Representatives of the countries comprising IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia) will gather this month for the Region 1 General Conference. The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will host the meeting 21-26 September in Albena on the Black Sea Coast. Regional general conferences are held every three years.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will raise the issue of malicious QRM, especially in the wake of international interference to well-publicized DXpeditions that have attracted huge pileups. In its formal paper, the RSGB said, “It is now time for all Region 1 Member Societies to treat malicious QRM as a major and urgent priority and to take positive action against this form of anarchy that threatens the future of Amateur Radio.” The RSGB also will recommend that Region 1 appoint an Amateur Radio Observation Service (AROS) network.
The topic of transnational Amateur Radio remote-controlled operation will also come up for discussion. A recommendation from the Irish Radio Transmitter Society (IRTS) would mandate the incoming Executive Committee to set up a working group of individuals experienced in radio regulatory affairs “to examine the questions of transnational remote-controlled operation and to establish under what conditions such operations might be regulate.
IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders (PA2LS) has submitted a proposal to form a Region 1 Youth working group, which would be responsible for Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) activities in addition to promoting Amateur Radio youth activities within the region. Leenders will recommend that IARU Region 1 become the “main funder” of a week-long YOTA summer camp, where youngsters take part in Amateur Radio activities.
The IARU Administrative Council will meet 27-28 September 2014, following the Region 1 General Conference.
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