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Emergency communications activation in Slovenia

Tilen S56CT has reported the activation of Radio Amateurs in Slovenia on Saturday 9th December after heavy snow caused damage in a small region in Slovenia, Zasavje, affecting about 20000 citizens. Electrical power lines were down and consequently internet and phone networks. A lot of roads were also blocked due to fallen trees.

A large part of the major town, Trbovlje lost electrical power, including the 112 Emergency Call receiving station. Calls from the public were transfered from Zasavje region to the Call receiving station in Ljubljana. Slovenian call centers are also dispatch centres, so this increased their workload dispatching teams outside their normal area.

A few hours after the breakdown operators from the regional Emergency Communications group S50ATR (Trbovlje) organised themselves to offer help with redundancy communications between the centres in Trbovlje and Ljubljana. The Centre in Trbovlje was very happy to accept the help, so Matjaz S57MK and Roman S56HVF immediately went to Trbovlje with enough charged radios for the professional communications, Winlink through a connection to a local radioclub which had a Satellite internet connection and reliable electricity. Also communication through the FM/DMR repeater system was established and has served as a link between Trbovlje and Ljubljana. In Ljubljana the S50ALJ regional team has also been activated to assist the 112 centre  in Ljubljana using the S55DHF FM/DMR wide coverage repeater.

Zasavje region is known for its mountainous terrain and difficult radio coverage. Amateur Radio provides 3 repeater locations in that region along with a packet radio node on a TV tower, Satellite internet at the radio club S59DOR in Trbovlje and of course HF with Pactor, Winmor, etc. for Winlink.

All good examples of the diversity that amateur radio can bring to emergency communications.

The SARL to host the 2018 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp

The League received a positive response from Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, the IARU Region 1 Youth WG Chairman, following the acceptance and approval of the SARL proposal to host the 2018 YOTA Summer Camp by the Region 1 Executive Committee. As it will be held in the southern hemisphere, it will be the YOTA Winter Camp!

This annual event brings together Young people from the Region 1 Member Societies for an entire week to create, in addition to amateur radio, an opportunity to learn all about different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill as well as to learn new skills.

Work started in early November 2017, when a working group was established to perform a realistic assessment of our ability to host the event in August 2018 and to compile a proposal for the League Council's approval and subsequent submission to Region 1.

The SARL and the South African YOTA Working Group are delighted with the response and we are looking forward to hosting a successful YOTA 2018 event as an unforgettable African experience that will be remembered for many years to come. Dr Gary Immelman, ZS6YI, has accepted the role as patron of the event.

The SARL President conveyed his sincere appreciation to the YOTA working group for their successful proposal and stated that this is a golden opportunity for the SARL and amateur radio in South Africa to make their mark in promoting amateur radio amongst the youth, locally and in Africa, in hosting the 2018 YOTA Winter Camp.

IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter November 2017 available!

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter November 2017 is now available.  Click here!

G2BVN Memorial Trophy presented in Vienna

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The CEO of DokuFunk, Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, was presented with the G2BVN Memorial Trophy in Vienna at the end of November. The presentation was made by Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, on behalf of IARU Region 1.

Many know Wolf Harranth from his work managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

The G2BVN Memorial Trophy is the highest recognition that IARU Region 1 can award and is in memory of Roy Stevens, G2BVN who was the influential and globally respected Secretary of IARU Region 1 in the latter part of the 20th century.

The photograph shows Wolf (left) with Michael Kastelic.

Joint statement on meeting IARU and EURAO

Joint statement following a meeting between IARU and EURAO to discuss areas of common interest

EuraoA meeting was held on 2nd December between the President of IARU Region 1 and the President of EURAO. Also present were the Chair of IARU Region 1’s Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee and the Secretary-General of EURAO.

The meeting was held against a background of both IARU Region 1 and EURAO having LoUs with CEPT, enabling participation in the work of CEPT.  

The meeting was held to explore areas of common interest, recognising in particular the desire of CEPT for representative organisations to present a common amateur radio service position.

IARU Region 1 and EURAO exchanged views on their priorities for the Amateur Radio service after which a more detailed discussion took place on the ways in which they might cooperate in the interest of the future of amateur radio.

Both organisations accepted that they had shared objectives, identified some specific areas for interworking and will continue a constructive dialogue into the future.

D F Beattie, G3BJ                                                       Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ
President IARU Region 1                                            President, EURAO

Dave Court, EI3IO                                                       Joan-Carles Samaranch, EA3CIW
Chair IARU Region 1 Spectrum and                           Secretary-General, EURAO
Regulatory Liaison Committee

December YOTA Month

dymIt is finally December and we are excited to announce, that December YOTA Month (DYM) has officially begun! It is time to get on the bands again to spread the YOTA spirit and have fun while showing young people how amateur radio is not only alive, but also active and ready to grow as an activity even in a world, where communication is by other means faster. December YOTA Month also encourages us who already have our licenses to come together as a community and interact even more actively. The readiness and eagerness of societies around the world to partake is each year proved by the number of registered stations that we have; this year more than 35 stations with a YOTA suffix were registered and will be on the bands for all of us to try and make a QSO with.

If you are interested in knowing more about the stations that are taking part in DYM you can check the main website www.ham-yota.com or the event’s website https://events.ham-yota.com/ for more information about them.

dym9Last but definitely not least, we always love to receive feedback on your experience during December YOTA Month as it is a mirror of our work and helps us improve! Furthermore it’s a great way to share impressions with fellow HAMs and everybody who for some reason is not able to get on the bands to feel included in the event. This is why we encourage you to send us your stories and of course pictures that we will share on our page.

With all the formalities out of our way, we wish you a December full of QSOs in the local club or at home and perhaps many new editions to the local amateur radio society. Don’t forget that December YOTA Month is not a competition – it’s all about having fun and spreading the spirit here!

See you in the log during December!

Article: Gergana, LZ1ZYL

IARU Notes Progress Toward 50 MHz Region 1 Allocation

 

ITU logoSignificant progress was made in preparing for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) at a two-week meeting at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in November 2017. However, there remains a lot to do before the reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately satisfied. The team representing IARU in Working Party (WP) 5A of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) consisted of amateurs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

For IARU the main focus was on the WRC-19 agenda item which will consider a frequency allocation for the amateur service in Region 1 from 50 to 54 MHz similar to Regions 2 and 3. The current, mainly secondary, allocation 50-52 MHz in most European countries is a regional agreement. During the meeting input documents from IARU, France, the Russian Federation and Switzerland were considered with the following intermediate results:

- A rough consensus was achieved on the text which will provide the technical basis for discussions concerning the access to 50-54 MHz for the amateur service in Region 1.

- A method for calculating the spectrum needs of the amateur service in 50-54 MHz was proposed by IARU and has been accepted by some administrations. More information to justify the requested bandwidth however will be required.

- For sharing studies particularly in relation to the land mobile service and radiolocation applications in 50-54 MHz, a mutually agreed propagation model remains to be determined.No major objections to sharing with analogue television broadcasting in 50-54 MHz in Region 1 remain, provided that a time limited field strength limit is applied. In addition to an amateur allocation in Region 1 at 50 MHz other key issues for the amateur service at WRC-19 include securing protection for amateur service primary allocations at 24 GHz and 47 GHz and minimising possible interference arising from Wireless Power Transmission for the charging of electric vehicles.

Following the meeting of Working Party 5A and other meetings related to the work of ITU-R Study Group 5 the ITU hosted the first of three planned Inter-Regional Workshops on WRC-19 Preparation. IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, who also attended the WP 5A meeting, represented the IARU at the workshop to hear reports on progress by the regional telecommunications organizations.

 

IARU Notes Progress Toward 50 MHz Region 1 Allocation

 

Significant progress was made in preparing for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) at a two-week meeting at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in November 2017. However, there remains a lot to do before the reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately satisfied. The team representing IARU in Working Party (WP) 5A of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) consisted of amateurs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

For IARU the main focus was on the WRC-19 agenda item which will consider a frequency allocation for the amateur service in Region 1 from 50 to 54 MHz similar to Regions 2 and 3. The current, mainly secondary, allocation 50-52 MHz in most European countries is a regional agreement. During the meeting input documents from IARU, France, the Russian Federation and Switzerland were considered with the following intermediate results:

- A rough consensus was achieved on the text which will provide the technical basis for discussions concerning the access to 50-54 MHz for the amateur service in Region 1.

- A method for calculating the spectrum needs of the amateur service in 50-54 MHz was proposed by IARU and has been accepted by some administrations. More information to justify the requested bandwidth however will be required.

- For sharing studies particularly in relation to the land mobile service and radiolocation applications in 50-54 MHz, a mutually agreed propagation model remains to be determined.No major objections to sharing with analogue television broadcasting in 50-54 MHz in Region 1 remain, provided that a time limited field strength limit is applied. In addition to an amateur allocation in Region 1 at 50 MHz other key issues for the amateur service at WRC-19 include securing protection for amateur service primary allocations at 24 GHz and 47 GHz and minimising possible interference arising from Wireless Power Transmission for the charging of electric vehicles.

Following the meeting of Working Party 5A and other meetings related to the work of ITU-R Study Group 5 the ITU hosted the first of three planned Inter-Regional Workshops on WRC-19 Preparation. IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, who also attended the WP 5A meeting, represented the IARU at the workshop to hear reports on progress by the regional telecommunications organizations.

 

15th IARU HST world championship 2018

The 15th IARU HST world championship will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-29 August 2018.

Information about the event can be found at www.hst2018.kz

Everyone is invited and welcomed !

3 December 2017 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Following societies will be QRV on the United Nations Internation Day of Persons with Disabilities:

Tanzania Amateur RAadio Club

TARC takes part in Amateur Radio activities on 3rd December 2017 .

They will be QRV on 15, 20 and 10 meters, and other bands. 

Our club station equipment is YAESU FT 1000 MP with Period (beam ) antenna with rotor

Radio club Tuzla

Radio club Tuzla E71AVW will be active with club station on 14 MHz, frequency: SSB mode from 10.00 to 18.00 hours .
The activity will be organized with group of blind members of radio club Tuzla and other persons with disability and all radio club members.
Also, with regard to that activity club will prepare a QSL card which will be send to all who established contact with us at that day and time.
Radio club members will participate in traditional celebration of 3rd December which will be organized by coalition of organizations of persons with disability of Tuzla canton.
Usually that event is well covered by media and many officials from local goverment participate. During that event, radio club members will present possibility of inclusion of people with disability through active participation in radio amateur activity, especially due to the fact that International day of persons with disability for this year will higlight importance of different action in achieving inclusion of persons with disability in society throw implementation Sustainable Developement Goals.
Hope that many radio amateurs will join us at frequency mention above and will contribute in awareness raising of rights and possibilities of persons with disability.

Norwegian Section of the International Amateur Radio Union

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be mentioned in our weekly news-letter which is transmitted on 80m and are sent out to e-mail subscribers.

 

provisional results for the June and September VHF contests

The provisional results for the June and September 2017 VHF contests can be downloaded here:

50/70 MHz 

145 MHz

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, under leadership of Chairman 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 IARU Regions, administrators 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.

Preparatory Meetings are usually held at the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva. Amateurs present in WP 5A include IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad LA2RR, IARU repesentatives Dave Court EI3IO and Dale Hughes VK1DSH, CEPT coordinator Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, CITEL coordinator Flávio Archelangelo PY2ZX, ARRL representative Jonathan Siverling WB3ERA, DARC representative Ulrich Mueller DK4VW, JARL representative Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP, RAC representative Bryan Rawlings VE3QN and RSGB representative Murray Niman G6JYB. On the photo VK1DSH explains the basics of amateur radio.

 

IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter October 2017 available!

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter October 2017 is now available.  Click here!

Roy Stevens G2BVN Memorial Trophy awarded to Wolf Harranth

Wolf Harranth

At the Region 1 Conference in Landshut in September, the panel convened to consider proposals to award the G2BVN trophy considered two cases. One has already been announced (Colin Thomas, G3PSM) but the second was not announced at Landshut as the recipient was not present.

IARU Region 1 is now pleased to announce that the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Tropy has been awarded to Professor Wolf Harranth, the CEO of DokuFunk Vienna.   

Many know Wolf Harranth from the work he does managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

 

 

 

VHF Manager Handbook Version 8.00

The new version of the VHF handbook is available in the "Resources" section of the website and can be accessed at

IARU Region 1 VHF Managers Handbook V8.00

Breaking News: First ZS EME Record on 10 GHz (3 cm) 

On 22 October 2017 at 15:46 UTC, Alex Artieda, ZS6EME, recorded the first-ever Digital EME QSO with HB9Q on 10 GHz. This is the first Microwave EME QSO on such a high band from South Africa and operating the new digital mode QRA64D, while using only 50 Watts at the feed of his 1,5 metre dish. Later on 23 October Alex completed 10 more EME QSOs on 10 GHz.

Last but not least on 24 October, he was able to make the first-ever Digital EME QSO in 5,7 GHz (6 cm) in the RSA with PA3DZL at 11.56 UTC, and on the same day he completed 7 more QSOs on 5,7 GHz.

Hearty congratulations to Alex for his fantastic achievements and putting South Africa back on the world Microwave map.

IARUMS Region 1 Presentation by HB9CET

HB9CET created an excellent presentation about the structure and work of IARUMS Region 1. (presented in Landshut 2017)

You can get the PDF here:   download now