RAC welcomes new Special Advisor for World Radio Conferences:
Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV
As we are about to begin another four-year process leading to the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, has decided to step down as RAC Special WRC Advisor to let another RAC representative start the process.
Bryan provided his final report on WRC-19 on page 28 of the March-April 2020 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine and has also contributed an article about International Regulations.
On behalf of RAC members and indeed all Canadian Amateurs, I thank Bryan for his years of dedicated service and for showing up!
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV, will take over as RAC Special Advisor at the World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings when activities pick up later this year.
It is the job of a 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.
Paul was first licensed in 1965 as G3TZJ in England. Emigrating to Canada in 1974, he became VE3ICV. His Amateur interests are primarily HF DXing and CW contesting, with outdoor QRP operation in the summer. He also enjoys antenna experimentation.
Paul has been a member of the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club for many years, serving twice as its President, and is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada.
Professionally, Paul spent 30 years with Nortel Networks, where he held a number of engineering and management positions related to the specification, design, verification and standardization of wireline and wireless products, He took early retirement in 2004 and since then has acted as a consultant in the area of Quality of Service / Quality of Experience of telecommunications networks.
Paul has been active for many years in international Standards Forums and has participated in many meetings of the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Going forward, Paul’s main activity in participating in ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) meetings as a RAC Special Advisor will be to monitor proposals, and lobby to protect Canadian and worldwide Amateur Radio interests, in the run-up to WRC-23, the next World Radiocommunication Conference.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair
What are World Radio Communication Conferences?
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.”