First YOTA activation from Cyprus

David Ruse, 8 years old

David Ruse, 8 years old

The first YOTA activation from Cyprus took place on Saturday, 7 December 2019.

David Ruse, 8 years old, activated 5B19YOTA, making a total of 52 QSO’s with 20 countries. This is the first time David has ever been on the air. As an added bonus, David made all his QSO’s via the Es’hail 2 / QO-100 satellite.

Click the following link to hear David making a QSO with IK1IYU.

David was so excited following his first experience with Amateur Radio that he has expressed an interest to get licensed! It’s worth noting that David comes from a family who are no strangers to amateur radio as both his father, mother, uncle and grandmother are all licensed.

Thank you goes out to Norman 5B4AIE for his help in getting David on the air.

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ITU WRC-19 results – highlights for amateur radio

IARU ITU WRC-19 Team

IARU ITU WRC-19 Team

These are the main items that IARU has had to deal with during the last ITU WRC-19 which saw it’s conclusion on 22 November 2019.

A huge number of fellow radio amateurs has worked very hard over the last four years to achieve these results, in addition to the endless hours put in by the multi-member IARU team that participated at WRC-19, to whom we extend a huge thank you.

Once again, I can not stress enough how important it is for radio amateurs to join and support their national amateur radio societies, such as our own CARS. Via YOUR membership, YOU provide the power needed by both the national society and IARU to protect our so valuable spectrum and safeguard the future of our hobby.

The ITU website has released the provisional acts as a huge 567-page PDF document! These provisional acts are due to come into force on 1 January 2021.

Highlights for amateur radio include:- Continue reading

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ITU INTERVIEWS @ WRC-19: Timothy Ellam, IARU President

Timothy Ellam VE6SH

Timothy Ellam VE6SH

As the ITU World Radio Conference ’19 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (28 October 2019 – 22 November 2019) draws to a close, Timothy Ellam VE6SH, President of The International Amateur Radio Union, has given a video interview to the ITU news channel.

Watch it on the ITU YouTube channel.

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5Β19ΥΟΤΑ available for activation in December ’19

5b_yota_teamDuring December the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is organizing the annual “Youngsters On The Air” (YOTA) event. The purpose of the event is to promote amateur radio to young persons, up to the age of 25 years old, encouraging them to operate and experiment on the ham bands with the help and guidance of licensed radio amateurs.

The event starts on December 1, 2019 at 00:00 UTC, and runs until December 31, 2019 at 23:59 UTC. Continue reading

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Announcing the activation of the special prefix 5B60 during 2020

The year of 5b60_prefix2020 is an important year for the Republic of Cyprus which completes 60 years since its establishment.

A request to the licensing authority has been made requesting that members of CARS are granted the special prefix 5B60 for use throughout 2020, to help spread word of this important event by informing several thousand radio amateurs worldwide.

CARS is pleased to announce that the use of the 5B60 prefix has been approved.

Specifically, all CARS members will be able to use the 5B60 prefix (instead of the usual 5B4 or 5B8) if they so wish, starting from 1 Jan 2020 @ 00:00 until 31/12/2020 @ 23:59.

The approval is valid only only for CARS members with a valid radio amateur license issued by the Republic of Cyprus.

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December YOTA Month 2019

yota_monthDuring the entire month of December several youngsters will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves.

YOTA stations around the world will be giving a demonstration in schools or local clubs, gathering together with friends, and making some QSOs or enjoying a great pile-up.

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Early Progress, Contention on Difficult Issues Mark First Week of WRC

iaru_internationalSharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 1 November 2019 – Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult.

The early decisions here in Sharm El-Sheikh were only possible because of countless hours of work conducted within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the six regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) since the previous WRC in 2015. Three of these decisions were on issues of interest to the IARU. Continue reading

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ITU WRC-19 Opens on 28 October

ITU WRC19 Logo

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 is due to open in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday 28 October. The meeting, which lasts four weeks, will be attended by three thousand delegates from most of the countries around the world, and will discuss and agree changes to the ITU Radio Regulations.

IARU and its member-societies will be there, representing the amateur and amateur satellite services with a team of 14 people from 10 countries.

Of particular interest to IARU are the positions on: Continue reading

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Amateur radio examination for 2020 being planned

calendar-pngThis is an advance notice that efforts are being made by CARS, in cooperation with the licensing authority in Cyprus, to organize the next examination for all those wishing to obtain the Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC). The aim is for the examination to be held in February 2020. More information will be made available in due course.

All those interested to take part in the examination are urged to express their interest towards CARS by filling out the following form.

Fill in the form here

Depending on the interest, CARS shall contact the licensing authority to set the examination date.

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Nicosia Club 5B4NC takes part in IARU R1 Field day

field-day19The Nicosia Radio Club took part to IARU R1 Field day on the weekend 7th -8th of September 2019 from Kampi tou Kalogirou Camping site using the callsign 5B4NC/P.

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