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The following news item is courtesy of the International Amateur Radio Union:

Significant progress was made in preparing for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) at a two-week meeting at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in November 2017. However, there remains a lot to do before the reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately satisfied. The team representing IARU in Working Party (WP) 5A of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) consisted of Amateurs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Note: for more information on Canada’s role in the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019, visit https://www.rac.ca/wrc-preparatory-meetings-november2017/ and stay tuned to the January-February 2018 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

For the IARU the main focus was on the WRC-19 agenda item which will consider a frequency allocation for the Amateur Service in Region 1 from 50 to 54 MHz similar to Regions 2 and 3. The current, mainly secondary, allocation 50-52 MHz in most European countries is a regional agreement. During the meeting input documents from the IARU, France, the Russian Federation and Switzerland were considered with the following intermediate results:

In addition to an Amateur allocation in Region 1 at 50 MHz, other key issues for the Amateur Service at WRC-19 include securing protection for Amateur Service primary allocations at 24 GHz and 47 GHz and minimizing possible interference arising from Wireless Power Transmission for the charging of electric vehicles.

Following the meeting of Working Party 5A and other meetings related to the work of ITU-R Study Group 5, the ITU hosted the first of three planned Inter-Regional Workshops on WRC-19 Preparation. IARU Vice-President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, who also attended the WP 5A meeting, represented the IARU at the workshop to hear reports on progress by the regional telecommunications organizations.

Dave Sumner, K1ZZ
IARU Secretary
PO Box 310905
Newington, CT 06131-0905 USA
Email: secretary @ iaru.org
www.iaru.org