Icelandic Amateurs Get MF Privileges
According to the Íslenskir Radíóamatörar (ÍRA) -- Iceland’s IARU Member Society -- radio amateurs in Iceland now have operating privileges on 472-479 kHz (630 meters) as of January 16. Amateurs in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Monaco already have operating privileges in this portion of the MF spectrum.
Delegates at the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) approved this method of addressing of Agenda Item 1.23, which proposed the allocation of approximately 15 kilohertz between 415 and 526.5 kHz. After discussions and taking into account spectrum conflicts with the Maritime Mobile Service, delegates ultimately decided to allocate 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Radio Service on a secondary basis.
160, 60 and 4 Meters
Iceland’s Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) -- the Icelandic equivalent to the FCC -- extended temporary permits on 160 meters (1850-1900 kHz), 60 meters (5.260-5.410 MHz) and 4 meters (70.000-70.200 MHz), effective January 1.
- 160 Meters: The temporary allocation on 1850-1900 kHz has been renewed for 2013 on a secondary basis. This allocation may only be used during the duration of 10 designated international Amateur Radio contests and is in addition to the international Region 1 allocation of 1810-1850 kHz.
- 60 Meters: The temporary allocation on 5.260-5.410 MHz has been renewed for 2013 and 2014 on a secondary basis. Permissible modes are USB, CW and PSK-3 with a maximum bandwidth of 3 kHz and a power limit of 100 W.
- 4 Meters: The temporary allocation on 70.000-70.200 MHz has been renewed for the calendar years 2013 and 2014 on a secondary basis with a maximum bandwidth of 16 kHz and a power limit of 100 W.