Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending Preparatory Meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
The current meetings are the third of a series of meetings which will continue until just before WRC-19 now scheduled to be held in Geneva from October 28 to November 22, 2019.
Preparatory Meetings are almost always two weeks in duration and are held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva. This time Bryan is attending as a member of the Canadian Delegation and also as an Expert Consultant for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
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. The RAC representative is made a member of the delegation by invitation and Bryan's role is to advise on Amateur issues.
The photo shows the Canadian delegation to Working Party 5A which monitors Amateur Radio issues.
Front row (seated): Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN; Ms. Paramita Melanson, the new Chairman of the Canadian delegation; and Ali Shoamanesh of Telesat.
Back row (standing): Dr. José Costa, the ITU Chairman of Working Party 5A; and Daniel Gratton of the Canadian Space Agency.
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 are:
- an expansion of Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) 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.
As was the case during the WRC-15 conference, Bryan will be tweeting comments on Amateur Radio issues from the meeting using the hashtag #RACatITU. You can also follow him via @ractweets.
Bryan will also be including a report in the next issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine at the conclusion of the meetings.
For more information about the Preparatory Meetings visit:
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