Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending the latest Preparatory Meetings for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19).
Preparatory Meetings are usually held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva and are of two weeks’ duration. This time Bryan is attending as a member of the Canadian Delegation and also as an Expert Consultant for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Amateur Radio issues are dealt with principally in ITU-R Working Party 5A. WP 5A is chaired by Dr. José Costa, a Canadian. The Canadian Delegation is being chaired by Ms. Cindy-Lee Cook of the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). For the IARU, Vice-President Ole Garpestad LA2RR is present in Geneva.
These meetings are the fifth in the current series; however, they are the last before the critical Conference Preparatory Material (CPM) is drafted. CPM documents constitute the background information and summary of recommended options for the delegates who will make the decisions at the 2019 Conference now scheduled to take place between October 28 and November 22, 2019 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The principal Amateur Radio issue is an international authorization of the 50 to 54 MHz band in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East).
These meetings are also debating an expansion of the frequencies, powers and deployment of Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) in the 5 GHz range. Canadian Amateurs have a secondary allocation here in 5650 to 5925 MHz which we already share with the Primary Users as well as with unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) users (Wi-Fi, etc.).
Amateur delegates in Geneva this time, representing their individual delegations and/or the IARU, come from the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Norway and Australia in addition to Canada.
Bryan will be tweeting comments on Amateur Radio issues from the meeting using the hashtag #RACatITU. You can also follow him via @ractweets. Bryan will also be including a report in the next issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine at the conclusion of the meetings.
For more information about World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings visit:
World Radio Communication Conferences: https://wp.rac.ca/wrc/
May 2017 Preparatory Meetings: https://wp.rac.ca/wrc-preparatory-meetings-november2017/
Calendar of Events: https://www.itu.int/en/events/Pages/Calendar-Events.aspx?sector=ITU-R