The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) says “significant progress” was made during World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) preparations that took place earlier this month at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva. But the IARU cautioned that a lot remains to be done before the “reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately satisfied.”
The team representing IARU in Working Party 5A (WP 5A) of ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) consisted of amateurs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the US. For IARU, the main focus was on the WRC-19 agenda item that will consider an Amateur Radio allocation in Region 1 from 50 to 54 MHz that is similar to the one available in regions 2 and 3. The current, mainly secondary, allocation of 50 to 52 MHz in most European countries is a regional agreement.
Delegates to the meeting considered input documents from IARU, France, the Russian Federation, and Switzerland were considered. A rough consensus was achieved on the text that will provide the technical basis for discussions concerning the access to 50-54 MHz for the Amateur Service in Region 1. Additionally, some administrations accepted an IARU-proposed method to calculate the spectrum needs of the Amateur Service at 50 to 54 MHz, but more information to justify the requested bandwidth will be required, the IARU said.