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

A new 5 MHz frequency for South Africa

The South African Radio League has requested the South African Regulator, ICASA, to change the beacon frequency from 5 250 to 5 290 kHz to line it up with the same allocations in Europe and other countries. This will greatly enhance the coverage of South African beacons. ICASA has agreed to this and this week changed the licence to 5 290 kHz. The change over to the new frequency is effective 4 October 2014.

Albena 2014

Delegates from all over the world are on their way to Albena, Bulgaria to attend the 23rd IARU Region 1 Conference to be held  21 – 27 September 2014. 

The website for the 2014 IARU Region 1 General Conference is available at http://iarur1con2014.bfra.bg/

 

IARU Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award

At the IARU Region 1 General Conference at Sun City in 2011, a recommendation was accepted that an IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator be appointed; that Member Societies appoint youth co-ordinators and/or youth working groups; that Youth related information and material will be shared amongst societies through the Region 1 web site, and to establish an annual youth recognition award.

During March 2014, a call went out for nominations of the first Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award and in May 2014, the nominations closed. Three nominations were received for the award - Ángel Galván, EA3HSI, Todor Todorov, LZ2005, and Mitchel Mynhardt ZS6YH.

Seven Youth Coordinators completed the jury score sheet and Mitchel, ZS6YH, was selected as the first recipient of the Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013.

The Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013 was presented to Mitchel, ZS6YH, at the Radio Technology in Action Symposium held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, by Dennis, ZS4BS, the Region 1 Secretary.

Congratulations, Mitchel!

From left to right: Louis Schnetler, ZU6LG, Koos Fick (ZSL-5182), Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, Enrico van der Walt (ZSL-5250) and Dennis Green, ZS4BS. Koos and Enrico will be writing the Radioamateur Examination on 16 October 2014.

8th IARU Region 1 High Speed Telegraphy Championship, Bar, Montenegro, 12 - 16 September 2014

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The 8th IARU Region 1 HST Championship takes place in Bar, Montenegro 12-16 September 2014, organised by a team from from SRCG under leadership of their Chairman Dragan Bobicic, 4O4DB. Although it was their first time to host such big event, they were perfect in all aspects.

Seventy-nine sportsmen from fourteen IARU Region 1 societies (Denmark for the first time!) competed in nine categories, according to their age and sex. They had to demonstrate their abilities in four tests – Reception, Transmission, Call sign Receiving and Morse Runner.

The traditional social event at the end of the competition, as well as the picturesque hosting city Bar, at the Adriatic Sea coast, will be remembered forever.

The HST Working Group has decided that the 2015 World Championship to be organised in Skopje, Macedonia.

17th World ARDF Championships, 6 - 13 September 2014

altThe 17th World ARDF Championships 2014 was organised by the Kazakhstan society KFRR. It was first time that any championship is organised in this area of Region 1. Two hundred and fifty competitors plus one hundred and fifty visitors were part of this major event. Twenty four societies from four continents were represented.

The Championships took place in National Park Burabay, some 250 km from the capital Astana. It is beautiful terrains for the eyes – lakes, rocks, but a little bit difficult for running. It was obviously not a problem for sportsmen from Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Traditionally they “thieved” almost all the medals, leaving just a few for the rest.

Thanks to the organizers and until next year when the Region 1 Championships will be hosted by the Czech society.

The results are available through the DARC webpage at http://ardf.darc.de/contest/14090812/14090812.htm

LZ14IARU

From 18 to 26 September 2014, the special call sign LZ14IARU will be active from the Grand Flamingo Hotel in Albena, Bulgaria. The triennial General Conference of IARU Region 1 is being held in Albena from 21 to 27 September 2014. QSL via the bureau.

5 MHz and even more 5 MHz

As a result of representation from the national society URE Spain has gained an extension of the use of several 5 MHz frequencies. Due to expire at the end of June 2014 permission has now been granted to use 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz until 30th November 2015 with a power of 100W PEP.   Frequencies are thought to be USB dial frequencies.

The Andorran Society URA reports that permission has been granted the use of 5275-5450 kHz until a decision is made at WRC-15.   Permitted power is 100W PEP using CW and SSB with transmission bandwidths not to exceed 3 kHz.

Portugal now has the use of a channel at 5380.5 kHz in addition to those at 5288.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz.   This is thought to align with the Spanish channel listed as 5382 kHz.

Member Societies are asked to notify either PB2T or G3PSM of any developments concerning 5 MHz.

Written by Colin Thomas, G3PSM

2 meter transatlantic test

From July 4th through the 12th of 2014, a group of dedicated amateur radio operators will attempt to achieve one of the few remaining amateur radio distance records.

Their goal is to transmit a two meter (144 MHz) signal from Newfoundland in North America, across the Atlantic Ocean, to Ireland and receive a reply in return!

VC1T uses a 43 element Yagi, 30 meters long.

We hope that the group will succeed and wish them best of luck. Check http://www.brendanquest.org 

On July 6, 2014 at 13:41Z, G4SWX received a complete decode of an FSK441 transmission by VC1T. Further attempts to complete a two way contact are ongoing.