Satellite changes in French License

REF LogoThe minutes of the March 7 meeting between the French National Society REF and the communications regulator ARCEP have been published.

435-438 MHz is now allocated to the Amateur-satellite service for both Earth-to-Space and Space-to-Earth in Region 1 and territories in Region 2. Due to a previous error in the national frequency table French amateurs did not have Space-to-Earth for this band in their license.

The 2400-2415 MHz band is now allocated to radio stations in the Amateur-satellite service in French territories in Region 2.

Regarding the 1.2 GHz band the REF wondered if the Galileo GPS satellites, which broadcast across 1260 to 1300 MHz, may call into question the allocation of this portion of the band to the Amateur Services. The ARCEP said they would review this matter and provide a response.

The future of 2.4 and 5.7 GHz bands were also discussed. ARCEP said the 2300-2400 MHz band is subject to the European Commission harmonization work for the mobile service and the bands 5350-5470 MHz and 5725-5925 MHz are designed to future expansion of wireless internet. However, no decision has been taken to date. Compatibility studies on these frequencies are underway in the CEPT.

The REF report the ARCEP had shown an interest in the ARISS school contacts which have a high educational value.

French radio amateurs have gained access to 472-479 kHz with 1 watt output in Region 1 and territories in Region 2. Discussions also covered the possibility of an amateur allocation across the whole of 1.8-2.0 MHz and possible future allocations at 5.5 MHz and 70 MHz.

Minutes of the meeting between ARCEP and REF March 7, 2014 in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/REF-ARCEP-Minutes-2014-03-07

REF in Google English http://tinyurl.com/FranceREF

A 2006 Galileo GPS article by Peter Blair G3LTF highlighted the problems this system could cause, see http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm