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

November 2003

IARU Region 1 makes input to ETSI on PLT emission standards (.pdf file)
IARU Region 1 has made a formal response to the recent questionnaire from ETSI and CENELEC

November 2003
IARU Region 1 and the ECC (Electronic Communications Committee) of CEPT signed a letter of understanding ( LoU )at the beginning of November. The LoU sets out a number of areas for cooperation between Region 1 and CEPT whereby the parties will work toward common European approaches on radio matters and will exchange information and hold meetings for this purpose. The LoU initially is for a three year period renewable by mutual agreement.

Commenting on the LoU, IARU Region 1 Chairman, Ole Garpestad said “CEPT is a very important organisation in the regulation of the global radio spectrum. This Letter of Understanding reinforces the already positive and constructive working relationship between IARU Region 1 and CEPT”.

Jan Verduijn awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal

Jan Verduijn awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal

At the VERON Dag voor de Amateur, Jan Verduijn (pictured right) from the Radiocommunication Agency Netherlands was awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal. The Medal and Certificate was presented by the IARU Region 1 Chairman Ole Garpestad, LA2RR (pictured left) at the VERON Dag voor de Amateur.

Jan, who was CEPT coordinator and spokesman for agenda item 1.23 (7 MHz) at the WRC-03 was given this honour in recognition of his outstanding work in preparation and during the World Radiocommunication Conference 2003.

Jan was totally committed to finding a solution, not only for radio amateurs but for broadcasters and the fixed and mobile services as well. His dedication, extremely hard work and not forgetting his outstanding diplomatic skills were a major contribution to the successful outcome of WRC-2003 Agenda Item 1.23 for the Amateur Radio Community.

RAYNET 50th Year Celebrations

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

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.