IARU Region 2, together with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the valuable collaboration of the Federación Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) gave, for the second time, the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) at Mexico City’s World Trade Center from the 7 to the 9 of August.

This course is aimed at the people in charge of administering the amateur radio service and the amateur radio satellite service in the ministries of communications or organisms regulating the spectrum of the countries of the continent. Participants from the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) from México, Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (MINTIC) from Colombia, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones (MICIT) from Costa Rica and from the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) of Honduras.

The course included, among other topics, the legal framework for amateur radio in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), our spectrum, reciprocal licenses, emergency communications, IARU and its member societies, among others.

There were also presentations of topics that explain how we operate: DXpeditions, contests, digital communications, EME, etc. This event concluded with a visit to a radio station where participants could better understand everything they learned and where they had the opportunity to make some contacts.


On the top picture, higher row, left to right: Jonathan V. Siverling WB3ERA (ARRL), Erick Sanabria Calvo (MICIT),  José Vicente Vargas González
(IFT), Víctor Pinilla XE1VP (FMRE), Javier Amado Alarcón
(IFT),  Everth Mariel Morales Reyes (CONATEL), Julio Rodrigo Salinas Morales (IFT), David Tejeda Méndez (IFT), Carlos Vázquez Cruz (IFT) and Leonardo Daniel Trejo Mercado (IFT).  Lower row: Hipólito Canseco Osorio (IFT), Olmo Fabián Ramírez Soberanes (IFT), Esthephanie Marisela Alvarez Martínez (IFT), Xochitl Citlalli Hernández Medina (IFT), Miriam Guadalupe Juárez Gutiérrez (IFT), Alberto Florido Alvarez (MINTIC), Ramón Santoyo (IARU R2) and Miguel Alejandro Aldana Carrillo (IFT).

Lower photos, left to right: FMRE President Alfonso Tamez XE2O, the classroom and Joaquín Solana XE1R, IARU R2 News Coordinator