 2009

CEPT countries

country
power
remarks
from
source
Austria
  
20060202
Belarus   20090514 
Belgium
 
secondary
20050901
Croatia
1000W
 
20031226
Cyprus
  
20041101
Czech Rep
250W
secondary
20050501
OK1MP
Denmark
  
20050101
France   pending 
Germany
250W
 
20060901
DARC
Greece   20090401 
Hungary
250W
secondary
20060525
HA5EA
Iceland
100W
 
20040419
 
Ireland
100W
 
20041020

Italy

250W

secondary

20080513

IZ0FMA

Liechtenstein
100W ERP
secondary
 
Malta
150W
secondary
20050912
9H1SP
Monaco
100W
 
20050608
Netherlands
250W
secondary
20060606
Staatscourant 20060608
Norway
100W
secondary
20040401
 
Poland
 
secondary
20050805
SP5HS
Portugal
 
special permission class A
 
REP Board
Russian Federation
1kW
 
20060427
San Marino
 
nib
20040225
ARRSM
Serbia&Montenegro
 
primary shared
 
National Allocation Table version 20040813
Slovakia
750W
primary
20050120
Slovenia
  
200606
 
Spain
250W
secondary20071124
URE
Switzerland
100W
secondary nib
20050101
United Kingdom
400W
 
20041031

Region 1 outside CEPT

country
power
remarks
from
source
Gibraltar
   
ZB2IF
Israel
250W
secondary
20040518
IARC
Namibia
 
secondary
20040420
Sao Tome
  
200509
 
Saudi Arabia
   
South Africa   20090610 
Syria
   
YK1AO

outside Region 1

country
power
remarks
from
source
Salomon islands
400W
 
200407
Bernhard Stefan, DL2GAC/H44MS)
Singapore
100W eirp
 
20050929
SARTS, 9V1CW
US territories R1&3
  
20050316