IARU Monitoring System
The IARU Monitoring System is a worldwide service authorized by the IARU Administrative Council. It is the obligation of the IARU and its member-societies to defend the interests of the Amateur Services as stated in the IARU Constitution. The IARU Monitoring System is served by many dedicated volunteers who have served effectively for many years under the guidance of the IARU International Monitoring System Coordinator and Regional Coordinators. Each of the three IARU regional organizations select and appoint an IARU MS Regional Coordinator. The IARU Monitoring System operations are coordinated under the Monitoring System Committee (MSC).
One of the primary objectives of the IARU Monitoring System is the identification and initiation of steps leading to the removal from amateur bands of radio signals of non-amateur stations causing harmful interference to the amateur satellite services contrary to International Telecommunications Union and national radio regulations. Typical intruders include shortwave broadcasters, Over the Horizon Radar, CODAR, unlicensed operators on the bands including taxicabs on 10 meters and fishermen on various bands, military RTTY and beacons, fishnet beacons and various types of jamming signals.
Interested parties who want to report intruders on the amateur bands are encouraged to send their observations to the Regional Coordinators and include the following information: your identification (organization-call sign), the frequency, time in UTC, the day, month, any possible identification of the signal, mode, signal strength, direction bearing and any remarks that help describe the signal. In addition, a very beneficial piece of information is a recording of the signal preferably in the form of a wav file that may be e-mailed for quick evaluation.
IARU Monitoring System International Coordinator
- Shall require regular reports from the Regional Coordinators on the status of the IARU Monitoring System, including but not limited to summaries of progress not only of the routine administration of the System but also of the cases of harmful interference processed. He shall specify all reporting formats.
- Shall encourage the inter-regional cooperation on designated cases of harmful interference.
- Shall report on a yearly basis to the Administrative Council (30 days prior to their annual meeting) on the overall performance of the Monitoring System, and shall include his recommendations for possible action by the Administrative Council.
- Shall distribute a regular status report through Regional Coordinators to the National societies.
- Shall recognize all appropriate political and practical considerations in handling cases of harmful interference which can not be resolved through the efforts of a national society or its Regional Coordinator.
- Shall, with the assistance of the Regional and National Coordinators, be responsible for the distribution of educational material relating to the work of the Monitoring System.
- Shall respond to such specialized requests as may be made of him from time to time by the Administrative Council.
The IARU Monitoring System International Coordinator is appointed by the Administrative Council to coordinate the Monitoring System activities of the three regions. The position, the appointment and these terms of reference shall continue until the next meeting of the Administrative Council, which may or may not reconfirm this position, the appointment and the terms of reference.
Source: The responsibilities of the IARU Monitoring System International Coordinator were included in the report of the International Study Group on the IARU Monitoring System to the 1985 meeting of the Administrative Council. The report was adopted at Resolution 85-3. The appointment section is also taken from the report, but has been modified to reflect current practice (see Resolution 93-1).
Region 1: Wolf Hadel, DK2OM firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Coordinator: Peter Jost, HB9CET email@example.com
Region 2: Jorge del Valle, TG9ADV firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 3: Peter Young,VK3MV email@example.com
Terms of Reference