Work is already under way by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to address agenda items of interest to Amateur Radio during the run-up to the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convenes WRCs every 3 or 4 years in Geneva; the last WRC was in 2015. The IARU’s prime focus is spectrum privileges — gaining or retaining spectrum for the amateur radio services and spectrum protection — making sure that amateur spectrum remains available for use and free from serious man-made interference. The IARU works within international standards organizations and with regional telecommunication organizations to accomplish its goals.
In the past month, IARU representatives have attended the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Electronic Communications Committee (ECC). This is CEPT’s policy-making body and just one of the many CEPT committees at which the IARU has a seat at the table. IARU was also present at ITU Working Parties under Study Group 5 (SG5), which is charged with studying matters related to terrestrial radiocommunication services. Working Party 5A met November 7-17, preparing for WRC-19 with a focus that included the Amateur Radio services.