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

RAYNET 50th Year Celebrations

The RSGB is hosting the RAYNET 50th Annniversary Emergency
Communications Convention in Birmingham, UK on Saturday 25 October.

Thi
s celebrates the formation of RAYNET, the UK's Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Network 50 years ago this Autumn by RSGB.

In addition to this, special event station GB50RAEN - Radio Amateur
Emergency Network - will be on the air from 20th till the 31st
October. In addition to the usual modes it is also hoped to run some
SSTV. QSL via RSGB Bureau.

The ARSK website

The ARSK website is kept up to date with the latest information and should be consulted by anyone intending to apply. ARSK will do everything possible to assist visitors and may be reached by e-mail.

Licensing in Kenya

Licensing procedures in Kenya are currently (August 2003) under active review by the Communications Commission, following many years of complaints, and it is hoped to get a decision in the next few weeks.

In the meantime only foreign amateurs whose countries of citizenship have reciprocal agreements may apply and be considered.

The review will probably also consider the Morse requirement which is expected to be dropped, as well as Police (involving fingerprints for local citizens and Police Certificates of Good Conduct for visitors) and Security vetting.

The impossible requirement for visitors to provide two local referees (to ensure good conduct on the air) has also been brought to their attention.

Emergency Communications Coordinator

(IARU-R1) 25 July 2003

News Bulletin No. 1 - July 2003

by Gordon L Adams G3LEQ

There have been two interesting developments this month.

Firstly, we have seen the successful completion of the World Radio Conference WRC-03 in Geneva. This produced good news with respect to the future expansion of the 7MHz band in Regions 1 & 3. It also approved better provisions for emergency radio communications, where the amateur bands might be employed on an international basis.

Read more: Emergency Communications Coordinator