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IARU Addresses New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

Date : 20 / 09 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) held its annual in-person meeting on 15 and 16 September in Landshut, Germany, just before the IARU Region 1 Conference. It has addressed High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles, seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications.

The AC, consisting of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organisations, is responsible for policy and management. A media release issued on September 17 reported that the meeting reviewed its priorities and positions for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The agenda for WRC-19 along with WPT includes several other items of potential concern to radio amateurs, a possible Region 1 allocation of 50-54 MHz to the Amateur Service to harmonise with allocations in the other two regions. The IARU budget, based on anticipated financial contributions from Member Societies, was also reviewed to minimise expenditure, and adopted.
The theme for World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2018, was confirmed as “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”

Progress toward improving the consistency of IARU branding was reviewed and a plan for achieving consistent design across the global and regional IARU websites was approved. Reports from volunteer coordinators and advisors to the AC were received with thanks. Tore Worren LA9QL, was appointed as EMC Coordinator, replacing Thilo Kootz DL9KCE, who had to step down because of a change in employment. An interim report from the Working Group on Propagation was received. The group is studying developments in technology related to radio propagation observations.

An extensive review of AC resolutions and policies was conducted, leading to the suppression of obsolete resolutions and the updating of other resolutions and policies. Progress toward the registration of the IARU as a corporate entity was reviewed and further steps were authorised.
The AC approved a transition from paper to electronic certificates for participants in the IARU HF Championship.

Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, and Peter Young, VK3MV. Present as an observer for the second day of the meeting was Dave Court, EI3IO, from Region 1.

The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held immediately prior to the IARU Region 3 Conference in September 2018. Virtual AC meetings will be held by teleconference as required.

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