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Amateur Radio regulatory changes for Spain and the Netherlands

Date : 16 / 06 / 2006
Author : Chris Jones - VK2ZDD

Amateur Radio regulatory changes in Spain, the Netherlands reported (Jun 15, 2006) -- New Amateur Radio regulations became effective in Spain on June 10. The new licensing regime essentially eliminates the former Novice, General and Restricted license classes and extends the same privileges to all radio amateurs.

Jose Diaz, EA4BPJ, the general secretary of the Union de Radio aficionados Espanola (URE), Spain's IARU member-society, says the change means EB and EC-prefix call signs will be showing up on all bands now, in addition to the familiar EA prefix. All amateurs in Spain also now may use the 50-51 MHz band, although Diaz notes there are some geographical restrictions on 6-meter operation.

These privileges extend to visitors from CEPT countries and other foreign amateurs with a temporary license to operate in Spain. In the Netherlands, Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, the IARU liaison officer of IARU member-society the Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek in Nederland (VERON), reports that as of June 10, radio amateurs in the Netherlands may use the band 7.100-7.200 MHz on a secondary basis with a maximum power output of 250 watts.



 

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