Saturday, 5 December 2015

5 MHz on the other side of the world

I was just spotted on the other side of the world on 60m. VK7BO Alan from Tasmania (Australia) gave me a -13dB report. I saw he spotted a lot more Dutch stations in the last few days (even before we were allowed to transmit there!). So unfortunate it is not allowed to transmit on 60m in Australia.

Australia : WICEN ( Wireless Institute of Australia Civil Emergency Network ) stations are allocated the frequencies 5102.0 and 5355.0 kHz for emergencies. Non-amateur call signs [ e.g. AXF404 & AXF405 ] are used together with ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority) type approved radio equipment such as the commercial HF SSB transceivers [ e.g. Codan or Barrett ] normally used for Outback communications in the VKS737 Australian HF network - which serves remote travelers.

60m is exclusively for emergency communications in both Australia as New Zealand. I hope somewhere in the future the 60m band will be open to every country in the world.

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Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas