IARU Region 3 Directors meet in Japan
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Directors have met in Tokyo with an agenda that included measures to further improve the website facility and support to seek greater access to 50 MHz at the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
Jim Linton - VK3PC
The JARL headquarters gathering saw Professor Rhee HL1AQQ, Peter Young VK3MV, Don Wallace ZL2TLL, Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ, Shizuo Endo JE1MUI, Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN, and Secretary Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP. Also attending the two-day meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH, and IARU Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM.
Special attention was given to how all member societies could take action in support the IARU move for spectrum defence and expansion at the upcoming WRC in 2019. In particular the IARU is seeking support for Agenda Item 1.1 that seeks the 50 MHz amateur allocation now in Region 1, to be harmonized worldwide. The IARU Region 3 will have high level representation at the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Preparatory Group (APG) meetings in the lead up to WRC-19.
The meeting also decided it was essential for member societies to have interactive pages on the IARU Region 3 website where they can update information themselves and post important news items. Major work is underway to re-format the Region 3 bandplan so it aligns with the other two regions and also to make it easier to read. All documents including guidelines have now been reformatted and are also on the website.
The reactivation of Amateur Radio in Fiji and the other Pacific islands is being actively pursued, along with consideration on how to assist newcomers to the hobby, especially young radio amateurs, with low cost entry level transceivers. Directors also reviewed the various resolutions made at the Region 3 Conference in Bali Indonesia last year to measure progress and future action on them.
The WIA in 2013 initiated the Michael J Owen Award to recognise excellent Single Operator achievement within Region 3 during the IARU HF Championship. This prestigious award is to be presented.
The directors are expected to have a face-to-face meeting in the first week of September 2017, soon after the JARL Ham Fair in Tokyo.
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