Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference

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The GAREC logo.

The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference or GAREC is a yearly conference held by the International Amateur Radio Union for discussion of amateur radio operation during natural disasters and other emergencies with the motto, "Saving lives through emergency communications".[1] GAREC was first held in Tampere, Finland in 2005, coinciding with the adoption of the Tampere Convention, a globally binding emergency communications treaty that had been signed in Tampere in 1998.[2] In later conferences, the venue has attempted to rotate in sequence through ITU Regions 1, 2 and 3 (though not necessarily in that order).

Subsequent conferences[edit]

Year Location Dates Notes
GAREC-2006 Tampere, Finland

(IARU Region 1)

19–20 June Held in conjunction with the International Conference on Emergency Communications, ICEC-2006, which reviewed the status of implementation and application of the Tampere Convention.
GAREC-2007 Huntsville, Alabama

(IARU Region 2)

16–17 August Held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest and the ARRL's yearly convention.[3]
GAREC-2008 Friedrichshafen, Germany

(IARU Region 1)

26–27 June Held in conjunction with the 33rd annual HamRadio exhibition.[4][5]
GAREC-2009 Tokyo, Japan

(IARU Region 3)

24–25 August Theme: "Emergency Communications across Borders". Held in conjunction with the Japan Amateur Radio League's JARL Ham Fair.[6][7][8]
GAREC-2010 Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

(IARU Region 2)

11–12 October Theme: "Learning through Practicing"[9][10]
GAREC-2011 Sun City, South Africa

(IARU Region 1)

15–19 August Theme: "Building Partnerships". Held as part of the IARU Region 1 Conference.[11]
GAREC-2012 Port Dickson, Malaysia

(IARU Region 3)

11–15 November Also known as "MyGAREC 2012"[12]
GAREC-2013 Zurich, Switzerland

(IARU Region 1)

25–28 June Held in conjunction with the HAM RADIO exhibition in Friedrichshafen.[13][14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iaru.org/garec.html
  2. ^ The Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations. http://www.iaru.org/emergency/tc-hams.html. Accessed 13 August 2007.
  3. ^ GAREC-2007. http://www.iaru.org/emergency/garec2007.html. Accessed 13 August 2007.
  4. ^ IARU Emergency Communications. http://www.iaru.org/emergency/ Accessed 12 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Statement of the fourth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-2008)". GAREC: Saving lives through Emergency Communications. Rientola Radioamateur Club OH3AG. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  6. ^ "GAREC-2009: Emergency Communications Across Borders". ARRLWeb. American Radio Relay League. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Report on GAREC 2009 held on 24–25 August 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.". VR2KY. Alan Kan. 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ "Statement of the fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-2009)". GAREC. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  9. ^ ARRL. "GAREC 2010 to Convene Next Month" Available at http://www.arrl.org/news/garec-2010-to-convene-next-month. Accessed 2010-11-22.
  10. ^ Corey, Mike. "The 2010 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference" Available at http://www.arrl.org/news/the-2010-global-amateur-radio-emergency-communications-conference. Accessed 2010-11-22.
  11. ^ http://www.iaru.org/garecnet/documents/GAREC-2010-presentations/16-Closing-Session/Announcing-GAREC-2011-in-South-Africa.ppt GAREC-2011
  12. ^ GAREC 2012. http://www.mygarec2012.com
  13. ^ http://www.iaru.org/garec.html
  14. ^ http://www.garec2013.ch/
  15. ^ HAM RADIO International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs. http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/ham-en/