[amsat-bb] D-Star in the Netherlands
gaston.bertels at skynet.be
Fri Sep 18 01:44:30 PDT 2009
D-Star frequencies in the Netherlands.
Abraham van den Berg, PB0AOK - VERON's VHF manager, clarified the
D-Star issue in the Netherlands. VERON is the Dutch IARU society.
It is untrue that the Dutch administration is thinking about
D-Star repeaters operating in the 437-438 MHz band.
Presently, the amateur service in the Netherlands and neighbouring
countries suffers from harmful interference, caused by what can be
seen as a regrettable implementation of the Radiolocation service in
the 438-440 MHz band.
For that reason, usage of D-Star repeaters with output frequencies in
the upper 2 MHz part of the Region 1 70cm band, is hampered.
To solve this problem, recently the Dutch D-Star community came up
with a proposal to plan the output frequencies of D-Star repeaters
just below 438MHz and has asked VERON to support this proposal.
VERON has decided not to do so, due to incompatibility between the
amateur service and amateur-satellite service. Moreover, the proposal
deviates significantly from the IARU-R1 band plan.
In the meantime VERON has made an alternative proposition to amend
the Dutch national frequency plan in such a way, that it fully
complies with article 5 RR, the European Common Allocation table, as
well as the IARU-R1 band plan.
Thank you Bram, for this clarification.
Gaston Bertels - ON4WF
IARU Region 1 ARSPEX WG chairman
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