The annual IARU Region 2 Executive Committee meeting was held in the city of Bogota, Colombia on September 19-20, 2015, with the presence of all area directors and of Rod Stafford, W6ROD, representing IARU Administrative Committee.
At the meeting, the reports of each area director and of the coordinators were read and analyzed, and the situation of each area and of member societies was discussed. Besides, information was provided and commented about the coming World Radiocommunications Conference 2015, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, where there will be a discussion about the potential allocation of a band of frequencies around 5 MHz. Despite Inter-American and European proposals, it will be a tough battle that must be fought in Geneva, for which the active participation of member societies with their regulators is essential, so that the delegates of such organizations to Geneva support the proposals.
Another event that was widely commented was the next Region 2 General Assembly, to be held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in the second half of October, 2016, an event for which there are good expectations. Besides the Assembly, there will be an emergency communications workshop and a seminar for member societies, an event that will be held for the first time in the region.
Given that Bogota was the venue of the meeting, Region 2 officers were able to meet with officers of the Liga Colombiana de Radioaficionados (LCRA) to exchange impressions and to hear about their plans and expectations. The colleagues from LCRA that we were able to meet were Roberto Rey, HK3CW, President, and Álvaro Gómez, HK5NLJ/HK3, Fiscal.
All participants were satisfied with the results of the meeting and reiterated their commitment to continue working in favor of their respective areas and of amateur radio.
In the picture below, from left to right: Standing: Marco Tulio Gudiel, TG9AGD, José Arturo Molina, YS1MS, Roberto Rey, HK3CW, Jay Bellows, KØQB, Gustavo de Faria Franco, PT2ADM, Rod Stafford, W6ROD. Sitting: Dino Besomi, CE3PG, George Gorsline, VE3YV, Noel Donawa, 9Y4X, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Álvaro Gómez, HK5NLJ/HK3 y Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK.
73, George VE3YV / HK3