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2008-11-03

To: - All Canadian Radio Amateurs
Re: Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The
International Amateur Radio Union, IARU and
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies, IFRC

As you know, the prime reason why we are able to justify keeping
our frequencies and previledges around the world is because of
our ability to provide communications in cases of disaster. When
situations arise that communications are either destroyed or
inadequate, authorities know that they can call on Amateurs to
support them at no cost and that they will be providing their
own equipments. The same help is also offered to the World's major
Non Governamental Organisations (NGOs) providing humanitarian aid to
populations in need.

This willingnes and ability to help by the Amateur Service and
the Amateur Satellite Service has also been recognized by the
ratification of the ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Tempere (Finland) Convention.

Another step towards general global recognition of our offered
abilities to serve came with the recent signing of a MOU between the
IARU and the IFRC. On June 27th, 2008, Mr Markku Niskala, the IFRC
Secretary General and Mr Thimothy St. J. Ellam, VE6SH, Vice President
of the International Amateur Radio Union, signed this very important
document.

Thank you to the IARU international team of negotiators for this success.

73,
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
- Vice President International Affairs,
Radio Amateurs of Canada
 
- Director Area A,
IARU Region 2
 
- Chair, Emergency Communications Committee (EMCOMM)
IARU Region 2