International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1
IARU EMC Coordinator receives IEC 1906 Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thilo, DL9KCE   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:12

cispr1906During the plenary session of CISPR, the IEC 1906 Award was presented to Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, who represents IARU at this international standardization organisation in charge of the protection of radio reception. CISPR stands for the "Comité International Spécial des Perturbations Radioélectriques" (English: Special international committee on radio interference) and was founded in 1934 to set standards for controlling electromagnetic interference in electrical and electronic devices, and is a part of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The leadership of CISPR found the following words for selecting Thilo for the award: "For significant contributions in defining the disturbance models and especially in developing the model for radiated emission limits in the frequency range below 30 MHz for the Publication CISPR 16-4-4 “Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-4: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Statistics of complaints and a model for the calculation of limits for the protection of radio services”. He contributed to the development of the radio services data base of the CISPR 31 publication. He also made several technical contributions for the disturbance model of “Grid Connected Power Converters” devices and installations and actively contributed to the work of the generic emission standards."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:28
 
GAREC 2014 Summary Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB   
Monday, 13 October 2014 10:53

SUMMARY REPORT of the Tenth GLOBAL AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE (GAREC-2014),

Huntsville, Alabama, USA. 14 -15 June 2014

The Tenth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, GAREC-2014, took place in Huntsville, Alabama. It was hosted by ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association and was attended by delegates from all three ITU regions.

Aside from standing items such as regional reports and a desktop exercise, presentations were also received on;

  • Emergency Communications as an element of promoting Amateur Radio amongst young people.

  • The Salvation Army\'s SATERN programme and its use of digital modes and remote control operation.

  • How the US Department of Defense utilises the Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS) capabilities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief activities..

  • The construction of a combined Emergency Services Dispatch Centre providing interoperable communications facilities.

    During the conference and in open sessions a number of themes began to emerge:

  • The importance of having meaningful conversations with our Served Agencies to ensure that we best meet their communications needs.

  • Attention should be focused on amateur radio as a trusted partner in emergency response at all phases of the communications life cycle.

  • Effective ways need to be found to use social media to circulate near real-time information on an event which do not compromise our relationships with served agencies.

  • More use should be made of social media to circulate information on GAREC itself, including video of the 2015 conference if possible to broaden the opportunity of outreach.

  • We reaffirmed that every country has different disaster response needs which reflect their unique situations and operational standards. The IARU HF Emergency Message Procedures, which includes elements such as net operation procedures, standard messaging protocols and activation protocols should continue to be developed to establish baseline standards between countries and regions. These recommended best practices are not intended to replace existing Standard Operating Procedures but to enhance them.

  • The role of amateur radio in emergency communications is constantly changing. Amateur radio must continue to adapt to the needs of our partners including embracing emerging technologies and new challenges.

  • The conference recognised that more needed to be done to reach out to our Served Agencies to promote our service. All GAREC participants past and present are invited to submit their ideas or examples of local best practice to the next conference in 2015.

  • GAREC participants recognise that in order to recruit the next generation of emergency communicators strong emphasis needs to be paid to recruiting new licensees to the hobby with attractive programmes training and support. Special attention is encouraged to develop youth and mentoring programmes.

  • Steps should be taken to develop procedures for the gathering and disseminating of near real-time information on the Amateur Radio response to incidents to aid situational awareness and analysis on a global scale.

The next GAREC will be held in Tampere, Finland in June 2015 and all groups and organisations involved in amateur Radio Emergency Communications are invited to attend to share their knowledge and learn from others.

The delegates wish to record their thanks and appreciation for the generous hospitality of ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association for this successful conference.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 19:00
 
Communications outages filles by Indian Hams PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Monday, 13 October 2014 10:44

When the powerful Cyclone Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal areas of India disaster authorities called on radio amateurs to help out.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said, "In Odissa there are six hams working hard to maintain the communication covering the state. "The effect of Hudhud is now reduced and few deaths have been reported."

The media claimed that at least six deaths had occurred. That was good news for Odissa because locals feared the bad weather could be a repeat of the very severe storm Phailin in 2013. Before Hudhud with winds up to 200 km/h made landfall damaging buildings, power systems and the loss of communication in many areas, thousands of people were evacuated to shelters. While the worst of strong winds and heavy rain is over, the cyclone can still cause flash flooding and further damage. A full assessment must wait until the storm moves completely on.

Jayu VU2JAU said that active from the Bhuvaneshwar area are Preeti VU3UFX, Rajesh VU3PLP and Samir VU2AOR. In the Sambalpur area are Dilip VU2DPI who is control of a network of Shantanu VU2SIC and Pawan VU2PGU. These have been on air using 7140 MHz and have kept their stations open 24 hours a day. In the Andhra coastal area the total communication is handled by the National Institute of Amateur Radio, and is now under control.

Jayu VU2JAU from the IARU member Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), is monitoring emergency traffic from his home QTH in Gwalior.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 19:01
 
ARISS contact planned with Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA PDF Print E-mail
Written by ON4WF   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 16:14

An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with Indiana Area School District, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The event is scheduled Friday October 17, 2014 at 16:41:45 UTC, which is 18.42 CEST. It will be a telebridge contact, operated by IK1SLD.

Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM. Moreover, the contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

School information: Indiana, Pennsylvania is a rural town with a population of 32,000 that is situated sixty miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Our residents enjoy the convenient proximity to a major city, as well as the community-feel and lifestyle of a small town. The Indiana Area School District has provided a dynamic high-quality educational program for over 170 years. Our four K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8 junior high school and one 9-12 senior high school serve 2800 students district wide. In addition to distinguished academic achievement, our students’ activities include fundraising for a variety of charitable causes, school and community leadership, as well as setting new standards for excellence in both academic and athletics competitions. In fact, we currently boast two National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and a third honoree. We are proud of our student’s accomplishments!

Our dynamic school programs are part of the building blocks for student success. Beginning with a commitment to early childhood and pre-K programs to increase student learning readiness, to the rigor and challenge of enrichment options at the elementary school level. Our secondary programs include an array of Advanced Placement and STEM course offerings, dual enrollment options, and our own cyber school option for students. Many local residents will tell you, “Indiana, PA is a great place to raise a family.” This is true because we blend the small town community with a school system that continually strives to provide cutting-edge programs that prepare students to be successful citizens.

Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 19:01
 
UK Full licensees get 146-147 MHz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Thomas, G3PSM   
Saturday, 11 October 2014 15:39

From 31st October 2014 the UK Office of Communications (OFCOM) will permit the use of 146-147 MHz by holders of Full UK Licences for a period of 12 months.   Permission will be by a Notice of Variation (NoV) which will be issued by the Radio Society of Great Britain on behalf of Ofcom.   NoVs will be valid for 12 month but may be renewed as long as this temporary arrangement exists.

More detailed information can be found online at -

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/statement/VHF_Release_statement.pdf

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:39
 
Output from last CEPT WGFM meeting regarding 70MHz PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Court EI3IO   
Saturday, 11 October 2014 15:23

During the last meeting of CEPT’s[1], European Communications Committee’s (ECC) Frequency Management Working Group (WGFM) held in France, 5-10 October 2014,  IARU presented a multi country contribution (document FM(14)127-R1) on behalf of five countries and IARU Region 1. The document proposed a modification of the European Common frequency Allocation table (ECA) by allocating the band 69.9 - 70.5 MHz, on a secondary basis to the amateur service.

The document explained that around thirty CEPT administrations had already allowed national amateur use of the band but some remaining CEPT countries required a clear regulatory decision before they were able to open all, or parts of this band to secondary two-way amateur usage. The proposal was therefore to amend the ECA Table to include a secondary allocation to the amateur service for the band 69.9 – 70.5 MHz and additionally update existing footnote EU9 to state that CEPT administrations may allocate all or parts of the band to the amateur service.

Whilst three countries opposed this proposal it was supported by more than ten administrations. In addition since fourteen CEPT administrations had already notified such a usage in the European Communications Office’s Frequency Information System (EFIS), the WGFM therefore agreed to include this allocation change in the next revision of the ECA Table.

It should be noted that this excellent outcome does not necessarily mean that frequencies between 69.9 and 70.5 MHz will be immediately available in all CEPT countries as the ECA is not binding on CEPT national regulatory authorities. However it does provide a clear basis for IARU member societies to seek a 4 metre allocation from their national licensing authority.

The ECA is formally approved, revised and published by the ECC once per year. It is expected that the revision incorporating the change described in this notice will occur in summer 2015.


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CEPT is the regional regulatory telecommunications organisation for Europe. Its 48 members are: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:26
 
IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter September 2014 available! PDF Print E-mail
Written by DK2OM   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:13

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter September 2014 is now available.  Click here!

Note from PB2T: I am happy that the IARU Region 1 General Conference appointed Wolf DK2OM as IARU Region 1 MS Chairman for another term of three years.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:16
 
The Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Trophy awarded to Gaston, ON4WF PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis, ZS4BS   
Monday, 06 October 2014 08:58

altThe Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy was awarded to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, for his meritorious service to amateur radio over many years. Gaston was the chairman of the Eurocom Working Group and then the chairman of the ARSPEX Working Group. Gaston, aged 87, has decided to step down as ARSPEX WG chairman.

Gaston received a standing ovation when the award was announced. Gaston, congratulations!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:42
 
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