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From: RAC Headquarters Date: August 31, 2001 Subject: RAC delegation preparing for IARU Region 2 Conference in Guatemala City In October, delegates from national Amateur Radio societies from all over the Americas will be meeting at the IARU Region 2 Conference in Guatemala City. These conferences are held once every three years in each of the three IARU Regions. As a member society of the International Amateur Radio Union, Radio Amateurs of Canada has allocated funding for RAC President Oelke to attend the October 2001 IARU Region II Triennial Conference. To strengthen the Canadian presence, the following volunteers have agreed to join President Oelke in Guatemala City at their own expense; RAC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Tim Ellam, VE6SH, RAC Quebec Director Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA and Jacqueline Lamoureux, VE2AX. President Oelke will act as head of the Canadian Delegation. On the conference agenda will be some very important issues including the WRC 2003 items on the proposed realignment of the 40 metre band and possible changes to the ITU regulations governing Amateur Radio. RAC has submitted papers seeking support for the Canadian position on both of these questions. RAC has also submitted a paper seeking regional support for its application for a new amateur band at 135 kHz. There will also be some important administrative matters on the conference agenda. There is a proposal to revise and update the by-laws and constitution of IARU Region 2. There is also a proposal to increase the size of the Region 2 Executive Committee. These items have been discussed at length by members of the RAC Board, in order to provide guidance and direction to the delegation. RAC supports the proposed by-law changes, but is opposed to any increase in size of the IARU-Region 2 Executive Committee at this time. More information about the Conference can be found on the IARU Region 2 Web site at: http://www.iaru-r2.org/