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Update August 1, 2022

Shaping the Future at HAM Radio 2022 in Friedrichshafen

During HAM RADIO 2022 a presentation was held by the region 1 President Sylvain, F1GKR. The presentation gave a background to the work leading up to the Shaping the Future program and what’s next. The presentation is available at this LINK.

As the presentation does not include more detailed slides on the way forward, you find some more information below.

Where are we in the program?

The different teams have now been working on defining the scope of the different long-term targets since February (for strategic objectives, SO, see https://​www​.iaru​-r1​.org/​s​t​f​/​w​o​r​k​s​h​o​p​-​r​e​s​ult/). At follow-up meetings it has become clear that there are a couple of questions that make the work difficult for the teams to move forward:

  • Overlap of ideas between the different SO teams
  • Having a clear scope so a project description, including a first budget estimate, can be drafted.
  • The question of number of active resources has been raised by most teams.

To make a long story short, we have reached a point where we now halt the work of the current SO teams and focus on reorganising the scope by using the information developed so far. Some teams have come pretty far in the definition work, while some others still have some remaining discussions, but we will use the information we have in a consolidation of scope. See the presentation from HAM RADIO 2022 for some more details.

At this point, the region 1 Executive Committee want to thank the participants for the contributions and work done so far. All are volunteers and we know that work comes “on top” of everything else, so we appreciate what you have done so far for the benefit of amateur radio.

What’s next?

We need now to focus on defining the targets and scope. Having an idea of “what” to do, the work on “how” to do it begins.

During our discussions, it became clear that we need a consolidation of the overlapping ideas and areas before we can move on. By doing this, we will gain some advantages:

  • The scope becomes clearer for a project
  • Overlap between projects will be minimised
  • We will understand if projects can be run in parallel, or needs to be in sequence
  • We can prioritise the projects we start depending on:
    • The benefit to the amateur radio community
    • Time to market/early results
  • We only start projects where we have resources. Other project can be put on hold until there are suitable resources available.

With the scope defined, it is possible to do some planning, which also includes ideas of a budget. IARU-R1 have set aside money for the program, and this can be used both for investments (e.g. common databases, platforms for collaboration or learning, etc.) and for external resources. It is great that some volunteer to support the work in IARU, but we do not expect to only rely on volunteers in this program. We may need experts or experienced resources, as well as resources just to get some things done — and this comes with a cost…

Now, how do we actually move forward?

  • A small team is working on the consolidation of all SO team’s current results in a first iteration.
  • In a second iteration, all SO team leaders will be invited to review and discuss the result of the first iteration. E.g., the SO teams may have had discussions that has not yet been included in the consolidation, or the idea behind a high-level statement has not been understood correctly.
  • After the second iteration, a full picture will become clearer. At this point, a draft plan of the way forward can be created. This plan will be discussed with all that have worked in the StF program before we take any further step. The goal is to have this done by the end of the summer.
  • Following an acceptance of the plan, selected projects will be started when enough resources has been joining. The plan is to start projects in September, after the summer holiday period.

The program will be going on for a long time and we will all the time be looking for motivated volunteers to join and work for the benefit of amateur radio. If you are interested, please get in touch with

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