<![CDATA[International Amateur Radio Union - News & Events]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:39:10 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[News Release: ITU World Radiocommunication Conference Finds Amateur Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:38:37 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/news-release-itu-world-radiocommunication-conference-finds-amateur-bands-unsuitable-for-non-amateur-satellites​The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held in Geneva during November 2015 has recommended an agenda for the next WRC, to be held in 2019, to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). One of the agenda items is of particular interest to the small-satellite community.
Agenda item 1.7 for WRC-19 reads: "to study the spectrum needs for telemetry, tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions, to assess the suitability of existing allocations to the space operation service and, if necessary, to consider new allocations, in accordance with Resolution COM6/19 (WRC-15)."
 
Resolution COM6/19, which eventually will be given a new number, specifies the frequency ranges that may be considered for possible new allocations. They are 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.
 
One of the factors that the conference considered in deciding on these particular frequency ranges was "that some non-amateur satellites have used frequencies for telemetry, tracking and command in the frequency bands 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz which are allocated to the amateur-satellite service, and that such use is not in accordance with Nos. 1.56 and 1.57." Those two provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations define the amateur and amateur-satellite services respectively.
 
The International Amateur Radio Union welcomed the exclusion from consideration of all existing frequency allocations to the amateur and amateur-satellite services. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, observed: “This is an excellent result for the amateur services and clearly shows that non-amateur satellite constructors need to consider spectrum other than the very limited and congested segments that are available for amateur satellites at 144 MHz and 435 MHz."
 

 
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<![CDATA[News Release: IARU EMC Advice and Coordination]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:50:15 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/news-release-iaru-emc-advice-and-coordination​Currently, IARU has two posts with responsibility for its relationship on EMC matters with CISPR, the International Standards Organisation – an EMC Advisor and an EMC Co-ordinator.
At its meeting earlier this month, the IARU Administrative Council determined that the time was right to rationalise our handling of EMC matters and as a result has decided to eliminate the position of EMC Advisor and consolidate all EMC matters into one position. 

As a result of this decision, Christian Verholt, OZ8CY, will be standing down from his role as EMC Advisor. The Administrative Council wishes to place on record its sincere appreciation for the work of Christian over some twenty years in attending and reporting on the work of CISPR. Christian leaves with our gratitude for all his work in this area.  

All EMC matters relating to CISPR and associated issues will now be handled by the EMC Coordinator, Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE. Thilo chairs the Region 1 EMC Committee, but for the CISPR element of his role, he reports to the Administrative Council.
 
Tim Ellam, VE6SH
President, IARU
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<![CDATA[News Release: IARU Administrative Council Stresses Importance of Antenna Systems for Amateur Radio]]>Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:34:44 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/news-release-iaru-administrative-council-stresses-importance-of-antenna-systems-for-amateur-radioThe Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 9 & 10 October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia in association with the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.
​Here is a summary of the discussions and actions.
 
Recognizing that an antenna is an integral part of any radiocommunications system, the AC adopted a new Resolution which urges IARU Member Societies to use their efforts to encourage their national governments to recognise the importance of the Amateur Radio Service and an amateur radio antenna; to advocate for planning and development regulations that properly recognise the importance of an amateur radio antenna and do not place undue restrictions on erection of antennas; and to discourage fees for the use of an amateur antenna, particularly in view of the non-pecuniary nature of amateur radio and its popularity in the student and senior communities.
 
The AC completed preparations for the representation of amateur radio at the World Radiocommunication Conference to be held in Geneva during November 2015. The final composition of the IARU WRC-15 team was confirmed. The IARU positions and strategies for each of the WRC-15 agenda items that may impact amateur radio were reviewed, including proposals for a secondary amateur allocation near 5.3 MHz. Possible future agenda items for the next WRC, anticipated in 2019, include an amateur allocation at 50 MHz in Region 1 and global harmonization of the 1800 – 2000 kHz allocation. It is anticipated that a significant effort by IARU will be needed in preparation for WRC-19 to defend the amateur allocations between 137 and 960 MHz in light of the pressure for spectrum for small non-amateur satellites. Close coordination of regional efforts will be required.
 
The growing demand for coordination of satellites in the amateur bands led the AC to adopt revised Terms of Reference for the IARU Satellite Adviser and to agree in principle to new guidelines for satellite coordination. A Deputy Satellite Adviser has been appointed to assist with the work.
The AC agreed that a more proactive approach is needed to international standards bodies in order to achieve IARU objectives to reduce radio spectrum pollution from unwanted radio frequency emissions.
 
The President updated the AC on the actions of the Board of the ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development Module of which the IARU is a founding member. The Board recently released its final report which contains a number of references to the amateur services and the role they play in emergency communications. A copy of the report can be found at the ITU website: http://www.itu.int.
 
The IARU Member-Society Relations Project Team reported on its work to date. The AC determined that the next step is to draft possible revisions to the IARU Constitution and By-Laws to introduce some degree of flexibility in dealing with second societies.  Any revision will require approval of the Member Societies.
 
A group consisting of a representative of each regional organization was established to work with a member of the International Secretariat (IS) staff to recommend how to create a more consistent image and clearer expression of the mission of the IARU.
 
The strategic plan for the development of support for amateur radio frequency allocations and the 2014 version of the IARU Spectrum Requirements working document were reviewed and updated. Further updating will be required after WRC-15.
 
The AC received the report of the International Beacon Project, which included some thoughts on how the beacon system might be combined with other means of assessing HF propagation in real time. The AC will consider the implications of the technological advances that have occurred in this field in recent years.
 
In a departure from recent practice, the AC decided to adopt a continuing theme for the annual World Amateur Day of “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” If appropriate in future, a special theme may be adopted for any given year.
 
The budget for the years 2016-2018 as presented by the IS was reviewed and adopted. The budget is based upon anticipated financial contributions from the three regional organizations to defray a portion of the expenses, in accordance with previously adopted policy.
 
A plan to collect consistent data on amateur radio licensing from Member Societies was formulated and agreed.
 
The AC discussed the environmental impact and burden on the international QSL Bureau system of unsolicited and unwanted QSL cards and will revisit the issue at a future meeting.
Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, José Arturo Molina, YS1MS, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, Shizuo Endo, JE1MUI and recording secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ. Also present as observers were Jay Bellows, K0QB, from Region 2 and Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ and Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, from Region 3.
It was determined that a virtual meeting will be held early in 2016. The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held in the vicinity of Viña del Mar, Chile, in October 2016 in conjunction with the IARU Region 2 Conference.
 
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<![CDATA[IARU Calendar: 195 Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Television (ABART) Admitted to IARU Membership]]>Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:59:55 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/iaru-calendar-195-association-burundaise-des-amateurs-radio-et-television-abart-admitted-to-iaru-membershipOn 2 July 2015, voting was completed on the admission of Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART) on Proposal No. 253 to IARU membership.
With 51 affirmative votes required for approval there were 67 votes in favor of Proposal No. 253. Accordingly, Proposal 253 is adopted.  

The following member-societies voted in favor of Proposal 253:

Region 1

AARA (Albania), URA (Andorra), FRRA (Armenia), OeVSV (Austria), FRS (Azerbaijan), UBA (Belgium), BFRA (Bulgaria), URAC (Congo), HRS (Croatia), EDR (Denmark), ERASD (Egypt), SRAL (Finland), RSM (FYR Macedonia), REF (France), DARC (Germany), MRASZ (Hungary), IRA (Iceland), IRTS (Ireland), ARSK (Kenya), KARS (Kuwait), LRAA (Liberia), AFVL (Liechtenstein), LRMD (Lithuania), RL (Luxembourg), MARS (Mauritus), ARM (Moldova), ARM (Monaco), MRSF (Mongolia), VERON (Netherlands), NRRL (Norway), ROARS (Oman), PZK (Poland), REP (Portugal), SRR (Russia), ARRSM (San Marino), ARAS (Senegal), ZRS (Slovenia), SARL (South Africa), URE (Spain), USKA (Switzerland), ARAT (Tunisia), EARS (United Arab Emirates) and RSGB (United Kingdom)

Region 2

RCA (Argentina), ARSB (Barbados), CARS (Cayman Islands), RCD (Dominican Republic), GRC (Ecuador), GARC (Grenada), CRAG (Guatemala), RCH (Haiti), FMRE (Mexico), RCP (Paraguay), RCP (Peru), RCU (Uruguay) and ARRL (United States).

Region 3

WIA (Australia), CRSA (China), HARTS (Hong Kong), ARSI (India), JARL (Japan), KARL (Korea, Republic of), MARTS (Malaysia), PARA (Philippines), SARTS (Singapore), RAST (Thailand) and VARC Vietnam.
There were no votes in opposition to Proposal 253:
It is a pleasure to welcome Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART)
to membership in the IARU.

Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK)

Proposed for IARU Membership

IARU Region 1 has requested that the International Secretariat resubmit a proposal for the admission of Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK).  Two votes in favor of SHRAK being admitted to the IARU were received shortly after the voting deadline.  Those two votes, if received before the deadline, would have been sufficient to have the proposal adopted.  Region 1 and the International Secretariat have determined under the circumstances that submitting the proposal for a vote of the Member-Societies a second time is appropriate.

An application for IARU membership has been received via IARU Region 1 from the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK).  The application has been examined by the Region 1 Executive Committee and has been found to satisfy the requirements of the Constitution and Bylaws of the IARU.

Based in Pristina, Republic of Kosovo, SHRAK was formally organized on 14 April 2000.

There are 65 licensed members of the Society out of a total amateur population of approximately 85.

The officers of the society are:
President: Vjollca Belegu-Caka, Z61VB
Secretary: Fehmi Bojniku, Z62FB
The official address of SHRAK is:
SHRAK
Universiteti i Prishtinës
Fakulteti i InxhinierisëElektrike dhe Kompjuterike
(Ndertesa e laboratoreve)
Bregu i Diellit, p.n.
10000 Prishtinë
Republika e Kosovës
Telephone:  +381 (0) 38 551 234
Mobile:  +377 (0) 44 167 622
Email:  vjollca.caka@gmail.com

The President and the Secretary of SHRAK have confirmed that Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) has the ability to meet its financial obligations as a member of the IARU, is legally able to act in the furtherance of IARU objectives within its country, and will adhere to the Constitutions of both the IARU and IARU Region 1.

Accordingly, in compliance with the Bylaws pertaining to applications for membership the following proposal is presented to member societies for consideration.

Proposal No. 254

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 has forwarded to the Administrative Council an application for membership submitted by the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK).  Region 1 reports that it has examined the application and has found it to be in order. Region 1 has made a favorable finding with regard to the application.

Therefore, in accordance with Bylaw 3, it is proposed that the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) be elected to membership.

A vote sheet for Proposal No. 254 is enclosed. The closing date for receipt by the International Secretariat of votes on Proposal 254 is five months after the date of this Calendar, or  9 December 2015.  Please note that votes received after this date cannot be counted.

Member-Societies Are Requested to Return Vote Sheets Early in the Voting Period

When the International Secretariat distributes an IARU Calendar that calls for the Member-Societies to cast a vote, it is important for the Member-Societies to return the vote sheets to the International Secretariat in a timely fashion. 

The International Secretariat recommends that vote sheets be sent as an attachment to an email or by fax as soon as possible so that the fax or email is received by the International Secretariat before the deadline for voting.  All vote sheets sent by fax or as an email attachment should also be mailed to the International Secretariat in the enclosed air-mail envelope for confirmation.  The important thing to remember is that the faxed or emailed voting sheets are counted when received before the voting deadline even though the follow up postal mailed vote sheets may be received after the deadline.

Sincere 73,
Rod Stafford, W6ROD
Secretary, IARU

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<![CDATA[IARU E-Letter: IARU Telecommunications Guide Available Online]]>Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:46:54 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/iaru-e-letter-iaru-telecommunications-guide-available-onlineAt the 2014 IARU Administrative Council meeting, the Council approved the IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide and the Guide is now available on the IARU web site.  This emergency telecommunications guide was developed to provide the IARU member-societies with materials suitable for training their members to participate in emergency events.  
It is also designed to provide guidance to the individual amateur radio operator who has little or no experience in handling emergency communications but desires to enhance their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process.

IARU member-societies are encouraged to distribute this guide among its membership and, if necessary, to provide a translation into a language used within their own country.

This guide can also be used in conjunction with other training materials by leaders within the emergency communication community to train radio operators in the basic theory and practice of handling emergency communications traffic.

The IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide can be found at:

http://www.iaru.org/emergency-telecommunications-guide.html

The IARU International Secretariat would be interested in hearing any feedback, comments or suggestions regarding the Guide.  Comments to the Secretary at w6rod@iaru.org

IARU Proposal 253 Voting Is Currently Underway

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 forwarded to the Administrative Council an application for membership submitted by the Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART).  Region 1 found it to be in order and made a favorable finding with regard to the application.

In IARU Proposal 253, it is proposed that the Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART) be elected to membership.

The vote sheet for Proposal No. 253 was mailed to all IARU Member-Societies by the International Secretariat on 2 February, 2015.  All of the IARU Member-Societies should have received their voting sheets.  If your society has not received a voting sheet please contact the IARU Secretary for a replacement vote sheet.  The closing date for receipt by the International Secretariat of votes on Proposal 253 is five months after mailing, or 2 July 2015.  Please note that votes received after this date cannot be counted.


The IARU Constitution requires that a member-society shall cast its vote in writing and the vote sheets must be signed by an authorized official of the member-society.  Vote sheets must be received by the International Secretariat no later than 2 July 2015.

Vote sheets for Proposal 253 may be returned by any of the following methods:

   1. As a PDF or similar scanned attachment to an email sent to
iaru@iaru.org.

   2. By fax to +1 860-594-0259.

   3. By postal mail addressed to IARU, P.O. Box 310905, Newington CT 06131-0905 USA.

The International Secretariat recommends that vote sheets be sent as an attachment to an email or by fax as soon as possible so that the fax or email is received by the International Secretariat before the deadline for voting. 


All votes sheets sent by fax or as an email attachment should also be mailed to the International Secretariat in the enclosed air-mail envelope that was included with the vote sheets from the International Secretariat. 

If the vote sheet is returned to the International Secretariat by email or by fax before the closing date the vote will be counted even if the postal mail copy is received after the vote closing date.

If your society has already forwarded the vote sheet to the International Secretariat thank you for your quick response.

World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2015

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include over 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU 
as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators!

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

IARU has provided a downloadable poster for World Amateur Radio Day 2015. Any group may download it and have it printed locally for promoting WARD in their area. The poster comes in two sizes:


a. 61 cm x 91 cm poster which can be found at:

   http://www.iaru.org/uploads/1/3/0/7/13073366/ward2015-61x91cm.pdf

b. A smaller (A4 size) flyer which can be found at:

   http://www.iaru.org/uploads/1/3/0/7/13073366/ward2015-a4.pdf

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.

We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!


Distribution Of This E-Letter 

This electronic newsletter is sent to IARU member-societies headquarters and to many individual amateurs around the world. Individual amateurs should encourage their IARU national society to forward the newsletter to its own members.

If you are an ARRL member, you can subscribe to this E-Letter directly on the ARRL web site. When you log into the ARRL web site, go to the page where you can edit your profile and edit the email subscriptions that are available.

____________________________________________________________________

The IARU E-Letter is published on behalf of the Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union by the IARU International Secretariat. Editor: Rod Stafford, W6ROD, IARU Secretary.

Material from The IARU E-Letter may be republished or reproduced in whole or in part in any form without additional permission. Credit must be given to The IARU E-Letter and The International Amateur Radio Union.

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<![CDATA[IARU Calendar No. 194: Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART) Proposed for IARU Membership]]>Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:02:54 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/iaru-calendar-no-194-association-burundaise-des-amateurs-radio-et-television-abart-proposed-for-iaru-membership An application for IARU membership has been received via IARU Region 1 from the Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART).  The application has been examined by the Region 1 Executive Committee and has been found to satisfy the requirements of the Constitution and Bylaws of the IARU.

Based in Bujumbura, Burundi, ABART was formally organized on 19 March 2014.

There are no licensed members of the Society and there are no licensed amateur radio operators in Burundi.  The 10 members of ABART including the individuals listed below as President and Secretary of ABART are awaiting the granting of amateur radio licenses by the Burundi communication authorities.

The officers of the society are:
President: Jean Claude Kamwenubusa
Secretary: Jean Nijimbere

The official address of ABART is:
ABART
6564 Bujumbura
BURUNDI
Telephone:  +257 79 627 440
Email:  burundiamateurradio@gmail.com

The President and the Secretary of ABART have confirmed that Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision  (ABART) has the ability to meet its financial obligations as a member of the IARU, is legally able to act in the furtherance of IARU objectives within its country, and will adhere to the Constitutions of both the IARU and IARU Region 1.

Accordingly, in compliance with the Bylaws pertaining to applications for membership the following proposal is presented to member societies for consideration

Proposal No. 253

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 has forwarded to the Administrative Council an application for membership submitted by the Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART).  Region 1 reports that it has examined the application and has found it to be in order. Region 1 has made a favorable finding with regard to the application.

Therefore, in accordance with Bylaw 3, it is proposed that the Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (ABART) be elected to membership.

A vote sheet for Proposal No. 253 is enclosed. The closing date for receipt by the International Secretariat of votes on Proposal 253 is five months after the date of this Calendar, or 2 July 2015.  Please note that votes received after this date cannot be counted.

Voting Procedure for Proposal 253

The IARU Constitution requires that a member-society shall cast its vote in writing. Vote sheets must be signed by an authorized official of the member-society.  Vote sheets must be received by the International Secretariat no later than 2 July 2015.  Vote sheets received after this date will not be counted.

Vote sheets for Proposal (number) may be returned by any of the following methods:

   1. By postal mail addressed to IARU, P.O. Box 310905, Newington CT 06131-0905 USA.

   2. By fax to +1 860-594-0259.

   3. As a PDF or similar scanned attachment to an email sent to iaru@iaru.org.

The International Secretariat recommends that vote sheets be sent as an attachment to an email or by fax as soon as possible so that the fax or email is received by the International Secretariat before the deadline for voting.  Article VI paragraph 3 of the IARU Constitution provides that vote sheets received after the deadline cannot be counted.  All votes sheets sent by fax or as an email attachment should also be mailed to the International Secretariat in the enclosed air-mail envelope for confirmation. 

Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK)

Proposal for Admission to IARU Membership Falls Short

On 5 January 2015, voting was completed on the admission of Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) on Proposal No. 251 to IARU membership.

With 51 affirmative votes required for approval there were 49 votes in favor of Proposal No. 251 and 2 votes in opposition. Therefore, Proposal 251 is not approved.   Vote sheets were received after the deadline from MRASZ (Hungary) and RAST (Thailand) which voted in favor of Proposal 251 but which cannot be counted.

The following member-societies voted in favor of Proposal 251:

Region 1
AARA (Albania), ARA (Algeria), URA (Andorra), OeVSV (Austria), UBA (Belgium), ARABiH (Bosnia & Herzegovina), BFRA (Bulgaria), HRS (Croatia), CRC (Czech Republic), ERASD (Egypt), ERAU (Estonia), SRAL (Finland), REF (France), IRA (Iceland), IRTS (Ireland), ARSK (Kenya), KARS (Kuwait), LRAA (Liberia), LRMD (Lithuania), RL (Luxembourg), CRAM (Mali), MARL (Malta), MARS (Mauritus), ARM (Moldova), MRSF (Mongolia), NRRL (Norway), PZK (Poland), REP (Portugal), SSA (Sweden), EARS (United Arab Emirates) and RSGB (United Kingdom).

Region 2
LABRE (Brazil), RAC (Canada), CARS (Cayman Islands), GARC (Grenada), CRAG (Guatemala), RCH (Haiti), RCP (Peru), RCU (Uruguay) and ARRL (United States).  A vote sheet was received from RCV (Venezuela) without a vote indicating in favor, against or as an abstention.

Region 3
WIA (Australia), ARSI (India), ORARI (Indonesia), JARL (Japan), KARL (Republic of Korea), NZART (New Zealand), PARS (Pakistan), SARTS (Singapore) and VARC Vietnam.

The following member-societies voted in opposition to Proposal 251:

Region 1
SRS (Serbia) and SARA (Slovakia)

The following member-societies abstained regarding Proposal 251:

Region 1
BFRR (Belarus) and URE (Spain).


Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU)

Admitted to IARU Membership

On 5 January 2015, voting was completed on the admission of Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU) on Proposal No. 252 to IARU membership.

With 51 affirmative votes required for approval there were 55 votes in favor of Proposal No. 252 and no votes in opposition. Accordingly, Proposal 252 is adopted.  Vote sheets were received after the deadline from MRASZ (Hungary) and RAST (Thailand) which voted in favor of Proposal 252 but which cannot be counted.

The following member-societies voted in favor of Proposal 252:

Region 1
AARA (Albania), ARA (Algeria), URA (Andorra), OeVSV (Austria), BFRR (Belarus), UBA (Belgium), ARABiH (Bosnia & Herzegovina), BFRA (Bulgaria), HRS (Croatia), CRC (Czech Republic), ERASD (Egypt), ERAU (Estonia), SRAL (Finland), REF (France), IRA (Iceland), IRTS (Ireland), ARSK (Kenya), KARS (Kuwait), LRAA (Liberia), LRMD (Lithuania), RL (Luxembourg), CRAM (Mali), MARL (Malta), MARS (Mauritus), ARM (Moldova), MRSF (Mongolia), NRRL (Norway), PZK (Poland), REP (Portugal), SRS (Serbia), SARA (Slovakia), URE (Spain), SSA (Sweden), EARS (United Arab Emirates) and RSGB (United Kingdom)

Region 2
LABRE (Brazil), RAC (Canada), CARS (Cayman Islands), GARC (Grenada), CRAG (Guatemala), RCD (Dominican Republic), RCH (Haiti), RCP (Peru), RCU (Uruguay) and ARRL (United States).

Region 3
WIA (Australia), CRSA (China), ARSI (India), ORARI (Indonesia), JARL (Japan), KARL (Korea, Republic of), NZART (New Zealand), PARS (Pakistan), SARTS (Singapore) and VARC Vietnam.

There were no votes in opposition to Proposal 252:

It is a pleasure to welcome Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU) to membership in the IARU.

IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide

Available Online

At the 2014 IARU Administrative Council meeting, the Council approved the IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide and the Guide is now available on the IARU web site.  This emergency telecommunications guide was developed to provide the IARU member-societies with materials suitable for training their members to participate in emergency events.  It is also designed to provide guidance to the individual amateur radio operator who has little or no experience in handling emergency communications but desires to enhance their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process.

IARU member-societies are encouraged to distribute this guide among its membership and, if necessary, to provide a translation into a language used within their own country.

This guide can also be used in conjunction with other training materials by leaders within the emergency communication community to train radio operators in the basic theory and practice of handling emergency communications traffic.

The IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide can be found at:

http://www.iaru.org/emergency-telecommunications-guide.html

The IARU International Secretariat would be interested in hearing any feedback, comments or suggestions regarding the Guide.  Comments should be sent to the Secretary at

w6rod@iaru.org

IARU Plays a Significant Role in ITU’s

Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM)

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) through President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA is a founding Advisory Board member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) Initiative.

The Initiative aims to create actions necessary to deploy the crucial telecommunications infrastructure that contribute to giving rapid assistance in case of natural disasters, and could also be used as a working tool to foster economic and social development, providing community telecommunication services where people can have access to education, health or best practices in any particular field.​​​​

The extra-ordinary meeting of the Advisory Board took place on 6 December 2014, a day before the ITU Telecom World 2014 event in Doha, Qatar. On the occasion of this meeting the Advisory Board announced the results of the work that has been conducted by its working groups. The meeting focused on the launch of the final report just before ITU Telecom World 2014 which provided an excellent opportunity to advocate for the critical role of ICTs in saving lives and sustainable development. The IARU played a key role in both the development of the final report and in its launch on December 6.

The initiative targets on one hand ICT4D and deployment of the crucial telecommunications infrastructure that will bridge the gaps and challenges hindering the ability of countries to leverage science, technology, innovation and culture for sustainable development. On the other hand, it targets at ICT4DM since ICTs play a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disasters. They ensure the timely flow of vital information that is much needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations and assisting people in need. Moreover, integrating ICTs in disaster prediction, detection and alerting would ensure the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction as well as adaptation to climate change. Despite the efforts being made in this field, more remains to be done and achievements could have a greater impact if a de-fragmented approach is adopted by combining and crowdsourcing experiences.

The Amateur Radio Services feature prominently in the initiative.  More information can be found at:  http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/initiatives/SSDM/pages/default.aspx

IARU Administrative Council Seeks Help

from Member-Societies on Satellites

Many active radio amateurs have experienced that the number of small satellites in the amateur satellite bands have increased dramatically over the last few years. A large number of these small, short lived, satellites, named CubeSats due to their physical size, are now being launched, but only a small number of them are designed to provide transponder facilities for radio amateurs. We also see an increased number of these small satellites, often part of a university curriculum, carrying scientific payloads unrelated to amateur radio.

To avoid or minimize mutual interference between these satellites as well as interference to other user of the bands, IARU performs frequency coordination for these amateur satellite stations in addition to the rules and procedures that are given for them in the ITU Radio Regulations.

The increased activity has brought a new group of users to these parts of our amateur bands. Many of these new users have limited knowledge and experience of space use of radio in general and amateur radio satellite use specifically.  Unfortunately also many of the national telecom administrations are unfamiliar with the special rules and procedures that govern this use of the amateur bands.

To help with this situation, the IARU now asks you, our member societies, to use all available and reasonable efforts to engage more actively with such satellite projects as well as with your national telecom administration to address these concerns and to offer your assistance. All necessary details together with all the references you need can be found under satellite on the IARU web (http://www.iaru.org/satellite.html ).

Member-Societies Should Return Vote Sheets Early in the Voting Period

When the International Secretariat distributes an IARU Calendar that calls for the Member-Societies to cast a vote, it is important for the Member-Societies to return the vote sheets to the International Secretariat in a timely fashion.  As reported above, two vote sheets on Proposal 251 (admission of SHRAK) were returned to the International Secretariat after the deadline and could not be counted according to the provisions of the IARU Constitution.  Proposal 251 failed by two votes.  Had the two vote sheets that arrived late been mailed earlier then Proposal 251 would have had the required number of affirmative votes and would have been adopted.

The International Secretariat recommends that vote sheets be sent as an attachment to an email or by fax as soon as possible so that the fax or email is received by the International Secretariat before the deadline for voting.  All vote sheets sent by fax or as an email attachment should also be mailed to the International Secretariat in the enclosed air-mail envelope for confirmation.  The important thing to remember is that the faxed or emailed voting sheets are counted when received before the voting deadline even though the follow up postal mailed vote sheets may be received after the deadline.

Sincere 73,
Rod Stafford, W6ROD
Secretary, IARU

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<![CDATA[News Release: IARU Administrative Council Plans for WRC-15]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:06:50 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/news-release-iaru-administrative-council-plans-for-wrc-15The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 27 & 28 September 2014 in Albena, Bulgaria. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.
Here is a summary of the discussions and actions.
 
The Council reviewed the IARU positions on each of the WRC-15 agenda items that relate to amateur radio or may have an impact on amateur radio.  The Council made a number of modifications to the paper related to justifications for the IARU positions.  This information will be forwarded to all IARU member-societies.
 
The Council expressed support for Region 1 in its effort to obtain a CEPT proposal for post-WRC-15 conference agenda items for worldwide harmonization of 160 meters, harmonization of 6 meters and an allocation at 3.4 GHz.
 
The Council reviewed the participation of IARU at the upcoming WRC-15 and the President announced the members of the team who will represent IARU.
 
Upon the recommendation of the IARU EMC Coordinator, the Council adopted IARU Resolution 14-1 ("concerning the protection of the radio spectrum as a natural resource") dealing with EMC issues related to the radio spectrum and which encourages IARU member-societies and regional organizations to pursue implementation of this resolution as a matter of high priority, requests standard-setting bodies and regulators to fully support this objective and implores designers and manufacturers to make every reasonable effort to minimize radio spectrum pollution emanating from their products.
 
The Council expressed the importance of obtaining the ITU Advance Publication Information (API) numbers from administrations for satellite projects operating in the amateur and amateur satellite bands so that information about the number of operating satellites can be maintained, for frequency coordination and for resolving interference issues.  IARU will work with administrations to establish protocols for satellite frequency coordination and to raise awareness of the satellite regulations.
 
The Council adopted the IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide for use by the IARU member-societies to strengthen amateur radio disaster preparedness, response and mitigation.
 
The Council also adopted various strategies related to improving amateur radio disaster preparedness, response and mitigation and to promote the role of amateur radio in such activities to the general public and to government and non-government organizations.
 
The Council created the ad hoc "IARU Member-Society Relations Project Team" and adopted Terms of Reference for the project.  This action arose from Minute 10.10 from the 2013 Council meeting Summary Record dealing with "Second Society Issues."
 
The Council adopted a system to provide more efficient remote monitoring of certain ITU meetings that may impact amateur radio.
 
The Plan for the Development of Support for Amateur Radio Frequency Allocations 2012-2017 was reviewed by the Council.  The September, 2013 version of the IARU Spectrum Requirements which is the working document that sets out the spectrum requirements of the amateur and amateur-satellite services, was reviewed, discussed and updated.
 
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings at which IARU representation will be required for the remainder of 2014 and for 2015 were identified, and plans for representation at these meetings were reviewed.
 
In view of the year 2015 being the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union, the theme “ITU & IARU:  Celebrating 150 years of Advancing the Telecommunication Art" was adopted for the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2015.
 
The budget for the years 2015-2017 as presented by the IS was reviewed and adopted. The budget is based upon anticipated financial contributions from the three regional organizations to defray a portion of the expenses, in accordance with previously adopted policy.
 
The Council received information about the Hamsphere Initiative from Martti Laine, OH2BH.  The Council will review the initiative and seek further information from the project leaders.
 
The Council was made aware of an ATV interference incident on the 23 cm band in which the German administration prohibited operation of an ATV repeater because of interference to the Galileo GPS system.
 
Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD; regional representatives Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Dennis Green, ZS4BS, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, José Arturo Molina, YS1MS, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ and recording secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ. Also present as observers were Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, observer from Region 2 and Don Beattie, G3BJ, observer and President-elect from Region 1.
 
The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held in the vicinity of Yogjakarta, Indonesia, in October, 2015 in conjunction with the IARU Region 3 Conference.
 
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<![CDATA[IARU Calendar No. 193: Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) Proposed for IARU Membership]]>Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:21:17 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/iaru-calendar-no-193-shoqata-e-radio-amatoreve-te-kosoves-shrak-proposed-for-iaru-membership1An application for IARU membership has been received via IARU Region 1 from the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK).  The application has been examined by the Region 1 Executive Committee and has been found to satisfy the requirements of the Constitution and Bylaws of the IARU.
Based in Pristina, Republic of Kosovo, SHRAK was formally organized on 14 April 2000.

There are 65 licensed members of the Society out of a total amateur population of approximately 85.

The officers of the society are:
President: Vjollca Belegu-Caka, Z61VB
Secretary: Fehmi Bojniku, Z62FB
The official address of SHRAK is:
SHRAK
Universiteti i Prishtinës
Fakulteti i InxhinierisëElektrike dhe Kompjuterike
(Ndertesa e laboratoreve)
Bregu i Diellit, p.n.
10000 Prishtinë
Republika e Kosovës
Telephone:  +381 (0) 38 551 234
Mobile:  +377 (0) 44 167 622
Email:  vjollca.caka@gmail.com

The President and the Secretary of SHRAK have confirmed that Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) has the ability to meet its financial obligations as a member of the IARU, is legally able to act in the furtherance of IARU objectives within its country, and will adhere to the Constitutions of both the IARU and IARU Region 1.

Accordingly, in compliance with the Bylaws pertaining to applications for membership the following proposal is presented to member societies for consideration

Proposal No. 251

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 has forwarded to the Administrative Council an application for membership submitted by the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK).  Region 1 reports that it has examined the application and has found it to be in order. Region 1 has made a favorable finding with regard to the application.

Therefore, in accordance with Bylaw 3, it is proposed that the Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve te Kosoves (SHRAK) be elected to membership.

A vote sheet for Proposal No. 251 is enclosed. The closing date for receipt by the International Secretariat of votes on Proposal 251 is five months after the date of this Calendar, or 5 January 2015.  Please note that votes received after this date cannot be counted.

Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU)

Proposed for IARU Membership

An application for IARU membership has been received via IARU Region 1 from the Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU).  The application has been examined by the Region 1 Executive Committee and has been found to satisfy the requirements of the Constitution and Bylaws of the IARU.

Based in Kimironko, Gasabo District, Kigali City, Rwanda, RARU was formally organized on 11 June 2007.

There are 4 licensed members of the Society out of a total amateur population of approximately 10.

The officers of the society are:
Chairperson: Eurald Gakwandi, eurald.gakwandi@rura.rw
Secretary: Solange Ningabire, solange.ningabire@rura.rw
The official address of RARU is:
RARU
7289 Kigali-RWANDA
Telephone:  +250 252 584562
FAX:  +250 252 584563
Email: info@raru.rw

The Chairperson and the Secretary of RARU have confirmed that the Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU) has the ability to meet its financial obligations as a member of the IARU, is legally able to act in the furtherance of IARU objectives within its country, and will adhere to the Constitutions of both the IARU and IARU Region 1.

Accordingly, in compliance with the Bylaws pertaining to applications for membership the following proposal is presented to member societies for consideration

Proposal No. 252

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 1 has forwarded to the Administrative Council an application for membership submitted by the Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU).  Region 1 reports that it has examined the application and has found it to be in order. Region 1 has made a favorable finding with regard to the application.

Therefore, in accordance with Bylaw 3, it is proposed that the Rwanda Amateur Radio Union (RARU) be elected to membership.

A vote sheet for Proposal No. 252 is enclosed. The closing date for receipt by the International Secretariat of votes on Proposal 252 is five months after the date of this Calendar, or 5 January 2015.  Please note that votes received after this date cannot be counted.

Voting Procedure for Proposal 251 and 252

The IARU Constitution requires that a member-society shall cast its vote in writing. Vote sheets must be signed by an authorized official of the member-society.

Vote sheets for Proposals 251 and 252 may be returned by any of the following methods:

   1. By postal mail addressed to IARU, P.O. Box 310905, Newington CT 06131-0905 USA.

   2. By fax to +1 860-594-0259.

   3. As a PDF or similar scanned attachment to an email sent to iaru@iaru.org.

Votes cast by fax or email attachment should be followed up with the original returned by postal mail for confirmation.

Member-Societies Ratify Officer Nominations

On 8 May 2014, the IARU member-societies completed voting on proposals nominating Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR as IARU President and Vice President, respectively, for the five-year term beginning 9 May 2014. With 51 affirmative votes required for adoption, there were 67 affirmative votes for Mr. Ellam and 67 for Mr. Garpestad.

IARU Voting Results for Proposals 249 and 250

In early December 2013, the following two proposals were offered for the consideration of the member-societies:

Proposal No. 249  The International Secretariat, following consultation with the Administrative Council and with the unanimous concurrence of the Council, nominates Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA for a five-year term of office as President, IARU, commencing on 9 May 2014. This nomination is offered to the member-societies for ratification, in accordance with Article III, paragraph 3(e), of the IARU Constitution.

Proposal No. 250  The International Secretariat, following consultation with the Administrative Council and with the unanimous concurrence of the Council, nominates Ole Garpestad, LA2RR for a five-year term of office as Vice President, IARU, commencing on 9 May 2014. This nomination is offered to the member-societies for ratification, in accordance with Article III, paragraphs 3(e) and 5, of the IARU Constitution.

Voting by the IARU member-societies ended on 8 May 2014.  The following 67 member-societies voted “aye” for Proposals 249 and 250.  There were no abstentions and no “nays.”

Region 1:  AARA (Albania), ARA (Algeria), URA (Andorra), OEVSV (Austria), UBA (Belgium), ARABiH (Bosnia & Herzegovina), BFRA (Bulgaria), ARTJ (Cameroun), ARAC (Democratic Republic of Congo), HRS (Croatia), ERASD (Egypt), ERAU (Estonia), RSM (FYR Macedonia), REF (France), DARC (Germany), RAAG (Greece), MRASZ (Hungary), IRA (Iceland), IRTS (Ireland), ARSK (Kenya), LRMD (Lithuania), RL (Luxembourg), MARL (Malta), MARS (Mauritius), ARM (Moldova), ARM (Monaco), NARL (Namibia), VERON (Netherlands), NRRL (Norway), ROARS (Oman), PZK (Poland), REP (Portugal), FRR (Romania), ARAS (Senegal), SRS (Serbia), SZR (Slovakia), ZRS (Slovenia), SARL (South Africa), URE (Spain), USKA (Switzerland), TARC (Tanzania), TRAC (Turkey), UARL (Ukraine), EARS (United Arab Emirates) and RSGB (United Kingdom).

Region 2:  LABRE (Brazil), RAC (Canada), RCCH (Chile), RCCR (Costa Rica), CRAS (El Salvador), GARC (Grenada), FMRE (Mexico), RCP (Paraguay), RCP (Peru), RCU (Uruguay), ARRL (United States of America) and RCV (Venezuela).

Region 3:  CRSA (China), HARTS (Hong Kong), ARSI (India), JARL (Japan), KARL (Republic of Korea), MARTS (Malaysia), PARS (Pakistan), SARTS (Singapore), RAST (Thailand) and VARC (Vietnam).

An “aye” vote was received on both proposals from FRC (Cuba) but it was received after the deadline and cannot be counted.

Sincere 73,
Rod Stafford, W6ROD
Secretary, IARU

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<![CDATA[May 19th, 2014]]>Mon, 19 May 2014 14:15:41 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/may-19th-20141 IARU Voting Results for Proposals 249 and 250


In early December 2013, the following two proposals were offered for the consideration of the member-societies:

Proposal No. 249  The International Secretariat, following consultation with the Administrative Council and with the unanimous concurrence of the Council, nominates Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA for a five-year term of office as President, IARU, commencing on 9 May 2014. This nomination is offered to the member-societies for ratification, in accordance with Article III, paragraph 3(e), of the IARU Constitution.

Proposal No. 250  The International Secretariat, following consultation with the Administrative Council and with the unanimous concurrence of the Council, nominates Ole Garpestad, LA2RR for a five-year term of office as Vice President, IARU, commencing on 9 May 2014. This nomination is offered to the member-societies for ratification, in accordance with Article III, paragraphs 3(e) and 5, of the IARU Constitution.

Voting by the IARU member-societies ended on 8 May 2014.  The following 67 member-societies voted “aye” for Proposals 249 and 250.  There were no abstentions and no “nays.”

Region 1:  Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroun, Congo, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Region 2:  Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, United States of America and Venezuela.

Region 3:  China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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<![CDATA[May 19th, 2014]]>Mon, 19 May 2014 14:14:55 GMThttp://www.iaru.org/news--events/may-19th-2014 Member-Societies Ratify Officer Nominations


On 8 May 2014, the IARU member-societies completed voting on proposals nominating Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR as IARU President and Vice President, respectively, for the five-year term beginning 9 May 2014. With 51 affirmative votes required for adoption, there were 67 affirmative votes for Mr. Ellam and 67 for Mr. Garpestad.

Mr. Ellam served as IARU Vice President from 2004 until 2009 at which time he was first elected as IARU President in 2009 and began a five-year term on 9 May 2009.  Mr. Garpestad was first elected as IARU Vice President in 2009 at the same time Mr. Ellam became President.

 Upon his re-election, Mr. Ellam said:  “I am very honoured to have been elected as President of IARU for another term and grateful for the support from the Administrative Council and our member-societies. I am excited about the future of the Amateur Radio Services and look forward to working with the IARU team to meet the challenges ahead and to build on the work we have undertaken in the last term.”

“Congratulations to the rest of the officer team. Ole Garpestad for his re-election as Vice President and Rod Stafford for his continued appointment as Secretary.  I am very pleased to continue working with Ole and Rod as we move towards the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015.”

Mr. Garpestad stated:  “I am honoured to have been elected as Vice President of IARU for another term. I look forward to the continuing good cooperation with the other officers as well as with the IARU Administrative Council to improve and defend our radio amateur privileges and our allocated spectrum. I am also looking forward to work with all our IARU member societies to ensure a steady flow of new members, especially young people, to our hobby.”

 A report on the votes cast on these proposals is shown on page two of this news release.

Rod Stafford, W6ROD, continues to serve as IARU Secretary.  The IARU Secretary is appointed by the American Radio Relay League in its capacity as the IARU International Secretariat.

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