The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1

Asteroid Named After Radio Amateur

The International Astronomical Union on 13 April, rewarded the space physicist and radio amateur Asta Pellinen-Wannberg, SM3UHV, by designating a celestial body in her name, Asteroid 11807 Wannberg. 

The Swedish national amateur radio society SSA reports: 

Asta Pellinen-Wannberg is a professor at the Department of Physics at Umeå University. She has made a ground-breaking effort to use scattering radar when studying meteors that are activated when small particles penetrate the atmosphere.

The method is now applied to about ten stations around the world. It increases the ability to study different large flows, smaller particles and details in their interaction with the atmosphere, says Asta Pellinen-Wannberg.

Asta is chair of the Swedish National Committee for Radio Science SNRV and has researched together with Gudmund Wannberg, SM3BYA, who served as Technical Manager at EISCAT Radar in Kiruna and Associate Professor at Umeå University.

2017 General Conference - Additional Papers

Additional Papers for Committee 3, Committee 4 and Committee 5 have been uploaded to the Landshut Conference page at http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/general-conference/landshut-2017

C3 Papers

LA17_C3_01; LA17_C3_12a; LA17_C3_12b; LA17_C3_20; LA17_C3_50 and LA17_C3_51.

C4 Papers

LA17_C4_01; LA17_C4_02 and LA17_C3_19

C5 Papers

LA17_C5_01; LA17_C5_50 and LA17_C5_51

Also available on the Conference page is the Nominations for the Executive Committee as received by the Region 1 Secretary on 17 June 2017.

Minutes of the 2017 EC Meeting

The minutes of the 2017 EC Meeting, held from 5 to 7 May, can be downloaded here

Further preparations for WRC-19

A meeting has taken place in the past week in CEPT, which included agenda items considering matters of interest to the Amateur Radio Services at WRC19.

At committee PTD in Helsinki, IARU experts were involved in discussions on WRC Agenda Item 1.1, which proposes an allocation in Region 1 in the 50-54 MHz band, to create a global band at these frequencies. For CEPT, the coordinator for this Agenda item is Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T.

The discussions made progress on matters concerning sharing between the amateur service and services in this frequency band (broadcasting, wind-profilers and mobile users), but there remains much still to do and IARU will continue to work on these studies with administrations and others to establish the optimum future sharing scenarios

The CEPT summary of the outcome of these discussions states:

PTD updated the draft CEPT Brief. In particular, a preliminary CEPT position was agreed on agenda item 1.1, which would support a new allocation in the frequency range 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 only if the spectrum needs for the amateur services are justified and studies show that incumbent services, including their future deployment and services in adjacent spectrum are protected.

PTD developed a working document summarizing the sharing studies currently available for this agenda item. It covers the compatibility between the amateur service in the band 50-54 MHz and incumbent services (land mobile, radiolocation and broadcasting)

Another item discussed at PTD was Wireless Power Transfer, in preparation for WRC19 Agenda Item 9.1.6. An IARU Region 1 paper which argued that greater clarity is needed in terminology and scope of studies to be undertaken on high power wireless transfer technologies was broadly welcomed and is expected to  result in a CEPT contribution to ITU WP1B, the committee charged with developing the wireless power transfer spectrum allocation and related issues.

IARU will continue to actively participate in discussions in the Region 1 Regional Telecommunications Organisations (CEPT, ATU, ASMG and RCC) as well as the all-important forum of ITU.