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RAC Bulletin 2009-021E - RAC members at CITEL Ottawa meeting.

From June 2nd to 5th, there was a CITEL PCC.II meeting held in Ottawa. Well over 100 delegates from countries of the Americas gathered for a meeting preparatory to the next World Radio Conference that is to be held in Geneva late in 2011. Almost every item on the WRC Agenda were discussed with a goal to find common ground that would be supported by the CITEL countries. Amateurs were represented by Daniel Lamoureux,VE2KA, and Dario Jurado, HP1DJ for the IARU Region 2. Jon Siverling, WB3ERA was on the USA delegation and Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN and Jim Dean, VE3IQ were on the Canadian delegation.

Some subjects of interest to Amateur Radio were discussed. On BPL, a drafting group was formed, headed by Canada and tasked to present BPL standards for adoption at the next PCC.II meeting in November at Washington, USA. Canada and the USA presented Preliminary Views on Agenda Item 1.23. A common paper was produced and adopted by the plenary that most probably will be the basis of a joint Region 2 proposal at an upcoming meeting. Also, we kept an eye on Agenda Items 1.14, 1.15 and 1.22 that, although not of direct interest to Amateur Radio, could affect us depending on the positions adopted.

Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice-President International Affairs - Radio Amateurs of Canada