IARU at Ham Radio 2018

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IARU will be at Ham Radio 2018 in Friedrichshafen from 1st to 3rd June 2018. We will be at stand A1-449 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are scheduling a few informal discussions on important amateur radio matters. If you are at Friedrichshafen, please come and see us, to discuss IARU initiatives on the future of amateur radio.

  • On Friday morning from 11:00 to 12:00, Ole LA2RR will be on the booth to give details on the ongoing discussions for the 50 to 54 MHz band extension in Region 1.
  • On Saturday morning, from 11:00 to 12:00 Greg G0DUB, is available to discuss Emergency Communications.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 13:30 to 14:30, Lisa PA2LS will explain what is the IARU YOTA program and how it contributes to the future of amateur radio.
  • On Saturday afternoon, from 15:30 to 16:30, Don G3BJ will be available to explain the possible consequences of Wireless Power Transfer on our bands.

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Ham Radio 2018

South Africa gets 100 kHz on 60 Metres

On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The Frequency Plan is in Government Gazette 41650.  The SARL will carefully consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in place.

The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. “We now can go full steam ahead”, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. “There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required.”

Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. “Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p

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50 MHz allowed in Lebanon

The Ministry of Telecommunication of the Republic of Lebanon, and under the thankful efforts of the RAL (Radio Amateurs of Lebanon) President Hani Raad (OD5TE) and VP Elie Kadi (OD5KU), granted the radio amateurs licensed in Lebanon the permission to utilize the 6 meters band (50Mhz).

The frequencies allowed for transmission are between : 50.000 MHz and 51.975 MHz.

Much to the happiness of the radio amateur community of Lebanon, the letter was signed today 19-April 2018 and communicated to the RAL and other related governmental entities.

What a better gift on Radio Amateur Day then that !??

Please amend the country listing for this band.

All the best

73, de Elie OD5KU


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G3PSM receives the G2BVN Memorial Trophy

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The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM. The Trophy was formally presented to Colin by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, at the RSGB 2018 AGM held in Birmingham on 21st April. In making the presentation, Don outlined Colin’s contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly with IARU in CEPT and ITU over several decades, as well as his extensive work with RSGB. In reply Colin recalled that one of his early mentors was Roy Stevens, who had guided him in his early years in international amateur radio forums. The award therefore had a particular resonance for him.

Only eleven G2BVN Memorial Trophies have been awarded since its inception some 35 years ago.

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IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

“World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of Amateur Radio, both on the air and through …

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YOTA Subregional camp Italy 2018

YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st  to 24th  in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters in IARU Region 1 and mainly those in Mediterranean countries.YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st  to 24th  in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters in IARU Region 1 and mainly those in Mediterranean countries.A detailed program will be published close to the event and it will include several radio activities, a day to share radio knowledge with Scouts, ARDF and a visit to the Montecassino Abbey. An amateur radio station will be on air from the camp operated by all the youngsters with a special callsign for the event.

Are you interested? Find here more information and a detailed description. Use this link to apply for the event.

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IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter March 2018 available!

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter March 2018 is now available.  Click here!

HAMRADIO 2018 – DARC and IARUMS Region 1 Monitoring Meeting
Invitation to all national coordinators and friends of our Monitoring System Region 1 and the
DARC Monitoring System: (German version: http://www.iarums-r1.org/bandwacht/bw-2018.pdf )
Saturday, June 2nd 2018 – Time: 10.00 – 11.30 CEST – Room Swiss (180) – Hall A2
1. Opening by DK2OM
2. Introduction of the DARC HF-Department by DF5JL
3. Main lecture “The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System” Presentation by HB9CET
4. Region 1 IARUMS Coordinator Meeting at the stand of the HF-Department

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