The ECBF celebrates its 14th. European Congress of CB this July in Brussels. This conference, held every four years, will be used to, among other issues to discuss, choose a new Board, propose a reform of laws and approve the entry of new members.
For now, have confirmed their participation delegates from Belgium, Catalonia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. Pending the presence of delegates from Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
Recently, ECBF formalized its presence in social networks, through a Facebook page. Through this page, for now general information on activities taking place in Citizens Band in Europe, mainly included.
DJ5IL sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission against the adoption of EN 50561-1 that extraordinarily broad maximum permitted levels for PLC devices. The European CB Federation to be officially added to the petition, as the Citizen Band is one of those affected by the use and abuse of this technology, which greatly hinders the reception in most of the frequencies are used in CB Whoever accede to this request will have to enter the link below and put your email address in paragraph DIESE UNTERZEICHNEN PETITION (Sign this petition) and then click on SENDEN (Submitted).
In reply to an inquiry from the last 11th I inform you that taking into account the provisions of Article 9 of the Order ITC/4096/2006 of 28 December, approving the Regulations governing use of public radio he approves of CB-27 (BOE # 6 of January , 2007) and that both Spain and the United Kingdom applied at the time the provisions cited in the article, but from the June 24, 2011 both references are not updated if the licensed by the consulting citizen has been issued by the UK does not require authorization for the temporary use of their mobile devices and / or in Spain for a period of time not exceeding one month
Caros colegas, amigos e simpatizantes da ATCB DX A Direcçao da Associação Templários CB DX Internacional tem o prazer de informar todos os utentes e utilizadores da Banda do Cidadão de que recebeu hoje a confirmação de que a Federação Europeia da Banda do Cidadão irá estar presente no 25º aniversário desta instituição de cb. A E C B F presetiou-nos com a comfirmação da presensa de trez membros da Federação Europeia da Banda do Cidadão respectivamente o Sr Victor Reis, representante da Federação Europeia em Portugal, o Sr Oscar Espallargas, Assessor Técnico da Federação Europeia e Assessor Técnico da Federação Catalã e o Sr. Vicen Jereño, Secretário-Geral da Federação Catalã e Tesoureiro Geral da ECBF.Access to press release
As reported the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Energy of Spain, the number of registered users in CB is 105652 . (March 2014) The number of users continues to grow, +716 more than in the previous quarter and than +1139 users in the same period last year. By provinces, Barcelona leads the standings with 5558 users, followed by Madrid and Valencia, with 4965 and 4476 users respectively.
Source: Federació Catalana de CBAccess to the statistics
From Monday, March 26, 2014 can be used in Austria CB equipment AM and SSB with a power of 4 and 12 watts, respectively, as is already the case in most European countries that is already allowed such use.
Frequencies Known as "ghosts " (26.995 MHz, 27.045 MHz, 27.095 MHz, 27.145 MHz, 27.195 MHz) can not be used.Good news for CB users in Europe.
Ofcom Independent Authority for Communications Industries UK opens consultation period for the allocation of applications and services in the frequency range between 143 and 169 MHz
Among the possibilities , the allocation of frequencies available for the use of CB is contemplated , as is already happening in other countries such as Australia , which has to use frequencies in UHF CB plus 27 frequencies MHz (HF ) used in Europe . Malasisa , New Zealand , Indonesia and Japan are other countries that, besides HF CB , have available in VHF and UHF frequencies CB .
The European CB Federation through its Delegate in the UK, David Ogg firstname.lastname@example.org is studying this issue and make the necessary consultations among CB members of the country , to send their proposals to Ofcom . Anyone interested in participating can contact directly with the delegate ECBF UK . The consultation period ends on May 26, 2014
At European level, the ECBF is considering request to the various European governments consider the opportunity to implement the CB VHF/UHF frequencies in addition to the current frequency 27MHz . To do this, anyone who wants to contribute ideas or proposals for work, can contact the ECBF (email@example.com) where your ideas are always welcome.
“The Brigg and District Amateur Radio Club, which actively supports all hobby radio which includes CB Radio and 446 and its use and promotion is the organisation that is backing me. I was one of the groups four founder members and am the current Chairman.
The ECBF was formed back in 1976 to help all aspects of the CB radio hobby. Since the early days of CB Radio within the UK there were groups such as the Citizen’s Band Association (CBA) that back then in the early 80?s pushed the goverment to legalise CB Radio. Sadly our fine country has not had any groups internally backing us for many years.
The ECBF have being a big part in pushing for a European standard and the main driving force behind the upcoming AM/SSB modes becoming legal.
Many TM1 Members know of my passion towards CB Radio , I’ve been active from a young age way back in 1978. I review products under on my M0OGY Youtube channel and also conduct CB based product reviews for Radio User magazine. I am also part of the management team for a very respected 11 meter DX group within the country.
I am more than happy to try and help get our voices heard on matters regarding the hobby. Any questions or suggestions, please feel free to PM me.
Best Regards, Dave Ogg. ECBF Member, United Kingdom.”
The work done by the ECBF in ETSI are yielding positive results . The new CB rule authorizes the use of AM and SSB, with a power of 4w and 12w PEP respectively in the UK from next month of July is a good example of this.
The last meeting of ETSI held last December 2013 on the German city of Mainz, with the presence of two members of the Directive Board of ECBF served to listen the views of members of the European CB before representatives of international organizations responsible for telecommunications in their respective countries , both public and private .
The Council met in Barcelona ECBF last December , where the President of the ECBF , Mr. Dieter Löechter , and Treasurer , Mr. Vicente Jareño , informed those present of the topics covered in Mainz . Various issues of internal organization and future actions were also discussed.
For more information, please contact the ECBF through your email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the German city of Mainz took place the meeting of the ERM Committee of ETSI attended on behalf of the ECBF’s President, Mr. Dieter Löchter and Treasurer-General, Mr. Vicente Jareño
Michele Owen, President of the ERM Committee
and Dieter Loechter, President ECBF
The meeting of the Committee had a duration of 4 days, and the main point of interest for us, was on the second day, relative to the EEC directive on equipment of radio communications that go on placed of vehicles (emergency, police, services, amateur and services of citizen's band)
Attendees, moments before kick off meeting
The new directive requires features that are almost impossible to apply to the VHF and HF equipment. In summary this directive aims to be the radiated spurious or harmonic radiation at very low levels, a level similar to those required by the European standards for the receiver spurious radiations, which are of the order of the 4 nW, something that in the UHF equipment can be met, but that (remember that the CB is in the segment of the HF - 3 to 30 MHz-) in the HF and VHF is not possible by the weight and dimensions that would require the necessary filters.
In the course of the meeting various documents were presented to demonstrate this technical difficulty and raise awareness to the Committee of the technical impossibility of implementation of this Directive. The ECBF, along with several prestigious manufacturers and associations to consensus and presented a document that reflected those concerns, which the Committee shall study in upcoming meetings.
Another issue we follow with interest and that is studied in another parallel Commission is the Wireless Power transmission (WPT) below 30 MHz. This technology could increase the noise in our band (QRM) , just as it did in his day with PLC.
Also the meeting of the Committee served the farewell to Gabrielle Owen, leaving the chairmanship of the Committee after more than 10 years at the head of the same. Attendees sent him a joint congratulation signed by all.
On the 7th October 2013 the OFCOM published a consultation setting out proposals to authorise AM modes of operation on CB radio. In that document we proposed to allow AM/DSB and AM/SSB transmission on CB radio. Currently only frequency and phase modulated missions are permitted.Days ago the OFCOM was published the results of the consultation
Over the course of the last few years the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) has completed detailed compatibility studies (ETSI TR 102 626) on the impact of AM CB transmission on other domestic and vehicle based spectrum users. The testing did not identify any undue risk of interference and found no outstandingcompatibility or sharing issues. ETSI has developed new standards (EN 300-433-1 and 300-433-2) to harmonise the technical parameters applicable to AM on CB and these are reflected in the Decision.
In line with the Decision, we proposed to limit the maximum effective radiated power for AM transmission on CB radio to 4 Watts RMS for DSB modulation and 12 Watts PEP for SSB modulation.
The ECBF appreciates the support and collaboration of the Association Européenne Radiocommunications (AER), which since 2003 has been giving us support in ETSI.
Support that has allowed us to create two rules on broadcasting signal amplifiers EN 202 056 and EN 202 127, the Technical Report TR 102 626 compatibility between CB transmissions on AM and a wide range of communication equipment, broadcasting, TV, computers etc. .. And the modification of the EN 300433, which as a Community standard is required implementation by EU countries.