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.

Emergency Communications Coordinator

(IARU-R1) 25 July 2003

News Bulletin No. 1 - July 2003

by Gordon L Adams G3LEQ

There have been two interesting developments this month.

Firstly, we have seen the successful completion of the World Radio Conference WRC-03 in Geneva. This produced good news with respect to the future expansion of the 7MHz band in Regions 1 & 3. It also approved better provisions for emergency radio communications, where the amateur bands might be employed on an international basis.

Secondly, Don Beattie G3BJ, our Secretary who operates the Region-1 Office, has announced that our IARU Region-1 web site is about to come into being once again. This last item of news means that I can introduce myself.

I am Gordon Adams G3LEQ, and I was appointed at the San Marino conference late last year to the new Region-1 title of Emergency Communications Co-ordinator. This role was to become effective in 2003. It took a little while for some of the changeover decisions to become effective - and in my case I had to wait for my Terms of Reference to be drawn up. These are as follows:

1. To prepare and keep updated an inventory of emergency communications services provided by IARU Region-1 societies.

2. To act as a focal point for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) within IARU Region-1 to international bodies and user services - such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

3. To liaise on emergency matters with IARU Regions 2 and 3.

4. To prepare common guidelines on amateur radio emergency procedures.

5. To circulate and publicise information on emergency events in which ARES has been involved.

6. To arrange meetings, when deemed necessary, to discuss principle and actual matters involving ARES. Such meetings shall only be organized after approval by, and in consultation with, the Executive Committee (EC).

7. To report to the Regional Conference, or the EC of IARU Region-1 between conferences, in accordance with the articles in the Bylaws on specialized bodies.

I do not intend to deal with these matters in this Newsletter. Instead, I would ask you to consider how you might be able to contribute towards the achievement of these objectives.

I would like to draw your attention to some web pages about the Amateur Radio Communication Service in Turkey. Check the pages.

I also invite those who are responsible for ARES, or whatever term you employ in your Country, to let me know how your emergency radio arrangements compare - and furthermore if you think that ARES in Region-1 can help you in any way. Some relevant uses for radio equipment in emergency relief situations are described, along with photographs.

Can you visualise an emergency scenario in your Country where radio communications might need to be provided by radio amateurs over distances of some 400kms or more? During the initial 48-hours of a disaster - could you imagine HF communications being of use? If so what frequencies would be required for exclusive emergency traffic during daylight and after dark?

WRC-03 is over and we must now start planning for WRC-07. As far as emergency communications are concerned, I would like to ask that you consider the following suggestions for ARES spot frequencies in the lower HF range:

3600kHz to be designated as an in-band spot frequency for both disaster relief and associated training exercises throughout the World on a non-exclusive basis.

5400kHz to be sought on a Country-by-Country basis, as a specially designated spot frequency outside the existing amateur bands, for both disaster relief and associated training exercises throughout IARU Region-1 - and in particular by those Countries situated in the Northern Temperate Zone.

7000kHz (band edge channel centre) to be sought and designated internationally (by WRC-07?) for disaster relief communications only on a World-wide basis.

10100kHz (band edge channel centre) to be sought and designated internationally (by WRC-07?) for disaster relief communications only on a World-wide basis.

Each of the above channels would be 3kHz wide and centred on the frequency specified above, in order to allow either voice (SSB) or Data modes to be employed.

At this stage the above spot frequency designations just represent an idea of my own. They are not currently part of any IARU policy document. Please let me know what you think, and whether any of these four frequencies might be useful in your Country, either during daylight or after dark, in order to provide emergency communications links - particularly during the early stages of a disaster.

Kindly communicate with me by any of the following means:

By post to Gordon L Adams G3LEQ, IARU-R1 Emercomms Coordinator,