[amsat-bb] Euro news
David - KG4ZLB
kg4zlb at googlemail.com
Mon Sep 14 07:41:54 PDT 2009
Dutch authorities propose rebanding D-STAR into 70cm satellite band
Information received from the Netherlands this week indicated a growing
threat to frequencies allocated and used by the Amateur Satellite Service.
Worldwide, including the Netherlands, amateur use of frequencies in many
portions of the 70cm band are allocated as secondary users.
The threat arises from proposals to move the output frequency band of
terrestrial D-STAR repeaters from the 439-440 MHz range down to 437-438
Dutch regulators have halted amateur D-STAR repeater licensing in that
country because they plan to reallocate 439.500 MHz and upward to the
Differential GPS (DGPS) service.
Despite protest from Dutch amateur radio operators, amateur clubs in the
surrounding countries, and regulators in nearby countries, it seems as
if the Dutch authorities are still planning on this frequency
re-allocation to favor DGPS operation in violation of ITU allocations.
If completed this reallocation of the terrestrial D-STAR repeater
outputs would place them right in the downlink band of the Amateur
Satellite Service. This would have immediate operational impact on
European amateur satellite stations. Longer term it may open the door
for future infringement on satellite operations in other countries.
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