[Moon-Net] Latest News On the Current 2 m Band Allocation Discussion

john.regnault at btinternet.com john.regnault at btinternet.com
Sun Jun 30 19:30:14 CEST 2019


Thank you for putting together such an excellent summary of the CEPT issues
concerning the 144MHz band.

When I posted the brief note on the 6th June I had only seen the news from
one of the French amateur radio societies. In the past 20 days international
management of the amateur response to this issue has now moved into high
gear, coordinated by IARU R1.

However as Bernd puts it: "Most importantly, amateur radio should speak with
a single voice only". We are not being helped by floods of 'fake news' on
this issue being put about on social media and on-line petitions many having
descriptions that are factually incorrect! All IARU member societies have
been briefed on a common position and messages for amateur radio. This
message is not helped by the many wrong messages abounding on social media.

There are serious international regulatory issues which might threaten the
50, 144, 1296MHz and upwards amateur bands that we use for EME. IARU
represents amateur radio in the various CEPT forums and ITU and will fight
to maintain the best position it can for amateur radio. 

Progress will be slow but I am hopeful that, in the end we will get a good


John G4SWX, RSGB VHF Manager


From: DF2ZC <df2zc1 at googlemail.com> 
Sent: 30 June 2019 16:17
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Cc: 'John Regnault' <john.regnault at btinternet.com>
Subject: Latest News On the Current 2 m Band Allocation Discussion 


Latest News On the Current 2 m Band Allocation Discussion 


As most of you probably are aware, for example from the email by John,
G4SWX, dated June 6th the French administration at short notice had handed
in a modified a proposal to WRC-19 preparatory groups at CEPT that WRC-19
should decide on feasibility studies for additional
Aeronautical-Mobile-Services(AMS) allocations in the range from 144 MHz to
22.2 GHz. 

Since I have some insight in this matter I would like to give you a short
information update on the situation.


If this proposal in its current version is endorsed at the next meeting of
the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group in August it is highly likely that it
will appear on the agendas of WRC-19 and WRC-23 where a final decision will
be made. At least 10 of the 48 CEPT countries have to be in favour of this
proposal while not more than 6 must be against this.

During the recent Meeting of the CEPT Project Team A in Prague this proposal
by France was being discussed for the first time. Only the German delegation
made it clear that they are against this proposal including 144-146 MHz.

The main reason for that little opposition might be that the 2 m band was
included in the revised version of that French proposal only few days before
the deadline for the Prague meeting. Consequently most other European
countries had no time for internal discussions let alone formulating their

IARU, being supported by regulatory experts of their member associations
(RSGB, DARC, VERON etc) is intensively working on executing their influence
within the current process and trying to keep the 2 m band as it is now. By
the way, the cost of this activities is covered by the funds resulting from
the contributions of the IARU member societies. So those who left their
county's amateur radio society should perhaps reconsider their decision.
Without the commitment and the funds the amateur radio community would have
little influence in that process, let alone could be present at the relevant

Most importantly, amateur radio should speak with a single voice only. So I
would like to ask everybody to refrain from using maybe good personal
contacts to your government or the EU. This would weaken our position and
take away power and vigour from the systematic approach by IARU and country
amateur radio societies. This particularly applies for online petitions in
the WWW.which by the way do not even base on a correct facts background. 


73 Bernd DF2ZC, designated Frequency Manager DARC


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