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African Telecommunications Union Meeting

tir, 18/09/2018 - 18:01

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).

Award programme 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

tir, 18/09/2018 - 17:41

Dear Amateur Radio Friends,

On behalf of Mr Waldemar Sznajder, 3Z6AEF - President of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) and Mr Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR - Secretary of the PZK, I have the honour to invite all of you to participate in a special award programme, organised by the Polish Amateur Radio Union on the occasion of The 100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence.

You will find any necessary details about this programme under the address given below:

https://logsp.pzk.org.pl?page=award&id=32

The programme will last from 1st October until 30th November 2018.

Good luck as a whole!

Kindest 73,

Paweł Zakrzewski, SP7TEV - IARU Liaison Officer of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK)

 

 

Summary Record of IARU AC Meeting

ons, 12/09/2018 - 02:11

The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union held its annual in-person meeting on 8 and 9 September 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. A Summary Record can be found below.

17th IARU Region 3 Conference 2018

man, 10/09/2018 - 02:17

17th R3 conf

The 17th IARU Region 3 Regional Conference, hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League, takes place 10-14 September 2018 in the the PJ Hotel in Seoul Korea. 

Conference documents are available at http://iaru-r3.org/the-17th-triennial-conference-of-the-iaru-region-3-documents/ IARU Region 1 is represented by its President Don Beattie G3BJ and Secretary Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T.

IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter August 2018 available!

søn, 09/09/2018 - 14:04

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter August 2018 is now available.  Click here!

IARU Administrative Council meets in Seoul

søn, 09/09/2018 - 03:06

logo iaruThe IARU Administrative Council meets in Seoul, South Korea 8-9 September 2018. IARU Region 1 is represented by its President Don Beattie G3BJ and Secretary Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T.

19th IARU ARDF world championship

ons, 05/09/2018 - 14:41

The 19th IARU ARDF world championship is officially open ! The event is hosted by KARL,the Korean Amateur Radio League and takes place in Sokcho, South Korea.

Around 300 participants (190 male and 110 female ) from 29 Member Societies from all three regions take part at the championship. 

Results and photos are available at the official site of the championship www.ardf2018.kr 

15th IARU HST world championship is officially open!

søn, 26/08/2018 - 12:25

15th IARU HST world championship is officially open!

The event center is hotel Ibis in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The host of the championship is KFRR, Kazakhstan federation of radiosport and radioamateurs. The opening ceremony took place at the "Pupil's Palace" just across hotel Ibis. Representatives of the Kazakhstan government, administration of the city of Astana, and guests attended the opening ceremony. The championship was officially opened by the president of the committee for sport at the Ministry of sport and culture. Official photos from the opening ceremony can be seen and download from the official web page of the championship www.hst2018.kz/photo

The competition part of the championship started today 26.08.2018.

The morning session was completed at 13.00 local time ( 07.00 GMT ).

Preliminary and live results can be followd at http://rufzxp.net/hst

The official results can be seen and download at the official web page of the championship http://hst2018.kz 

The afternoon session starts at 14.30 local time ( 08.30 GMT )      

Hawaii Hurricane 'Lane' and event updates

fre, 24/08/2018 - 19:04

Hurricane 'Lane' is affecting Hawaii with heavy rainfall of nearly 1 meter forecast along with high tides caused by the storm surge. Combined, these effects are already causing significant flooding in the area. The following frequencies have been advised in use so far;
7080kHz - National Weather Service, Honolulu
7088kHz - Hawaii ARES
14.265MHz - SATERN ( Salvation Army Emergency Radio Network )
Together with other frequencies being used for Winlink formal message handling.

As this event starts, Karl YV5YA reports that activities in Venezuela on 7088kHz are coming to a close. The earthquake in the country caused the expected problems of cellular communication and power system failures but their networks worked well on HF and VHF including Echolink.

Finally in India, Jayu VU2JAU reports that activities in the Kerala region are now moving from rescue to recovery. Over 150 radio amateurs have been involved in 24/7 operations since the flooding began in that area with one team reporting over 8000 messages handled. It was reported that good use was made of social media channels in passing messages to families and taking details of missing persons for the authorities.
The remaining operations are focusing on reuniting friends and family who have been separated between evacuation centres and passing any other information required to the authorities.

Please help emergency communicators by keeping the frequencies in use QRM free. 

Venezuela Earthquake activation

ons, 22/08/2018 - 08:39

On August 21, 2018, at 21:31:40 UTC, an earthquake of 6.9 Richter, on the coasts of Venezuela was reported.

Karl Hleftschar, YV5YA, National Director of the National Emergency Network of the Radio Club Venezolano, reported that the YV5RNE Network is active on the 7088 kHz frequency.

Jose Rafael Gomez, YV1GEC, who lives in the Isla de Margarita, Venezuela; He commented that the earthquake felt strong, and until now, there has been no interruption of the electric power, or interruption of the gas service.

Roberto Rey, HK3CW, President of La Liga Colombiana de Radio Amadores, reported that in Colombia, "he felt even in Bogota ... very prolonged."

It is requested to keep the frequency 7088 kHz, and close free of interference.

( Information from Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P EMCOR IARU R2) 

YOTA South-Africa 2018, a start of something bigger

tir, 21/08/2018 - 18:12

Can you imagine? 23 teams, from all over Africa, Europe and USA travelled to South-Africa to take part in the annual Youngsters On The Air event. Yes, it did happen. 74 Young radio amateurs found their way to Gauteng, close to Johannesburg. This made it also happen that we had in total 7 African countries taking part, more then ever. 25 Persons had the opportunity to take part, after an intensive training, in a HAREC license exam. 20 Of them passed, great achievement, especially if you are aware that most of them don’t have the opportunity to take part in an exam at their home country.
Enough numbers for now, the youngsters took part in many activities in the week itself. A programme was made which was showing amateur radio in South-Africa with focus of train-the-trainer. SARL is making good progress on youth and amateur radio. Think about Hammies, Jeugland radio club or JOTA/JOTA.


Train-the-trainer? This was the first event with our renewed focus. There were several sessions were teams showed their ideas on how to develop amateur radio and attract newcomers to the amateur radio hobby. With this we are creating a snowball-effect, organizing similar activities back at home will make it happen that more persons can join YOTA or amateur radio. The teams all got homework to do, in 2 months we expect from them an article in their national amateur radio magazine about the event and a plan on starting their own youth program or organizing new amateur radio events. They all are free to come up with their own ideas, but got inspired the entire week. 

A week has only 7 days, believe it or not, SARL made it happen to put more days in a week. Still being impressed about what we did in one week. There were many lectures and workshops, about contesting, DMR, Marconi and a demonstration of Marconi’s used equipment, a presentation on radio in wildlife (tracking animals) and much more. Starting with building own YAGI antenna’s and using this later to make satellite contacts, followed by a technical and hands-on SDR workshop. Working as a real project team to prepare a payload for a BACAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio) balloon flight, we also launched the balloon, used the SDR and antenna to make contacts and gather data. After a good braai (South-African BBQ) all participants showed in a presentation the analysis of the recovered data of the payloads. 

The youngsters did kit building with QRP labs, some of them couldn’t get enough and kept on building late in the night. There was a radio shack were ZS9YOTA was activated in modes as SSB, CW and FT8.
With so many cultures taking part in the event, we continued our yearly tradition of the intercultural evening. All teams brought food, drinks and even traditional clothes from their home-country.
Luckily the youth got the chance to see a bit of the South-African beauty, the group went on safari to see the big five! The farewell party, including an African drumming session, was a great last goodbye.

All this organized by SARL, the South African Radio League, under lead of Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL (President of SARL) and Koos Fick ZR6KF (Youth Coordinator of SARL). They didn’t do this all alone, they had a great group of volunteers helping them out to make this all happen. A special thanks to the entire organizing team and SARL!

This is only a part of everything the youngsters took part in. Do you want to read more or see more of the event? It’s all covered, have a look here.

A popular question, where will YOTA 2019 take place? Unfortunately we still did not receive any application. Are you interested in organizing an unforgettable event which will change the life of many young radio amateurs and be part of the future of amateur radio? Contact Lisa, PA2LS, Youth WG Chair IARU R1.

YOTA2018

Amateur Radio responds to flooding in Kerala, India

søn, 19/08/2018 - 13:26

Jayu VU2JAU reports that Radio Amateurs in the Indian state of Kerala are actively responding to this disaster. Flooding caused by monsoon rains and overflowing dams has currently killed over 300 people and left over 300,000 evacuated to relief camps.

They are using HF and VHF for both local and wide area communication between the Senior District Adminstrators and many of their local offices. Stations are working 24 hours a day on 7110kHz and 145.5MHz as well as a local 2m repeater at Idukki. The stations are involved in passing messages assisting the administration in running the evacuation, such as organising food, water, medicines etc..

The preparedness of Amateur Radio has been demonstrated to the State Disaster Management Authorities and Local Adminstrations before and is now being put to good use.

Many radio amateurs in the area ( too many callsigns to list here ) are already active and many more are ready to assist. Stations outside India are asked to help by avoiding QRM to their operations. 

IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter July 2018 available!

tor, 09/08/2018 - 15:16

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter July 2018 is now available.  Click here!

Indonesia - Lombok Earthquake

man, 06/08/2018 - 17:30

As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86.

The second powerful earthquake inthe area killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others. The electricity supply in the area is disrupted and the ORARI of West Nusa Tenggara Region led by YB9KA and YB9GV have taken action to cover areas with no cellular coverage including taking battery supplies to affected repeaters. At the moment four repeaters are operating in the disaster area with ORARI HQ asking their Bali Island Region (the closest area) to provide further repeater support for use by emergency communications in Lombok.

ORARI HQ has also issued an official request to the nearest region, to help with both logistics and personnel to Lombok, and designating a National Frequency for the Lombok Earthquake at 7.110 MHz for HF, VHF on 145.500 MHz Simplex and 147.000 MHz Duplex, and also to activate ORARI Satellite LAPAN IO-86, to assist with communication.

The Central Java Region of the Indonesian Search And Rescue Council has sent a group of rescuers and vehicles, lead by YB2QC the Operation and Technical Head of ORARI to join the National Rescue Operation in Lombok and ORARI Jakarta is also arranging the delivery of logistical assistance to Lombok.

(Summary of information from Dani YB2TJV )

IARU speaks for the Region’s amateur radio community

man, 06/08/2018 - 09:24

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.