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from The ARRL Letter on September 12, 2019
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The IARU recently attended an ITU Inter-Regional Workshop. As part of its strategy to support topics related to Amateur Radio at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU was on hand at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, this past week. The workshop, attended by member states and other International Telecommunication Union (ITU sector members, considered and discussed the positions of the six Regional Telecommunication Organizations (RTO on the main WRC-19 agenda items. Attendees also considered how differing regional positions might be reconciled during WRC to arrive at consensus. The ITU said the meeting would "provide participants with the opportunity to exchange views and have a better understanding of the common views, positions and/or proposals of the concerned entities." The third ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-19 Preparation took place September 4 - 6. Documents can be downloaded from the ITU website.

The roster of presentations and speakers for the 2019 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) is now posted on the TAPR website. The DCC takes place September 20 - 22 at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Hotel. Bill Brown, WB8ELK, father of Amateur Radio ballooning and noted experimenter and engineer, will be the DCC Saturday evening banquet speaker. The Sunday Seminar topic will be "Learn to build and operate your own SatNOGS ground station," presented by Dan White, AD0CQ, and Corey Shields, KB9JHU. The seminar will be a hands-on, progressive tutorial, starting with the basics of a SatNOGS (Satellite Networked Open Ground Station) and ending with the development of telemetry decoders. Participants should gain an understanding of how SatNOGS applications work, how to use them, and a basic familiarity with the technologies behind the scenes, should they wish to contribute to the development of the project. Participants should bring a laptop and sign up for a free account. A room will be set aside for demonstrations, experiments, and show-and-tell projects. Tables and power strips will be provided.

Former ARRL Iowa Section Manager Bob McCaffrey, K0CY, of Boone, Iowa, died on September 2. An ARRL Life Member, he was 77. McCaffrey served twice as Iowa Section Manager -- first, from 1980 until 1986, and again from 2013 until 2019, after he declined to run for another term. He served in other Iowa ARRL Field Organization positions as well. McCaffrey was licensed in 1955 as KN0EJZ. He taught entry-level Amateur Radio classes within adult education and served as a Volunteer Examiner. He was an AMSAT and Quarter Century Wireless Association member and an enthusiastic ARRL Field Day participant. McCaffrey was a past president of the Des Moines Radio Amateur Association and of the Boone Amateur Radio Club.


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