The IARU Region 3 Newsletter Issue 2, June 1999 P. O. Box 73, Toshima, Tokyo 170-8691, Japan E-mail: email@example.com The New IARU President and Vice President Secretary General: Rolando Pocana, DU1JYO open their office IARU Liaison: Roberto Garcia Jr., DU6BG The following government and administration activity On May 9, 1999 our new IARU President Larry E. was described by Bobby: Price, W4RA and Vice President David A. Wardlaw, 1) Amateur Radio Consultative Panel (ARCP). This is a VK3ADW opened their office for a term of five years. Our committee established by the National Telecommunica- new Secretary of IARU was appointed by the ARRL, the tions Commission (NTC) consisting of three NTC and hosting society for International Secretariat, as David Sumn- two PARA members to discuss general amateur radio er, K1ZZ whose term is expected for five years, too. matters. 2) National Disaster Communication Committee. This is Your Director David Wardlaw attends a committee established in the Office of Civil Defense Asia Pacific Telecommunity Meeting (OCD) for emergency telecommunications including IARU was invited to attend the APT (Asia Pacific Te- amateur radio operations. It has fulfilled important lecommunity) Seminar on World Radio Conference (WRC) roles in recent disasters in the Philippines, volcanic Issues and the 2nd APT Conference Preparatory Group eruption, floods and earthquakes. Meeting for WRC-2000 (APG2000-2). David Wardlaw Bobby said that amateur radio equipment is still hard to VK3ADW then IARU Region 3 Director attended the import and to buy in the Philippines. The import tax was APG2000-2 meeting from 12 to 16 April 1999 in Bangkok, once 100 per cent. Although now around 30 per cent, an as an observer. The meeting was to review agenda items and ICOM 775 for example is around USD 3,500 plus import tax. related matters for WRC-2000 and to harmonize the views of This is not a generally acceptable price! countries in this region. The IARU International Secretariat Bobby invited Keigo to a local restaurant to talk over provided an IARU position paper for WRC-2000 which was dishes of delicious Filipino seafood. presented by David in the International Organization session. IARU Region 3 Director Young-Soon Park HL1IFM Robert Jones re-elected Director of ITU and KARL ex-President Dr. Joong Guen Rhee HL1AQQ Standing as the sole candidate, Robert Jones (who is attended as members of Korean delegation. VE3CTM) was re-elected Director of the ITU Radiocommu- nication Bureau (BR) on 22 October 1998 by the Ninth Ple- Your Secretary visits PARA nary Meeting of the ITU Minneapolis Plenipotentiary Con- While visiting Manila, Philippines in May for a busi- ference. ness meeting, Secretary Keigo Komuro visited the PARA Bob was first elected to this position by the 1994 Kyoto office and discussed amateur radio matters with the PARA Plenipotentiary Conference and took office in January 1995. immediate past President Bobby Garcia DU6BG. Bobby He kindly participated in the 10th IARU Region 3 Confe- flew from his home in Iloilo city to meet Keigo. rence in Beijing in 1997. The PARA office in Pasig City north of Manila City is in a room in the Semicon Centre building by courtesy of the World Amateur Radio Day, Present and Future owner of the building. Bobby and Keigo met Executive Vice The next World Amateur Radio Day will be celebrated President of Semicon Integrated Electronics Corp., Joey Uy on 18 September 1999. This is the last time that World Yeung Wai, DU1RAA with attendance of their President, Amateur Radio Day will take place in September. From the Leo Villalon, DU1AAA, to say our thanks for their support year 2000, the day will be marked on the anniversary of the to PARA. IARU, on 18 April. The PARA office is about 20 to 25 square meters. It is well appointed with air-conditioning and office tables and Use of ZM Prefix for Y2K Celebration computers. The club station DX1PAR operates on all bands. There are pigeon holes for QSL card sorting, most of the In New Zealand the Ministry of Commerce has advised cards are from Japan. The secretariat staff is led by Ms. Do- that the ZM prefix may be used by all New Zealand amateurs roles Gonzales, DU1PDD. The office is open from 9:30 am instead of the ZL prefix for the period October 1, 1999 to to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. March 31, 2000, to mark the arrival of the new millennium. Bobby advised that Jose Mari Gonzales DU1JMG, who was IARU Region 3 Director from April 1982 to January New Prefix in CANADA 1985, is now a Congressman. Keigo spoke to Joe on the The new Canadian Territory of Nunavut came into phone but they could not meet because of Joe‟s official effect on April 1, 1999. Nunavut „Our Land‟ has a total pop- commitments. ulation of some 25,000 persons in an area of Northern Can- New PARA officers were elected at a recent AGM as ada about the size of Europe. To reflect this new Canadian follows: territory, Nunavut has been allocated the prefix VY0. This President: Eric Villegas, DU1EBV will become a separate multiplier in some HF contests com- Executive VP: Jimmy Corato, 4F9CIA(DU9CIA) mencing with the RAC Canada Day Contest on July 1, 1999. (4F9 indicates 1st class operator) 2 VE8AT Beacon Operational from Nunavut HL1BX appointed as Korea’s Minister of Science & Technology The VE8AT beacon is back on the air from March 21, 1999. The new site is located at 79.59 N, 85.54 W, at Eureka On April 23, 1999, Dr. Jung Uck Seo, HL1BX was on Ellesmere Island in the new Canadian territory Nunavut appointed as Minister of Science and Technology of Korea. (formerly N.W.T). The VE8AT beacon is part of the The participants to the Region 3 Seoul Conference in 1988 NCDXF/IARU beacon system and was previously operating will remember him welcoming us. He was then Vice Presi- from Edmonton, Alberta. The VE prefix for this beacon may dent of Korea Telecom. change in the near future. The Eureka location is expected to provide information on valuable propagation paths to ama- PARA congratulates teurs around the world. DU1JMG, DU1VST, DU9AXX and DU6AF The Honorable Jose Mari Gonzales DU1JMG, is newly International Space Station (ISS) elected Congressman of San Juan, Metro Manila. The Ho- Commander is a radio amateur norable Vincente S. Sotto, DU1VST is elected Senator, Phi- The commander of the first International Space Station lippine Senate. Alex Bascug, DU9AXX is elected Con- crew is now an amateur radio operator. U.S. astronaut Wil- gressman. Ricardo Galvez, DU6AF is now occupying the liam G. “Shep” Shepherd now has the call sign KD5GSL. prestigious job as Solicitor General. Shepherd will soon join Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev on board the ISS. YV5AMH elected to Andean Parliament Reinaldo Leandro YV5AMH of Caracas, AP2AHQ operates his home-built station Vice-President of IARU Region 2, and President of the Ra- Arshad Quadri, AP2AHQ is operating a home-built dio Club Venezolano, was recently elected a member of the Eplphyte-2 SSB Transceiver. The kit was a gift presented by Andean Parliament comprised of the Andean Pact countries The G-QRP Club and NorCal and is one of several taken whose members are Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia into Pakistan by Jo-Anna Dobbs, G0OWH, on an education- and Peru. The Parliament meets twice-yearly in its official al trust visit. Arshad, and other radio amateurs who find seat at Bogota, Colombia. The Andean Parliament is similar equipment difficult to obtain, will shortly receive kits for the to the European Parliament of the European Union countries NorCal-20 transceiver. but on a smaller scale. Saturday at RSGB HQ Book Review RSGB Headquarters will be open from 10am to 2pm Two Australian books, “Amateur Radio Study Course” on one Saturday each month over the summer. The bookshop and “Radio Amateur License Study Guide”, written by and the GB3RS shack will be available to visitors, as will the Graeme Scott, VK2KE are here reviewed by Ron Cook National Amateur Radio Museum and Library. Morse Tests VK3AFW. will be available on demand between 11am to 1pm. If you These books provide a bridging course for the Novice propose to visit, check before you visit on a Saturday to en- for upgrading to either the Limited or Unrestricted license. sure that the HQ is open. In its seventy-six pages the Amateur Radio Study Course packs fifteen chapters and a trial AOCP theory exam. Australia makes the International News To get the best from your efforts in reading this book, you need the companion Radio Amateur License Study Guide. The Radio Society of Great Britain GB2RS news After studying Chapters 1 and 2 of the Study Course, the broadcast has carried the story about a controversy sur- student can then attempt the questions in the Study Guide for rounding the use of the 70 cm band during the time of the those chapters. The questions are in the same multiple-choice year 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The use of 70 cm format of the AOCP exam, Correct answers are provided. by other interests is watched with concern by amateur radio This is an excellent and proven self-training system. operators all over the world. Correction to Award Directory IARU Luminaries Meet in London We have received the following statement. Awards Important issues affecting member societies of IARU enthusiasts please note: Region 1 were discussed at a recent meeting in London. The The Award Directory published by Ted Melinosky financial position of Region 1 was addressed as well as the K1BV, shows awards from Costa Rica: the TT1 award, the possibility of a major fee increase levied against member TY1 award and the FRACAP award. Some of this informa- societies. The meeting was attended by senior board mem- tion is now obsolete. bers of the RSGB, from the German radio society DARC, The only awards which are currently recognized by French society REF, Belgian society UBA and the Dutch Radio Club of Costa Rica are the: society VERON. *T10 AWARD: Confirm all TI call zones (TI1 to TI0) af- Other matters discussed included the IARU and IARU ter November 20, 1945, and Region 1 Constitutions and possible changes. The gathering *TTI AWARD: Class 1; contact 7 of 8 call zones of Costa also turned its attentions to global pressures on the Amateur Rica after September 29, 1953. Class 2: 6, Class 3: 5. The Service, EC legislation affecting amateur radio and the need Club Station, TI0RC, can replace any missing call zones. for closer co-operation between societies to combat legisla- All requests should be sent to the following address: tion that threatens the well-being of the Amateur Service. Radio Club de Costa Rica, Apartado Postal 2412, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica.