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ARRL to be Represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency Workshop:

from The ARRL Letter on October 6, 2016
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ARRL to be Represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency Communications Workshop:

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head a contingent of League representatives at the 19th International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2 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 and 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 plans to ask the Region 2 General Assembly to request that CITEL and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU assist FMRE in its efforts to convince the Mexican government to allow foreign amateurs to operate in Mexico.

Conference delegates also will elect IARU Region 2 officers and directors.

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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