IARU Region 3 Directors meet in Brisbane
The recent annual gathering of the Directors followed the important Asia Telecommunity or APT meeting of delegates to consider a bloc view on agenda matters at next year's World Radio Conference in Geneva.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
All six IARU Region 3 Directors met - Shizuo Endo JE1MUI, Peter Lake ZL2AZ, Professor Rhee HL1AQQ, Geoff Atkinson VK3TL, Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ and Chairman Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN. They were assisted by Secretary Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP and joined by IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH, and Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T.
They reviewed progress on a number of tasks identified at their last meeting in August 2013 in Tokyo. Directors reported on their various responsibilities, with coordinators and other reports read. In addition reports were tabled from the IARU in Region 1 and 2 which broadly outlined their activities. A special report from the IARU Region 3 Directors Peter Lake ZL2AZ and Shizuo Endo JE1MUI was received on their participation at the Asia Telecommunity meeting.
Two items of special interest to Amateur Radio were considered including the possible secondary allocation near 5 MHz. The pair reported on Memorandum of Understanding between the IARU and APT being agreed in principle that was anticipated to be signed at the APT Plenary in November this year. Amateur Radio in some of the Pacific Islands had become inactive due to the departure of expatriate operators, but the Directors noted with pleasure that some are now wanting to revive activities there and offers of assistance are being developed.
The Region 3 Conference in Yogjakarta in October 2015 was discussed, with the venue to be decided in November 2014. Two directors, Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN and Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ will represent IARU Region 3 at the next IARU Administrative Council meeting and IARU Region 1 Conference in Varna, Bulgaria in September.
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