Portuguese amateur radio clubs united against 2 meter French reallocation proposal

On Saturday, 6th, 17 Portuguese amateur radio clubs – including IARU and EURAO representatives – came together in the city of Santarém to devise a common course of action in response to the recent proposal to reallocate the amateur 2 meter band to the Aeronautical service that, if not opposed soon, will be on the table at the WRC2023.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of ARR, the local amateur radio club, who provided the space for the meeting and, for those who couldn’t be present, teleconference equipment.

At the end of the conference, the group agreed on a common strategy to follow and elected a representative body of five elements that will hand deliver a written statement, signed by all club representatives, next Monday, the 15th, to ANACOM, Portugal´s telecommunications regulatory body.

Earlier in the week, the regulator responded to several radio clubs and individual amateur radio operators that had sent letters urging the opposition to the French proposal to reallocate the 2 meter band to the aeronautical service know as PTA(19)090R1.

ANACOM´s amateur radio head officer wrote back, saying that it “made a note” of the objections and that was inviting “external entities” to attend a preparatory meeting of the team representing Portugal in WRC2023, that will take place next Monday, the 15th, at ANACOM´s headquarters, in downtown Lisbon.

On a public note distributed on Sunday afternoon, the attending clubs made their intentions public, noting that all “vehemently repudiate” the French proposal and urged the Portuguese government to oppose PTA(19)090R1 “on all instances, both at CEPT and ITU”.

Yesterday, the 9th, the representative body announced that three more clubs officially joined the petition, make 20 the number of amateur radio clubs that are signing the document.

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Morse Day! 27th April

The best way to celebrate Morse Day was to do some CW QSOs.

A friend asked to be helped to make his the first CW QSO.
He was successful and very very happy at the end of the QSO.

It seems that this is a true image of what was going on during the QSO…

Image stolen from a friend CT blog

My first CW QSO using QO-100

Using a setup for which I had made done some calculations, tonight I was testing the QO-100 (CW / 2.4 GHz on the uplink and 10.4 GHz on the downlink) when a German station (DL3GAK, Udo) called me.

Despite being with the helix antenna (home made) in the hand, outside the window (!!!!), the signal produced is more than enough to make QSOs.
My performance as an antenna rotor was poor because I produced a lot of QSB when I’m looking to other stuff…

Next step will be the production of more helix for the OMs of the Quinta do Lambert Amateur Radio Society*…
Just after that I will put up all antennas in the rooftop. That will take a litle longer because it will be necessary to attach all equipment in a watertight box.

I would like to thank the many OMs who had shared their knowledge, some of which are Portuguese.

TKS ! CU at QO-100!

A close view of the 19 turns homemade helix

* This Amateur Radio Society doesn’t exist but we are 3 OM that live really close by and we like to call ourselves that way…

Wow… A “software PLL” FOR RX QO-100!

G4ELI, Simon, just presented the world with the latest version of SDR-Radio (Release 3.0.7) which incorporate a very useful feature for those who desire to receive the QO-100.
It a PLL-like but made with software.

The software lock into the upper beacon (NB / BPSK) and compensates the drift of the LNB.
So, all those who have a PLL LNB without GPSDO or TCXO could use this important feature to listen accuratley the QSOs on the QO-100.

In my modest view, this a major breakthrough fore a lot of amateur radio operators!

BIG TKS Simon!

Latest version of SDR-Radio could be downloaded here:
https://www.sdr-radio.com/Software/Downloads

I’m not related with Simon’s work – I don’t even emailed him – but I think that we all should support him by donate some amount.
He deserve it!

QO-100: almost there!…

Esta noite dei mais um passo para operar o QO-100…

Tonight I made a climb another step toward QO-100…

Fiz uma helix para o uplink de 2,4 GHz e modifiquei o amplificador de potência para que este trabalhe devidamente, como mostrado pelo
George, M1GEO

Se tudo trabalhar FB (testar antes…), amanhã experimentarei o uplink.

I produced a 2.4 GHz helix to the uplink and modified the amplifier to work properly like advised by George, M1GEO.
If everything work FB (testing…), tomorrow I will try the uplink.

CQ CQ OSCAR 100 DE CT1DBS PSE K

Sim, a minha primeira chamada será em CW, o meu modo preferido em qualquer banda.
Yes, my first try will be CW, my main mode in any band.

O QRP está de luto. George Dobbs, G3RVJ, SK!

O Grande George Dobbs, G3RJV, morreu hoje de manhã, de pneumonia resistente aos antibióticos.

O George foi um enorme adepto e impulsionador do QRP em todo o mundo, e em particular, no Reino Unido.

Foi um radioamador único e que marcou gerações, entre as quais a minha.

Todos os que operam QRP ficam um pouco órfãos com esta notícia!

Aqui fica uma sentida homenagem ao George por anos e anos de ensinamentos e partilha de conhecimento.

As mais sentidas condolências à Jo, sua XYL de sempre!

CUL OM ES 72

OSCAR 100 aka QO 100 or Es’heilsat – Pedido à Anacom

A ANACOM acaba de me conceder autorização (20FEV2018) para operar no novo satélite geoestacionário do serviço de amador por satélite.
O meu pedido foi apenas para o transponder banda estreita (NB), porque não tenho interesse no transponder Wideband (TVA).

Aliás, a potência necessária para chegar ao transponder WB necessita de muita vontade, esforço e investimento do radioamador (100 W numa parábola de 2,4 m, e uma largura de banda de 3,33 MHz, ou seja, 1,33 x 2,5 MSymbols/sec).
E a TVA nunca foi do meu gosto!

Assim, partilho o pedido que fiz no site da ANACOM, na área reservada ao serviço de amador (área reservada e com login para cada radioamador).

Comece por entrar na sua área.

É preciso lembrar que o uplink do satélite está fora das bandas atribuídas ao serviço de amador (ver eQNAF).

Então, escolha a opção assinalada.

Agora comecemos a preencher os dados.

Quaisquer que sejam as datas de inicio e fim, devido ao facto de se tratar de uma estação fora das bandas de amador, a ANACOM apenas pode conceder autorização por 1 ano, no máximo, devido à legislação.


Nas condições técnicas adicionais, a emissão será “apontada” para cima.

Para calcular o valor da elevação, sugere-se a utilização do site SATLex, que pode ser encontrado aqui.


Depois escolhe-se o QTH ou indica-se outra localização (no meu caso escolhi a estação fixa principal).


E envia-se…

Agora é só aguardar que a ANACOM responda.

Entretanto, vá ouvindo QSOs no Qatar OSCAR 100 NB WebSDR e aguçando o apetite!… 🙂

73 do Pedro, CT1DBS / CU3HF

Activation CT/ES-004, Monte Manique, 27JAN2019, AM

Activation with CT7ABE, João Fragoso.

Meteo ok, no rain, North wind… The wind child drop the temp to 7C, aprox.

First QSO with SA4BLM, at 09h15.

The surprise of the day happened when John, ZL1BYZ, ansererd my calls, at 09h21! 🙂

15 QSOs. (9/20m, 6/40m). 40m was noisy at beginning due a contest….

TKS chasers!

Some photos: