[AMRadio] From the ARRL Letter WRC 07 IARU Conference

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Subject: [illinoisdigitalham] From the ARRL Letter

>From the ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 44 (Friday, November 2, 2007)

==> WRC-07 SO FAR

The end of the second week of the four-week 2007 World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) is drawing near, but -- at
least as far as the amateur services are concerned -- the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) WRC-07 team reports there is
not much as of yet in the way of firm conclusions. Here is a report
prepared by IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ.

An unexpected highlight of the opening plenary was the announcement by
Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure, at the end of his prepared remarks,
that he had earned his Amateur Radio license. We seldom, if ever, have
received such prominence during the opening ceremonies of a
conference. Dr Toure's call sign is HB9EHT. He left for the Connect
Africa Summit in Kigali immediately after the conference opening, but
is expected to be back in Geneva next week.

The Amateur Services have been quite visible at the conference in
other ways:

* The special WRC-07 issue of ITU News includes an article under Larry
Price's byline setting out Amateur Radio's aspirations for the

* An Amateur Radio emergency communications trailer brought from
Germany was on display during the first 10 days of the conference,
parked strategically on the walkway between the conference center and
the adjacent ITU building. A full-color explanation of Amateur Radio's
emergency communications capabilities and an invitation to visit the
trailer was distributed in the delegates' pigeonholes by the ITU
Radiocommunication Bureau, as well as some additional information
about the Amateur Services, resulting in a steady stream of visitors.

* The IARU WRC-07 pin is a popular collectible and is being displayed
on many lapels and lanyards around the conference center.

* The IARU hosted a very successful reception for 200 key delegates on
the evening of October 31 in the ITU cafeteria.

* The International Amateur Radio Club (IARC) station, 4U1ITU, is
operating under the special call sign 4U1WRC. The station is sporting
new antennas that were erected especially for the conference;
afterwards they have to be removed temporarily to make way for repairs
to the roof of the building.

* The IARC has invited delegates to take part, on the last Sunday of
the conference, in an excursion to the Swiss National Museum of Sound
and Image in Montreux.

Progress on the agenda items of interest to the Amateur Services has
been slow. The 4-10 MHz issue is bogged down, with opponents of HF
broadcasting expansion holding fast to a position of "no change." HF
BC proponents are not nearly as numerous as in 2003 and are mainly in
Europe; they have backed off from an initial position of 350 kHz of
expansion down to 200 kHz, but there has not yet been any movement
from the other side.

In the meantime work on the other 4-10 MHz issues, including the
possibility of a 5-MHz secondary amateur allocation (which so far is
supported by the European BC proponents), cannot progress. Even if the
HF BC allocation could be settled quickly, which seems unlikely at
this point, time is running out to complete work on the rest of these
issues. Meetings will continue over the weekend and well into next week.

Early this week it appeared that the issue of a 135.7-137.8 kHz
secondary allocation to the Amateur Service had been settled
favorably; however, it turned out that the concerns of some Arab
administrations had not been fully satisfied and more work needed to
be done. On Friday morning, November 2, the allocation was approved at
the Working Group 4C level with two footnotes, one of which limits
power to 1 W EIRP and a second that allows countries in Region 1 to
opt out of the allocation if they wish. Saudi Arabia repeated its
opposition to the allocation and requested that this be noted in the
Working Group's report to Committee 4. The allocation still has to be
approved by Committee 4 and the Plenary. The next meeting of Committee
4 is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, November 6.

The process of identifying possible frequency bands for future
international mobile telecommunications (cell phones and beyond) is
very contentious. One frequency range being examined is 2.3-2.4 GHz,
which of course is of concern to us although there is no immediate
cause for alarm.

Prior to every WRC we look for opportunities to clean up so-called
"country footnotes" that allow individual administrations to depart
from the regional or international allocations that are in the body of
the Table of Frequency Allocations. It is gratifying that several
countries have agreed to remove themselves from footnotes that apply
to parts of 160 and 80 meters, 6 meters and (in some European
countries) parts of 70 cm.

With regard to agenda items for future WRCs, discussions will begin in
earnest on Saturday, November 3. Proposals have been offered for
agenda items dealing with possible amateur allocations around 500 kHz,
5 MHz and (in Region 1) 50 MHz; of course, 50 MHz is already allocated
to the Amateur Service in Regions 2 and 3. There are more than 40
proposals for future agenda items, which is at least twice as many as
are likely to be approved, so the fate of "our" future agenda items
remains to be determined. The IARU team is following other proposed
agenda items closely to determine (and minimize, to the extent we are
able) their potential impact on the Amateur Services.

The initial core IARU team consisted of IARU President Larry Price,
W4RA; Ken Pulfer, VE3PU; IARU Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro,
YV5AMH, and Paul Rinaldo, W4RI. Hans Zimmermann, HB9AQS, was here to
help out with the German trailer. IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ,
arrived on October 24 and IARU Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH,
arrived on October 30. Some team members will be leaving before the
end of the conference.

We also have considerable help from amateur representatives on other
national delegations and from Tafa Diop, 6W1KI, who is here for the
first half of the conference representing the African
Telecommunications Union. National delegates, a few of whom are here
part-time, include: Jim Dean, VE3IQ (Canada); Ole Garpestad, LA2RR
(Norway); Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T (Netherlands); Jay Oka, JA1TRC
(Japan); Peter Lake, ZL2AZ (New Zealand); Keith Malcolm, VK1ZKM
(Australia); Colin Thomas, G3PSM (UK); Walt Ireland, WB7CSL (USA);
Jonathan Siverling, WB3ERA (USA), and Joong-geun Rhee, HL1AQQ
(Republic of Korea). Other members of national delegations, both
licensed and unlicensed, are being of considerable assistance; their
support and cooperation is deeply appreciated.


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