On 1 January 2016 Wim van Driel from the Observatoire de Paris in France started as the new chairman of CRAF. He took over from Hans van der Marel from ASTRON who was at the end of his term, having chaired CRAF over the last three years. Wim joined CRAF 18 years ago and has considerable experience in frequency management for radio astronomy. He has been CRAF chair before, from 2001 until 2003, and has also been IUCAF chair in 2003-2009.
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) was held from 2 until 27 November in Geneva. The following CRAF members participated for various amounts of time in the conference: Talayeh Hezareh, Wim van Driel, Hans van der Marel and Ivan Thomas.
From the perspective of the radio astronomy WRC-15 was successful. There were several agenda items that could have a smaller or bigger impact on radio astronomy, but CRAF, together with our colleagues from IUCAF, managed to minimize the impact for most of the agenda items.
Despite the results of the agenda items of the WRC-15, the issues for the radio astronomy service (RAS) are not yet fully resolved or finalised. CRAF will continue its involvement in the development of new ECC Decisions and reports, to make certain that any new allocation nearby or adjacent to an RAS frequency band will meet the proper standards to avoid interference with the neighbouring RAS bands.
Thanks to all who supported CRAF and the radio astronomy in the preparations for WRC-15 and during WRC-15!
The new CRAF website is online! A lot of work has been put in a completely new design of the CRAF website. All relevant information from the old website, which has served for more than 15 years, has been transferred to the new website. It is much easier to navigate through the website and find the requested information. The new website is also easier to maintain and it is easier to add new information. With this website, CRAF is ready for the future under the umbrella of a new ESF.