The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

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IARU Region 1 UHF & Up Contest

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The IARU Region 1 UHF & Up Contest will be held this weekend on 5 and 6 October 2019. The contest starts at 14.00 UTC.

You are kindly invited to participate.

You can find the contest rules here

IARU Region 1 ATV Contest 2019 Results

The IARatv 2019U Region 1 ATV Contest was held on 8/9 June 2019. There were 55 entrants from 9 countries competing, using all bands from 432 MHz to 76 GHz.

The overall winner was Wim PE1EZU.  The best DX was a 70 cm ATV Contact between Rolf F9ZG and Jean-Michel F1AGO at 293 km.

Participation was reduced from last year (100 to 55), possibly because of the distraction caused by ATV Activity on QO-100.

Full results are presented in the following pages.  The BATC 2m and 4m ATV contest results have also been included for information only.

Please don’t forget next year’s IARU ATV Contest on 13/14 June 2020.

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Complete results are available here :

https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/vhfuhsshf/contest-matters/cr

IARU Administrative Council meets in Lima

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IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio Spectrum Pollution

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on 28 and 29 September 2019 in Lima, Peru, just before the triennial General Assembly of IARU Region 2. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

CEPT SE24 and SRD/MG meet in Romania.


The latest meeting of the above two CEPT groups took place in Romania this week. IARU was there and had submitted three papers for discussion.

Of interest to the amateur service were further discussions on Wireless Power Transmission, where papers from IARU were discussed, including a report on measurements conducted on generic low power WPT systems. IARU also presented a paper formally asking for appropriate spurious emission limits for WPT for electric vehicles.

IARU continues to highlight to CEPT and ITU the risks to radio communications services from some forms of WPT systems and is hopeful that CEPT will agree to set relevant spurious emission limits.

The use of spectrum around the 77 GHz amateur band for High Definition - Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar devices was also discussed, with the current view being that the two services are not mutually incompatible.

Bulgarian radio amateurs obtain temporary access to the digital portion of 50 MHz band

Thanks to the effort made by BFRA (Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs), the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) with the Permit No. 02353 / 05.09.2019 has provisionally authorized to use the 50.310 MHz to 50.335 MHz segment.

This band is provided free of charge to all Bulgarian radio amateurs to be able to work and experiment with the new modes of operation in recent years.

BFRA is actively working with all institutions involved in extending the 6 meters band, and we hope that our efforts will be successful soon.

 

IARU attends ITU Inter-Regional Workshop

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As part of its strategy to support the topics of interest to the amateur service at WRC-19, IARU is present at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva this week. The workshop, attended by member states and other sector members of ITU, is considering and discussing the positions of the six Regional Telecommunications Organistions on the main WRC Agenda items. It also is considering how any differing Regional positions might be reconciled during WRC to arrive at a consensus. 

ATU finalises its positions for WRC-19


The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) held its final preparatory meeting in South Africa this last week for the World Radio Conference. The meeting was attended by Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ who represented SARL and IARU Region 1 as part of the South African Delegation led by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.


Items of interest to the amateur service which were finalised were:

- Agreement to an African Common Proposal (AFCP) on allocating 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 on a primary basis with provisions to allow Wind Profiler Radars and the amateur service to avoid mutual interference.(WRC Agenda Item 1.1)

- Discussion on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications, which ATU agreed should not include the primary amateur band at 47-47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13)

- Agreement to an AFCP that retains the current regulatory position in the 5725-5850 MHz frequency band which includes secondary allocations to the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service (WRC Agenda Item 1.16)

- On Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles, ATU agreed to support no change to the Radio Regulations but continuation of studies in ITU-R to ensure that appropriate frequency ranges and technical limits are incorporated into standards to protect radiocommunication services.


IARU Region 1 notes with satisfaction the above positions reached by ATU, which form a sound base for discussions at the forthcoming World Radio Conference in Egypt in November 2019.

 

CEPT CPG finalises its positions for WRC-19

The CEPT Conference Preparatory Group met this week in Ankara, Turkey. Items of interest to the amateur service which were finalised were:

- Agreement to a European Common Proposal (ECP) on allocating 50-52 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 on a secondary basis with a footnote listing those countries where the amateur service will have a primary allocation in the band 50-50.5 MHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.1)

- Agreement to an ECP on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications, which does not now include the primary amateur band at 47-47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13)

- Agreement to an ECP that retains the current regulatory position in the 5725-5850 MHz frequency band which includes secondary allocations to the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service (WRC Agenda Item 1.16)

- Removal of 144-146 MHz from a French proposal for study of additional spectrum for aeronautical applications. (WRC Agenda Item 10)

- At the insistence of the European Commission, a WRC-23 agenda item was considered necessary to address the world-wide protection of Regional Navigational Satellite Systems from amateur emissions in the band 1240-1300 MHz. A draft WRC Resolution was agreed which underlines the importance of this frequency band to the amateur service and explicitly excludes the removal of existing allocations as part of the proposed agenda item. (WRC Agenda Item 10)

- There was no change to the already agreed CEPT position on Wireless Power Transmission (WRC Agenda item 9.1.6). This states that no change is needed in the Radio Regulations to address the question of operating frequency for WPT-EV, but leaves open the question of spurious emissions from WPT-EV.

Commenting on the outcome of CPG, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, said that the IARU team at Ankara (the only representatives of the amateur service at the meeting) had presented clear and convincing arguments for the amateur service position and he was pleased that regulators had recognised the strength of the amateur case. He expressed his thanks to everyone who had contributed to the outcome at CPG.

The issues now move to WRC in Egypt in November for final resolution. IARU will be there.