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WRC - 07 Starts on 22 October

Date : 10 / 10 / 2007
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

The ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07)will commence in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 October and run until 16 November.

Keith Malcolm VK1ZKM will be leaving for Geneva next week. Keith will be a member of the Australian delegation to the WRC, nominated by the WIA and representing the amateur services. Keith�s travel and other costs are being met by the WIA.

There are 3 items of particular interest to amateurs raised by the agenda for the WRC.

One is an agenda item that would allow the allocation of the band 7.2 to 7.3 MHz in Regions 1 and 3 to the amateur service, achieving a world wide 7 to 7.3 MHz band. However, Keith advises that he is unaware of any proposal supporting this, and the Australian public position is to oppose any change in this part of the spectrum.

Of course, this is unlikely to result in any change for Australian amateurs around 7 MHz.

Another matter is the proposal for an allocation to the amateur service of the band 5.260 to 5.410 MHz. The Region 1 organisation, CEPT, has proposed a footnote to allow administrations to make such an allocation, and other administration's proposals make it likely that the proposal will at least be discussed.

The final proposal for a secondary allocation for the amateur service 135.7 to 137.8 kHz with a 1 Watt e.i.r.p. power limit does seem to have fairly general support.

"We are lucky to be represented by such an experienced and qualified person, and I am sure that Keith has the support and best wishes of all Australian amateurs" said WIA President, Michael Owen VK3KI.

Keith will be reporting regularly to the WIA, and the WIA will be passing on as much information as possible about this important conference.


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