International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1
The 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference opens in Albena, Bulgaria PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis Green, ZS4BS   
Monday, 22 September 2014 17:31

The First Plenary of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference was opened at 10:30 on Sunday 21 September 2014 in the Grand Hall of the Flamingo Grand Hotel, Albena, Bulgaria.

The message of Dr Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response was read by Mr Encho Gospodinov.

“Dear IARU Conference participants,

Dear radio messengers in times of trouble and hope

Friends, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure and privilege to address your General Conference. The timing for your gathering could not be more indicative for the world we live in and the challenges we all face today.

The lives of millions of people is impacted by troubling events: conflicts in Africa and the Middle East (and sadly, in Europe); natural disasters all over the world with all the un-predictabilities of the mother Nature and the responsibilities of the human beings for the Climate Change; human waves of migrants and refugees moving from one place to another, and assorted diseases often trailing the disasters and conflicts. In short, this is a world, which does not stop to surprise us every morning when we open the TV screen or a newspaper.

At the same time, the world has never been better connected and wired. Today\'s communications are a real miracle once considered a fantasy coming from the novels of Arthur Clarke or Rey Bradbury. Never before, we had this privilege to transmit or exchange information with such accuracy, speed and scope of distribution. And never before so many people from all corners of the world and all layers of the society had access to this information. The arrival of internet really made our planet a Global village and ever since our live changed forever in the way we deal with information. Politics, diplomacy, journalism, technology, science, research, banking, literally all changed overnight with this powerful instrument.

However, there are moments in life when a good, stable, reliable and independent information tool is the only one we can use to save lives. And this is the one we call simply the RADIO.

Imagine a major natural disaster, which knocks down all modern information tools in the affected area: with no electricity, no internet, no telephone and fax connections, not even the old telex machines. No trains and ships moving, no roads to use or airports functioning. Nothing. We know a tragedy has happened, we know many are dead, and even more still alive, but trapped and helpless. And no one can help them as nobody knows what has happened. Because there is no information.

Luckily, there is a last resort: the radio amateurs; the people who are the eyes and the ears of the world in time when all other information channels are silent. "Amateurs" is actually not the right word in this case: these are professional communicators who are listening to the heartbeat of the planet and registering the emotional vibrations of people who may be in danger. In short, you are the last technical miracle, which is independent, reliable information channel, which can transmit an important piece of news from any place in the world, any time, by anyone who knows how to operate this wonderful creature, called radio.

Your advantage is that you are independent. A well-trained radioman with good equipment and ever-charged batteries can be a fantastic link between two villages, two countries or two continents. When organized in a Union, you are a communication superpower in time of total electronic darkness. But the most important part of your equipment is the people you have; the Bravehearts of men and women listening to people who may be in danger and may need help; the professional live-savers called strangely amateurs, who nevertheless act as volunteers when and where they are needed.

In your history, you have many examples of lives being saved because some of your members caught a signal from a village, a region or un-accessible place that someone needs help. We need your skills and services because we will have more and more disasters in the future. The dry statistics reveal troubling trends: during the last 20 - 30 years, the number and the intensity of the natural disasters have increased dramatically. So did the number of people killed or affected. The earthquake in Haiti in 2010 killed 230 000 people alone ….  Between 2003 and 2012, some 6 700 disasters hit the planet with 2005 being the darkest one – 810 disasters in one year. Typhoons in the Philippines, floods in Pakistan, China or Europe, droughts and famine in Africa, garnished with conflicts, are now almost daily events. The economic losses from these disasters went up from $ 50 billion to $ 200 billion a year since the 80s.

Every Red Cross volunteer will tell you that during a disaster the most needed and precious live saving element is not food, water or medicines. It is the timely, accurate information that is the most needed. As timely and accurate information saves lives, prevents major tragedies, stops rumours, which create panic and leads to even more casualties. This is how solid information flow becomes the backbone of a successful communication strategy. In short, everything, which you do and helps your societies to organise themselves better, is vital. Local and national authorities count on you as the last bastion of reliable information channel. Your professional skills and your humanitarian duties make you more than radio amateurs; you are truly needed guardians in time of troubles and I hope you will always stay as a pillar of hope and courage for all who are in danger.

Thank you for your noble work. I wish you every success in this Conference.”

Kristalina Georgieva

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 15:32
 
Emergency Communications Exercise in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:55

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have asked for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise on September 27 centred on Sarawak in East Malaysia. The IARU member society, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise. It will use the centre of activity emergency frequency 7.110 MHz, near vertical incidence skywave propagation and emphasise the PSK31 digital mode.

The scenario is the failure on the Sarawak electricity grid triggered by an abnormal solar flare which also knocks out all telephones. The exercise is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up local and east to west Malaysia communications.

To give authorities a better understanding of the message handling capabilities with accuracy and urgency being important, the IARU message format will be used, as it would should a real life event occur. MCMC Chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi from Kuala Lumpur has been invited to witness and take part in this exercise.

MARTS asks that the frequency of 7.110 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, September 27.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:26
 
A new 5 MHz frequency for South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis, ZS4BS   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:00

The South African Radio League has requested the South African Regulator, ICASA, to change the beacon frequency from 5 250 to 5 290 kHz to line it up with the same allocations in Europe and other countries. This will greatly enhance the coverage of South African beacons. ICASA has agreed to this and this week changed the licence to 5 290 kHz. The change over to the new frequency is effective 4 October 2014.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 14:00
 
IARU Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis, ZS4BS   
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:46

At the IARU Region 1 General Conference at Sun City in 2011, a recommendation was accepted that an IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator be appointed; that Member Societies appoint youth co-ordinators and/or youth working groups; that Youth related information and material will be shared amongst societies through the Region 1 web site, and to establish an annual youth recognition award.

During March 2014, a call went out for nominations of the first Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award and in May 2014, the nominations closed. Three nominations were received for the award - Ángel Galván, EA3HSI, Todor Todorov, LZ2005, and Mitchel Mynhardt ZS6YH.

Seven Youth Coordinators completed the jury score sheet and Mitchel, ZS6YH, was selected as the first recipient of the Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013.

The Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013 was presented to Mitchel, ZS6YH, at the Radio Technology in Action Symposium held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, by Dennis, ZS4BS, the Region 1 Secretary.

Congratulations, Mitchel!

From left to right: Louis Schnetler, ZU6LG, Koos Fick (ZSL-5182), Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, Enrico van der Walt (ZSL-5250) and Dennis Green, ZS4BS. Koos and Enrico will be writing the Radioamateur Examination on 16 October 2014.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:52
 
Albena 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hans Blondeel Timmerman   
Monday, 10 June 2013 06:00

Delegates from all over the world are on their way to Albena, Bulgaria to attend the 23rd IARU Region 1 Conference to be held  21 – 27 September 2014. 

The website for the 2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference is available at http://iarur1con2014.bfra.bg/

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 07:54
 
Typhoon hits Central Philippines PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:29

At least 70 people are missing after the Maharlika II experienced steering trouble and sank off the central Philippines during the approach of fast moving Typhoon Kalmaegi. Due the Typhoon, the Philippines Amateur Radio Association has activated its HERO network for emergency traffic and coordination. PARA has requested that 7.095 plus or minus 5 kHz be kept clear.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has asked all in its path to take the necessary precautions. The Typhoon over the Cagayan and Isabela provinces was bringing with it winds of 130km/h and gusts of 160km/h on Sunday, and expected move north-east before reaching the South China Sea on Tuesday.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 07:27
 
8th IARU Region 1 High Speed Telegraphy Championship, Bar, Montenegro, 12 - 16 September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Panayot, LZ1US   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:01

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The 8th IARU Region 1 HST Championship takes place in Bar, Montenegro 12-16 September 2014, organised by a team from from SRCG under leadership of their Chairman Dragan Bobicic, 4O4DB. Although it was their first time to host such big event, they were perfect in all aspects.

Seventy-nine sportsmen from fourteen IARU Region 1 societies (Denmark for the first time!) competed in nine categories, according to their age and sex. They had to demonstrate their abilities in four tests – Reception, Transmission, Call sign Receiving and Morse Runner.

The traditional social event at the end of the competition, as well as the picturesque hosting city Bar, at the Adriatic Sea coast, will be remembered forever.

The HST Working Group has decided that the 2015 World Championship to be organised in Skopje, Macedonia.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:58
 
17th World ARDF Championships, 6 - 13 September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Panayot, LZ1US   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 12:50

altThe 17th World ARDF Championships 2014 was organised by the Kazakhstan society KFRR. It was first time that any championship is organised in this area of Region 1. Two hundred and fifty competitors plus one hundred and fifty visitors were part of this major event. Twenty four societies from four continents were represented.

The Championships took place in National Park Burabay, some 250 km from the capital Astana. It is beautiful terrains for the eyes – lakes, rocks, but a little bit difficult for running. It was obviously not a problem for sportsmen from Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Traditionally they “thieved” almost all the medals, leaving just a few for the rest.

Thanks to the organizers and until next year when the Region 1 Championships will be hosted by the Czech society.

The results are available through the DARC webpage at http://ardf.darc.de/contest/14090812/14090812.htm

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:23
 
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