I have got some questions to IARU administrators which, at this stage, needs
to be answered publicly. Here is a little background to the issue first:
I am a member of TCSWAT, a group of Turkish amateurs, specializing in
emergency communications and working from the field with TC prefixes at
every opportunity to increase our emergency readiness (for more info pls
refer to our web site at http://www.tcswat.org/
.) Our group has also
assumed responsibility as the liasion office for IRESC. This year we
decided to join GlobalSET and as per instructions on IARU's related web
site, applied to TA1E, the chairperson of TRAC, the IARU member society
in Turkey, for GlobalSET registration. We had to e-mail him twice and
subsequently fax and write him on paper to be able to get a response,
However, TA1E refused to register us, claiming only IARU affiliated
societies and groups accredited by these societies can participate in GlobalSET.
My teammate, TA1HZ wrote to G0DUB, Greg Mossop about this, asking:
"If a radio amateur, properly licenced by the local authority, is not a member
of the IARU member society wants to participate in such an organisation,
will he/she be able to register or wil he/she be classified as pirate??"
In his response, G0DUB said:
Registrations were devolved to National and Regional Co-Ordinators who
understand better what is needed in their country, because, simply put, IARU
cannot follow all the different regulations around the world one by one.
In addition, he said:
"Emergency communications is not just an individual activity, in an
emergency if we are to serve our communities well then we need to be
trained and know the structures we have to work in. National Networks
are the building blocks for our structure and that he had to leave the
decisions on how best to organise their countries to them and meet local
When TA1HZ has forwarded a copy of this mail to me. I wrote G0DUB twice
asking the questions you will find below requesting his kind help in
getting the right responses from the right people, in case he is not the
person directly responsible and/or knowledgeable about them.
I have also informed him that I had been expelled from TRAC for asking
similar questions publicly and reporting their illegal activites to
public authorities, together with their Auditing Council members who
reported their illegal activities to legal authorities and that, for
the latter, he can contact TA7EB for details, if he is interested.
I have also informed him that if I cannot get a response from him, then
I'll ask the same questions to IARU HQ. Both Greg and some other
IARU officials told me to have a look at IARU's charter and similar
documents for the answers I have been seeking.
However, in those documents, I could find the answer to my first question
ONLY and my repeated attempts at getting answers to my other questions
Hoping, there might be some knowledgeable IARU administratons among the
readers of this forum, or people who can reach them directly and help me in
getting a proper response from them, I request your kind help in getting them
provide me a proper response.
Here are some questions that I am seeking answers to:
1. How do you decide a society is a National Society?
2. How long does this characteristic last?
3. Do you make any checks to make sure the society in question
carry the same characteristics over time?
4. What if someone report you that a certain member society lies
regarding their basic info on their number of branches and members (say
for example that their number of members reported to IARU is less than
500, whereas the number they report to their national authorities is
5. You very correctly say that "Emergency communications is not
just an individual activity, in an emergency if we are to serve our
communities well then we need to be trained and know the structures we
have to work in." How do you decide that ALL members of your "National
Member Society" carry these characteristics?
6. What international em-comm standards your "National Member
Societies" follow and how do you make sure that their members are
trained according to such standards? (Actually, how do you make sure they
give ANY em-comm training whatsoever?)
7. Would giving a live interview to a national TV channel, (say in
a way similar to those at http://www.izlesene.com/video/haber-haber---izlesene-ta8n-kenan-adiyaman/844632
and the news athttp://www.kenthaber.com/marmara/sakarya/Haber/Genel/Normal/helikopter-enkazina-ulasilamadi/7719f91e-defc-40e3-babe-0d68c0228cf3
while a serious search and rescue operation is underway to find the
wreckage of a helicopter by the Civil Defence Brigade and the local
Governor's Office, be considered a good example of operating procedures?
8. What if there are others who ***ARE***, in fact, trained in
emergency communications according to both national and international
standards (and say have taken responsibility as the country's liason
officer for IRESC) but have been denied registering to GlobalSet, say
for similar reasons TA1HZ has quoted in his mail?
9. Would you still leave the decision about the "accreditation" of
such people to your "National Member Society" if those people have been
accredited by the ambulance, police, firefighting, civil defence, etc.
authorities via the em-comm trainings they have given to more than 2000
officers (as individuals who are not tied to the so called "National
Society" or any other society for that matter)?
10. Would you still "leave the decisions on how best to organise
their countries to [the National Member Society] and meet local needs"
if their so called "accredited" emergency communications officers,
according to the reports in national press, might have caused the death
of an important politician / head of a political party because of giving
wrong coordinates to search and rescue operators and that "National
Member Society" have been undergoing a VERY serious investigation by the
Parliament of that Country?.