Note: In the November-December 2014 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine, Bryan wrote an article about “An Amateur Radio Approach to Spectrum Sharing Studies”. A PDF version of the article is available at the preceding link and is also provided at the bottom of this page.
The International Telecommunications Union describes World Radiocommunication Conferences as follows:
“World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years.
It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.
Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous World Radiocommunication Conferences.
The general scope of the agenda of World Radiocommunication Conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.”
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.
Our Canadian Delegate: Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN
Our delegate, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, the RAC Special Advisor at World Radiocommunication Conferences, regularly keeps us all up to date – through articles in The Canadian Amateur and on the RAC website – on the issues and processes that ultimately determine Amateur Radio frequencies around the world.
In the November-December 2014 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine, Bryan wrote an article about “An Amateur Radio Approach to Spectrum Sharing Studies”. A PDF version of the article is available at the preceding link and is also provided at the bottom of this page.
Between one WRC and the next are many preparatory sessions where the real work to shape, negotiate and defend allocations take place. Our delegate typically attends two of these meetings each year, each lasting 10 to 12 days and from 2016 to 2019, Bryan has travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the Preparatory Meetings for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). You can find more information about these meetings at the links below.
In 1991, the Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF), was created by Tom Atkins, VE3CDM (SK) and Bill Loucks, VE3AR (SK), to provide funding to ensure that a Canadian Radio Amateur would be part of these critical processes. Over the years, this need has only grown more critical with the explosion of mobile services and the need for more spectrum to service them.
Note: It costs a lot to send a person to Geneva to work and live for almost a month, even with discounted airfare and hotel rates. If you have not contributed to the Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF), please consider making a personal donation and also suggest a club donation to DARF at your next club meeting. For more information visit https://darf.rac.ca.
World Radiocommunication Conferences Preparatory Meetings:
The following links provide information about Bryan Rawlings representation at the Preparatory Meetings:
For more information about World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings visit:
World Radio Communication Conferences: https://wp.rac.ca/wrc/
Calendar of Events: https://www.itu.int/en/events/Pages/Calendar-Events.aspx?sector=ITU-R