West African Regulators learn about Amateur Radio Senegal, Africa, July 27, 2006
The International Amateur Radio Union has announced the presentation of another ARAC course (Amateur Radio Administration Course). The course, held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal, was given to representatives of National Administrations of Benin, Burkina, Mali, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Congo Kinshasa, Senegal and Mauritania.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
Since the early 1990s the IARU has been giving these courses to representatives of Administrations wishing to learn more about amateur radio and who might benefit from help in developing or enhancing an Amateur Service or an Amateur Satellite Service in their countries.
The Dakar course was given at the Centre of Excellence of the Ecole Superieure Multinationale des Telecommunications (ESMT) under the sponsorship of the Development Sector of the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, of the ESMT and of the IARU. Misters Tafa Diop, 6W1KI, of Dakar, representing the IARU Region 1, and RAC Vice President Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA, of Montreal, representing the IARU International Secretariat, were the course instructors and have declared themselves very satisfied with the results.
Several topics were discussed during the course, especially distress communications in case of natural disasters.
Both instructors will stay in touch with the course attendees in order to help them establish or strengthen Amateur Radio in their countries.
(Thanks to the IARU
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