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.

RADIO DARC International Shotwave Broadcasts

During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave transmissions to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports. The programs will be in the English language.

The RADIO DARC programmes will be compiled by Eva-Maria, DG9MFG, Christian, DL8MDW, Peter, HB9MQM and Rainer, DF2NU, the Editor-in-chief.

Several transmitters and shortwave bands are used to allow reception in different target regions of IARU Region 1. The broadcasting partner is the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) in Moosbrunn near Vienna. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 17 September to Friday, 22 September 2017

17:30 - 18:00 UTC - 13 775 kHz with 300 kW for Africa
17:30 - 18:00 UTC - 9 790 kHz with 100 kW for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
18:00 - 18:30 UTC – 6 070 kHz with 100 kW for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
18:00 - 18:30 UTC – 9 540 kHz with 100 kW for Western Europe

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6 070 kHz for Europe. The programs contain DX news, technical features and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and some great music from the 70s and 80s. After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle and other SW stations, the weekly broadcasts of the DARC are one of the few remaining shortwave programmes from Germany.