Another success! – Our WRC-19 future agenda item draft Resolution for 50-54 MHz in Region 1 was approved on first plenary reading. This is now included in the draft WRC-19 agenda document which is currently being delayed by other proposed agenda items.
SmallSats: One of the remaining contentious issues for the WRC-19 agenda is the identification of frequency bands for SmallSat (nano and pico sats) telemetry and control. This item was first introduced to try and stop the unregulated use of SmallSats in the amateur service frequency bands. However it has developed into a political argument. Frequency bands already agreed for study include 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz, but there is an ongoing lengthy debate over the inclusion of 420-450 MHz in the studies. Arguments are going around and around with CEPT, China and most of the African countries wanting this frequency band included, while the US, Russian and Arab groups are insisting it be dropped. In addition, the proponents want this to go to WRC-19, whilst the opponents want the whole issue deferred to WRC-23. The debate continues.
10GHz: Meanwhile the stalemate over the 10 GHz Earth Exploration Satellite Service allocation in Agenda Item 1.12 appears to have been solved and a revised document will be submitted to plenary for approval.
Only 2 days left and time is running out…
NB: Further background and updates are at rsgb.org/wrc-15 and in our news