146 MHz allocation for UK Full license holders. Post #4579


Source:  Southgate Amateur Radio Club News.

Summary:

The UK telecommunications authority, Ofcom, has issued a statement setting out plans for the release and allocation of spectrum returned to civil use by the Emergency Services.

Article excerpts:

The statement set out Ofcom’s decision for portions of the 5.875 MHz of the Very High Frequency (VHF) spectrum in the 143-169 MHz band.  Ofcom believes this spectrum will be of most interest to business radio users, such as utility and construction companies.

The spectrum will be made available on a first-come-first- served basis.  However, it will also be released through a managed and gradual approach in order to maintain maximum flexibility for the band in the future, should new types of demand emerge.

As part of the process, Ofcom will also allocate and license spectrum to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to replace channels no longer available due to changes in international frequency arrangements.

This approach will not require the use of all available spectrum immediately, therefore, some of this spectrum will be made available on a “temporary basis”, for amateur radio at 146.0-147.0 MHz and Ofcom will continue to provide short term access to Programme Making and Special Events users.

Subject to some geographical restrictions, Full License holders will gain access to the new allocation via a Notice of Variation (NoV), which should be available via the RSGB website from the end of November.

You can read the full Ofcom statement at:  http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/statement/VHF_Release_statement.pdf.

There were more responses to the consultation from CB enthusiasts wanting a VHF allocation than responses from radio amateurs.  You can read the responses at:  http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/?showResponses=true.

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Comment:

It’s interesting to note that “there were more responses to the consultation from CB enthusiasts wanting a VHF allocation than responses from radio amateurs.”  This tells it all.  If you want to keep some spectrum for amateur radio purposes, speak up.  Apparently, the silence was deafening or perhaps UK hams felt “resistance is futile” (a quote from “Star Trek–Next Generation“).  How can one blame Ofcom for the frequency cuts when only a few amateur radio operators take the time to speak out?  Ofcom, like our own FCC, is facing intense pressure to surrender spectrum to the growing trend in broadband internet, digital transmissions, and expanded public service use of VHF and UHF frequencies.  Beware of the law of unintended consequences.  Use it or lose it.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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