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2013 630M / 472-479kHz Band

 2013 new HAM band for PA    472- 479 kHz allocation

2013-01-17 18:42 560 m    DL2HRE    Haus Zeitz    Edgar    CW    529
2013-01-17 18:20 560 m    SM6BGP    KINNA Orby    GUNNAR    CW    599
2013-01-16 18:55 560 m    DK1HW    Freudenstadt    Wolfgang Hetzel    CW    559
2013-01-15 20:24 560 m    PA0HTT    Wikkepad 3     Henk Hilbink    CW    599
2013-01-15 20:13 560 m    DF5QG    Bielefeld    Chris    CW    599
2013-01-14 21:24 560 m    GI3PDN    Antrim    Ray    CW    599
2013-01-21 20:59 560 m    DK6SX/P    NR STUTTGART    WILLI    CW    559
2013-01-20 21:01 560 m    S57A    5000 NOVA GORICA Boris    CW    559

WSPR list sorted on DX  and unique spots

 2013-01-05 04:04  WG2XJM  0.475681  -19  0  EN91wr  20  PA0O      JO33hg  6230  46
 2013-01-01 13:18  PA0O    0.475771  -23  0  JO33hg  5   K1JT      FN20qi  6001  291
 2013-01-08 03:06  WE6XGR  0.475720  -16  0  FN12    50  PA0O      JO33hg  5988  47
 2013-01-05 02:58  PA0O    0.475789  -27  0  JO33hg  0.5 WG2XKA    FN33ir  5668  294
 2013-01-05 01:36  PA0O    0.475789  -26  0  JO33hg  0.5 WD2XSH/17 FN42pb  5630  290
 2013-01-06 19:04  PA0O    0.475641  -25  0  JO33hg  1   RX3DHR    KO94ks  2095  72
 2013-01-04 23:18  PA0O    0.475791  -29  0  JO33hg  0.5 SV8CS     KM07jr  2042  142
 2013-01-03 21:20  PA0O    0.475771  -23  0  JO33hg  50  TF3HZ     HP94ad  2018  318
 2013-01-06 00:10  PA0O    0.475608  -28  0  JO33hg  0.5 EA5B      IM99uu  1581  202
 2013-01-03 22:18  PA0O    0.475771  -3   0  JO33hg  50  OH6JKN    KP22xk  1521  40


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