RAC Bulletin 2010-020E – President’s Bulletin from El Salvador
As Vice-President International Affairs Lamoureux, VE2KA has pointed out the two of us are in El Salvador.
What are the key issues that would bring us here? Every three years the Assembly that governs Region 2 of the International Amateur Radio Union [IARU] [encompassing all of the Americas] meets to strategize on key issues effecting amateur radio. Of particular interest to Canadians is that we are profiling the recent non amateur use of amateur frequencies in the recent ProTour Bicycle Race in Quebec as an unwarranted intrusion into amateur frequencies. Canadians will also be interested in HF band planning in 40M [now that short wave commercial stations have left the band] strategies to enhance effective response to hurricanes and other emergencies that require amateur radio support. Vantroi Pena HI8VP of the Republica Dominica will add a very human touch to that discussion as he was one of the Republica Dominica amateurs that set up 2M repeaters at the Haitian/Dominica Border and crossed into Haiti to provide assistance during that calamitous earthquake. Galdino Besomi, CE3PG, and Dagoberto Arcos Rojas, CE5COX will share their experiences during the Chilean earthquake.
Vice-President Lamoureux, VE2KA, is also a Director of IARU Region 2 and his expenses are being paid by IARU. Mr. Bawden, VE4BAW is in El Salvador at no expense to the Radio Amateurs of Canada.
Geoff Bawden VE4BAW
President and Chair, Radio Amateurs of Canada