Lubos OK2BVG reports that he has been granted access to the new 630m MF band and is already working stations. Gradually more countries are gaining access although I doubt UK amateurs will be allowed access to the band before January 2013.
A few years ago I was extremely excited when Lubos managed to copy my 2mW ERP 500kHz WSPR beacon at over 1000km for the first time. Since then the beacon has reached Finland at almost 1800km.
It is good to hear that several German stations are now active in the new band with conventional CW QSOs being quite common.