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IARU represents Amateur Radio at key ITU meetings

itu logo2International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication (R) Study Groups continued their preparations in the past three weeks in Geneva for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for decisions taken at WRCs and develop global standards, reports, and handbooks on radiocommunication matters. IARU was present and active in two meetings of direct relevance to the amateur service.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/spectrum-and-regulatory-liaison-committee/srlc-meeting-reports/1827-iaru-represents-amateur-radio-at-key-itu-meetings

ITU-R Working Party 5A meeting in Geneva

itu logo2Three of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Goups meet in Geneva 5-16 November 2018. Working Party 5A deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur and amateur-satellite services. Working Group 5A1, responsible for amateur matters is chaired by Dale Hughes VK1DSH. The main topic is to develop a technical report to support the work for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1. The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all three IARU Regions, administrations from all over the world and other interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Amateurs present in WP 5A include 5A1 Chairman Dale Hughes VK1DSH, IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad LA2RR, IARU repesentative Dave Court EI3IO, CEPT coordinator Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, ARRL representative Jonathan Siverling WB3ERA, DARC representatives Ulrich Mueller DK4VW and Bernd Mischlewski DF2ZC and JARL representative Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1826-itu-r-working-party-5a-meeting-in-geneva

Vienna Interim Meeting 2019

The 2019 Interim Meeting will be held in the Intercity Hotel in Vienna Austria 27-28 April 2019. The organisation will be in the capable hands of our Austrian Member Society OeVSV. Member Socieies can participate by sending a delegation and/or by submitting papers.

Member Societies planning to attend the Interim Meeting are requested to notify the organising society, OeVSV and the Region 1 Secretary not later than 1 March 2019. Please use interim-mtg@iaru-r1.org
Participants need to book their rooms directly at the hotel, The deadline for hotel reservation is also 1 March 2019. Reservations made after this date are not guaranteed.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/about-iaru-r1/general-conference/vienna-interim-meeting-2019

Next steps on the road to WRC-19

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019. This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC-19 took place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019. Read more…..

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1815-next-steps-on-the-road-to-wrc19

Emergency Comms Activities in Region 1 – Oct 13/14

October 13/14 is a busy weekend in IARU Region 1 with two major exercises and at least one emergency happening.

In Oman Younis A41MA reports that as Tropical Storm Luban heads towards Oman and Yemen the National Committee of Civil Defence has deployed resources to the South of the country ready to deal with the flooding predicted to hit the area. An initial four amateur radio volunteers are present to help provide links to any isolated locations. This operation is initially on VHF but HF is ready to be used if required. Storms in this area generally go under-reported but are just as severe as other disasters with the previous two tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea claiming nearly 300 lives.

In Spain their ‘Field Day 2018’ exercise takes place today ( 13th October ) with a focus on Net Control activities. HF is expected to be in use on 7110, 7145, 7175 and 14315kHz. Winlink and VHF/DMR will also be used. Full details are available at https://emergencias.ure.es/field-day-2018/ .

Finally Radio Amateurs in Romania are participating in an European Community Exercise in their country. ModEx 2018 will call for the use of 3710 and 7130kHz along with VHF/DMR, full information is at https://www.radioamator.ro/info.php?id=795 .

All exercises and actual emergencies should be expected to identify as ’emergency exercise’ or ‘exercise’ on the air. When these events are watched by representatives from our Administrations it is important that Amateur Radio is seen positively so please allow the operators room to operate.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/emergency-communications/1822-emergency-comms-activities-in-region-1-oct-13-14

Cuba – Hurricane Michael

In preparation for the effects of Hurricane Michael on Cuba, the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs are activating their emergency nets on the 40 and 80 meter bands.

Frequencies in use until further notice will be

40 meters primary 7110 kHz
40 meters secondary 7120 kHz
80 meters primary 3740 kHz
80 meters secondary 3720 kHz

Operation is foreseen to be on SSB voice and digital modes as required and the co-operation of other radio amateurs is requested in keeping these frequencies QRM free.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/emergency-communications/1820-cuba-hurricane-michael

Invitation to the world’s largest annual youth event.

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JOTA-JOTI
Two million young people from around the world are expected to take part in this year’s Jamboree-On-The-Air-Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTA-JOTI), the world’s biggest Scouting event.

During JOTA-JOTI, which takes place this year from 19-21 October. Scouts and Guides will encounter numerous different languages and cultures in a worldwide learning experience that lasts all day and well into the night.
JOTA-JOTI is designed to make participants feel that they are truly part of a global Movement. Whatever their age, religion, colour, ability, or disability, everyone can join the annual travel-free Jamboree wherever they are in the world. JOTA-JOTI is always held on the third weekend of October.

Scouts use amateur radio and the Internet, to connect with each other over the JOTA-JOTI weekend. The initiative helps to promote cultural awareness, develop tolerance, and enhance sharing, collaboration and teamwork.

Some 20,000 licensed amateur radio operators put 12,000 radio stations on the air with state-of-the-art technology. This offers an excellent opportunity for young radio amateurs to inspire young Scouts with the charms of radio techniques. And for Scouts to share their world with radio amateurs of (nearly) their own age.
This could lead to follow-up activities during the Youngster month in December and field days e.g.

SSTV badges
One of the main activities for Scouts in this year’s JOTA is to exchange badges (as electronic pictures) via SSTV. With the target to let them experience a different technique combined with a well-known Scout activity to swap badges. SSTV has become so much more accessible with a laptop or smartphone and some software, combining the radio and the digital world. It is in particular for this activity that young amateur radio operators can play an important role in making the connections and discovering the possibilities of SSTV.

Join in
We invite all young amateur radio operators to get in touch with the nearest Scout group and join in the JOTA-JOTI. Likewise, we invite all local Scout group leaders to contact the amateur radio clubs in their region to ask for support by young amateurs for their JOTA-JOTI event.

To assist with finding a Scout group, radio operators may contact the National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator in their country. Email addresses are available at:
https://www.jotajoti.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NJC-2018-4.pdf

To assist with finding young radio amateurs, Scout groups leaders may contact the youth coordinator of your IARU member society:

Region 1 (Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and northern Asia):
https://iaru-r1.org/index.php/youth-coordinators
Region 2 (Americas):
Gustavo de Faria, PT2ADM, pt2adm(@)pobox.com
Region 3 (Australia, South-East Asia, Pacific Islands):
Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL, jakkree(@)iaru-r3.org

About the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is an organization consisting of over 160 national amateur radio societies around the world. Created in Paris, France, the International Amateur Radio Union has been the watchdog and spokesman for the world Amateur Radio community since 1925. The IARU Constitution, last amended in 1989, organizes the Union into three Regional Organizations that correspond to the three radio regions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organizations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges. IARU is working for the future of amateur radio.

Youngsters On The Air (YOTA)
YOTA is an initiative of the Youth Working group of IARU Region 1. The program is focussing on bringing young radio amateurs together in events and on the air. YOTA is encouraging young radio amateurs to organize youth amateur radio events and to develop youth programs connected to amateur radio. Aim is to invite newcomers to the beautiful hobby and to show amateur radio to the world. Youngsters On The Air started in 2011 with an international youth summer camp and over the last years it developed to a program with activities spread over the entire year, on local, national and international level. Think about a yearly summer event with more then 30 international teams taking part, a sub-regional YOTA weekend or December YOTA month where many youth radio stations will become active on the air. This is just a bit of the YOTA program, it’s growing year by year! Join the YOTA train!

About the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
Scouting is one of the world’s leading educational youth movements, engaging millions of young people around the world to be active citizens and create positive change in their communities. Founded by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907, WOSM is a federation of 169 National Scout Organizations in a network of over 50 million Scouts in at least 224 countries and territories worldwide. The organisation is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For more on JOTA-JOTI:
http://www.world-jotajoti.info

For more on YOTA:
https://www.ham-yota.com

Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR
World JOTA-JOTI Organizer WOSM

Lisa Leenders, PA2LS
Youth WG Chair IARU R1

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/general/1818-invitation-to-the-world-s-largest-annual-youth-event

Next steps on the road to WRC19

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019. This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC19 took place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019. Read more…..

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1815-next-steps-on-the-road-to-wrc19

Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami

A sequence of earthquakes and a tsunami in the Indonesian areas of Donggala and Palu on 28th September have left hundreds of people dead and many more injured. Dani Halim, YB2TJV, as the new IARU R3 Disaster Communication Coordinator reports, Amateur Radio Operators in Indonesia immediately activated to respond to the disaster unfolding in Central Sulawesi Province.

Following the magnitude 7.7 earthquake at 17:02 Local Time (11:02 am UTC), electricity, cellular and all communication facilities in the area are cut off. Communications have been established from the Luwuk Disaster Management Agency located 700 km from the epicenter of the Earthquake with YD8MII (Net Control) and YC8OBM to get information on landslides occurring in the area and that communications routes were blocked. Many photos and videos now circulating on social media, show the enormity of the earthquake.

The Indonesian National Society ORARI immediately established an Emergency Net on 7.110 MHz and also activated the Lapan-Orari IO-86 satellite as a back up.

Communications have now been established with YB8NT and YB8PR in Palu who are using mobile stations.Due to QRM on 7.110MHz though, a second net has been set up on 7.065 MHz.

ORARI asks that they are given room to use 7.110 MHz and 7.065 MHz since this earthquake is could be worse than the one in Lombok in the end of August please allow them a QRM free space to complete their work.

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/emergency-communications/1817-indonesia-earthquakes-and-tsunami

Award programme 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

Dear Amateur Radio Friends,

On behalf of Mr Waldemar Sznajder, 3Z6AEF – President of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) and Mr Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR – Secretary of the PZK, I have the honour to invite all of you to participate in a special award programme, organised by the Polish Amateur Radio Union on the occasion of The 100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence.

You will find any necessary details about this programme under the address given below:

https://logsp.pzk.org.pl?page=award&id=32

The programme will last from 1st October until 30th November 2018.

Good luck as a whole!

Kindest 73,

Paweł Zakrzewski, SP7TEV – IARU Liaison Officer of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK)

Read the Original Article https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/3-news/newsflash/1813-special-award-programme-on-the-occasion-of-the-100th-anniversary-of-poland-regaining-its-independence-01-10-30-11-2018