For IARU the main focus was on the WRC-19 agenda item which will consider a frequency allocation for the amateur service in Region 1 from 50 to 54 MHz similar to Regions 2 and 3. The current, mainly secondary, allocation 50-52 MHz in most European countries is a regional agreement. During the meeting input documents from IARU, France, the Russian Federation and Switzerland were considered with the following intermediate results:
- A rough consensus was achieved on the text which will provide the technical basis for discussions concerning the access to 50-54 MHz for the amateur service in Region 1.
- A method for calculating the spectrum needs of the amateur service in 50-54 MHz was proposed by IARU and has been accepted by some administrations. More information to justify the requested bandwidth however will be required.
- For sharing studies particularly in relation to the land mobile service and radiolocation applications in 50-54 MHz, a mutually agreed propagation model remains to be determined.
- No major objections to sharing with analogue television broadcasting in 50-54 MHz in Region 1 remain, provided that a time limited field strength limit is applied. In addition to an amateur allocation in Region 1 at 50 MHz other key issues for the amateur service at WRC-19 include securing protection for amateur service primary allocations at 24 GHz and 47 GHz and minimising possible interference arising from Wireless Power Transmission for the charging of electric vehicles.