The CEPT meeting is over. Reading the minutes of the meeting raises more questions than answers.
There is lot of discussion about the future of the 23cm amateur band and cohabitation with Galileo. Yet I cannot tell if all this is good or bad for amateurs.
There is only one paragraph about the french proposal to take over the 2m amateur band. This is the input of the IARU representative.
The representative of the IARU stated that, the IARU views with grave concern the element of the WRC-23 agenda item proposal 1.6 in the AI10 ECP, on studies towards a possible new allocation to the aeronautical mobile service in the band 144-146 MHz. This band is an important and the only globally harmonised primary allocation to the amateur and amateur satellite services in the VHF range. Examination of the RR below and above the 144-146 MHz range suggests that alternative proposals could be developed that could provide further spectrum for the aeronautical applications without impacting on this amateur service spectrum. The proposal provides no justification for addressing this band and the IARU believes that sharing with airborne systems is likely to be difficult and will lead to constraints on the development of the amateur and amateur satellite services in this band.
Yep that’s it… No information whether the proposal will be put on the WRC23 agenda or not. The only ray of hope I see is the following sentence : “Examination of the RR below and above the 144-146 MHz range suggests that alternative proposals could be developed that could provide further spectrum for the aeronautical applications without impacting on this amateur service spectrum”. However, this does not tell us if alternate proposals have been made or not.
Another document lists all the meeting attendees. Just looking at the french attendees, out of 13 attendees 6 are representatives of corporates! Out of 6 corporate representative attendees, 4 are from Thales. My interpretation is that Thales is really putting pressure on the CEPT to get what they want. In the list below the corporate representatives are marked in red.
- 6 France Eric Allaix Meteo France
- 7 France Mohamed Benseddik THALES ALENIA SPACE
- 8 France Thibaut Caillet ANFR
- 9 France Hugues De Bailliencourt AIRBUS
- 10 France Emmanuel Faussurier ANFR
- 11 France Benoit Louvet Thales Alenia Space
- 12 France Ivan Martin THALES Communication
- 13 France Christine Mengelle Thales Alenia Space
- 14 France yves piriou ANFR
- 15 France Jean Pla Centre national d’études
- 16 France Rodolphe Quemerais Ministry of Armies / DGN
- 17 France Philippe Tristant EUMETNET/ESA/EUME
- 18 France Halina Uryga Orange
Googling for the name Ivan Martin brings up an old document where, somewhere around 2012, Thales was already crying for frequencies for their drones, but there is no mention of amateur VHF band.
Wait and see…
UPDATE: The Radio Society of Great Britain makes following statement on their website.
However, regarding new aeronautical frequencies including 144MHz, the proposal was unfortunately not strongly opposed by other administrations; this has been carried forward to the higher level CEPT-CPG meeting in August.
So the topic will be re-discussed at CEPT level in august, it looks like the war has just started.
UPDATE 2: IARU has made a statement on their website