DENNIS GREEN ZS4BS AWARDED IARU MEDAL - At the IARU R1 gala dinner held in Germany last night Dennis Green ZS4BS was awarded the IARU Region1 Medal for his contribution to the IARU as secretary of the Region for three terms.. The award was presened by IARU Region1 President, Don Beattie.
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Sunday 24 September 2017
SARLNUUS met John Keulder ZS6BXL luister/laai hieraf
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AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC listen here or for more details click here
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DISTANT GALAXY SENDS OUT 15 HIGH ENERGY RADIO PULSES – Radio astronomers at UC Berkeley have detected 15 brief but powerful radio pulses from a mysterious source FRB 121102 far across the Universe, while using the Green Bank telescope at West Virginia during their Breakthrough Listen project. Fast radio bursts (FRB) are brief, bright pulses of radio emission from distant but largely unknown sources, and FRB 121102 is the only one known to repeat: more than 150 high-energy bursts have been observed coming from the object, which was identified last year as a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light years from Earth.
The extraordinary capabilities of the backend receiver, which is able to record several gigahertz of bandwidth at a time, split into billions of individual channels, enable a new view of the frequency spectrum of FRBs, and should shed additional light on the processes giving rise to FRB emission. Whether or not fast radio bursts turn out to be signatures of extra-terrestrial technology, Breakthrough Listen is helping to push the frontiers of a new and rapidly growing area of our understanding of the universe around us.
IARU REGION 1 RE-ELECTS DON BEATTIE AS PRESIDENT – At the tri-annual IARU Region 1 Conference Don Beattie, G3BJ was re-elected as President for the next three years.
Other election results are:
Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR, Vice-President
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Secretary
Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE, Treasurer
Sylvain Azarian, F4GKR
Alessandro Carletti, IV3KKW
Mats Espling, SM6EAN
Joerg Jaehrig, DJ3HW
Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO
Permanent HF Committee: Chairman: Tom Kamp, DF5JL,
Vice Chairman: Ian Greenshields, G4FSU
Permanent VHF/UHF Committee: Chairman: Jacques Verleijn, ON4AVJ
Vice chairman: Jann Traschewski, DG8NGN
EMC Committee:Chairman: Tore Worren, LA9QL
Vice Chairman: Hilary Claytonsmith, G4JKS
Region 1 HF Beacon Coordinator: Dennis Green, ZS4BS
Region 1 VHF/UHF Beacon Coordinator: Matthias Klug, DH4FAJ
Region 1 Stars Coordinator: Riri Azrak, OD5RI
Emergency Communications: Greg Mossub, G0DUB
The next IARU Region 1 Conference will be held Nova Sad, Serbia. This will the 25th Regional Conference
IARU AC TAKES IMPORTANT DECISIONS -The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on 15 and 16 September 2017 in Landshut, Germany, imme diately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference. 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.
The AC reviewed its priorities and positions with regard to the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles is seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. Addressing this threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including amateur radio.
The AC reviewed the results of the first year in which a matrix approach to WRC preparation has been followed. The matrix approach is designed to ensure effective coordination among the IARU volunteers who are participating in and monitoring the preparatory meetings of the ITU and regional telecommunications organizations. The agenda includes, along with WPT and several other items of potential concern to radio amateurs, a possible allocation in Region 1 of 50-54 MHz to the amateur service to harmonize with the allocations in the other two regions.
The strategic plan to develop support for amateur spectrum allocations in the period 2016-2020 was reviewed and updated, and an action plan for the remainder of 2017 and 2018 was approved.
The consultative process between the IS and the AC, leading to the nomination of the candidates for IARU President and Vice President for the five-year term beginning in 2019, was initiated. Member-societies will have the opportunity to put forward candidates in early 2018 if they wish to do so.
Progress toward improving the consistency of IARU branding was reviewed and a plan for achieving consistent design across the global and regional IARU websites was approved.
Reports from volunteer coordinators and advisors to the AC were received with thanks. Tore Worren, LA9QL, was appointed as EMC Coordinator, replacing Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, who has had to step down because of a change in employment.
An interim report from the Working Group on Propagation was received. The group is studying developments in technology related to radio propagation observations.
An extensive review of AC resolutions and policies was conducted, leading to the suppression of obsolete resolutions and the updating of other resolutions and policies.
Progress toward the registration of the IARU as a corporate entity was reviewed and further steps were authorized.
The theme for World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2018, was confirmed as
“Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” An effort will be made to share material among member-societies to assist them in observing the day.
The AC approved a transition from paper to electronic certificates for participants in the IARU HF Championship.
JOTA JOTI 2017 Update - ZS6SSG will be running a station as done over the last couple of years. This year, JOTA celebrates the 60th year of running. To commemorate this milestone, we will be running a special event callsign over the weekend (20th to 22nd October). The callsign is: ZS60JOTA. Look out for this call and make contact. We will be running on 20m, 40m and 80m bands for the weekend.
Amateurs interested in assisting with running a station for a Scout Group near their QTH, or would just like to come through and have a look at what is happening, please drop a mail here. It's a great event and the perfect opportunity to grow the youth involvement in this amazing hobby.
SARL SUBMITS AN INFORMATION PAPER TO IARU REGION 1 CONFERENCE -The SARL has submitted an information paper about the HF RF Noise Floor Monitoring project to the IARU EMC Committee for discussion at the Region 1 Conference starting in Germany next weekend. The SARL will be represented by Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL and Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT. The document is available for download here.
The meeting agenda covers many important topics. For more information, papers and the agenda click here
REPORT BACK ON SARL/SARL LIAISON MEETING - The SARL-ICASA Liaison Committee met on 7 July. To read the summary report click here
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