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Tue May 22, 2018

[RAC-Bulletin] Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva attending the WRC Preparatory Meetings Countdown to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019

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:

May 2017 Preparatory Meetings:

Calendar of Events:


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 22-05-18 | [0] comments (2 views) | 

Map of German radio hams....

A Google map is available that shows radio amateurs in Germany as at June 5, 2017

The map can be seen at:

NOTE - A lot of dots so make sure to zoom in!

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 22-05-18 | [0] comments (8 views) | 

IOTA News from OPDX....

22 May, 2018
Island activities:

AS-066. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as R0LS/p from Skrebtsova Island (WW Loc. PN53WF, RR-16-18) between May 24-28th. Operators mentioned are Sergey/RW0LZ, Sergey/R0LS and Vlado/UA0LCZ. Activity will mainly be on CW using the following suggested frequencies: 3507, 7007,10107, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz. QSL via R0LS.

OC-137. Mike, VK4DX, will be active as VK4DX/P from Russell Island, Southern Moreton Bay Islands, between June 1-3rd. Activity will be on 80-20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VK4DX, direct, LoTW or OQRS at:

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 22-05-18 | [0] comments (2 views) | 

Sat May 19, 2018

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC’s First Gold Maple Leaf Operator Member: IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH

At the Dayton Hamvention on Friday morning, May 18, RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, presented Tim Ellam, VE6SH, International Amateur Radio Union President, with RAC's first Gold Maple Leaf Operator Membership.

Tim made a special request to become RAC's first Gold Maple Leaf Operator Member to illustrate the International Amateur Radio Union's continued support of Radio Amateurs of Canada. Thanks Tim!

RAC created two new categories of our Maple Leaf Operators (MLO) Membership level: Silver and Gold as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations. Other national Amateur Radio organizations – as well as non-Amateur organizations supported by membership – have several levels of participation allowing those who are able to do so to make higher contributions to sustain the organization. The new Silver and Gold Maple Leaf Operator levels will make this possible.

For more information about the new Silver and Gold Maple Leaf Operator Membership levels visit:

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 19-05-18 | [0] comments (55 views) | 
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