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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB054 (1997)

ARLB054 IARU Region 3 conference concludes in Beijing

ARRL Bulletin 54  ARLB054
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  September 12, 1997
To all radio amateurs

ARLB054 IARU Region 3 conference concludes in Beijing

Representatives of Amateur Radio organizations in 20 Asia-Pacific
countries have spent the past week reviewing proposals and papers
submitted by member societies at the 10th Regional Conference of
IARU Region 3 in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.  The
Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) hosted the week-long
conference, which just wrapped up.  Representatives of the ARRL also
were on hand for the event, September 8-12.

Only a fortunate few in North America were able to hear--or even
work--special event station BT1IARU, the on-air emblem of the Region
3 gathering.  Although conditions were not favorable to this part of
the world, the station made many QSOs elsewhere.  Things also went
well at the conference itself.

The conference's three working groups developed recommendations for
consideration by the full conference.  Recommendations adopted by
the conference dealt with subjects as diverse as preparations for
future ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences, strategic planning
for the regional organization, electromagnetic compatibility issues,
the IARU monitoring system, beacons, Amateur Radio direction
finding, and many others.

Among conference highlights was the participation of representatives
of the Vietnam Amateur Radio Club, which hopes to join the IARU.

David Rankin, 9V1RH, retired as a director after 24 years of service
as Regional Secretary and Director, half of that time as Chairman of
Directors.  The other incumbent directors, HL1IFM, JJ1OEY, ZL2AMJ,
and 9M2SS were re-elected.  Former Director David A. Wardlaw,
VK3ADW, was returned to office.  Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB, was
re-elected as Regional Secretary.  Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, continues
as Chairman of Directors.

The more than 100 conference attendees complimented the CRSA for the
arrangements, which included excellent logistical support of the
conference plus a visit to the Great Wall and the Summer Palace in

Representing the ARRL at the Beijing conference were ARRL President
Rod Stafford, KB6ZV, assisted by First Vice President Steve
Mendelsohn, W2ML, and staff members David Sumner, K1ZZ, Paul
Rinaldo, W4RI, and Naoki Akiyama, NX1L.  International Affairs Vice
President Larry Price, W4RA, attended in his capacity as IARU

The next IARU Region 3 conference will be held in Australia in 2000.


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