Hong Kong Meetings Commence
The Asia Pacific Telecommunity, the APT, which is the regional telecommunication organisation that covers the ITU’s Region 3, has commenced meeting in Hong Kong of administrations in the Region. This is one of a series of meetings intended to develop common positions among Region 3 administrations to the agenda items for the World Radiocommunication Conference to be held in Geneva in the early part of 2012, WRC-2012. Of particular interest to the amateur community is WRC-2012 Agenda Item 1.23, which seeks an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-525.6 kHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), IARU Region 3 has representatives as Observers at these preparatory meetings, called the APT Conference Preparatory Group for WRC 2012 (APG-2012) meetings. A member of the Australian delegation, providing a specialist amateur contribution is Dale Hughes VK1DSH, nominated and paid for by the WIA. Dale has already submitted his first report to the WIA Board, reporting on the meetings that commenced on Monday, 13 December and will continue for six days. While this meeting is not expected to adopt final positions, it is an important step in the process leading to the WRC. A further meeting next year is expected to adopt final Regional common positions.
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