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Proposed WRC-23 Agenda Items Causing Concern:

from The ARRL Letter on June 13, 2019
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Proposed WRC-23 Agenda Items Causing Concern:

Two proposals under discussion in Europe as possible World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) agenda items "could impact important Amateur Radio frequencies," IARU reported this week Included is a proposal from France to consider the 144 - 146 MHz band as a primary allocation to the Aeronautical Mobile service, as part of a broader consideration of spectrum allocated to that service. IARU also cautioned the amateur community against overreacting to the news.

France will submit a paper containing a proposal for an agenda item for "new non-safety Aeronautical Mobile applications" at the June 17 - 21 Conference Preparatory Group meeting of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) in Prague. The 144 - 146 MHz segment is a primary global Amateur and Amateur Satellite allocation. IARU said it "views with grave concern any proposal to include this band in the proposed study" and pledged to "energetically" promote this viewpoint in the appropriate forums "to seek to obtain assurances that the spectrum will remain a primary allocation for the amateur services."

Another proposal has been raised to study the 23-centimeter amateur allocation, 1240 - 1300 MHz, following reports of interference to the Galileo navigation system -- Europe's GPS system. IARU said it's aware of "a handful of cases" of reported interference to the Galileo E6 signal on 1278.750 MHz. According to IARU, joint studies have been carried out to assess the vulnerability of the system and, based on these, it considers the proposal to initiate an Agenda item for WRC-23 premature.

IARU asked its member-societies to "refrain at this time from making speculative public comments about the situation until further progress has been made in regulatory discussions," and said it's ready to discuss the issue with other non-IARU societies.

One European Amateur Radio organization already has called for radio amateurs to "occupy" 2 meters on June 15 for 1 hour in protest of the French proposal.


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