Category: International

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-6: Work resumes on all fronts

Week-2 started with both 50MHz and other items – including a new arrival from afar. 50 MHz resumed after the weekend session. Discussions in the sub-working group are trying to create a delicate balance between various potential allocations for amateurs; and appropriate protection criteria for other incumbent services such as mobile or broadcasting. via Radio […]

Via the ARRL: IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward. The IARU released a summary record of the meeting this week. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting in Lima, Peru, observed that the […]

Via the ARRL: IARU Reports Early Progress, Contention on Difficult Issues Mark First Week of WRC

The first week of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) said. The conference is under way in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The IARU said […]

via the RSGB: News from WRC-19

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) opened in Egypt on 28 October 2019. Daily reports of proceedings can be found on the RSGB’s social media and special focus page at These reports are prepared by the RSGB volunteers attending the conference. WRC-19 has a wide-ranging agenda, of which the amateur issues are but a small part. IARU President Tim Ellam, […]

Via the ARRL: W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to Span the Atlantic

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, […]

Via the ARRL: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Opens in Egypt

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is under way in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. More than 3,500 delegates from 193 member-states around the world are attending the month-long gathering, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which opened today (October 28). WRC-19 delegates will discuss changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. Amateur radio issues are but a […]

Via the ARRL: IARU Region 2 Third Emergency Communications Workshop Reviews Recent Disaster Responses

The third International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) Emergency Communications Workshop took place earlier this month in Lima, Peru, immediately following the 20th IARU Region 2 General Assembly. The workshop was sponsored by the Executive Committee of IARU Region 2, and hosted by Radio Club Peruano. Region 2 Emergency Coordinators and subject-matter […]

Via the ARRL: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Gets Under Way on October 28

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) opens on Monday, October 28, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. WRC-19 is sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some 3,000 delegates from most countries around the world will attend the international meeting, which lasts 4 weeks, and will discuss and agree to changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. The International […]

Via the ARRL: Saudi Arabia and Seychelles Join International Amateur Radio Union

Member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to IARU membership. SARS was founded on June 25, 2018, and is legally registered and recognized to represent the amateurs of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2019, there were 66 members […]

Via the ARRL: New Amateur Radio License Conditions in Effect for Australian Radio Amateurs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published changes to the Amateur Radio license conditions, effective on September 21. According to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), all restrictions on emission modes have been removed for all licensees, and restrictions on permitted transmission bandwidths have been lifted for all licensees on all bands allowed […]

From amateur radio buff to NASA’s go-to guy (Australia)

ABC News article about radio amateur Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI says ‘NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of the astronaut family’ To NASA personnel, he is VK5ZAI. To his neighbours at Pinks Beach, a small coastal town in South Australia, he goes by Tony. In his 30-year association with the US space agency, Tony Hutchison has been […]