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IARU Administrative Council Establishes WRC-19 Priorities and Strategies:

from The ARRL Letter on October 13, 2016
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IARU Administrative Council Establishes WRC-19 Priorities and Strategies:

The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU held its annual in-person meeting on October 7 and 8 in Viņa del Mar, Chile, prior to the IARU Region 2 (IARU R2 Conference. The Council is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

The Council assigned priorities to the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU and affirmed the adoption of a matrix approach to Conference preparation, as agreed earlier in the year. The matrix approach is designed to ensure effective coordination among the numerous IARU volunteers who participate in and monitor preparatory meetings of the ITU and regional telecommunication organizations. Along with several items of potential concern to radio amateurs, the agenda includes a possible allocation in Region 1 of 50-54 MHz to the Amateur Service to harmonize with the allocations in the other two regions.

The permanent working document setting out the long-term spectrum requirements of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services was reviewed and updated to reflect the outcomes of WRC-15. A strategic plan to develop support for amateur spectrum allocations between now and 2020 was adopted.

The Council received reports from coordinators and advisers, including Peter Jennings, AB6WM/VE3SUN, International Beacon Project Coordinator; Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Satellite Advisor; Hans Zimmermann, HB9AQS, International Coordinator for Emergency Communications, and Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, EMC Coordinator. The four volunteers were reappointed for 3-year terms. Read more


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