ARRL to be Represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency Workshop:
The ARRL Letter
October 6, 2016
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ARRL to be Represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head a contingent of League
representatives at the 19th International Amateur Radio Union Region 2
http://www.iaru.org/region-2.html) General Assembly in Viņa
del Mar, Chile. The conference, hosted by the Radio Club of Chile, gets
under way on October 10 and continues through October 14. An emergency
communications workshop will be held on October 11 in conjunction with
the IARU event. Attending on behalf of ARRL, in addition to President
Roderick, will be Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA;
ARRL Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, and Emergency
Communications Manager Mike Corey, KI1U. ARRL International Affairs
Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB, also will attend in his role as IARU
Region 2 Area B Director.
The IARU Region 2 Band Plan
other Amateur Radio spectrum issues will be on the agenda at this
month's meeting. The ARRL and other IARU member societies in the
Americas sought comments and suggestions earlier this year from their
respective Amateur Radio communities regarding the Region 2 HF Band
Plan. At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors adopted
recommendations of the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee, for ARRL to
present at the conference for possible inclusion in the Region 2 band
plan. These include:
- Changing references to the 660-meter band to 630 meters, to more
accurately describe the wavelength of the spectrum actually allocated
for Amateur Radio use.
- Updating the 160-meter band plan to acknowledge AM operations
commonly encountered within the band.
- Adding an exception to the band plan to specify that, in the event a
60-meter Amateur Radio allocation is added to the band plan, upper
sideband (USB) is permissible.
Mexico's IARU member society FMRE
http://www.fmre.org.mx/ plans to
ask the Region 2 General Assembly to request that CITEL
https://www.citel.oas.org/ and the International Telecommunication
http://www.itu.int/) assist FMRE in its efforts to
convince the Mexican government to allow foreign amateurs to operate in
Conference delegates also will elect IARU Region 2 officers and
At the Emergency Communications Workshop on October 11, IARU Region 2
emergency coordinators and other national-level Amateur Radio emergency
communications experts will gather to share information and discuss how
to increase the capacity for amateurs in Region 2 to respond to
large-scale, multinational communication emergencies. The conference
also will offer an opportunity for national-level Amateur Radio
emergency communications leaders to network and increase the level of
cooperation and collaboration within Region 2.
Special event station XR2IARU will be on the air from the Hotel
O'Higgins, the conference venue.
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