Participation In ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations 'Mutually Beneficial'
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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
http://www.itu.int/) 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
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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