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Participation In ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations 'Mutually Beneficial'

from The ARRL Letter on December 7, 2017
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IARU Participation In ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations 'Mutually Beneficial':

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has praised the value of the IARU's participation over the years in International Telecommunication Union (ITU International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR) and ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) study groups. CCIR was the forerunner to ITU-R. In an article, "The International Amateur Radio Union and CCIR/ITU-R" in the latest issue of ITU News Magazine (see page 55), Ellam said the IARU has been a "regular contributor" to the CCIR and ITU-R study groups and working parties on behalf of the world's Amateur Radio community. This year marks the 90th anniversary of CCIR/ITU-R study groups; the IARU was first admitted to the work of CCIR in 1932.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA.

"The relationship is mutually beneficial," Ellam wrote. "The Amateur and Amateur Satellite services offer...private citizens...the opportunity to intercommunicate and experiment with radio transmission to increase their personal knowledge and skills. Radio amateurs [provide] communications at no cost with their own equipment in the event of natural disasters. They share what they learn with one another and with the wider telecommunications community, in part through ITU-R Recommendations and Reports."

ITU-R Study Group 5 and Working Party 5A (WP-5A) are home to both the Amateur and the Amateur-Satellite services. ITU-R Study Groups met in November in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). Working Group 5A1, chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, is responsible for WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1, which is looking into a 50-54 MHz band allocation in Region 1, harmonized with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

ITU-R Recommendation M.1732, "Characteristics of systems operating in the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services for use in sharing studies," was developed by and updated in WP-5A. "The IARU also participates, as appropriate, in other Working Parties of Study Group 5," Ellam explained.

Ellam said an increasing number of short-mission, non-geostationary satellites are being proposed "for operation in the limited Amateur Satellite allocations," inconsistent with the objectives of the Amateur Satellite Service. He said the IARU appreciates efforts within ITU-R working parties "to identify more suitable spectrum for telemetry, tracking, and command of these satellites" at WRC-19. Read more


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