Some may have noticed the recent spat between EURAO and IARU Region 1 and wondered what it is all about.

Disagreements are possibly part and parcel of any organisation but it is somewhat disconcerting to the average Radio Amateur to see such a public disagreement between two organisations who are supposedly representing the Amateur Radio movement.

The two organisations are probably quite different. One primarily brings together national organisations and enables their representation at International level – this is also the older organisation with perhaps a degree of Northern Europe bureaucratic presentation not unlike that which might be displayed by a political party in power.   The other is the new upstart which perhaps target more the grassroots of Amateur Radio, including individuals and local clubs but not excluding national organisations – this may also driven from the more flamboyant southern part of Europe.

There is clearly some history to this spat which appears to have driven EURAO to go public with their criticism – or perhaps it is simply that they do not wish to see the potential of meeting at Friedrichshafen being missed.

The initial post by EURAO was placed on line in answer to questions they were receiving about a paragraph in the IARU Region 1 Executive Council minutes held on May 5-7, 2017, in Landshut, which read

“ITEM 16: EURAO
G3BJ gave a verbal report on EURAO and the lack of progress since the 2016 EC Meeting. He had invited EURAO to a meeting some months ago to explore each other’s strategies and seek common ground. Sadly, EURAO had not yet responded.”

IARU responded to the initial EURAO post with an “IARU commentary on EURAO Statement about meeting at Friedrichshafen” where there appears to be a possible suggestion that only IARU should represent Amateur Radio issues to CEPT, a proposal that the two organisations required to have a meeting which would require to last all day and a statement that IARU was already too committed to have such a meeting at Friedrichshafen.   You are recommended to read this IARU response yourself to get a fuller picture of where IARU Region 1 are coming from but it is not too difficult to see that the above points, posted publicly, could certainly be enough to annoy EURAO!

EURAO’s latest response can be found at http://www.eurao.org/en/node/900 where they give, as they see it, some history to the issues behind this disagreement, including accusing IARU Region 1 of “mistakes, half truths and missing facts” along with bias.   It is a lengthy post so you are recommended to read it for yourself if you wish some details of the gripes EURAO have.

The clearest thing seems to be that public pronouncements are not the best way to resolve such differences.  And before any extensive meeting it seems appropriate that the two sides should get together and clear the air before they discuss more detailed matters – and where better to have such a meeting than at Friedrichshafen?