The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) represented the interests of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services in Geneva at last month’s second Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall. The February 18 – 28 gathering was aimed at reviewing and revising a 780-page Draft CPM Report containing initial WRC-19 negotiating positions for Amateur Radio-related agenda items, as well as nearly 200 documents proposing changes. Participants included two IARU representatives as well as seven others serving on national delegations and specifically tasked with representing Amateur Radio interests. Some two dozen volunteers also attended from more than a dozen countries engaged in WRC-19 preparation on behalf of Amateur Radio.
“It is important that the Amateur Service influences development of the text, so that the interests and needs of the Amateur Service are reflected as much as possible,” IARU Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, observed.
Although no blockbuster Amateur Radio-related matters are on the WRC agenda this time, several important items are under consideration. Delegates at WRC-15 approved an allocation of 5,351.5 – 5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.