Thanks guys. It looks like the US is the only one limiting frequencies based on license class, with other countries limiting by power. That is what I thought. It helps explain why we get so crowded at times. Too bad we didn't go the power route instead, it makes more sense to me.
Holland and several other countries in Europe have licenses with frequency limitations.
Here in Holland we have two licenses, Full and Novice.
Full: All bands, 400 Watt
Novice: 7.050 to 7.100, 14.000 to 14.250, 28.000 to 29.700, 144 to 146 and 430 to 440 MHz with 25 Watts.
Allthough I hold a Novice license and I would love to be able to roam all the HF bands, I really do think frequency limitations is the way to go.
The power limitations they should set to 100 Watts since that is what most of the transceivers make these days.
In Belgium a Novice can only use transceivers rated with a maximum output of 10 Watts. Now that really sucks since there aren't many transceivers around with a maximum output of just 10 Watts.
When I as a Novice go to Germany, I'm only allowed to use the 80, 15 and the 10 meter bands with 100 Watts. When I go to Denmark I'm allowed to use all bands with 100 Watts.
In some other countries I'm not allowed to operate at all or at different frequencies and power levels.
Confusing to say the least.
O well, yet another thing to take into account when choosing your holiday destination. I could either go to Denmark or pick a spot on the German/Dutch border ;-)