Radio DARC shortwave broadcasts for IARU Region 1 Conference

Radio DARC International Shortwave Broadcasts

During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, from 17th September until 22nd September, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave broadcasts to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports

The programmes will be in the English language.

The RADIO DARC programmes will be compiled by Eva-Maria, DG9MFG, Christian, DL8MDW, Peter, HB9MQM and Rainer, DF2NU, the Editor-in-chief.

Several transmitters and shortwave bands are used to allow reception in different target regions of IARU Region 1. The broadcasting partner is the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) in Moosbrunn near Vienna. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 17 September to Friday, 22 September 2017

17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 13 775 kHz with 300 kW for Africa
17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 9 790 kHz with 100 kW for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 6 070 kHz with 100 kW for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 9 540 kHz with 100 kW for Western Europe

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6 070 kHz for Europe. The programs contain DX news, technical features and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and some great music from the 70s and 80s.

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

“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?

Call for applications YOTA 2016‏ Austria

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The 6th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place in Austria from 16th to 23rd July 2016.

OeVSV (Österreichischer Versuchssenderverband), which will celebrate their 90 years anniversary, will be hosting next YOTA summer event.

75 Youngsters will be invited to travel to the Austrian Alps to enjoy a program with many new elements compared to previous years. It will be a great experience for all participants which they will never forget. To get a better feeling about this, have a look at the gallery from previous events.

When: 16-23 July 2016

Participants:
Each IARU member society is invited to take part with a team. A team consist of maximum 5 persons, 4 Persons with the age 15-25 years and one person is dedicated as team leader.
* All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.
* We ask member societies to select motivated participants
Team leaders:
* Younger team leaders are preferred (age 18-30 years)
* A team leader should be in a good health condition, which means that they can take part in the entire program and take care of their team members.

Location: Wagrain, south of Salzburg (OE2)

Fees: travel costs to Salzburg airport or Wagrain and €25 per participant. All other costs (accomodation, food, activities) will be covered, main funder of the event is IARU Region 1.

If your member society is interested to participate, please respond to austria@ham-yota.com by 31 December 2015 by sending in the application form. There is a limit of 75 participants. Make sure you will apply in time. We will announce the participating countries shortly after the deadline.

For any questions, please contact austria@ham-yota.com

Kosovo denied admission to IARU

The Kosovo Amateur Radio Association SHRAK Z6OA
has been denied admission to the IARU

In a recent poll in the IARU, the Republic of Kosovo failed to obtain recognition by the International Amateur Radio Union. 

Kosovo has a very long history with many claiming control of the territory over the Centuries. In recent times it was the “Autonomous Province of Kosovo and  Metohija”  and part of the Constituent Republic of Serbia, which was itself part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Following the ugly breakup of Yugoslavia, Kosovo was claimed as part of Serbia but in February 2008 the Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

Today, while Serbia continues to claim Kosovo  as part of it’s sovereign territory, the Republic of Kosovo is recognised by 23 of the 28 members of the European and is regarded as a potential candidate for future enlargement of the European Union. Kosovo is also a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, International Road and Transport Union, Regional Cooperation Council, Council of Europe Development Bank, Venice Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and has gained full membership in many major sports federations including the International Olympic Committee.

However, due to lacking diplomatic recognition from at least 85 United Nations member countries, the Republic of Kosovo is not yet a member of the United Nations. It is therefor currently unable to be a member of the International Telecommunications Union, the organisation which controls allocation of callsigns internationally. The Z6 range of callsigns is therefore not formally allocated to the Republic.

SHRAK was founded in 2000. Due to the lack of a callsign range allocation to Kosovo, the Assoication was unable to be active on the air. However, on 29th of August 2008, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo issued a decree claiming the usage of the Z6 call sign range for its whole geographical territory.

In September 2012 SHRAK was re-established as a non-profit organization for Amateur Radio Activities in Kosovo, approved by Kosovan Regulatory Authority of Electronic and Postal Communications – ARKEP.   SHRAK is the only recognised organisation in Kosovo representing and promoting Amateur Radio and boasts a membership from a very high percentage of the Radio Amateurs in Kosovo..

The application for membership of the IARU was considered by IARU Region 1 who, in May 2014, were of the opinion that SHRAK met the requirements for membership and submitted the proposal to the IARU international union.

This week’s reports on the results of the ballot for this proposal indicate that the proposal has failed. It appears that some opposed to SHRAK’s membership even questioned the right for that organisation to be constituted – if this report is correct it indicates a high handed attitude to the organisation, it’s members and the territory of Kosovo which may well be driven by politics rather than the regulations of the IARU.

Somewhere In the politics there are views which are coloured by the potential for parts of other European countries to seek independence, including Catalonia from Spain and even, despite a referendum,  the ongoing debate relating to Scotland and the United Kingdom.

It is highly likely that the desire of Kosovo’s national Association to be admitted to the IARU will be revisited and almost certain that, in due time, they will become members. However, it may take recognition by international bodies, particularly the UN, to overcome the blinkered thinking of some IARU member countries.

It seems incredible that when Radio Amateur’s across the world have been involved in and successful in re-establishing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, including involvement from IARU Region, that the international body should now fail to recognise these endeavours.  Whether the IARU’s decision can be considered to be in the spirit of international Amateur Radio is open to question.