IARU to take action on radio spectrum pollution

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  1. G4TUT

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    IARU to take action on radio spectrum pollution
    The IARU Administrative Council meeting in Peru Sept 28-29 agrees to step-up efforts to combat radio spectrum pollution

    The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on September 28-29, 2019 in Lima, Peru, just before the triennial General Assembly of IARU Region 2. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

    Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ, and Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP. Region 2 executive committee member George Gorsline, VE3YV, was present as an observer.

    The AC conducted its final review of IARU preparations for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). WRC-19 will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for four weeks beginning on 28 October. The conference has a lengthy agenda, with items of direct interest to the amateur service including consideration of improvements to the amateur allocation in Region 1 at 50 MHz, protection of existing allocations to the amateur service, and development of the agenda for the next WRC in 2023.

    For the past four years IARU volunteers and its member-societies have been working to influence the proposals from national telecommunications administrations and regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) that will be considered in Sharm El-Sheikh. IARU efforts have reduced the number of potentially damaging proposals that otherwise might have been offered for consideration, but several challenges remain. A small team of IARU observers will attend WRC-19 and will work with amateurs and friends on national delegations to reach the best possible outcomes.

    Looking beyond WRC-19 the AC recognized the need for an increased commitment to influencing the work of standards organizations, particularly the International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) and its participating national committees. The rising level of radio spectrum pollution caused by unnecessary and unwanted emissions from electronic devices such as wireless power transfer for the recharging of electric vehicles is a serious threat to radiocommunication services including the amateur service.

    While the work of the IARU is done by volunteers, attending meetings is expensive and requires the financial support of individual radio amateurs through membership of their national IARU member-societies. Additional qualified volunteers are needed in order to meet present and future challenges.

    An extensive discussion was held to identify the principal challenges facing amateur radio and how the IARU and its member-societies can better address them.

    Upgrading of the current websites of the IARU and its three regional organizations is underway and should be completed in the coming months. The AC adopted a Brand Guide to ensure a common identity across the IARU organization.

    The theme for next year’s World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, was confirmed as “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”

    The next in-person meeting of the AC is scheduled to be held immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, in October 2020. Virtual AC meetings are also planned beginning in December 2019 and January 2020.

    Source IARU http://iaru.org/


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  2. W9FSS

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  3. G3SEA

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    Good luck on this one but thank you for your volunteer work :cool:

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  4. KQ6XA

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    It is laudable that IARU vocally opposes spectrum pollution.

    Perhaps IARU can establish a widely accepted spectral purity mask standard for the Amateur Radio Service.

    But, what can IARU really do to "take action" against the rise of non-amateur unintentional RF emitters?

    The standards to alleviate spectrum pollution are already in place and effective in some countries. For many other countries the standards are non-existent, un-enforced, or circumvented.

    Let's face it, it is expensive to meet the standards for some types of products. That's why some manufacturers and marketeers will continue to produce spectrum polluting products. After all, that is the source of most spectrum pollution.

    Example: An HF industrial 75 kilowatt RF car door welder made in China. (pictured above)
    You see an industrial machine. I see a powerful HF transmitter with a large metal frame antenna.

    It is simply going to leak 50W or 100W ERP (or more). If it happens to drift out of its ISM band or someone leaves a grounding plate loose after the 2 year warranty is over, then what? RF pollution that can easily reach other countries.

    But, Amateur Radio is not blameless in the spectrum pollution game. During ARRL's 160m contest last year, I copied strong 5 MHz harmonics (S7 or more) from 3 contester ham stations that were more than 1000 miles away.
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  5. VK3VM

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    The issue of radio spectrum pollution basically comes from the inability of many regulatory domains to control and regulate EME emanating from electronic equipment.

    As an example, almost every device that is purchased on Ebay, Amazon And Aliexpress that emanates from overseas sources comes with a power pack (i.e. "Wall Wart/Wort"). Are these power packs compliant with international EME specifications (i.e. "C Ticks")?

    Have components been removed since "C-Tick" certification?

    Many of us will know that when we examine power supplies and compare the devices to the images supplied to the FCC and other regulatory bodies that there have been changes to cheapen manufacture design - and often it is the EME components that has been adjusted.

    Its not just cheap imports either where this occurs... This component "EME-component-de-creeping" occurs with almost EVERY electronic device from every manufacturer.

    We need the IARU to take these issues to the ITU and lobby hard to change processes that allow manufactured designs to alter outside of original certification parameters. We need the IARU to start lobbying individual dominions and regulatory domains to stamp out the exponential growth of noisy devices that spit massive amounts of spurious EME into our radio spectrum. We need the IARU to lobby HARD to ensure that devices maintain compliance throughout their lifetime - and to lobby regulatory domains to enforce this.
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  6. WD8ED

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    Without enforcement it's all just hopes and dreams.

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  7. N0AMY

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    um yeah to get into the lobbying game is only about 10 million to start . they should get right on that ..
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  9. N1SCA

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    good luck on that one.
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  10. K8LCS

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    I wonder which pollutes more.... : an HF industrial 75 kilowatt RF car door welder made in China,
    or 75 million little LED (shop lights) RF Transmitters shipped out of China with absolutely no compliance
    to current regulations????
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