Nice story, isn't it. I can tell my own. In spring this year I called to CTU
(PTT) to get permission for transmitting on 136 kHz. The YL on the other
side told me that she is very, very busy and that I would have best to call
again in autumn. But I did not give up and I called her again and again. At
last, to get rid of me, she said something like: "OK then, transmit there
and don't bother me any longer". That's all my permission. I have nothing
written in my hand till now. I even don't know till now what one must comply
with to get permission in OK. No one knows. Maybe, my transmission is
illegal and all my "firsts" will be cancelled. Who knows...
73, Petr, OK1FIG
----- Original Message -----
From: M & S <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 1999 3:58 PM
Subject: LF: French update
I've just had a long conversation with the guy who's responsible for the
Amateur Service here in France, at the ministry of telecommunications.
The situation is more complicated than I previously announced. In fact,
the ART (French equivelant of OFTEL) has made several demands towards
the Agence Nationale des Frequences (French equivalent of the RA)
regarding the use of the 136 kHz band in France by amateurs.
I phoned the ANF, and nobody there seemed to know what I was talking
Well, I'm one of those "bad" journalists who never give up: I gave a
call to the ministry. The minister didn't want to speak to me so they
connected me to the press service. Again, nobody was able to understand
a word about what I was talking about (are we lowfers so bizarre?).
Finally, after five phone calls, around eight or nine different
services, fifteen or so different people and twenty-five times
explaining the same thing, I managed to get a short piece of information
from an official source.
Read this: "the 136 kHz band will definately be allocated to the amateur
service in France. I'm surprised that so many european countries are
already active. However, our request has been published. All we need now
is a signature from the Prime Minister. He does have the papers on his
desk since a couple of months. The question is, how many papers have
been loaded on top of the 136 kHz file..."
So, 136 in France can be authorised tomorrow, like it can be authorised
in December 2000. However, we're quite sure right now that it will be
Wait and see.
73, Mark, F6JSZ
Editor, French CQ