----- Original Message -----
From: "John Rabson" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2002 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: LF: LF/5 MHZ
I have looked at the NoV and other documentation received from the RA. It
seems to be silent regarding any crossband working with amateurs in the
normal amateur bands. On the other hand, paragraph (b) of the Operating
Guidelines on the RSGB web site states that crossband operation involving
the 5 MHz spot frequencies is only permitted between those holding current
As far as transatlantic working is concerned, the Operating Guidelines on
the RSGB web site refer to channel FA (effectively 5258.5 kHz USB) as
used for this purpose between 0000 and 0900 UTC but the 'clockface'
shows international tests as taking place between 0100 and 0400 UTC on
Let us see what Mal comes up with.
I have received a lot of replies, mostly private emails about the above
subject, because those concerned do not want to swamp the LF reflector about
5 mhz observations and neither do I.
I only mentioned 5 mhz in the first place here because of the LF operator
connection, several LF operators have appeared on the 5 mhz band.
The response is mixed and confused as usual. The majority interpret the 5
mhz nov as permitting xband acty and using the frequencies in the normal
established amateur way, plus working any military stns that would call on
the permitted frequencies, and experiment with propagation to compare 5, 7
and 3.5 mhz.
A minority disagree with the above criteria and some go as far as saying
that it is illegal and contravenes the wireless telegraphy act to
communicate with a non NOV holder on another band, ie a EU station listening
and reporting on another amateur band and even listening to radio amateurs
on the 5 mhz band is prohibited. I expect this means any reports from anyone
via xband, email or mail could be a crime.
The rules for this new band seem very tricky and need serious consideration
before one begins to dabble.
I wonder if this applies to 73 and 136 khz, are we permitted to work non NOV
holders xband and receive reports, and how about the 4 metre band.
73 de Mal/G3KEV
John Rabson G3PAI