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.
IARU Calendar No. 194: Association Burundaise des Amateurs Radio et Télévision (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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the IARU Constitution and IARU Policy #5, the consultative process has led to the nominations of Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA to serve as IARU President and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR to serve as IARU Vice President for five-year terms beginning on 9 May 2014. The nominations are now offered to the IARU member-societies for ratification.
According to the IARU Constitution, the ARRL as International Secretariat is responsible for initiating discussions...
The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 21 and 22 September 2013 in Cancun, Mexico. 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:
1. The consultative process was completed for the election of IARU President and Vice President for the 2014-2019 terms of office. The Secretary was instructed to present to the member-societies, in a Calendar to be issued no later than 9 December 2013, proposals by the International Secretariat with the concurrence by the Administrative Council that Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, be elected for a five-year term as IARU President and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR be elected for a five-year term as IARU Vice President.
2. The Council discussed the issue of some member-societies failing to represent all of the amateurs in their country. For example, some do not participate in their regional organization activities, some do not pay their regional dues, some are unwilling to handle non-member QSL cards even on a cost-recovery basis and some even fail to respond to inquiries from their regional organizations. In many of these countries, there are other non-IARU member-societies. The Administrative Council is studying ways to work with the non-IARU societies to ensure that the interests of all the amateurs are represented in those countries where the IARU member-society fails to do so. Possible solutions to the situation include establishing communications with the non-IARU societies to allow input from the country’s amateur community on IARU and amateur related issues or by recommending the use of QSL bureaus that will service all the amateurs within a particular country.
3. The IARU positions for WRC-15 agenda items and future WRC agenda items were reviewed and the strategy for achieving IARU objectives at WRC-15 was discussed.
4. The Council reviewed and updated the IARU Spectrum Requirements Document. The document is available on the IARU web site.
5. The Future Spectrum Committee presented its final report. The committee report detailed current amateur usage of bands above 148 MHz. The Council approved a plan to have one person in each region to serve as a contact person in spectrum matters.
6. The President reported on the IARU acceptance of an ITU invitation to participate in the ITU Spectrum Management Training Program (SMTP) and accepted an appointment on the founding board of advisers for the ITU-D Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM).
7. IARU participation in World Telecom 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand was reviewed. IARU will have a booth at the event to promote amateur radio. More information about the Telecom can be found at www.world2013.itu.int
8. The Council reviewed and refined a draft paper on emergency communications strategy.
9. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings at which IARU representation will be required for the coming year were identified, and plans for representation at these meetings were reviewed.
10. The Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award was awarded to David Wardlaw, VK3ADW and Wojciech Nietyksza SP5FM. Both of these individuals have made contributions of time, effort and expertise to the IARU for many years. The award was created by the Administrative Council to recognize an individual or individuals that best exemplify the dedication and hard work of IARU volunteers.
11. The theme “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications” was adopted for the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2014.
12. Ken Garg, W3JK was added to the list of IARU Expert Consultants.
13. The budget for 2014-2016 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.
14. Reports of the IARU international coordinators and advisers were received. They are International Beacon Project Coordinator Peter Jennings, AB6WM/VE3SUN; Satellite Adviser Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV; EMC Adviser Christian Verholt, OZ8CY; International Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP/HB9AQS; and EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE. The Council reappointed each of the coordinators and advisers to a new three-year term.
Attending the Cancun 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, Ramon Santoyo, XE1KK, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, Geoff Atkinson, VK3TL; and recording secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ. Also in attendance as observers were Jay Bellows, K0QB representing the IARU International Secretariat and Jose Arturo Molina, YS1MS as Region 2 observer.
The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held in the vicinity of Varna, Bulgaria, in September 2014 in conjunction with the IARU Region 1 Conference.
In this Issue:
IARU Administrative Council Authorizes Distribution of IARU Positions on WRC-15 Agenda Items
Address Change for U.S. 4th Call Area QSL Bureau
IARU Positions on WRC-15 Agenda Items
During a teleconference in mid-May, the IARU Administrative Council authorized the distribution of a paper which sets forth the IARU positions on the agenda items that will be considered during the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015. The agenda items that impact amateur radio and amateur-satellite services including the IARU position on each of those agenda items are set out below:
IARU Positions on WRC-15 Agenda Items
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national amateur radio associations in more than 160 countries and is the international organization recognized by the ITU under CV 231 to represent the interests of the more than three million licensees in amateur and amateur-satellite services. The IARU is a Sector Member of the ITU Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Development Sectors.
To facilitate experimentation and communication by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest (No. 1.56), the amateur and amateur-satellite services have been afforded frequency allocations at intervals throughout the radio spectrum from as low as 135.7 kHz to as high as 250 GHz.
The IARU has reviewed the agenda for the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference contained in Resolution 807 (WRC-12). Some of the existing amateur and amateur-satellite service allocations, and in particular most of those between 225 MHz and 24 GHz, are on a secondary basis to other existing services. In general, the amateur services have been able to make constructive use of these secondary allocations without causing harmful interference to primary services. When allocations to new services in a band that is presently allocated to the amateur services are being considered it is important that the existing and likely future uses of the band by the amateur services be taken into account, whether the amateur service allocation is on a primary or a secondary basis.
The IARU has adopted the following positions with regard to the agenda items that are relevant to the amateur and amateur-satellite services.
In this Issue:
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award
UK Amateurs Gain Increased Access to 5 MHz
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
Each year the IARU Administrative Council selects a theme for World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) for the following year. WARD takes place each year on April 18. At the November, 2012 Administrative Council meeting the AC adopted the following proposal: "The theme 'Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications' was adopted for the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2013."
The selected theme for 2013 is a excellent opportunity for amateur radio emergency communications or disaster communications groups to take advantage of the WARD to highlight the role amateur radio plays in disaster communications and disaster response. IARU member-societies could arrange amateur radio demonstrations in public places such as parks or shopping areas. Prepared handouts could explain the benefits of amateur radio in times of emergency or disaster. A ham radio demonstration in public areas usually generates inquiries and questions from the public about amateur radio and it also provides a great opportunity to attract new ham radio operators. If you plan on such a demonstration, don't forget to include some young people from your society so that young people who happen by the demonstration can see that amateur radio activity can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
In 2013, April 18 is a weekday. However, that doesn't prevent the public activity from taking place on the weekend before or after April 18. The idea is to gain as much exposure and publicity for amateur radio as possible.
Emergency communications groups might also combine a public demonstration for WARD with a simulated emergency test (SET).
WARD also provides an opportunity for amateurs to give presentations about ham radio to such groups as civic organizations, charitable groups, etc. For example, Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs are only two of many worldwide organizations who have weekly meetings and these organizations are always looking for interesting and informative programs to present to their membership. There are very few experienced hams who can't talk for 15 or 20 minutes about ham radio in a positive fashion. Don't make the talk too technical. Stress the fun aspects of ham radio and the opportunity to assist in times of disaster. Keep the presentation to about 20 minutes to allow time for questions.
The fact that World Amateur Radio Day only happens one day each year shouldn't prevent IARU member-societies from promoting ham radio all during the year of course. Some member-society officials have expressed concern about a decrease in the number of new amateurs entering ham radio in their country. Upon further examination and discussion, it turns out there are many activities that societies could be involved in to increase public exposure to amateur radio but many are not taking advantage of those opportunities. WARD provides an opportunity to get out and make the effort to show the public what ham radio is about.
And, if your member-society is involved in promoting amateur radio on a regular basis and it has been a success, let me know. I will publicize the activity in this newsletter so that other member-societies can benefit from activities that have attracted people to amateur radio.
IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award
The IARU Administrative Council created the IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award in November, 2012. The Administrative Council Summary Record states: "10.13. The AC created the IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award. A recipient of the award will be named from time to time and the award will be restricted to those individuals who perform above and beyond their volunteer roles either for a specific task or for long standing involvement on behalf of IARU. Nominations for this award should be directed to the IARU Secretary and will be forwarded to the AC for consideration at an AC meeting."
Michael was the President of the Wireless Institute of Australia at the time of his death in September, 2012. He started his involvement in IARU affairs in mid 1970's as a member of the newly formed IARU Region 3 Association, an organization of IARU member-societies in the Asia-Pacific region. He was involved in WARC 1979 when amateur radio gained bands at 10, 18 and 24 MHz. He was heavily involved in WRC 2003 and the Article 25 re-write which contain the rules that apply specifically to the amateur and amateur-satellite services. From 1989-1999, Michael served as IARU Vice President. After stepping down as IARU VP, he became involved in WIA and had an important role in transitioning the WIA from a confederation to a national amateur radio society. He then turned his attention once again to IARU Region 3 and served as Chairman of IARU Region 3 since 2006 until the time of his death.
Michael's enthusiasm and experience was beneficial to all of the IARU member-societies and his passion for amateur radio will remembered well by those who had the good fortune to know Michael.
If you know an any deserving individual who has contributed time and effort to the IARU and the IARU member-societies, please send along the information about the person to me as IARU Secretary and the individual will be considered for the award by the Administrative Council.
Amateur Access to 5 MHz for UK Hams
After 1 January 2013, UK amateurs who hold a "full" license have been allowed to apply to operate on frequencies within the 5 MHz band. Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain for increased access to the 5 MHz (Experimental) Band, Ofcom (the UK independent telecom regulator) secured the agreement of the primary user to increase spectrum access from the current 7 spot frequencies of 3 kHz each. Details of the change can be found at http://www.rsgb.org/committees/spectrumforum/5mhz.php Congratulations to the RSGB for their effort to gain additional access to 5MHz. Let's hope this news encourages some of the other IARU member-societies to approach their telecom authority with a request for access to the 5 MHz if they currently have no operating privileges in that band. (Credit: RadCom, March 2013 issue and RSGB)
73, Rod W6ROD
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