Next steps on the road to WRC19

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019. This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and 3.

Extensive work has been undertaken in the African Telecommunications Union, CEPT, Arab Spectrum Management Group, RCC and of course ITU to gain support for such an allocation rather than the current country-by-country allocations under Article 4.4 of the Regulations. IARU has represented the global voice of amateur radio in these meetings arguing that new applications in amateur radio require significant bandwidth at 50 MHz and has set out a proposed utilisation of the band which supports its claim. IARU has also engaged in extensive work on sharing studies using propagation models recognised by ITU and CEPT

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC19 took place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019.

The work during this meeting was enhanced by the presence of EURAO which cooperated with IARU to seek the best possible outcome for the amateur service on this WRC-19 agenda item.

The Amateur Service has met strong opposition from a few nation states who argue that the 50 MHz band is already allocated to other services in their countries (following the closure of many  broadcasting stations in recent years which operated in this band) and believe that sharing the band presents problems

At this meeting two options were prepared the first preferred by the majority of CEPT administrations actively participating in discussions and proposes a 2 MHz secondary allocation for inclusion in Article 5 of the ITU Radio Regulations. The second option, which is the result of a major compromise brokered by the amateur movement following the last PTD meeting and is preferred by EURAO and IARU, would see a 500 kHz primary allocation from 50.0 – 50.5 MHz and a secondary allocation from 50.5 – 52.0 MHz. Either option would improve the current 50 MHz international mechanisms which permit amateur operation on a non-interference, non-protected basis. These options will be further considered at the next PTD meeting.

It is hoped that the co-operation between IARU and EURAO will continue in future CEPT activities, which are relevant to amateur radio.

African Telecommunications Union Meeting

atuThe 3rd ATU Preparatory Meeting for WRC-19 (APM19-3) takes place in Cairo Egypt 17-21 September 2018. IARU Region 1 is represented by Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, who will present the IARU positions for Agenda Item 1.1 (50 MHz) and Agenda Item 9.1 issue 9.1.6 (Wireless Power Transmission for Electric Vehicles).

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SRLC)

 

ABOUT SRLC

IARU’s Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SRLC) is a forum comprising individual experts who are personally involved in work for IARU in relations with regulatory and standards organisations in Region 1 (Africa, Europe, Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States).

Individually and collectively they establish the policy and strategic direction that IARU Region 1 should take in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in Region 1, Regional and Sub-Regional Telecommunication Organisations (RTOs) e.g. ASMG (Arab Spectrum Management Group), ATU (African Telecommunication Union), CEPT (Conférence Européenne des administrations des Postes et Télécommunications) and RCC (Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications) on matters of importance to the interests of the amateur services (e.g. spectrum management, licensing and spectrum engineering).

The Chairman and the Committee identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meetings/conferences of the above organisations in accordance with the following Terms of Reference and objectives, SRLC:

  • Monitors and researches developments in relevant regulatory forums which potentially impact the amateur Service and amateur-satellite Service (the amateur services);
  • Advises the IARU Executive Committee (EC) on the workings of RTOs which might impact the interests of the amateur services and process material and undertake actions delegated to it by the EC in respect of these bodies;
  • Prepares submissions on regulatory and spectrum management issues detailing the views, concerns and objectives of the amateur services within the overall envelope of IARU’s global strategies;
  • For ITU issues works closely with the IARU officers and experts from IARU Regions 2 and 3 to arrive at common positions to take in RTOs worldwide
  • Liaises with the Political Relations Committee (PRC) on matters arising in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) of the European Commission;
  • Provides advice on regulatory concerns to IARU Member Societies and coordinate actions in core areas in support of IARU Region 1 and IARU global spectrum strategies;

SRLC also liaises with the Electro Magnetic Compatibility Committee (EMCC) concerning relevant issues raised in CEPT by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), including any proposals to amend ETSI EN 301 783, the European standard for commercial amateur radio equipment.

In addition members of the SRLC work with other IARU permanent Committees (PRC, EMCC, HF (including MF and LF) Committee and the VHF and Microwave Committee to identify potential threats to the amateur services from regulatory pressures and agree with the PRC and other relevant permanent bodies, strategies and their implementation to ensure that such threats are managed in a way that limits any adverse impact on the amateur services.

The Future

 First of all as Chairman of the SRLC I would like to encourage any member of an IARU Region 1 Member Society who has worked on spectrum management issues in their own country or in an international or regional organisation to join the Committee. I would also like to encourage applications for membership of SRLC from any member of an IARU Region 1 Member Society who has worked extensively in regional or international scientific bodies, especially if interested in regulatory and operational aspects of amateur radio. From time to time amateurs who belong to an IARU Member Society in R2 or R3 may also be invited to become a SRLC participant. In future there will be two categories of SRLC participant.

Meeting Experts

The first category will be Meeting Experts e.g. those SRLC participants who have been designated to attend a one-off or series of particular meetings, project teams, working groups or committees of external organisations, or other IARU committees. A report of the meeting attended should be prepared which should be no longer than an A4 page. Out of pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings are refundable.  Meeting Experts will also be expected to comment on documents and papers from external organisations as well as those produced by SRLC participants before they are sent to external organisations. See the next paragraph below. It should also be noted that persons attending meetings on behalf of the EMCC and PRC are not subject to these SRLC procedures, although similar arrangements may be in place for these committees.

General Experts

The second category of SRLC participant will be General Experts. General Experts will receive all SRLC documents being addressed within the SRLC It is intended that in future most if not all documents produced by SRLC participants will be circulated to the Committee as a whole. In most cases a week will be allowed for comments, dependant on any deadlines imposed by an external body.

Physical meetings are unlikely to occur except for perhaps an informal gathering at the Freidrichshafen ‘Ham Radio’ annual event. However if there are comments from a number of members, with differing views a conference call should be arranged using Go-To Meeting or Skype.

Experts Directory

I would also like to keep a directory of SRLC participants on the IARU-R1 web-site. If you apply to become an SRLC IARU R1 expert please provide your name call-sign and contact information and indicate whether the latter can be included in the list of members on the web-site. This issue may need to be reviewed in the light of recent data protection initiatives around the World.

Enrol or Questions?

If you have any questions or queries on the work of the SRLC or would like further information on becoming an SRLC participant, or wish to become a General Expert please contact Dave Court EI3IO, Chairman SRLC, Email:  EI3IO at connogue.com

 

IARU speaks for the Region’s amateur radio community

The past three months have been a busy time for IARU’s Region 1 team involved in spectrum issues of interest to the Amateur Radio service, as we work towards the ITU World Radio Conference 2019. 

In April, discussions continued in CEPT SE24 about the impact of Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles (WPT-EV)  on radio services in the residential environment. IARU continues to argue that tighter emission limits are needed to protect radiocommunications services from harmful interference, and submitted a study supporting its concerns.

In May, ITU WP5A met in Geneva and IARU was involved in detailed discussions about WRC Agenda item 1.1 concerning the allocation of spectrum at 50-54 MHz in ITU Region 1. Discussions focused on the means of spectrum sharing in this band and on the amount of spectrum necessary for the amateur service.

In June, ITU SG1 and its working parties met in Geneva, with IARU being represented on a number of issues, most significantly the issue of the impact of WPT-EV on radio communications services and also on the use of spectrum above 275 GHz.

Again, in June CEPT PTD met in Tallinn, Estonia, to consider those WRC19 agenda items within its remit. IARU was present and was again involved in discussion on WRC Agenda item 1.1 (50MHz) and 9.1.6 (WPT-EV)

Finally, later in June, IARU was at the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group in Turku, Finland. IARU provides the coordinator for CEPT for Agenda Item 1.1.

In parallel with the meetings in CEPT and ITU, IARU has also been active in other Regional Telecommunications Organisations in the Region (Africa, Middle East and Russia) on the same topics and also in CISPR in working groups considering appropriate spurious emission limits for WPT-EV and will be at the CISPR meeting in Busan, Korea, later this year.

IARU spectrum experts spend many weeks of their time each year preparing for, and attending, meetings such as those reported above. IARU is the only organisation present at these meetings representing the interest of the amateur radio services.  

50 MHz allowed in Lebanon

The Ministry of Telecommunication of the Republic of Lebanon, and under the thankful efforts of the RAL (Radio Amateurs of Lebanon) President Hani Raad (OD5TE) and VP Elie Kadi (OD5KU), granted the radio amateurs licensed in Lebanon the permission to utilize the 6 meters band (50Mhz).

The frequencies allowed for transmission are between : 50.000 MHz and 51.975 MHz.

Much to the happiness of the radio amateur community of Lebanon, the letter was signed today 19-April 2018 and communicated to the RAL and other related governmental entities.

What a better gift on Radio Amateur Day then that !??

Please amend the country listing for this band.

All the best

73, de Elie OD5KU

RAL VP

Spain extends 4 m band and gains access to 60 m

Effective 27 October 2017 the 70 MHz amateur band was extended to 70.150-70.250 MHz. On the same date Spanish amateurs were granted access to the 60 meter band 5351.5-5366.5 kHz.

ITU-R Working Party 5A meets in Geneva

wp 5aA number of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Goups meet in Geneva 6-16 November 2017. Working Party 5A (WP 5A) deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur and amateur-satellite services. Working Group 5A1, chaired by Dale Hughes VK1DSH, is reponsible for the preparation of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1. The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all three IARU Regions, administrations from all over the world and other interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Based on input documents -and there are lots of them- the meeting prepares the so-called CPM text, required for the Conference Preparatory Meeting to be held in February 2019. The CPM report forms the basis for decision taking at WRC-19.

Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee (SRLC) Terms of Reference

 

The Chairman and the Committee identifies and commissions Region 1 experts to represent IARU at meetings/conferences of the above organisations in accordance with the following Terms of Reference and objectives, SRLC:

  • Monitors and researches developments in relevant regulatory forums which potentially impact the amateur Service and amateur-satellite Service (the amateur services);
  • Advises the IARU Executive Committee (EC) on the workings of RTOs which might impact the interests of the amateur services and process material and undertake actions delegated to it by the EC in respect of these bodies;
  • Prepares submissions on regulatory and spectrum management issues detailing the views, concerns and objectives of the amateur services within the overall envelope of IARU’s global strategies;
  • For ITU issues works closely with the IARU officers and experts from IARU Regions 2 and 3 to arrive at common positions to take in RTOs worldwide
  • Liaises with the Political Relations Committee (PRC) on matters arising in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) of the European Commission;
  • Provides advice on regulatory concerns to IARU Member Societies and coordinate actions in core areas in support of IARU Region 1 and IARU global spectrum strategies;

 

 

 

 

 

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