The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

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Bulgarian radio amateurs obtain temporary access to the digital portion of 50 MHz band

Thanks to the effort made by BFRA (Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs), the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) with the Permit No. 02353 / 05.09.2019 has provisionally authorized to use the 50.310 MHz to 50.335 MHz segment.

This band is provided free of charge to all Bulgarian radio amateurs to be able to work and experiment with the new modes of operation in recent years.

BFRA is actively working with all institutions involved in extending the 6 meters band, and we hope that our efforts will be successful soon.

 

Larry Price, W4RA, SK

Larry Price W4RA 2014 Larry Bilansky photo


It with great sadness that IARU reports that ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry E. Price, Ph.D., W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, died September 10, 2019. He was 85. IARU owes a debt of gratitude to Larry for his tireless work for IARU over the decades to represent the interests of amateur radio in regulatory forums. IARU Region 1 expresses its deepfelt sympathy to Larry’s family at this sad time. 

IARU attends ITU Inter-Regional Workshop

ITU IRW

As part of its strategy to support the topics of interest to the amateur service at WRC-19, IARU is present at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva this week. The workshop, attended by member states and other sector members of ITU, is considering and discussing the positions of the six Regional Telecommunications Organistions on the main WRC Agenda items. It also is considering how any differing Regional positions might be reconciled during WRC to arrive at a consensus. 

ATU finalises its positions for WRC-19


The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) held its final preparatory meeting in South Africa this last week for the World Radio Conference. The meeting was attended by Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ who represented SARL and IARU Region 1 as part of the South African Delegation led by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.


Items of interest to the amateur service which were finalised were:

- Agreement to an African Common Proposal (AFCP) on allocating 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 on a primary basis with provisions to allow Wind Profiler Radars and the amateur service to avoid mutual interference.(WRC Agenda Item 1.1)

- Discussion on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications, which ATU agreed should not include the primary amateur band at 47-47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13)

- Agreement to an AFCP that retains the current regulatory position in the 5725-5850 MHz frequency band which includes secondary allocations to the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service (WRC Agenda Item 1.16)

- On Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles, ATU agreed to support no change to the Radio Regulations but continuation of studies in ITU-R to ensure that appropriate frequency ranges and technical limits are incorporated into standards to protect radiocommunication services.


IARU Region 1 notes with satisfaction the above positions reached by ATU, which form a sound base for discussions at the forthcoming World Radio Conference in Egypt in November 2019.

 

CEPT CPG finalises its positions for WRC-19

The CEPT Conference Preparatory Group met this week in Ankara, Turkey. Items of interest to the amateur service which were finalised were:

- Agreement to a European Common Proposal (ECP) on allocating 50-52 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 on a secondary basis with a footnote listing those countries where the amateur service will have a primary allocation in the band 50-50.5 MHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.1)

- Agreement to an ECP on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications, which does not now include the primary amateur band at 47-47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13)

- Agreement to an ECP that retains the current regulatory position in the 5725-5850 MHz frequency band which includes secondary allocations to the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service (WRC Agenda Item 1.16)

- Removal of 144-146 MHz from a French proposal for study of additional spectrum for aeronautical applications. (WRC Agenda Item 10)

- At the insistence of the European Commission, a WRC-23 agenda item was considered necessary to address the world-wide protection of Regional Navigational Satellite Systems from amateur emissions in the band 1240-1300 MHz. A draft WRC Resolution was agreed which underlines the importance of this frequency band to the amateur service and explicitly excludes the removal of existing allocations as part of the proposed agenda item. (WRC Agenda Item 10)

- There was no change to the already agreed CEPT position on Wireless Power Transmission (WRC Agenda item 9.1.6). This states that no change is needed in the Radio Regulations to address the question of operating frequency for WPT-EV, but leaves open the question of spurious emissions from WPT-EV.

Commenting on the outcome of CPG, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, said that the IARU team at Ankara (the only representatives of the amateur service at the meeting) had presented clear and convincing arguments for the amateur service position and he was pleased that regulators had recognised the strength of the amateur case. He expressed his thanks to everyone who had contributed to the outcome at CPG.

The issues now move to WRC in Egypt in November for final resolution. IARU will be there.

IARU prepares for CEPT CPG

The final CEPT Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) prior to WRC 19 takes place from 26 August. There are several issues of particular interest to the amateur service to be discussed:

• 50 MHz: IARU hopes that the European Common Proposal for WRC-19 will be supported by member states, with as many as possible signing the optional footnote to allow primary access on a national basis over part of the band being proposed for amateur use.

• 144-146 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to explain to their regulators the concerns of the amateur service over the French proposal to propose a WRC-23 agenda item to study sharing the 144 MHz spectrum with aeronautical services. IARU has submitted a paper that includes background on amateur usage and regulatory concerns. It also includes a basic technical analysis showing the impracticality of such a proposal and believes there are much more appropriate parts of the spectrum for this study.

• 1296 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to discuss with their regulator the best way of resolving concerns about a few cases of interference to the Galileo navigation system that are specific to its 'E6' sub-band at 1260-1300 MHz from amateur signals. It is IARU’s firm view, and stated in the paper it has submitted, that this should be properly studied in CEPT, rather than proposed as an agenda item for WRC-23.

• 5 GHz and 47 GHz bands: IARU will be seeking support from Region 1 administrations for a ‘No change’ approach to the current regulatory situation in the 5650-5850 MHz and 47-47.2 GHz frequency bands. IARU experts will be present in CPG to explain the IARU position on these topics and monitor other agenda items of interest.

African Telecommunications Union meets in South Africa

The ATU African Preparatory Meeting (APM) prior to WRC 19 takes place 26-30 August. ATU is one of the four Regional Telecommunications Organisations in Region 1 and IARU will be present at the meeting. IARU has particular interest in the following issues being discussed:

  • 50 MHz: IARU hopes that the APM will build on existing provisions in the ITU Radio regulations for a number of African countries, to support 50 MHz primary allocations throughout the African continent, as part of the support for a Region-wide allocation to the amateur service harmonising with the allocations already in place in Regions 2 and 3.
  • 5 GHz and 47 GHz bands: IARU will be seeking support from Region 1 administrations for a ‘No change’ approach to the current regulatory situation in the 5650-5850 MHz and 47-47.2 GHz frequency bands.
  • There is no evidence yet that the 144-146 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz band issues being considered in CEPT will be discussed in the APM but IARU will be prepared should this happen.