Project No 11
Getting ready for the 60m band ...
Following WRC2015 a proposal to allocate a small segment of the 60m band to
the radio amateur service has been approved. The segment 5351.5 - 5366.5
kHz would become available on a secondary basis, 15W EIRP.
Several European countries already had an allocation which is either a
"channel" (fixed frequency) or a segment for VFO use. Frequency
allocation, power limit and mode vary per country, unsurprisingly, this is
Shortly following WRC2015 the Belgian regulator BIPT pro-actively put forward
a consultation on making the WRC2015 proposed 15kHz segment of the 60m band
available to radio amateurs. The consultation period runs until January
I am eagerly awaiting publication so that I can use 60m from my home QTH and
from SOTA locations throughout Belgium. Meantime I have been testing my
60m set-up from a SOTA in the Netherlands where the 60m has been made available
to radio amateurs (full licence / HAREC) since December 2015.
SOTA PA/PA-003 on 60m SSB.
December 17th, 2015 was a sunny day with unseasonally mild
temperatures. I had stuffed a "manpack" radio and full size wire dipole in
my ruckpack and set course for Sint Pietersberg near Maastricht, about an hour's
drive from my QTH.
A flock of sheep greeted me upon my arrival.
The FT-70G delivers 10W. Thumbwheel switches set the TX/RX
frequency, simplex only.
The inverted-V wire dipole in the trees, a bit top heavy because of the
My 60m antenna, a full size wire dipole. Used at my home QTH for
a few years as RX antenna.
Close-up of the 1:1 balun, encapsulated ferrite toroid in the
I set the transceiver to 5354kHz and started calling CQ around midday.
The result of my first ever 60m SSB activation was that I worked 7 stations
from The Netherlands and 6 from England. Especially the Dutch stations
were within the NVIS distance of 120 - 300 km, it would not have been possible
to work them via ground wave. The English stations were a bit further
afield at between 400 - 600 km, within the NVIS zone as I understand it.
Running 10W into a dipole, my signal report was usually 1 or 2 'S' points
below the signal of the station worked. I exchanged equal signal reports
with a G6 station (novice licence / 10W) so a positive test all together.
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