ITU, the International Telecommunication Union, developed this week the Radiocommunication Assembly 2019 (RA-19) in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The Radiocommunication Assembly approves and issues ITU-R Recommendations and ITU-R Questions developed by the Study Groups; sets the program for Study Groups, disbands or establishes Study Groups according to need; suggests suitable topics for the agenda of future Word Radiocommunication Conferences; assigns next conference preparatory work and other questions to the ITU-R Study Groups; responds to requests from ITU conferences.

One of the interested topics to the amateur radio community is the proposal for a new question of study on the increase of the man-made radio noise and their effects to the radiocommunication services. The discussions started in the working group COM4 (Program of the Study Groups) and was well received by several countries, but not reached an agreeable text. The working group decides to continue the work in the study groups: part of the proposed question will be used by ITU-R Study Group 3 (Radio Propagation) in order to possible updated one of the oldest and most relevant ITU questions, ITU-R Q-214 (Radio Noise); the other part will bediscussed in the ITU-R Study Group 1 (Spectrum Management).

IARU is following these and other topics developed at ITU. Attending RA-19 were Flavio Archangelo, PY2ZX, CITEL Coordinator for IARU-R2 and member of the Brazilian delegation (left on the picture), and Jonathan Siverling, WB3ERA, ARRL Technical Relations Specialist and member of USA delegation (right on the picture).

More information about RA-19: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/conferences/RA/2019/Pages/default.aspx