Amateur Radio Administration Course
The Mexican Federation of Radio Amateurs (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores or FMRE) along with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) are conducting the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) for regulators this week in Mexico City. The opening ceremony was presided over by Lic. Rafael Eslava Herrada, Head, Concessions and Services Unit of Mexico’s regulator, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).
Regulators from the Public Utilities Commission of Belize and Mexico’s IFT are attending the course. The objective of the course is for regulators to be able to help create, administer and foster an Amateur Radio Service among the citizens of one’s country. The focus of this course is designed for those who regulate and manage the Amateur Radio and it is being taught in both English and Spanish.
Topics included: Organization of ITU and IARU; Nature of Amateur Radio Services; ITU Radio Regulations; Amateur Radio Activities and allocations; How society can benefit from Amateur Radio; National Licensing and regulations; Amateur radio examinations; Emergency Communications; Satellites and the Amateur Satellite Service; and Electro Magnetic Compatibility, among others.
From left to right: Pedro M. Colín (IFT), Patricia Huesca (IFT), Edson Calderón (IFT), Víctor Pinilla (FMRE President, XE1VP), Sharolyn Dougal (PUC/Belize), Andrew Robateau (PUC/Belize), Rafael Eslava Herrada (Head, Concessions and Services Unit, IFT), Jonathan Siverling (ARRL, WB3ERA), Alejandro Aldana (IFT), Roberto Navarro (IFT) and Ramón Santoyo (IARU Region 2 Vice President, XE1KK). (Missing from photo: James Aguilar (IFT). Photo by Tania Carmona.