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2003-07-06

Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 17:11:42 -0600 RAC Bulletin 03-106E - Amateurs make gains on 40 Metres at WRC-2003 The Amateur Service made significant gains at WRC-2003 (Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June to 4 July, 2003) in its quest for increased global allocations and a shift of the Broadcasting Service out of the 40 metre band. The Amateur Service sought to regain the band's 1939 status of an exclusive allocation of 300 kHz worldwide, free from the present interference of broadcasters in Europe and Asia. With six options on the table at the onset of the conference, it was quickly evident that the negotiations would be very difficult and success could be achieved only through compromise. Very intense negotiations lasted right until the second last day of the four-week conference, but when the dust had settled, it had been agreed that on 29 March, 2009, amateurs in Asia, Europe and Africa will gain access to 7100 to 7200 kHz and the incumbent broadcasters will have moved higher in frequency and out of that portion of 40 metres. Amateurs in the Americas retain their allocations but will then have 200 kHz free from Broadcast interference. The Amateur Service was the only Service to gain an HF allocation at WRC-2003. Gaining spectrum through a move of the powerful, well-entrenched Broadcast Service was a historic first. RAC representatives in the negotiations were RAC Vice-president Regulatory Affairs, Jim Dean, VE3IQ, on the Canadian delegation, and RAC Vice-president Government and International Affairs, Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, who attended as a member of the IARU team. The leadership and support provided by the Canadian delegation headed by Industry Canada, was outstanding and instrumental in the success achieved.