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14th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference
22nd - 26th January 2018, Kuala Lumpur

The 14th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 22nd to 26th January 2018. Participants of the three coordination groups, representing around 90% of the shortwave in the world, will take part in this conference to coordinate shortwave frequency schedules for the A-18.

The coordination conference is hosted by the ABU and we are delighted to invite you and your organisation to participate in this conference.
Online registration will be open soon


The conference will take place at:

73, Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +603 2141 9988
Fax: +603 2144 1245

The High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU-HFC) will hold the 14th Global Shortwave Co-ordination Conference at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur from 22nd to 26th January 2018. The conference is hosted by the ABU.

Shortwave broadcasting has a unique position in that the radio channels used by international stations are not assigned, but regularly coordinated for two seasons each year. The frequency channel situation for shortwave radio is always changing because of the 11 year solar cycle and seasonal effects, as well as because of new or changed frequencies of shortwave broadcasters around the globe. Co-ordination methods were started by broadcasters with support from the broadcasting unions. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) set up a special task group that studied the emerging co-ordination procedures in the 1990s and concluded that the system should become an integral part of shortwave spectrum management. The principles were incorporated in Article 12 of the International Radio Regulations in 1997.

At present a single global seasonal database of frequency requirements is kept by the secretariat of the High Frequency Co-ordination Conference for each of the two seasons of the year. There is an on-line upload process available and all participants are requested to update any frequency changes between seasonal conferences. The automatic processing software notifies all participants, not only on the entered changes, but also on the possible collisions or incompatibilities that may have resulted from the submissions.

The Coordination Conference provides you and your organisation with a valuable opportunity to coordinate your frequencies directly with the frequency managers of other broadcasters and prevent interference occurring in your radio services. If you or your organisation is not present at this conference, elimination of interference in your shortwave services and preservation of your shortwave frequencies cannot be ensured. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you consider participating in this conference on behalf of your organisation.

Please register using the button below at the latest by 16th January 2017