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FWIW I now have an Ofcom Innovation and Research Licence for 40MHz and may take the opportunity to use this non-amateur licence to exchange reports with stations heard on that band from outside the UK.

As this seems to be the way of things these days a further, more detailed, I+R licence application has been submitted to OFCOM by me for BEACONS at 40.050MHz and 60.050MHz to complement those at 28, 50, 70, 144, 432MHz and 10GHz at the Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group GB3MCB site in Cornwall. [The traditional application route via RSGB has stalled:-(]
Emails / letters of support for these new beacons to me / RSGB / MCBARG would really be appreciated as would financial support for this Cycle 25 Project. peter@g8bcg.org.uk

27th July - My first QSOs on 40MHz!

I’ve just heard from OFCOM that my I&T Application for 24/7 RADIOBEACONS on 40MHz and 60MHz has been approved with only 1 minor amendment:
• The frequencies assigned are 40.05 and 60.3 MHz.
This licence is for 1 year but hopefully is a “foot in the door” for a more permanent arrangement.
As many of you will know, the 28MHz NoV has been issued and the 28MHz antenna is already on the mast (thanks Nick).
All 3 beacons (28/40/60MHz) are built and tested. I have decided to incorporate them into a single 4U case together with the controls, AC supply and optional 12v DC input so that we have options later with battery / solar. Just got to finish the final work on the case wiring / front panel etc. I’ll also look at constructing the 40 / 60MHz crossed dipoles as specified in the Licence.
I hope to have this done in the next couple of weeks and I’ll contact Nick / Committee to arrange a site installation session.


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