DK2OM receives IARU Diamond Award
After many years’ involvement in monitoring intruders on the amateur bands, Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, has decided to retire at the end of 2019. Wolf has worked for the DARC monitoring system in Germany for more than 30 years and since 2005 has also coordinated the IARU Monitoring System of Region 1 (IARUMS).
Wolf has made a name for himself over the years as a committed radio amateur and competent band guard, and he is known for his excellent contacts with the official spectrum monitoring units. At Ham Radio 2016, it was my pleasure to award him the IARU Region 1 medal for his fight against illegal intruders on our bands and to recognize his ongoing exceptional leadership of the successful IARU monitoring system.
Wolf has worked closely with monitoring activities in the other IARU Regions and has built an excellent reputation amongst his colleagues around the world.
Wolf has also worked as a competent specialist author in recent years, together with Peter, HB9CET, and has mainly reported on digital intruders and Over-the-Horizon radars (OTHR) and has published monthly the much-respected IARU MS Newsletter.
In recognition of his contribution to spectrum monitoring over the years, not just in Region 1 but across the whole of IARU, on his retirement Wolf has been awarded the IARU President’s Diamond Award for his outstanding contribution to amateur radio spectrum defence through leadership of the IARU Monitoring Service. This is a well-deserved recognition of a very significant contribution to the amateur radio service. I congratulate Wolf on this award and sincerely thank him for his work over the years. We all wish Wolf a happy retirement.
Until the General Conference of IARU Region 1 in October 2020 in Novi Sad, IARUMS Region 1 Vice-Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, will perform these tasks as Coordinator ad Interim, supported by Gaspar Miró, EA6AMM, URE coordinator of the Spanish Intruder Watch. I thank Peter and Gaspar for their willingness to maintain the IARU Monitoring System of Region 1 until the Conference next year.
Don Beattie, G3BJ
President IARU Region 1
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WRC-19 Approves Region 1 50 MHz Allocation
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 21 November 2019
The World Radiocommunication Conference WRC-19 has approved an allocation in the 50 MHz band for amateurs in Region 1. The decision will now be incorporated in the Final Acts of the conference.
The decision comes after more than three weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations. The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for amateurs in Region 1. Before WRC-19 there were only 11 countries in Africa with a primary allocation in the band. When the Final Acts take effect, on a date that has not yet been determined, there will be 44 countries in Region 1 with a primary allocation of at least 500 kHz including 26 countries with a primary allocation of the entire band 50–54 MHz. The entire region will have an amateur secondary allocation of 50–52 MHz except in the Russian Federation, whose administration opted for only 50.080–50.280 MHz on a secondary basis. There are provisions to protect the other existing services that use the band in Region 1 and neighboring countries in Region 3. The existing primary allocation of 50–54 MHz in Regions 2 and 3 is unaffected. The exact manner in which the allocations will be implemented in Region 1 countries will be determined by each administration and may be either more generous or less, depending on national considerations.
The WRC-19 decision on its agenda item 1.1 is the culmination of years of effort by the IARU and its member-societies, mainly in Region 1 but with support from the other two regions. The ITU Radiocommunication Sector working group in which preparations were conducted was chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, of Australia who also was chosen to chair the sub working group dealing with the item at the WRC. The sub working group, designated 4C1, held 10 meetings before reaching an agreement that could be forwarded to Working Group 4C where additional discussions and adjustments took place. Committee 4 received the output of 4C on Tuesday, 12 November and performed additional fine-tuning before recommending the results for adoption by the conference Plenary. Consideration by the Plenary was delayed while a narrow issue in one footnote was resolved.
IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, who is attending the WRC as a member of the Norwegian delegation, observed: “The successful outcome on Agenda Item 1.1 could only have come about through a team effort by the IARU member-societies and regional organizations, and especially by the volunteers who have devoted countless hours to preparing documents and attending meetings over the past three years. Our thanks go to everyone who has contributed to this effort, including the radio amateurs who support the IARU through membership in the IARU member-society in their country.” LA2RR coordinated overall IARU preparations for WRC-19. Dave Court, EI3IO, led the IARU effort on Agenda Item 1.1 which engaged all six regional telecommunications organizations: ASMG for the Arab States, ATU for Africa, CEPT for Europe, RCC for Russia and several countries of the former Soviet Union, CITEL for Region 2, and APT for Region 3. Region 1 Secretary Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, was coordinator for the item on behalf of CEPT on whose proposal the ultimate compromise was largely based.
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