Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending the first Preparatory Meetings for Working Parties 5A, B and C. Preparatory Meetings are held twice a year between World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC). The current meetings are therefore the first of a series which will continue until just before the 2019 WRC now scheduled for October 2019. They are almost always of two weeks’ duration and are usually held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva.
Preparatory Meetings primarily prepare documents on the agenda items identified for the upcoming WRC. They are in turn preceded by meetings and the submission of documents from the participating administrations, for example, Canada through its authorized government agency, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED; formerly Industry Canada). Canada is represented by ISED; specifically, by the Canadian Chairman of the Working Party involved. In the case of Working Party 5A (where Amateur issues are housed), the Chairman is Christine Hsu. The RAC representative is made a member of the delegation by invitation and Bryan's role is to advise on Amateur issues.
The principal Amateur Radio issue is an international authorization of the 50 to 54 MHz band in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) – not a critical issue for Canadian Amateurs.
Also under consideration:
- an expansion of Radio Local Area Networks (RLAN’s) into the 5 GHz band. Amateurs have a secondary allocation here in 5650 to 5925 MHz which we already share with the Primary Users and with ISM (Wi-Fi, etc.)
- proposals to study frequencies for wireless power transfer, e.g., charging cellphones and bigger devices. Depending upon the frequencies planned and the technical characteristics there may be a significant potential for interference to Amateurs.
- studying the possible frequency range for International Mobile Telephony (IMT) in a range between 24.25 and 81.5 GHz. Radio Amateurs will be carefully watching our Primary allocation in 47 to 47.2 GHz.
- proposals to harmonize radio systems across international boundaries for railway and trackside communications. We will be looking out for any impact this may have on Amateur frequencies
As was the case during the WRC-15 conference, Bryan will be tweeting comments on Amateur Radio issues from the meeting using #RACatITU. You can also follow him via @ractweets.
Bryan will also be including a report in The Canadian Amateur magazine at the conclusion of the meetings.
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