Welcome to the CERAC website
Created on 5 May 1949, the Council of Europe is the oldest European international organisation which today includes 47 member states with its headquarters in Strasbourg (France). It has an extraterritorial jurisdiction and is an advisory member of the United Nations within the framework of chapter VIII in the UN treaty of 1 April 1998. The Council of Europe’s Radio Club (CERAC) was established on 26 June 1986, which is the date of the first broadcast with the prefix TP2CE (CE standing for Council of Europe).
Two years previously, two French amateur radio operators, Francis Kremer (F6FQK) and Patrick Bittiger (F2DX) were asked by the head of the Council’s audiovisual department to discuss cooperating with the organization, with the aim of promoting its non-political activities in accordance with the regulations and amateur radio callsigns. Initially the International Union for Telecommunications was contacted in order to obtain a prefix. Given the difficulties this presented, the IUT made contact with the French Telecommunications service who gave us the official title of the radio club – TP2CE –and TP prefix which could used to mark important events involving the Council. The Radio Club operates on average between three and four weekends per year, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Since 1986, radio amateurs from many different European countries have been invited to participate in different activities. The Radio Club consists of six permanent members:
Francis KREMER /F6FQK
Christian CHAUDRON /F5LGF
Joël SUTTERLIN /F5PAC
Jean Louis LHERMET /F5OCL
Sergueï GOURTOVYI /F0EQE
Fuad ARNAUTOVIC /E73CQ
And one honorary member: Hans Jürgen SCHARFEN/DL3MBE
The Radio Club’s office is located on the 5th floor in the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg and contains the following equipment:
3 Transceivers: Kenwood TS 850S -TS 870s -IC 910H -Amplifier: Henry 2KD - Amplitec
Plus the antennas installed on the roof of the Palais de l’Europe (the Council’s main headquarters building)
5 ele. Yagi for 20, 15 and10M
2 ele. Monoband for 40m
5 element 3 bands 10/15/20m
3 element for WARC bands
2 x 12 element yagi for 144Mhz
The European World Wide Award , the Council of Europe Award and the Cerac Award are open to all licensed Amateur Radio Stations and SWL that fulfils the conditions for the Awards. You do not have to be in Europe to qualify for these awards, in fact we are looking for people all over the world to participate. If you require any more information about these Awards please do not hesitate to contact Francis, F6FQK, the Awards manager. I look forward to hearing from you soon.