When friends fall out – EURAO and IARU Region 1

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

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?

EURAO Boulevard at Friedrichshafen 2017

This is the detailed plan of EURAO Boulevard inside the HAM RADIO exhibition, to be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany this year on 14-16 July.

In addition to the main EURAO (European Radio Amateur Organisation) booth (A1-662), there will also be booths of the following EURAO member associations:

  • RNRE (A1-660)
  • CISAR (A1-666)
  • URC (A1-661)
  • ARR (A1-663)
  • FRC (A1-665)
  • FEDI-EA (A1-667).

Other member associations, like VRA, will be inside EURAO booth meeting members, friends and visitors, listening to opinions and sharing experiences.

EURAO’s own agenda for the exhibition weekend includes several meetings:

  • Board of Directors on Thursday
  • Technical team on Friday
  • General Assembly on Saturday;
    • coordination of annual activities,
    • discussion of new projects, etc.

If you are visiting  HAM RADIO 2017 at Friedrichshafen, do not forget to pay a visit to the EURAO stand.

EURAO Party On The Air – Watching SSTV – 17 & 18 June

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization has announced a new party on the air, this time with the motto: “watching SSTV“. This is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple recommended ‘rules’.

Purpose: SSTV (Slow Scan TeleVision) is not a new mode, but it is incredibly fun, even as a SWL.

Date & time: June 17th and 18th, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bands & modes: these are the recommended frequencies (+/-) for SSTV: 3.730, 7.058, 10.132, 14.230, 21.340, 28.680, 50.510 and 144.500 MHz.

Call: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Exchange: because this is a QSO event, not a contest, you can send/watch whatever you want, in any language, and for as long as you like. Here are some topic suggestions to get the conversation going: name, city, locator, weather, antennas, rigs, etc.

Also talk about QSL interchange. Tell the truth. Say “no, thanks” if you are not interested in QSL cards. But if you would like to have a memory of your contact, feel free to use our EuroBureauQSL (see below).

Logs: for statistic purposes only, we ask participants to submit their logs in ADIF format to party@eurao.org, where the filename should be your callsign (e.g. EA3RKF.ADI).

There will be no results or league tables, only statistical information about number of QSOs, countries, callsigns, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificate of Participation: for those sending the log and with a minimum of 10% QSOs confirmed.

EuroBureauQSL: you can use it to interchange QSLs even if you are not member. In this case, just send the QSL to the entry point in the country of contacted station.

IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Programme 2017

The IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program (YCP) continues in 2017. Youth members (under 26 years old) from IARU Region 1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from   “Top-Gun” stations.

Applications are open: apply here.

These young Radio Amateurs will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team in a live contest.
A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.
Contest locations:conteststationsycp
  • ES5TV ARI International DX contest (6-7 May 2017)
  • 9A1A 9A1RBZ  CQ M International DX contest (13-14 May 2017)
  • 4O3A CQWW RTTY contest (23-24 September 2017)
  • Further contests may be added to stay tuned to the web pages listed below
  • Young people aged under 26 years.
  • 1 or 2 participants per member society
  • All levels of contest experience are accepted. A participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver.
  • Member societies are asked to select young people who are  willing to experience a contest in a “big-gun”station, eager to learn more about amateur radio and who are aiming to get the best results out of the contest. A group of ±6 international youngsters and ±6 domestic youngsters will take part per contest.
  • Participants are asked to fund their own travel costs. All other costs will be covered.

Example Schedule for participants

When taking part in a 24 hours contest the participant will arrive on Friday and leave on Monday.
This is an example time schedule from 9A1A:

Friday: Arrive to host city (in this case Zagreb ). Social event in late afternoon and
evening hours. Sleeping  in one of Zagreb hostels.
Saturday – Sunday: Travel to contest location (in 9A1A case about 40 km). Introduction to the
contest location, its capacities and possibilities. Team will take part in the contest.
Team will sleep on Sunday/Monday night on contest location.
Monday: Travel to home.

Find out more at these web locations:-

Clubs & Groups Membership of EURAO

EURAO – the European Radio Amateurs’ Organisation – has intruduced a new class of membership for clubs and groups.

Local radio clubs and specialised Amateur Radio groups around the world are important.

For this reason, EURAO has created the membership category Clubs&Groups in order that they can provide the following EURAO collective services to ALL their members:

  • International QSL Service (*)
  • European Radio Amateur Card
  • EURAO Member Benefits Program
  • EURAO Newsletter
  • EURAO TV Channel
  • Representation before international institutions

More information at http://www.eurao.org/en/node/464

News from the Yasme Foundation

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the USA and organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries.

Yasme Excellence Award

The Yasme Board of Directors has announced the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

Pekka Ketonen, OH1TV, in recognition of his many innovations, such  as the Opposite Voltage Feed concept for amateur radio antennas,  and for documenting his work in English to make it widely available. (more…)

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism route on the west coast of Ireland that runs for 2,500 km (1,500 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces.  Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry – all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls – EI11WAW through to EI99WAW.  Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way and will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.

For more information on the Wild Atlantic Way counties as well as QSL and award information, see the QRZ.COM pages for the participating stations (EI11WAW – EI99WAW).

The stations active through 2017 will be

EI11WAW – County Donegal
EI22WAW – County Leitrim
EI33WAW – County Sligo
EI44WAW – County Mayo
EI55WAW – County Galway
EI66WAW – County Clare
EI77WAW – County Limerick
EI88WAW – County Kerry
EI99WAW – County Cork

QSL via ClubLog, OQRS, or bureau, via EI6AL

A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode.   Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call.  A certificate can also be sent by post – send €5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to payments@irts.ie

More information at irts.ie/waw/index.html

Scottish Amateur Radio Convention 2017

A Scottish Amateur Radio Convention
is being planned for Sunday 7th May 2017

The convention will be held at the Intu Braehead Centre near the City of Glasgow/ The centre  boasts excellent access by road, rail, air and public transport. There are a wealth of local hotels and activities. Car parking is plentyful.

InTu is best known as a shopping centre but also hosts an Arena, a Curling arena (where the convention will take place) and a massive area outside facing onto the Rive Clyde. The Venue features a large food court including  Starbucks, KFC, Costa and more, as well as having a whole host of other shopping needs catered for, also within a five-minute walk is a Large Ikea. This is a venue for all the Family.

Sunday 30th April is the day before the early May public holiday. so this is a great excuse to visit the convention, let the family enjoy all the facilities of Braehead and maybe make a weekend of it with visits to Loch Lomond or Glasgow or the many visitor attraction within easy reach of the location.

You can keep up to date on the Convention webpage which will provide details of the convention, the stall holders and exhibitors.